NFL: Week One Game by Game Predictions
The 2019 NFL Season is upon us. The staff at IroniqMedia is dedicated to bringing you the utmost coverage of the NFL every season. This year we are going to bring you a new weekly picks feature. Staff members will pick the games each week and give you a reason behind their pick. Therefore, without further ado, here are the picks for week one.
Anthony Fiuza – Staff Writer
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears: The Pack has improved, but Da Bears still have a great pass rush and sturdy run game.
Bears 22, Packers 20
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles: Case Keenum doesn’t have much to work with and the Eagles are stacked with offensive and defensive weapons.
Birds 28, Skins 20
Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars: In one of the more tough games to predict, the Jags don’t have much to cheer about with Nick Foles and Leonard Fournette. KC can still hit the QB and Mahomes could make some noise with Mecole Hardman.
KC 24, Jags 17
Jets 24, Bills 23
Los Angeles Rams at Carolina Panthers: Carolina won’t have the offensive firepower to keep up with the nasty and healthy set of Rams weapons.
Rams 28, Panthers 20
Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings: Despite Kirk Cousins being doubted left and right, Minnie has the weapons on defense to counteract those in the A-T-L. Besides, this isn’t a primetime game so Kirk should be alright, especially at home.
Vikes 27, Falcons 18
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins: Phins are bad…reaaalllllyyyy bad. They just traded a starting tackle and receiver…
Baltimore 30, Phins 10
Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns: Browns have too many weapons that will run wild against Tennessee. Whether it’s Mariota or Tannehill at QB, the Titans just don’t have enough on offense.
Browns 27, Titans 17
Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Chargers: Despite losing key players for different reasons, the Bolts have one of the more complete teams in the NFL and will pick apart the Colts offense with Ingram and Bosa leading the ‘D’.
Bolts 26, Colts 13
Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks: Cincy will be better than what some may think, but in this game, Seattle will let Russell Wilson and its front seven to lead the way.
Hawks 24, Cincy 14
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: Dallas will take advantage of the Giants’ secondary and the Dak & Cooper Show will have a great game. Maybe Michael Gallup makes a few big runs, too.
Boys 27, G-Men 13
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals: Matthew Stafford and Kenny Golladay will connect a few times and the Motor City ‘D’ will make some plays vs Kyler Murray. Matt Patricia has to fight for his job and can afford to be outcoached by Kliff Kingsbury.
Lions 23, Cards 13
San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston isn’t perfect, but with Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich by his side Tampa could impress this year. Jimmy G might need a few games to get hot for San Fran.
Bucs 22, Niners 17
Pittsburgh Steelers at New Englan Patriots: Pitt will have a good year, but this game might be Tom Brady‘s last NFL Season Opener at Gillette Stadium. Plus, revenge is on the Pats’ mind after a tough loss to the Steelers back in December.
Pats 27, Steelers 23
Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints: The Texans have playmakers, but the Saints have some younger players ready to step up. Michael Thomas should make noise against Houston’s secondary.
Saints 26, Texans 24
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders: The Broncos will put pressure on Derek Carr throughout the game. Plus, Denver has good quality secondary members to slow down Oakland WRs Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams.
Denver 23, Black Hole 17
Steve Reed – Staff Writer
Green Bay vs Chicago
Last year the Bears lost a heart breaker to the Packers in week 1. This year however the Bears take the Packers to school. Green Bay’s defense is suspect and will give Chicago plenty of opportunities to score.
Tennessee vs Cleveland
A tight back and forth game is what to expect. However, the Titans offense isn’t nearly as talented as Clevelands and will be unable to go shot for shot with Baker Mayfield and company. Give me Cleveland comfortably.
Baltimore vs Miami
Ryan Fitzpatrick will be trying to will some Fitz-Magic into this Dolphins team but it’s clear they’re in tank mode. Baltimore takes this one easily. Watch for the offense in Baltimore to try and utilize Lamar Jackson’s arm more than his legs in this week one matchup.
Atlanta vs Minnesota
One of the best week one matchups this year. The dome will be rocking with high expectations for the Vikings this year. Matt Ryan and company are always a tough opponent but the Vikings defense will do enough to shut down the Falcons. Give me Minnesota by a field goal.
Buffalo vs New York Jets
The Jets have completely revamped their team and the Bills are still well the Bills. Sam Darnold is ready to take the next step and with Le’Veon Bell there very well should. J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS this week. Give me gang green by a lot.
Washington vs Philadelphia
Well, Philly your savior Nick Foles is gone it’s time for Carson Wetz to show up big. Miles Sanders should have a huge game even if he’s limited to RB2 carries due to the Redskins still having a suspect defense. Case Keenum won’t be enough. Give me Philly.
Los Angeles Rams vs Carolina
The Rams came up short in Superbowl 53 this past year and are on a revenge mission. LA will come out firing this year after giving Jared Goff an extension and Carolina is a middle of the road team. I’ll take the Rams even if Todd Gurley is out.
Kansas City vs Jacksonville
What should be a very fun game to watch could go either way. Can the Chiefs defense stand pat against this new Jacksonville offense or can Jacksonville shutdown last years MVP Patrick Mahomes. I like KC in this game and think the Chiefs are the favorites to represent the AFC in Superbowl 54.
Indianapolis vs Los Angeles Chargers
Part of me wants to pick Indy even without Andrew Luck. Jacoby Brissett knows this Colts offense and is a serviceable starter. However, we are talking about the Chargers who have put together one of the best defenses in football. On top of that a healthy Keenan Allen is dangerous. Give me LA in this one.
Cincinnati vs Seattle
The Bengals should be in complete rebuild mode and participating in the “Tank for Tua” sweepstakes. New Head Coach Zac Taylor has a lot to do to turn this team around. Seattle comes into this game better than they were a season ago and just added Jadeveon Clowney to this already good front 7. Russell Wilson will have a huge game and Seattle wins in a landslide.
New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys
Up until yesterday, I would’ve given New York a chance in this game. With Ezekiel Elliott not showing up and threatening to miss regular-season games the chances looked decent but Zeke has since signed a contract making him the highest-paid running back in the NFL. The Cowboys just have too many offensive weapons and Saquon Barkley can’t do it all. I’ll take Dallas this week.
Detroit vs Arizona
Interesting matchup down in Phoenix. This year’s first overall pick Kyler Murray up against the established old man Matt Stafford. I like Detroit’s future and the team has improved from a year ago. I think Head Coach Matt Patricia gameplans well against Murray and the Lions take this one.
San Francisco vs Tampa Bay
I like this Tampa Bay offense more than I probably should. With the addition of offensive genius Bruce Arians, I fully anticipate Jamies Winston to throw for 5000 yards. If the running backs can get any sort of offense going San Francisco is in trouble. I’m still not bought into the Jimmy G is elite talk yet and think Tampa can shut this offense down. Give me Tampa Bay by two touchdowns.
Pittsburgh vs New England
Man, where do I start? The “yinzer” in me wants to pick the Steelers but know it’s difficult to pick against Tom Brady no matter if it’s February or September. In this case, I’ll still take Pittsburgh I like what we saw out of rookie Devin Bush in the preseason and think Big Ben and company can do what they did a year ago and beat New England in the regular season.
Houston vs New Orleans
Houston just traded star Jadeveon Clowney but brought in a top left tackle in Laremy Tunsil. Deshaun Watson now has protection and the ability to sit in the pocket and not risk injury by running around. Plus they brought in both Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson who should see a ton of playing time with Lamar Miller tearing his ACL. New Orleans is no slouch though one of the best teams in all of football and the current favorite in the NFC. I like Houston a lot this year and know they’ll make a run in the playoffs which starts on Monday Night Football. Give me Houston on a game-winning field goal.
Denver vs Oakland
Another case of two subpar teams meeting up in week one. Neither team is all that impressive although Denver’s defense looks like it could be decent this year. I think this Denver defense does enough to keep the Oakland offense off the field and Flacco can squeak one out in Oakland. Give me Denver in this one with an Antonio Brown meltdown on the sideline when Derek Carr keeps overthrowing him.
Justin Thomas – Staff Writer
Packers vs Bears (Bears Win)
The first Thursday night game of the NFL season is always exciting and what better way to open the season than with a matchup of two of the more storied franchises in the NFL. Last season saw the Packers defeat the Bears on Sunday Night Football in an epic comeback performance by Aaron Rodgers. This year however won’t be the case. Chicago will be at home in front of a packed stadium. And with Rodgers not playing a single snap this preseason it’s still unknown how he and new head coach Matt LaFleur will work out. I expect it to be a fairly low scoring game somewhere around 21-17 Bears.
Chiefs vs Jaguars (Chiefs win)
Kansas City comes into this season primed and ready to make another run at the Super Bowl. Last season they came within an offsides penalty of going to the big game. Although they lost some pieces on defense I expect their offense to be in midseason form against the Jaguars. At the end of the day, Jacksonville just doesn’t have the offensive firepower to keep pace with the Chiefs.
Falcons vs Vikings (Vikings win)
This is one of the better matchups during week 1. Two teams that’ll both be playoff contenders come December. The past few years the Vikings have been on the cusp of becoming a Super Bowl contender but haven’t really made it over the hump. I expect them to come out with a lot of energy and also expect WR Adam Thielen to have a big game as well.
Titans vs Browns (Browns win)
The Browns have had one of the best offseasons in recent history of any team. They acquired a plethora of talent including superstar WR Odell Beckham Jr from the New York Giants. With all the offensive weapons at his disposal, Baker Mayfield should have no problem handling a Titans team who most expect will be toward the bottom of the AFC this year.
Bills vs Jets (Jets win)
A classic AFC East rivalry right out the gate, the Bills head to MetLife Stadium to take on the new-look Jets. Last season the Bills had one of the best defenses in the league and they improved it when they drafted DT Ed Oliver. However, I expect Le’Veon Bell to show he’s still the same game-breaker he was in Pittsburgh and put on a show for his new team. Jets will win the game by two scores.
Ravens vs Dolphins (Ravens win)
Gone is longtime quarterback Joe Flacco for the Baltimore Ravens. However, his predecessor Lamar Jackson has a ton of hype around him especially after he led the team into the playoffs last season. The knock on him is that he’d rather run than throwing the ball however he should be able to display his passing ability against this Dolphins defense. With a Miami team basically in rebuild mode, this should be an easy victory for the Ravens.
Redskins vs Eagles (Eagles win)
Washington is still without Alex Smith who is still rehabbing from that horrific leg injury he sustained last season. Case Keenum has been granted the starting spot but who knows for how long as Dwayne Haskins is waiting in the background. That being said the Eagles defense shouldn’t have a problem with the Redskins less than stellar offense. And with a new weapon, DeSean Jackson for Carson Wentz to heave deep balls to this will be a convincing win for the Birds
Rams vs Panthers (Rams win)
The Rams are definitely on a revenge tour after an anemic performance in the Super Bowl. Los Angeles just signed QB Jared Goff to a huge contract extension so look for him to go out and prove he was worth that money. Although the Panthers have a stud in Christian McCaffrey and of course Cam Newton, the LA defense will prove to be too much to handle.
Colts vs Chargers (Chargers win)
With the news of Andrew Luck retiring it means Jacoby Brissett is the new starter. Let’s be honest he’s no Andrew Luck. Even though the Chargers are going to be without star running back Melvin Gordon, Phillip Rivers and crew still have one of the best offenses in the NFL and will take care of business at home.
Bengals vs Seahawks (Seahawks win)
Seattle just got a major boost on defense with the newly acquired Jadeveon Clowney. With the game being in Seattle expect the 12th man to make its presence felt. The Bengals are just too overmatched on both sides of the ball in this one.
Giants vs Cowboys (Cowboys win)
Now that Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys have come to terms on a contract extension, Dallas can once again set its sights on a Super Bowl run. The Giants come into this season with a ton of questions including when not if, rookie Daniel Jones will start. With only Saquan Barkley to account for on the offensive side of the ball, the Dallas defense should have a pretty good day.
49ers vs Buccaneers (Buccaneers win)
Not a game that people outside of Tampa Bay and San Francisco will be clamoring to watch but I still expect it to be a competitive game. Bruce Arians may be the last hope for Jamies Winston but the combination of Winston and Mike Evans is still one of the better QB/WR duos in the NFL.
Lions vs Cardinals (Lions win)
Although the hype around rookie Kyler Murray will be at a fever pitch week 1 he did struggle a bit in the preseason. I expect the Lions defense to pin its ears back and come after the young QB early and often. And without Patrick Peterson, Matt Stafford will be airing it out all afternoon.
Patriots vs Steelers (Patriots win)
What’s become one of the best rivalries over the past decade in the NFL, New England and Pittsburgh always seem to have epic battles. This time however the Steelers will not have either Le’Veon Bell or Antonio Brown. Although they still have JuJu and James Connor they can’t replace what the other two brought to the table. I expect Tom Brady and the Pats to win convincingly.
Texans vs Saints (Saints win)
This past offseason the Saints made their Pro-Bowl WR Michael Thomas the highest-paid player at his position. New Orleans boasts one the league’s most lethal offenses with star power at QB, WR, and RB. I expect a big game from Drew Brees and a win for the Saints in the Big Easy.
Broncos vs Raiders (Raiders win)
There’s a lot of intrigue and hype centered-around Oakland with the addition of Antonio Brown. With the Raiders playing in their final NFL games at the Oakland Coliseum the place should be in a frenzy. Oakland wins simply off the fact that it’s their last week 1 home game in Oakland.
Sean Naylor – Editor in Chief
Packers at Bears
Bears are looking to repeat as NFC North Champs. However, the Packers are hoping that they can bounce back under new head coach Matt LaFleur. Look for this to be a good ol’ fashion barn burner. Bears win in a close one
Chiefs at Jaguars
The Chiefs are going to look to stay on the pace they were in during the 2018 year. Now in 2019, they will work on a notion that they are the best in the conference. However, the Chiefs defense leaves some questions marks. Jaguars upset
Falcons at Vikings
Falcons will be a surprise team for the 2019 NFL Season. Look for a solid bounce back from their defense that was often injured in 2018. If this team can keep it together, look for them to represent in a wild card at least. Falcons win
Titans at Browns
This is going to be one loud and rowdy game. The Browns are high-powered and out to prove they are no longer an NFL pushover. Meanwhile, the Titans are trying to find an offense. This could get ugly quick. Browns win going away.
Ravens at Dolphins
Lamar Jackson has some weapons in Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews. Look for the Ravens to control this game from the outset. Ravens win.
Bills at Jets
This may surprise some people. Nonetheless, I feel that you can get quite the respect for Josh Allen after this week. Look for him to have a solid game. Bills win!
Redskins at Eagles
Case Keenum has no weapons. The running game will be the only bright spot on that side of the ball. Especially with the return of Derrius Guice. Philly wins
Rams at Panthers
The Panthers defense is good. However, are they good enough to stop the LA Rams? I don’t think so! Rams win!
Colts at Chargers
This could get ugly quick. The Chargers are amped. The Colts are reeling. Look for a big win from the Chargers! Chargers win!
Bengals at Seahawks
Can Russell Wilson be a magician? This team is being picked to win the NFC West. Do you believe? Seahawks win
Giants at Cowboys
Cowboys get Ezekiel Elliott back. Giants have questions at QB. Yes, I am being serious. There are several other questions on both teams. Giants win
Lions at Cardinals
The NFL debut of Kylar Murray. Will he live up to all the hype. Or will the hype die down? Matt Patricia and the Lions come ready to play. Lions win!
49ers at Bucs
This is a bad game to try and pick. Both teams are coming off bad seasons. Both teams are looking to rebound. Is Jimmy G healthy? We will see on Sunday. 49ers win.
Steelers at Patriots
The unveiling of the rings usually means disaster for the travel team. However, the Steelers are a veteran NFL club and that should not affect the outcome. Steelers win
Texans at Saints
A battle of NFL teams that could very well be there at the end. Drew Brees shows the youngster a thing or two. Saints win.
Broncos at Raiders
Typical rivalry. Is Jon Gruden ready for season 2? Are the Broncos? As ready as they are going to be. Flacco, Lindsay, and Sanders are the Broncos triplets. Broncos win!
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