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Prisco's Picks: Week 1

 
 
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PETE PRISCO
Senior NFL Columnist
Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and can be seen throughout the week on CBS Sports' NFL shows. When he's not watching game tape you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
MATCHUP SCORE ANALYSIS
Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013
 
Denver
Broncos
35
Peyton Manning vs. Andrew Luck will be fun. But the problem for Luck is his offensive line against a Denver defensive front that will be much improved. He will run for his life in this one. The Broncos will continue to put up huge numbers on offense this season, and it starts here.
Result: Denver Broncos 49, Baltimore Ravens 27
Baltimore
Ravens
20
 
Sunday, Sep. 8, 2013
 
New England
Patriots
27

Result: New England Patriots 23, Buffalo Bills 21
Buffalo
Bills
17
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
24

Result: Seattle Seahawks 12, Carolina Panthers 7
Carolina
Panthers
17
 
 
Chicago
Bears
30
The Bears will be explosive on offense, but Buffalo has a good defense. Something has to give. The concern is Buffalo's passing game. Has EJ Manuel made enough strides, even against a bad secondary? Not sure he has.
Result: Chicago Bears 24, Cincinnati Bengals 21
Cincinnati
Bengals
21
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
26

Result: Miami Dolphins 23, Cleveland Browns 10
Cleveland
Browns
10
 
 
Detroit
Lions
34
The Giants struggled on offense in the preseason, and this is a tough defensive front to try and get it going against. That should concern Eli Manning. The Lions will score a lot of points this season, and it gets started here. Matt Stafford lights it up.
Result: Detroit Lions 34, Minnesota Vikings 24
Minnesota
Vikings
20
 
 
Indianapolis
Colts
17

Result: Indianapolis Colts 21, Oakland Raiders 17
Oakland
Raiders
10
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
27

Result: Kansas City Chiefs 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 2
Jacksonville
Jaguars
13
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
33

Result: Atlanta Falcons 17, New Orleans Saints 23
New Orleans
Saints
31
 
 
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
21
Opening on the road is always tough. Opening across the country is even tougher. Opening against a good defensive front with a rookie quarterback is really tough. Geno Smith will do enough on offense to take it.
Result: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17, NY Jets 18
New York
Jets
20
 
 
Tennessee
Titans
26
Brian Hoyer vs. Ben Roethlisberger is a huge edge for the Steelers. Plus, Roethlisberger has Antonio Brown. Who does Hoyer have? I like the Steelers to win their opener at home with a revamped defense doing a nice job.
Result: Tennessee Titans 16, Pittsburgh Steelers 9
Pittsburgh
Steelers
21
 
 
San Francisco
49ers
30

Result: San Francisco 49ers 34, Green Bay Packers 28
Green Bay
Packers
23
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
24
This will be the first start for Rams quarterback Shaun Hill since 2009. That's tough. But the Vikings have Matt Cassel. That's even tougher to overcome. I think the Rams get after him with their front and turn short fields into scores.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 24, St. Louis Rams 27
St. Louis
Rams
23
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
21
The Dallas defense is terrible, but the Cowboys will score a lot on offense. The 49ers' defense won't be as good as past years, so look for Tony Romo to hit some downfield shots. The problem is the Cowboys will have trouble stopping the 49ers.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 36, NY Giants 31
New York
Giants
21
 
Monday, Sep. 9, 2013
 
Washington
Redskins
28

Result: Washington Redskins 27, Philadelphia Eagles 33
Philadelphia
Eagles
27
 
 
San Diego
Chargers
20

Result: San Diego Chargers 28, Houston Texans 31
Houston
Texans
20
 
 
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