NFL Week 1 Previews and Predictions
A game-by-game rundown of the NFL’s Week 1 schedule, including the Steelers at Broncos.
By: Nathan Rush | 9/6/12, 12:16 PM EDT
NFL Week 1 previews and predictions for every game on the schedule:
Colts (0-0) at Bears (0-0)
The Colts’ Andrew Luck era begins with a trip to Soldier Field, where Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher says it’s a “done deal” he will play.
Bears by 6
Eagles (0-0) at Browns (0-0)
Michael Vick will wear a new flak jacket to protect his sore ribs. Cleveland fans will wear the traditional Browns paper bags over their heads.
Eagles by 7
Rams (0-0) at Lions (0-0)
Jeff Fisher’s first game as a Ram is against his former D-coordinator, Lions boss Jim Schwartz.
Lions by 8
Dolphins (0-0) at Texans (0-0)
Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill returns to the Lone Star State, where he played at Texas A&M.
Texans by 11
Falcons (0-0) at Chiefs (0-0)
Atlanta’s “Matty Ice” Ryan faces off against K.C.’s Matt “on thin ice” Cassel in a battle royale.
Falcons by 5
Jaguars (0-0) at Vikings (0-0)
Second-year signal-callers Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder both wish their All-Pro runners were in game shape — but neither will be.
Vikings by 3
Redskins (0-0) at Saints (0-0)
RG3 vs. Drew Brees could be a fantasy field day — or a reality check for Washington fans.
Saints by 7
Bills (0-0) at Jets (0-0)
The Wild Tebow formation will steal the show whether it is effective or not.
Jets by 1
Patriots (0-0) at Titans (0-0)
Jake Locker’s first start comes against Tom Brady, who passed for 517 yards and four TDs in Week 1 last season.
Patriots by 6
Seahawks (0-0) at Cardinals (0-0)
This battle of the NFC West birds will headline the league’s two least likely starting QBs — Russell Wilson and John Skelton.
Seahawks by 3
49ers (0-0) at Packers (0-0)
A potential NFC title game preview features the Niners’ solid gold D vs. the Pack’s passing attack.
Packers by 3
Panthers (0-0) at Buccaneers (0-0)
Cam Newton will look to build upon the legend of his rookie season against the new-look Bucs.
Panthers by 2
Steelers (0-0) at Broncos (0-0)
Peyton Manning takes the field against the Steelers in prime time on Sunday night in his first meaningful action since Jan. 8, 2011.
Steelers by 3
Bengals (0-0) at Ravens (0-0)
Last year was a breakthrough, but Cincy did go 0–4 vs. Baltimore and Pittsburgh — losing to the Ravens 31–24 on the road in Week 11, and 24–16 at home in Week 17.
Ravens by 5
Chargers (0-0) at Raiders (0-0)
The Raiders open their first full season without Al Davis since 1966 as the Monday nightcap.
Raiders by 1
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