NFL regular season football is back! And what a year we have ahead. This is going to be one of the best seasons of football ever! Is that a bold prediction?
We saw Trevor Siemian and the Broncos knock off the Panthers, again, on Thursday night. I would not have called that. Though there will be many things I do call this week and every week this season that a lot of you won’t. I will start by saying that the predictions aren’t going to be me saying that Todd Gurley is going to play really well and you should start him. I’m going to try and make predictions that aren’t necessarily unreachable, but bold. If you don’t like them, just read the bottom of this article and see what you can do about it.
I’m not going to prolong this anymore; we have a great week of football ahead and a great season in store for us! It is a great time to be a fan and last night’s game couldn’t have kicked off the season any better! Let’s get to Week 1 of the 2016 “Bold Predictions!”
Tampa Bay at Atlanta
Tampa Bay- Charles Sims may be the 1b to Doug Martin’s 1a and I expect regression from Martin this season. I expect this game to feature plenty of opportunities for both backs, but Sims will be the one to score a touchdown. He will have eight receptions and finish the day with 80 yards overall and a score.
Atlanta- Julio Jones will look to get his 2016 season off to the right start by going for 12 receptions, 210 yards, and two touchdowns. Also, put me down for 15 tackles by rookie linebacker, Deion Jones.
Minnesota at Tennessee
Minnesota- The defense will step-up in this game and prove that they are a team to be reckoned with. I’m looking at this group to produce five turnovers, three of them being interceptions. Also, Adrian Peterson will be force-fed to start the season for him on the right note. As the year wanes on, I like McKinnon to really produce.
Tennessee- Derrick Henry showed really well in the preseason and he will continue to produce in the regular season. He will face a tough test against this amazing defense, but he will still punch in two short-yardage touchdowns to go along with 60 yards all-around.
Cleveland at Philadelphia
Cleveland- I’ve been advocating for Terrelle Pryor since he made the move to wide receiver. He is way too athletically gifted to not work out. This will be the year he shows people what he can do. He starts with a couple of touchdowns and 120 yards against the Eagles.
Philadelphia- I do expect Carson Wentz to have himself a fine first game in 2016. He will toss two scores with 220 yards passing, and I expect one of those touchdowns to go to Darren Sproles with the other going to Zach Ertz.
Cincinnati at New York Jets
Cincinnati- Expect Tyler Boyd to be talked about after going for 90 yards and a score against the Jets. He will see more work after week one.
Jets- Matt Forte will be the highest scoring back in week one and show people that he still has it. I would expect 150 total yards and two touchdowns.
Oakland at New Orleans
Oakland- Luckily Derek Carr will get to start his third season against the Saints’ defense and he will take advantage. He is going to throw for 280 yards and four touchdowns. All four touchdowns will be to four different receivers.
New Orleans- You know who’s going to start their career right in New Orleans? That’s right, Coby Fleener opens the season with 130 yards and two touchdowns.
San Diego at Kansas City
San Diego- One player who is going low that will get some big numbers is going to be Melvin Gordon. With Woodhead around, everyone always talks about him and PPR, but Gordon was the No. 14 overall pick a year ago and will be given every opportunity in the world to make something happen. Watch him run a 40+ yard touchdown and finish with over 100 yards.
Kansas City- Marcus Peters continues to make plays this year and starts his season with two interceptions. There will only be one catch against him all day. If Keenan Allen wants to produce, he will need to be covered by someone else.
Buffalo at Baltimore
Buffalo- With Karlos Williams gone in Buffalo I expect LeSean McCoy to get back to his old self and take more of the load. He will average over 5 YPC and finish with over 130 yards and a score. Add in 60 more reception yards for good measure.
Baltimore- Mike Wallace has been a favorite target of Joe Flacco’s and I expect that to last into this game when he scores a 50+ yard touchdown reception. After that, he will be a disappointment on the year.
Chicago at Houston
Chicago- Remember what Kevin White did at West Virginia? Don’t worry, it’s been a while. White will show you on Sunday when he racks up over 100 yards and a score in his first regular season game in the NFL.
Houston- Do you remember what Arian Foster could do when healthy? Don’t worry; Lamar Miller will remind you when he has 130 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. He is going to have a field day with Chicago. Don’t worry, DeAndre Hopkins will score too.
Green Bay at Jacksonville
Green Bay- I fully expect this Packer defense to dominate the Jaguars’ offensive line and rack up a minimum of six sacks. Cobb will benefit a lot from having Jordy back, and that helps open things up to get him two scores and 80 yards in week one.
Jacksonville- I’m still sticking by my assertion made earlier in training camp that the Jaguars are stealing this game from the Packers. Dante Fowler Jr. will get two sacks of his own in this game. Chris Ivory will score a touchdown, and Allen “AR-15” Robinson will have 160 yards with at least one score, and 12 receptions.
Miami at Seattle
Miami- The only way I see Ryan Tannehill throwing for over 150 yards is if there is garbage time, which I like the odds. I’d say he throws three picks and less than 150 yards. 60 of those will go to Arian Foster.
Seattle- What better way to welcome Byron Maxwell back to Century Link Field than to torch him for three scores? One of those goes to Baldwin, and the other two are going to the explosive Tyler Lockette.
New York Giants at Dallas
Giants- The relationship continues to flourish with Eli Manning and Ben McAdoo when the season starts with Eli throwing for five touchdowns. Odell and Sterling with both have two of those scores.
Dallas- After missing most of last season, Dez Bryant is going to go off this year. Dak Prescott seems to already look for him and find him. Bryant is scoring three scores in this game and Prescott is throwing for 250 yards to go with his 50 rushing yards.
Detroit at Indianapolis
Detroit- There is a lot of speculation on whether Golden Tate or Marvin Jones will be the No. 1 guy in Detroit. I think it will depend on the week. This week I have Tate going for 10 catches, 80 yards, and two touchdowns.
Indianapolis- Donte Moncrief is going to emerge this year as an elite level talent and it all starts in week one. He starts the season with 140 yards and a touchdown.
New England at Arizona
New England- This game is going to have a defensive theme to it. Recently acquired Barkevious Mingo is going to have himself two sacks, one interception, and 10 tackles.
Arizona- This team is going to go sack crazy in week one and rack up 10 total sacks. Chandler Jones will have three and rookie Robert Nkemdiche will have two.
Pittsburgh at Washington
Pittsburgh- I’ve got Eli Rogers breaking off a 60-yard score in this game as Washington gets caught rolling coverage to Antonio Brown.
Washington- I’m not sure why everyone was so low on Matt Jones this year. I don’t forget what he did to the Rams last year. For that, I see him going for 140 all-purpose yards in this one with no fumbles.
Los Angeles at San Francisco
Los Angeles- Robert Quinn is back and ready to announce return. He will finish the night with three sacks and the Rams defense will pitch a shutout. Also, Tavon Austin will have three touchdowns.
San Francisco- Since there won’t be any scoring, I will say that Vance McDonald leads the 49ers in yards with 85 and Blaine Gabbert throws for under 200 yards with two interceptions.
That is all for the Week 1 edition of “Bold Predictions.” As always, you are free to email me and let me know what you if you hate what I think, or if you want to be nice. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can find me on Twitter @FantasyBold.