It’s time for my 2012 NFL week 1 predictions and picks. The season kicks off with Dallas at the New York Giants on Wednesday, September 5. Who will emerge from this conference showdown as victorious in week one? The Giants certainly proved last year that winning down the stretch is far more important than what takes place in the early portion of the season. The Cowboys are a team looking for bigger and better things after struggling in 2011.
Eli Manning versus Tony Romo definitely sounds appetizing for the first week of the season. My predictions and picks for this game? I’d like to pick an upset and I feel that the Cowboys will be more than capable. However, I just don’t see Romo getting a whole lot of time against the Giants defensive line. For that reason, I predict the Giants will win an ugly one 26-21.
What’s next on the 2012 NFL week 1 schedule? Let’s look at the full slate of games on Sunday. Indianapolis is at Chicago to face the Bears. Is Andrew Luck capable of upsetting the Bears at Soldier Field? My 2012 NFL week 1 predictions and picks say that Luck will struggle early and often in his debut. The Bears win behind the strength of 3 Jay Cutler touchdown passes 31-13.
Philadelphia is in Cleveland to face the Browns. Oddsmakers might tell you the Eagles will walk away with a victory here. Those oddsmakers would be right. Michael Vick throws for 2 and runs for another touchdown as the Eagles win 27-14.
New England travels to Tennessee to face another young quarterback in Jake Locker. Tom Brady hits on all cylinders and the Patriots pick up their first win of the year 31-23.
Atlanta heads to Kansas City to face the Chiefs. Matt Ryan leads the way with 3 touchdown passes in a 30-16 Falcon win.
My 2012 NFL predictions and picks continue with Jacksonville at Minnesota. A lot could depend on whether Adrian Peterson returns or not in this one. I still think the Vikings down the Jags, who will probably be without Maurice Jones-Drew, by a 23-10 final.
Washington travels to New Orleans to face Drew Brees and the Saints. Can Robert Griffin perform “Cam Newton” type rookie magic starting in the week 1 NFL schedule? I don’t think so. Although I believe it could be entertaining. Saints still win 36-20.
Buffalo is on the road at New York to face the Jets. The Bills started well last season and struggled. I look for quite the opposite this year. The Jets get offense finally and beat the Bills 27-6.
St. Louis visits Detroit in what could be an interesting early season match up. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher could make a not so great team at least mediocre in his first year. For that reason, I think the Rams will play close but no cigar in Detroit. Lions win 31-23.
Houston hosts Miami elsewhere. The Texans Arian Foster runs wild with 3 touchdowns in a 33-10 blowout.
San Francisco travels to Green Bay to face the Packers. Aaron Rodgers is just way too much as the Pack gets in the win column with a 30-15 victory.
My 2012 NFL week 1 predictions and picks continue with Seattle at Arizona. This game seems like it could be irrelevent by mid-season. But I think the Seahawks could potentially challenge for a wild card position. Seattle wins on the road in the week 1 NFL schedule 22-17.
Cam Newton and Carolina are in Tampa Bay. Can the Panthers keep the offense going in 2012? My answer is absolutely. The Panthers roll to a 23-13 victory going away.
In what could be the most entertaining game of week one, Denver hosts Pittsburgh on Sunday night. The debut of Peyton Manning could potentially be run over by the Steel Curtain defense. But I don’t think so. Not in week one. The Broncos win thanks to 4 touchdown passes from Manning in a 31-27 battle.
The final games on the 2012 NFL week once schedule take place on Monday night. Cincinnati heads to Baltimore and San Diego visits Oakland.
My 2012 NFL 1 predictions? I’ll take the Ravens in a 24-17 victory and the Raiders at home 16-13. Ryan Matthews will not be available and I believe that could hurt the Chargers overall offense. Ray Rice gets busy with 110 yards and 2 scores for the Ravens in a week 1 win.
That’s all for my 2012 NFL predictions and picks for week 1. I’ll be back next week with another round of winners and losers.