The NFL is back and ready to kick off its Week 1 slate in a big way as the league celebrates its 100th anniversary. And once again, Athlon's experts are ready with their picks and predictions for every game in Week 1 and throughout the upcoming season.
The action gets started with a bang on Thursday night as one of the NFL's most historic rivalries takes center stage when Green Bay and Chicago renew acquaintances at Soldier Field. The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots also get their customary national spotlight as they open their title defense at home against a familiar foe, the Pittsburgh Steelers, for the first "Sunday Night Football" matchup of the season.
The intriguing games on Sunday include the Indianapolis Colts moving on without Andrew Luck matched up against the Los Angeles Chargers. Reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs will be in Jacksonville to take on a Jaguars team looking to put last season's ugly 5-11 showing behind them. The Cleveland Browns, arguably the team that got the most attention during the offseason, hosts the Tennessee Titans, while No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray and rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury will make their NFL debuts at home against the Detroit Lions.
Besides Packers-Bears, Week 1 offers several other divisional pairings, including the Dallas Cowboys hosting the New York Giants, Washington vs. Philadelphia, and Buffalo in the Big Apple to take on the New York Jets.
Week 1 concludes with a "Monday Night Football" doubleheader on ESPN. The first game has the Houston Texans in the Big Easy to take on the New Orleans Saints with the nightcap an AFC West divisional showdown between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders.
So which teams will come out on top in every NFL game in Week 1? Athlon's own Rob Doster (@AthlonDoster) and Mark Ross (@AthlonMark), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer), predict the winners for every game this week:
NFL Week 1 Predictions
Baltimore at Miami
Buffalo at New York Jets
Kansas City at Jacksonville