NFL Gridiron Gab Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks For Week One

Buffalo at New York Jets – The Bills can certainly score the upset with a couple big plays, but in the end, the Jets will find a way to break their offensive drought that has plagued them all preseason to get a week one win. NY Jets 13 Buffalo 10

Philadelphia at Cleveland – The Browns need to do everything right on the Lakefront, and that may not even be enough to land the upset as the Eagles run past a young Cleveland team that looks like they could be the worst in the AFC in 2012. Philadelphia 34 Cleveland 13

Atlanta at Kansas City – I think the Chiefs are in trouble here, as the Falcons have big goals in 2012 on their mind, and I think with Ryan leading the way, Atlanta scores an early knockout of the Chiefs. Atlanta 27 Kansas City 14

Washington at New Orleans – Skins rookie QB Robert Griffin needs to be just about spot on against the Saints who will try to throw the book at him in week one and make for a long day. New Orleans the edge on both sides of the ball, making this an easy week one route. New Orleans 31 Washington 20

St.Louis at Detroit – Look for this game to come down to being if St.Louis can in any way stop the Lions passing game, and I don’t see it happening. Look for Calvin Johnson to score twice, and the Jeff Fisher era in St.Louis to get off to a weak start. Detroit 34 St.Louis 14

New England at Tennessee – I think this will stay close for about a half, but in the end, it will be too much Tom Brady and his band of pass catchers, as the Titans don’t have the firepower to keep up in getting beat by 14. New England 37 Tennessee 23

Miami at Houston – This one will get ugly, as the Texans have an edge in just about every area. Look for Houston to take advantage of a few Miami mistakes, and be in cruise control by the third quarter as they easily take home this week one matchup. Houston 34 Miami 10

Jacksonville at Minnesota – The Vikings are at home, and they have a better D with Jared Allen and company looking to make it a long day for Jags QB Blaine Gabbert. Look for Minnesota to win a tight one, getting the better of this game of two teams looking to turn the corner in 2012. Minnesota 16 Jacksonville 10

Indianapolis at Chicago – The revamped Bears have too much firepower on offense with new WR Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler, and while #1 pick Andrew Luck may shine, the rest of the Colts won’t, and the Bears will get an opening day win with a big day from Cutler and company. Chicago 26 Indianapolis 17

Carolina at Tampa Bay – Cam Newton is dangerous, and for a Bucs team that is young and needs a lot of growing up to do, it’s going to be tough for them to shut down the Panthers passing and run game.  Look for Tampa to hang around for about a half, but in the second half it will be too much Newton. Carolina 27 Tampa Bay 17

Seattle at Arizona – With two young QB’s, the ground game will be important, and with Marshawn Lynch hopefully playing and Russell Wilson using his feet, I like what the Hawks have to offer just a bit more than Arizona. Seattle 17 Arizona 10

San Francisco at Green Bay – The Niners are a team that feels they can take the next step forward, and they may. It will be tough though opening day to outdo last years MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Pack at home, therefore, look for the GB defense to lower the boom on SF QB Alex Smith, and walk out with a week one win. Green Bay 21 San Francisco 16

Pittsburgh at Denver – Denver at home has a big edge with the thin air, and Peyton Manning and their offense will feed off the crowd and emotion of his first game back. Look for a few too many Steeler mistakes, and the Broncos to land a week one win. Denver 27 Pittsburgh 13

Monday Night:

Cincinnati at Baltimore – The Ravens are still smarting after their AFC Title game loss to the Pats, while the Bengals are looking to get to the next level after a playoff birth last season. Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense will look to be even better in 2012, while the Bengals D needs to put the heat on him. Look for a couple big plays by the always good Ravens D, and for Baltimore to get out of week one with a win. Baltimore 20 Cincinnati 13

San Diego at Oakland – The Bolts feel they can rebound off a bad season and win the AFC West, and their journey starts Monday night in the second game of the doubleheader in Oakland. The Raiders have a new coach, but an old QB in Carson Palmer. Look for San Diego’s D to lead the way, and for the Raiders offense to have struggles, enough not to keep up with Philip Rivers. San Diego 17 Oakland 10

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