Indianapolis at Buffalo, Sunday, September 13, 2015, 1:00 PM ETPICK: INDIANAPOLIS Unless you live in some godforsaken hole that is devoid of the internet and television, you must be aware that Andrew Luck is one of the best QBs in the league. The fact that he boasts of a solid set of targets like T.Y. Hilton, along with Frank Gore and Andre Johnson, can only mean good things for Luck and his team this week. Finding spaces against Rex Ryan and his mean defense in Buffalo won’t be easy, and QB Tyrod Taylor will come into this game with a lot to prove after winning the starting job over Matt Cassel and Rex Ryan, which don’t bode well for the visitors. Nonetheless, Luck has proven himself countlessly against tough defenses, so figuring a way to open up Buffalo should be possible, as he leads the Colts to a narrow win late in the game.
Green Bay at Chicago, Sunday, September 13, 2015, 1:00 PM ETPICK: GREEN BAY This one is really a no-brainer—when you have the best quarterback on the planet (Aaron Rodgers) going against a questionable secondary (in Chicago), it will probably take a cosmic miracle for Rodgers and the Packers not to collect the obvious victory here.
Miami at Washington, Sunday, September 13, 2015, 1:00 PM ETPICK: MIAMI Going by his up-surging performances over the last two years and his solid showing in the preseason games, 2015 could be a special year for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Meanwhile, Miami’s pass rush unit that was ranked second-best last season, according to Pro Football Focus, now boasts of the services of the best one-man havoc-wrecking pass rusher in Ndamukong Suh. Against Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who’s recently been average (at best), the Dolphins’ secondary is likely to keep him muted. This should give Tannehill and his offense many opportunities to take advantage of Washington’s challenged defense (ranked 20th in total yards allowed and 29th in scoring defense in 2014) to earn Miami its first win of the season.
Baltimore at Denver Sunday, September 13, 2015, 4:25 PM ETPICK: DENVER In another forum, I would probably circle this game as a potential upset win in favor of the Ravens, but on this occasion, I’ll be riding with the Broncos all the way to the bank. It doesn’t get clearer than the fact that Peyton Manning and the Broncos went 8-0 at home in the 2014 regular season. Not to mention, Joe Flacco and his shaky O-line will be going against a secondary that features the polarizing pass rush tandem of DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller, who combined for getting to the QB 126 times in 2014 in the form of sacks, hurries and hits, and also racked up 63 stops against the run behind the line of scrimmage. With Flacco and his runners having their hands and legs full, Manning and his offensive targets should have more than enough time to orchestrate a winning formula over the Ravens’ depleted defense.
NY Giants at Dallas, Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 8:30 PM ETPICK: DALLAS We all loved (or hated to love) Odell Beckham Jr. in his breakout rookie 2014 season. We were also happy and full of praise for Eli Manning, when he led the Giants to a Super Bowl win in the 2011 and 2007 seasons. But this is not 2014, 2011 or 2007, and the Cowboys (as we hear) mean real business in 2015. Plus the Giants have not beaten Dallas in their last four tries and you’d have to go back to 2010 to find the last time the Big Blue won a season opener. Add the names of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant to the list of New York challenges, you get a mountainous task that the Giants are nearly guaranteed to fail.