Denver Broncos at New Orleans Saints
By this point in time, I fully expect Paxton Lynch to be the Broncos’ quarterback, but that isn’t going to go without some growing pains. Facing New Orleans in New Orleans is no easy task for a rookie. The Saints will continue to find a way to overcome their poor defense and win games – putting them firm in the conversation as a surprise team in 2016. We all know what Brees can do, but the defense plays much better than people expected. They aren’t elite by any means, but serviceable and not the detriment many believed they would be. Saints coast at home.
Saints 23 Broncos 14
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles
The offense shines for the Falcons in this one, looking like the team that was contending in the NFC just a few short years ago. The Eagles are going to be a mess with Carson Wentz at quarterback while being in full rebuild mode. The Falcons feast on the Eagles in the city of brotherly love during the rough first season under new head coach Doug Pederson.
Falcons 34 Eagles 13
Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers
The Chiefs defense will be cementing their place as one of the best in the NFL and going into Bank of America stadium and shutting Cam Newton and the Panthers down will be no small task. But the Chiefs find a way to make it look easy. The Chiefs get after Cam in a way reminiscent of the Broncos in Super Bowl 50, causing him to become extremely uncomfortable and taking him out of the game plan early. Chiefs get a big time win on the road.
Chiefs 17 Panthers 13
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lovie Smith found a way to go 0-2 against his former team while in Tampa, despite the Bears being a bad team during those seasons. Jay Cutler will be, well, Jay Cutler. He will make some dazzling throws creating big plays, then he’ll turn around and make awful mistakes that make you scratch your head. That’s what Cutler does. Doug Martin runs wild through the Bears’ front seven and is easily the player of the game in this one.
Buccaneers 27 Bears 17
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