NFL Predictions: Week 1, Thursday Night Football


With the NFL season upon us I’ll be back to doing my weekly predictions for the games. For the most part I will use my statistical power rankings to predict the games, but for the first three or four weeks Ill rely a bit on last years numbers and more on my own thought process (which means even worse picks than usual). Since I had some complaints last year about using the lines from CBS sports this year I will use the lines set by Pinnacle Sports that are valid on the day I post my predictions. For the most part Thursday games will be posted online on Thursday evening and the weekend games will be up either Friday night or sometime on Saturdays. If you click on the link it should take you to a team by team salary cap matchup for the week.

SEAHAWKS (-5.5) over Packers– I pretty much always like the defending champion in week 1, especially when they are the home team. The Seahawks have such a tremendous home field advantage and I think these are the kind of teams that Green Bay has struggled with in the past and needs to overcome if they want to get back to the Super Bowl. I’d expect the Seahawks running game to control the pace of the game while the passing games can make a few down the field plays to score some added points. Aaron Rodgers will do what he can but the secondary of the Seahawks is one of the few that can slow down their passing game. Seahawks 27 Packers 17