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Our first NFL Football Friday edition:

New Orleans @ Atlanta
Saints -3
over/under 51.5
This game prediction goes against everything I believe in. I believe that Sean Payton is a top 5 coach in the game. I believe that Drew Brees is a top 5 quarterback in this league. I believe the Saints offense will be explosive. And I believe Falcons coach Mike Smith is a loser. However there is one stat I have a hard time ignoring a stat I read: The Saints have struggled covering games away from home. This is a game in which the Falcons shouldnt win and they will and then lay an egg next week
Prediction
Falcons 27 Saints 26
Lean Falcons +3

Minnesota @ St. Louis
Rams -4
over/under 43.5
Many thought this Rams team was going to take a step forward but they were dealt a blow losing Sam Bradford in the preseason. I dont believe the drop off from Bradford to Shaun Hill is that drastic. Minnesota brought in new coach Mike Zimmer but the quarterback situation is still unsettled. I expect the Rams to stack the box and contain Adrian Peterson and take care of the Vikings in week 1.
Prediction
Rams 23 Vikings 13
Lean Rams -4

Cleveland @ Pittsburgh
Steelers -6.5
over/under 41.5
The Steelers look to rebound after struggling in 2013. They enter this season healthy which was one of the main issues last season. The Browns are under a new coach again! They have elected to start Brian Hoyer to begin the year. Both defenses should control the game. I see Roethlisberger making a couple extra plays to get Pittsburgh off to a positive start
Prediction
Steelers 23 Browns 19
Lean Wagon +6.5

Jacksonville @ Philadelphia
Eagles -10.5
over/under 52.5
The Eagles look to take another step forward in Chip Kelly’s 2nd year. They host the Jaguars who have chose Chad Henne to start the year over rookie Blake Bortles. I think Chip Kelly will be able to exploit the Jags linebackers with McCoy and Sproles. Kelly will make Henne and the young offense one dimensional and the Eagles should cruise in the opener
Prediction
Eagles 30 Jaguars 10
Lean Eagles -10.5

Oakland @ New York Jets
Jets -5.5
over/under 39.5
The Raiders coming across to the east coast for a 100 game with a rookie quarterback is not the ideal matchup in week 1 but I dont think there are many favorable matchups for the Raiders. Geno Smith’s ineffectiveness will let the Raiders hang around but the Jets defense will keep the Raiders under wraps. Ill take Rex Ryan vs the rookie qb in a slopfest
Prediction
Jets 19 Raiders 15
Lean under 39.5

Cincinnati @ Baltimore
Ravens -1.5
over/under 43
A week 1 battle in the AFC North. The Ravens will be without scumbag Ray Rice so Bernard Pierce will be carrying thee load at running back. Andy Dalton has struggled in Ravens stadium in the past. It pains me to say that I dont see this game being much different. John Harbaugh is 12-1 in games where he has more than 10 days to prepare.
Prediction
Ravens 24 Bengals 20
Lean Ravens -1.5

Buffalo @ Chicago
Bears -7
over/under 47
On paper this seems like a Bears cakewalk. Matt Forte and the playmakers on the outside should have a good day for the Bears. I think EJ Manuel will play well despite his up and down pre season. I am calling for the first backdoor of the season
Prediction
Bears 30 Bills 24
Lean Bills +7

Redskins @ Texans
Texans -3
over/under 45
A matchup of 2 head coaches in there first game. A very interesting matchup with the Redskins offense against the Texans defense and the upgraded defensive line adding Jadaveon Clowney. I think the Texans line will cause havoc and give Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Texans short fields. Bill OBrien gets a win in his first game
Prediction
Texans 27 Redskins 20
Lean Texans -3

Titans @ Chiefs
Chiefs -3.5
over/under 43.5
Ken Whisenhunt takes over the Titans with Ray Horton getting control of the Titan defense. I think those are 2 great hires and will have the Titans competing for a Wild Card. They face the Chiefs at Arrowhead to open the season. The Chiefs caught a lot of breaks last year and were a +19 in the turnover department. Lack of wide receivers and a lesser oline will have the Chiefs in for a long year. Dont forget though Andy Reid knows more than you
Prediction
Titans 27 Chiefs 13
Lean Titans +3.5

Patriots @ Dolphins
Patriots -5
over/under 47
A revamped defense and a healthy Gronkowski has the hoodie feeling good about the Pats. The Dolphins have to be happy last season is over. The Patriots will take care of business in South Beach.
Prediction
Patriots 27 Dolphins 16
Lean Pats -5

Panthers @ Buccaneers
Bucs -2
over/under 39.5
The mighty Bucs open the Lovie Smith era. This pits a matchup of two teams I believe are headed in opposite directions. The Bucs give Lovie Smith the W and Cam Newton will begin begging for wide receivers
Prediction
Bucs 28 Panthers 13
Lean Bucs -2

49ers @ Cowboys
49ers -4.5
over/under 51.5
The 49ers have to be itching to start the season and putting this offseason behind them. The suspensions and injuries have added up. The Cowboys are the perfect recipe. The Cowboys defense minus Scandrick, minus Sean Lee, and losing Demarcus Ware will be atrocious
Prediction
49ers 34 Cowboys 16
Lean 49ers -4.5

Colts @ Broncos
Broncos -7.5
over/under 55.5
The Broncos get to show off there new additions in prime time vs Andrew the Giant. It will be interesting to watch Peyton Manning without his safety valve Wes Welker. Primetime and Mile High is the difference in this one for the Broncos
Prediction
Broncos 31 Colts 27
Lean Colts +7.5

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