New Orleans Saints at New York Giants
In a game that sorely lacked defense in 2015, the Saints squeaked out a 52-49 victory over the New York Giants. This time, the game is in the Meadowlands and likely won’t be reminiscent to that of a college game. The Giants are under new leadership and are looking to content in a wide open NFC East. With Tony Romo going down, the Eagles rolling with Carson Wentz, and the Redskins likely unable to replicate last season’s surprise success, the Giants should feel like the division is theirs to lose. In order to not lose it, these are the games they have to win. Eli and OBJ do their thing and the defense does enough to send the Saints home at 0-2.
Giants 28 Saints 20
San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers
We’re not going to dive in to what a dumpster fire the entire 49ers organization is right now. All you need to know is that they’re really, really bad. From Firing Harbaugh to bringing in Chip Kelly to the quarterback issues (both in terms of play and controversy), this team is a mess. Flying coast to coast isn’t going to help. Cam and the Panthers’ defense are fantasy owners’ dreams this week.
Panthers 31 49ers 10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals
The team that made it to the NFC Championship last season will show no signs of slowing up this year. The first true test for this Buccaneers team under Koetter and Smith, well, won’t go well. Facing a team of Arizona’s caliber on the road so soon into the season is not a favorable matchup and the Bucs are gonna struggle in this one.
Cardinals 31 Buccaneers 20
Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders face NFC South teams in back to back weeks to open the season. Lucky for them, the results are the same. The Falcons don’t have the fire power to keep up with Oakland in the black hole. Although Julio Jones is an elite talent, the rest of the team won’t be good enough to showcase him properly. Oakland cruises.
Raiders 27 Falcons 13
Next: Week Three