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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 1 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | September 4 - 8

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, September 4

Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (-6, 46 1/2) 8:30 pm - The NFL season opens with what should be a heck of a game, matching the defending Super Bowl champions against one of the NFC's best.

While Aaron Rodgers and the packers are sure to score some points on the highly-regarded Seattle defense, it's probably not going to be enough to counter what Russell Wilson can make happen for the Seahawks.

Entertaining and close for the first three quarters is the probable scenario, with the Seattle defense shutting down the Pack in the fourth quarter, possibly turning a Green bay turnover into the winning margin.

Prediction: Seahawks 34 Packers 20


Sunday, September 7

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7, 41) 1:00 pm - Just in case anybody believes that Brian Hoyer - and not Johnny Manziel - is the answer for the Browns, they should tune into this one.

The Steelers are not exactly the powerhouse they used to be (1-3 in preseason, BTW) and they have no running game to speak of, but, they are probably good enough to handle their NFC North opponents, as they usually do, year in and year out. Last season the Steelers topped the Browns, 27-11, in Cleveland and closed out the regular season with a 20-7 win in Pittsburgh.

Same kind of thing should happen here. The cries for Manziel will be heard all the way from the shores Lake Erie.

Prediction: Steelers 24 Browns 10


New England Patriots (-5, 47) at Miami Dolphins 1:00 pm - Difficult not to like the Patriots, even as road favorites, as they begin another campaign with terrific Tom Brady at the helm. Other than his wife, Gisele Bundchen, signing a fat, new ad contract with Under Armour, Brady is probably happy that tight end, Rob Gronkowski has been announced ready for this game.

Even if Brady doesn't hook up with his favorite receiver, the Patriot defense is probably going to be well-schooled to handle Miami's weak offense. Miami head coach Joe Philbin has a difficult task ahead and this will only make life more interesting.

If Miami can't keep up early, this could get ugly.

Prediction: Patriots 31 Dolphins 13


Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (-4, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - While the Chiefs were going to the playoffs last season, the Titans were headed for an off-season of reorganization and reflection following a 7-9 mark and second place finish in the AFC South.

With a clean slate, the Titans may not go down so easily in this one, especially if they can keep Jamaal Charles from breaking out. That should be a task the Titan defense can handle, as the KC offensive line has been retooled.

Jake Locker has been coming of age long enough for him to lead his team to an upset win and this looks like a promising spot.

Prediction: Titans 27 Chiefs 24


Washington Redskins at Houston Texans (-2 1/2, 45) 1:00 pm - On the surface, this looks a lot like a game the Redskins should win. After all, the Texans were just 2-14 last season, but, let's not forget that Washington finished 2013 at 3-13, so, some questions are going to be answered here, especially, whether either of these teams are ready to compete for a divisional title or more.

Another question is whether the Texans will start QB Ryan Mallett, just traded from the Patriots to Houston. It's either him or Ryan Fitzpatrick, formerly of the Bengals and Bills, running the show, but whoever it is, one has to like the Redskins, since they have RG3 behind center.

Prediction: Redskins 27 Texans 17


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Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears (-7, 47) 1:00 pm - Tough spot for the Bills, having to start on the road against an NFC North powerhouse.

While the Bills are expected to finish maybe around .500 this season, the Bears have their eyes set on the division title, something they can achieve, despite their 8-8 record from last season.

The Bears are probably going to win this one, but, despite the Bills not having much going for them in terms of offense, they should be able to hang close in a defensive struggle.

Prediction: Bears 20 Bills 17


Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-1, 43) 1:00 pm - The Ravens can probably come up with 100 reasons why they finished last season with an 8-8 mark, but they cannot deny that the final nail in their regular season coffin was a 34-17 thrashing by these very Bengals.

Cincinnati has the look of a team on the verge of a Super Bowl, whereas the Ravens look like a team searching for identity. Two years out from the Ray Lewis era, they are not the same defense they once were, though still not bad.

As this rivalry is pretty heated, expect plenty of hard blows, but the Bengals will be delivering most of them.

Prediction: Bengals 24 Ravens 17


Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams (-3 1/2, 43) 1:00 pm - The Rams will be without Sam Bradford again this season and will instead be led by either Shaun Hill (the projected starter) or Case Keenum, acquired off waivers from the Texans just days ago.

That's the good news. The bad news is that the Rams are in the toughest division in the league and a win here would be a great start.

Matt Cassel will get the start for the Vikings, with top draft pick Teddy Bridgewater waiting in the wings. If the Vikings can get Adrian Peterson going early, they should be able to contain any offense the Rams have in mind. That's the plan.

Prediction: Vikings 30 Rams 16


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New Orleans Saints (-3, 51 1/2) at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 pm - With the Falcons going 4-14 last season, it's hard to believe the Saints are more heavily-favored in this season opener, but, despite losing both games to the Saints last season, they were close: 23-17 in New Orleans, and 17-13 in the Georgia Dome.

The Falcons will have to get their running game in gear to keep Drew Brees off the field, and, if successful, should be able to keep the clock ticking and the ball in the hands of Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense.

What the heck, it's week 1, so how about a foreseeable upset.

Prediction: Falcons 31 Saints 28


Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles (-10 1/2, 53) 1:00 pm - The Jaguars have no business being in Philadelphia this week or any other, for that matter.

The Eagles may have the most potent offense in the league and they Jags, well, they're still rebuilding from 2006. Nick Foles could set some franchise marks in what figures to be the blowout of the week.

Prediction: Eagles 42 Jaguars 13


Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (-5 1/2, 39 1/2) 1:00 pm - This is a game one should not allow small children or women to watch. One would not want them to get the idea that this is why most adult men are not around on Sunday afternoons.

If the two teams don't embarrass themselves completely, this will still be a lousy season opener. Heck, it would be a bad game even in week 10 or 12 or 14. Ok, so the NFL said, "let's get this stinker out of the way early."

The Jets, somehow, will dominate.

Prediction: Jets 27 Raiders 7

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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