Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
  • My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • NCAA FB
  • Tennis

Prisco's Picks: Week 1

 
 
PRISCO'S PICKS DELIVERED TO YOU
Sign up to our newsletter and find out who your team could be picking
WEEK
 
1
 
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
 
Seattle
Seahawks
24
I love the season opening with a great offense (Green Bay) against a great defense (Seattle). Something will give. The last time here it was the Packers' offense. This time, I think they will be better and the game again will be close. But Seattle is so tough at home and they find a way.
Green Bay
Packers
23
 
Week 1 - Sunday, Sep. 7, 2014
 
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.
Buffalo
Bills
17
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
33
These two rivals don't like each other at all, so this is a great way to start. Too many people are sleeping on the Falcons, and this gives Atlanta a chance to show the naysayers. Look for Matt Ryan and Julio Jones to hook up on two big plays down the field for the difference. Drew Brees will get his as well. The shootout will be fun.
New Orleans
Saints
31
 
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
21
It's hard to win a road division game, but I think this Bengals team has a chance to be really good. Both defenses should be good, which will make it tough going for both quarterbacks. I think the Bengals will find a way in the fourth quarter.
Baltimore
Ravens
20
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
27
The Eagles can score, but the Jaguars will be better on defense. They've had a lot of time to get ready for Chip Kelly's offense. But Jacksonville's offense has issues and won't be able to keep up.
Jacksonville
Jaguars
13
 
 
Washington
Redskins
28
The Texans' offensive issues (read: QB) will show up weekly, starting in Week 1. Robert Griffin III hasn't looked good this summer but will get it going here. The Redskins take a road victory.
Houston
Texans
20
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
21
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.
Cleveland
Browns
10
 
 
St. Louis
Rams
23
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.
Minnesota
Vikings
20
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
27
This will be big for Jake Locker. If he can go into Kansas City and win an opener, it will help his confidence in a big way. He's looked good this summer, and I think it will continue. The Chiefs will get a big day from Jamaal Charles, though, to pull out a close one.
Tennessee
Titans
26
 
 
New England
Patriots
27
It will be hot, humid and that will be a challenge for New England. The Dolphins have offensive-line issues, which could show up. Look for Tom Brady to find a way to pull this one out in the fourth quarter.
Miami
Dolphins
26
 
 
New York
Jets
20
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.
Oakland
Raiders
10
 
 
San Francisco
49ers
30
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.
Dallas
Cowboys
21
 
 
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
21
The Bucs get a chance to see if Josh McCown is the right guy off the bat. Carolina has a solid defensive front, but they have secondary issues. That shows up in this one. Cam Newton is dinged up a bit. He will play, but his running will be restricted, and that plays a role as Tampa Bay takes it.
Carolina
Panthers
17
 
 
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.
Indianapolis
Colts
17
 
Week 1 - Monday, Sep. 8, 2014
 
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.
New York
Giants
21
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
24
This is a heck of a way to end the weekend. These are two good teams that should push for playoff spots in 2014. I think Arizona's offense will have some success down the field in this game with Michael Floyd. The key will be Arizona's run defense choking off San Diego's ground game. Cardinals take it.
San Diego
Chargers
20
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre