Written by: Jack H. Day – Staff Writing Student Intern (@GrandstandDay)
Browns @ Eagles
This game could end up being close, with Wentz starting his first NFL game and RGIII playing his first game with Cleveland. This game comes down to home field advantage, as both teams will be breaking in new quarterbacks.
Vikings @ Titans
The Vikings lost their starting quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, but should be able to go into Tennessee and win handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson. The Titans are an improved team, but the Vikings have a top notch defense that should be able to support the offense that’s without a named starter at quarterback.
Chargers @ Chiefs
The Chargers will not be able to go into Arrowhead and perform at a high level. Kanas City is one of the hardest places to play in the NFL, and they have a team that could make a run at an AFC West division Title. The Chargers were one of the worst teams in the league last year, don’t be surprised if that doesn’t change in 2016.
Buccaneers @ Falcons
The Bucs have a lot of young talent being led by quarterback Jameis Winston, but it won’t be enough to go into Atlanta and win. Both teams are shaky on defense, so look for Julio Jones to have a lot of targets against a not so great secondary.
Packers @ Jaguars
The Packers have the best quarterback in the league in Aaron Rodgers starting week one. Rodgers is getting his favorite target back in Jordy Nelson in 2016, making this offense even scarier. The Jags are an up and coming team with a lot of young talent on both sides of the ball. But it wont be enough to stop an explosive Packers team in week one.
Giants @ Cowboys
The Cowboys have had an interesting pre season in losing Tony Romo and seeing Dak Prescott emerge as a pre season star. However, the Giants are not going to be afraid to go into Dallas and play against a rookie quarterback who hasn’t hadn’t had a meaningful snap in the NFL.
Bears @ Texans
The Bears have improved in the offseason, but so have the Texans. They added Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller on an offense with a top five wide receiver in DeAndre Hopkins. Houston’s defense will not have problems stopping Jay Cutler and the Bears.
Bills @ Ravens
Joe Flacco is back to being healthy for the Ravens, and they are at home. The Bills defense is full of injuries and suspensions, and that is going to make it difficult for them to come up with big stops on the road.
Raiders @ Saints
This game is going to end in a shoot out. The Saints are going to be able to put up points, but they are not going to be able to stop a young and talented triple threat in Derrick Carr, Latavius Murray, and Amari Cooper.
Bengals @ Jets
This game is going to come down to the last minutes. Both teams have a lot of talent, but the home field advantage will play a big role here for New York.
Dolphins @ Seahawks
Going into Seattle and coming out with a win is no easy task. The Dolphins have some talent, but it is not going to be enough to put up enough points against a stellar Seattle defense. Russell Wilson is going to start his season as an MVP candidate, and he should get off on a fast start against Miami at home.
Lions @ Colts
The Colts are going into the 2016 season with Andrew Luck fully healthy, and they are hoping it stays that way with a not so great offensive line. Losing Calvin Johnson is going to show, with Matt Stafford not having a guy he can throw to in triple coverage.
Patriots @ Cardinals
The Cardinals are one of the Super Bowl favorites in 2016. They have a top five defense that is going to beat up on Jimmy Garoppolo, who has to start the first four games for New England because of Tom Brady’s suspension.
Steelers @ Redskins
Both teams were playoff teams a year ago, but Washington is going to struggle stopping one of the most talented offenses in the league in Pittsburgh. Even though the Redskins acquired Josh Norman in the offseason, they will still have a hard time stopping Antonio Brown.
Rams @ 49ers
The Rams have one of the best front sevens in the NFL, and they are going to get after Blaine Gabbert. The 49ers are going to struggle in 2016, and the Rams are going to be on the rise in their new home in L.A.