The NFL week 1 schedule is filled with great matchups. Our NFL Nation reporters give us the keys to each game, a bold prediction for each match, and final score choices.
Additionally, ESPN Stats and Information provides a stat to know for each match, and the Football Power Index (FPI) goes inside the numbers with a matching rating (on a scale of 1
We enter the full Week 1 roster, including a showdown between new NFC rivals South Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
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CLE-BAL | SEA-ATL | GB-MIN
NYJ-BUF | MIA-NE | PHI-WSH
CHI-DET | LV-CAR | IND-JAX
LAC-CIN | TB-NO | ARI-SF
DAL-LAR | PIT-NYG | TEN-DEN
Thursday: KC 34, HOU 20
1 pm. ET | CBS
Matchup Rating: 67.2 | Diffusion: BAL -7 (48)
What to watch for: The Ravens will come after Baker Mayfield. In Baltimore’s week 4 defeat to Cleveland last season, the Ravens blitzed 34 percent of the time and Mayfield picked the secondary for 342 yards. In the Ravens’ week 16 win, they upped the pressure, sending five or more rusher 56% of the time and limiting Mayfield’s pass to 192 yards. – Jamison Hensley
Prediction in bold: Rookie running back J.K. Dobbins scored two touchdowns in his Ravens debut against an understaffed Browns defense that beat multiple starters due to training camp injuries. Dobbins played eight multi-TD games last season at Ohio State. – Jake Trotter
Statistics to know: Browns running back Nick Chubb logged 1,494 yards of running last season – second in the NFL behind Derrick Henry’s 1,540 – and 165 of them (along with three career quick touchdowns) came against the Ravens in week 4. But that didn’t it’s the only rush to watch. Baltimore led the NFL with 206.0 yards per game.
Injuries: Browns | Ravens
What to know for the fantasy: The Ravens may have spent their 55th overall pick over Dobbins this spring, but Mark Ingram II had two of his four best games of last season in the first three weeks and is one of only four players since 2001 to have rushed for six out of six scores. consecutive seasons (LaDainian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson and Shaun Alexander). See the rankings of the first week.
Betting nugget: Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is 8-1 against the spread (ATS) in his last nine regular season games. Read more.
Trotter’s choice: Ravens 35, Browns 20
Hensley’s Choice: Ravens 34, Browns 17
FPI forecast: BAL, 70.3% (average 7.7 points)
Must reads on Matchup: No apologies for Browns’ Mayfield in third year … Jackson “obsessed” with Super Bowl win … Browns is not interested in the hype or apology approaching opening … Hollywood Brown “feels powerful” after packing … Talent but crowded backfield is happy
1 pm. ET | Fox
Matchup Rating: 61.7 | Diffusion: SEA -2.5 (49)
What to watch for: Todd Gurley is expected to play a significant role as the Falcons’ new top running back. The team monitored his reps during training camp to make sure his left knee and body were fresh for the regular season. While Gurley won’t be asked to carry the full load, it could bring a much-needed run-game threat to what has been a pass-happy offense. – Vaughn McClure
Prediction in bold: Seahawks defender Marquise Blair will make a groundbreaking game. He had the best game of his season as a rookie against the Falcons in Atlanta, with 11 team tackles and a key forced fumble. Blair was one of Seattle’s training camp champions as he went from safety to nickelback, and is expected to see action in that role on Sunday against the Falcons’ three-handed offense. – Brady Henderson
Statistics to know: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson leads the NFL with 100 passing touchdowns in the past three seasons, but Atlanta’s Matt Ryan is 3-2 in his career against Wilson, including the playoffs, and has won the previous two matchups.
Injuries: Seahawks | hawks
What to know for the fantasy: Ryan was one of the top five fantasy quarterbacks in the first six weeks of each of the last two seasons and faces a Seahawks defense that allowed the sixth yard pass last season (4,223). See the rankings of the first week.
Betting nugget: Ryan is 12-5 ATS in his career as a home underdog. Read more.
Henderson’s Choice: Seahawks 26, Falcons 23
McClure’s Choice: Falcons 28, Seahawks 24
FPI forecast: SEA, 52.1% (with an average of 0.8 points)
Must reads on Matchup: Wilson wants to “cook”; Will the Seahawks let him? … Falcons aim to take Jones to end zone more often … Explore the status of Adams’ contract with Seahawks entering the 2020 season … 2020 Falcons season preview: Gurley could be the ultimate wild card
1 pm. ET | Fox
Matchup Rating: 56.1 | Diffusion: MIN -2.5 (45)
What to watch for: Will Dalvin Cook of Minnesota get a contract extension before kick-off? While the running back has no leverage to withstand Sunday’s match and risks not amassing a season for free will, who knows how things will go when Cook’s contract status approaches the eleventh hour before match day. – Courtney Cronin
Prediction in bold: The Vikings will fire Aaron Rodgers five times. Minnesota won’t have Danielle Hunter, but the Packers will realize they don’t have a viable option to face the right tackle after leaving Bryan Bulaga in free will. Rodgers has never been sacked more than five times in any game last season. – Rob Demovsky
Statistics to know: Rodgers recorded a 50.4 QBR last season, the worst since starting in 2008. But for the second straight season, he shot for 4,000 yards and less than five interceptions – the only QB in NFL history to do so too. just once.
Injuries: Packers | Vikings
What to know for the fantasy: Three of the best seven career games of Adam Thielen, the Vikings wide receiver, have come against the Packers, and he is now set to see a spike in target odds following Stefon Diggs’ trade with Buffalo. See the rankings of the first week.
Betting nugget: Since hiring manager Mike Zimmer in 2014, Minnesota are 60-34-2 ATS overall (.638), 33-14-1 ATS at home (.702) and 26-11-1 ATS as home favorite (.703) – – all the best NFL grades in that time frame (regular season). Read more.
Demovsky’s choice: Vikings 27, Packers 23
Cronin’s Choice: Packers 24, Vikings 21
FPI forecast: MIN, 54.9% (with an average of 1.8 points)
Must reads on Matchup: Rodgers is ready for the second year of LaFleur’s offense … Jefferson of Vikings looks like a star, but he may have to wait … Dillon’s potential is as big as his legs … Vikings count on the youngest corner group of the NFL in reorganized defense … Kirksey key to Packers’ D
1 pm. ET | CBS
Matchup Rating: 51.3 | Diffusion: BUF -6.5 (39.5)
What to watch for: This is Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen’s first game together, and it collides with a mediocre secondary of Jets. Look out for the third year quarterback to target the Bills’ new star wide receiver often as they continue to build chemistry between them. – Marcel Louis-Jacques
Prediction in bold: The Jets will only score one touchdown and it won’t happen until the end of the game. In his last six games against defenses coached by Sean McDermott, Adam Gase’s offenses have scored no more than 21 points and the average per game is only 16.5. The attack of the Jets has so many new pieces that it is difficult to imagine an efficient performance. – Rich Cimini
Statistics to know: Jet quarterback Sam Darnold went 6-2 in his last eight games of the 2019 season, throwing 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. His top five? A record of 1-4, six TDs and nine interceptions.
Injuries: Castings | Invoices
What to know for the fantasy: Allen of the Bills has only one touchdown pass in his career against the Jets (78 passes), but has scored 25.9 fancy points with his legs in his two full games against the division rival. See the rankings of the first week.
Betting nugget: The underdog has won four of the last five outright fights in this series. Read more.
Cimini’s choice: Invoices 24, Jet 13
Louis-Jacques choice: Bills 31, Jets 10
FPI forecast: BUF, 62.9% (on average 4.8 points)
Must reads on Matchup: Jets ‘Gore Kicks Off Sixteenth NFL Season With Gore Tour … Bills GM: Not “on track” until we win AFC East … Jets GM says team is upset about low expectations … Bills’ White gets the extension, for being the highest-paid CB … Jets 2020 Season Preview: Enough Directors Around Darnold? … Bills 2020 Season Preview: Can Allen Lead Them to a Title?
1 pm. ET | CBS
Matchup Rating: 46.5 | Diffusion: NE -6.5 (42)
What to watch for: While all eyes will be on Cam Newton who becomes the first non-Italian quarterback to start for the Patriots since Scott Secules in week 10 of the 1993 season, just as compelling will be the match between Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker and Patriots cornerback Stephon. Gilmore (assuming they both play hamstring injuries). Parker got the better of Gilmore, NFL Defender of the Year, in last year’s season finale (eight catches, 137 yards) in a performance he held with Gilmore throughout the off-season. – Mike Reiss
Prediction in bold: Preston Williams – not Parker – leads the Dolphins in reception, scoring over 100 yards in his first return game from a ripped ACL. Parker was the protagonist of the previous match between these two teams. But with a healthy duo and extra focus on Parker, Williams will be the main beneficiary of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s aggressive pitches. – Cameron Wolfe
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Statistics to know: Newton will become the fifth quarterback to make his first start for the Patriots since Bill Belichick became the team’s manager. The previous four have all won that first start.
Injuries: Dolphins | Patriots
What to know for the fantasy: After being left out in week 2 against the Patriots, Parker’s 137 yards in week 17 were the most against New England since Tyreek Hill’s 142 in week 6 of 2018. See the rankings of the first week.
Betting nugget: Miami was 9-3 ATS in the last 12 games of last season, all underdogs. Read more.
Wolfe’s Choice: Patriots 20, Dolphins 16
Reiss’s Choice: Patriots 24, Dolphins 20
FPI forecast: NE, 70.3% (average 7.7 points)
Must reads on Matchup: Because Fitzpatrick’s impact on dolphins cannot be overstated … New era: Newton ends Patriots’ QB series, takes over from Brady … Dolphin 2020 season preview: it’s Fitzpatrick’s team, until Tagovailoa does not take over … Patriots 2020 Season Preview: Can Newton Keep Dynasty Continue? … Dolphins acquire dynamic RB Bowden from Raiders
1 pm. ET | Fox
Matchup Rating: 41.8 | Diffusion: PHI -5.5 (42.5)
What to watch for: There are two key matchups. First, keep an eye on Washington’s defensive front, the team’s strength, against the Eagles’ offensive line, which has been weakened. But second is Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin against Philly cornerback Darius Slay. McLaurin took five passes for 72 yards in a matchup against Slay last season when he played for Detroit, and in two games against the Eagles, he took 10 combined passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. – John Keim
Prediction in bold: Chase Young will start his NFL career with a couple of sacks. The Eagles’ offensive line had a tough summer, losing a couple of starters to injuries to Brandon Brooks and Andre Dillard, while a third, Lane Johnson, limped through much of the pitch with a bad ankle. Jason Peters, 38, returned to tackling left this week after coaching this offseason on guard and will have to adapt quickly to fend off Young and the rest of Washington’s formidable pass-rushers. – Tim McManus
Statistics to know: In seven career starts against Washington, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a 5-2 record with 15 passing touchdowns.
Injuries: Eagles | Washington
What to know for the fantasy: The Eagles ended the 2019 regular season with a four-game winning streak and led the league to regain fantasy points on that stretch (163). That run included a match in Washington (week 15) in which Miles Sanders scored a record 35.2 points. See the rankings of the first week.
Betting nugget: The Eagles have won their last six games in this series, covering five. Read more.
McManus’s Choice: Washington 24, Eagles 23
Keim’s Choice: Eagles 24, Washington 20
FPI forecast: PHI, 70.8% (average 7.9 points)
Must reads on Matchup: After knocking down the doors, Wentz found his voice … How Washington’s Gibson Made Peterson expendable … Eagles 2020 Season Preview: Wentz Needs the O Line to Hold Up … Season Preview Washington 2020: Can Haskins Lead a Turnaround? … Peters of the Eagles gets a pay raise for the move to LT
1 pm. ET | Fox
Matchup Rating: 33.5 | Diffusion: DET -3 (42)
What to watch for: Bears owner Mitchell Trubisky has destroyed the Lions defense in the past two seasons, throwing nine touchdowns and an interception. Detroit has the same manager (Matt Patricia) but a new defensive coordinator (Cory Undlin). Whether or not Trubisky continues to complete the passes with a 74.7% clip against Detroit will make all the difference. – Michael Rothstein
Prediction in bold: The Chicago attack marks a touchdown on his opening drive. Crazy, right? The offense of the Bears had difficulties horribly in the first quarter of last season. In their first eight Chicago games of 2019, the Bears scored a touchdown and bet seven times for the worst NFL in opening drives, and finished the season with 37 points in the first quarter. Will the Bears’ offense rise from the ashes with Trubisky back at quarterback? Well, probably not. But he’s usually pretty good against Lions. – Jeff Dickerson
Statistics to know: The 2019 Bears Attack ranked No. 31 in yards per game (4,7), n. 29 in points per game (17.5) and n. 27 in offensive efficiency (35.4). In all, last season he played nine games with less than 20 points, finishing fourth in the NFL. Part of the reason was Trubisky’s drop in Total QBR since 2018, a slump that ranked second worst behind only his new backup, Nick Foles (minimum 100 passing attempts).
Injuries: Bears | Lions
What to know for the fantasy: Chicago wide receiver Allen Robinson scored 104.9 fancy points in division games last season, finishing in fourth place (behind only Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin and Robert Woods). See the rankings of the first week.
Betting nugget: Detroit has nine consecutive winning streak seasons in its season opener, the longest active streak in the league. And the Bears were 1-7 ATS away last season and failed to cover in 10 of their last 12 games overall. Read more.
Dickerson’s Choice: Bears 17, Lions 16
Rothstein’s choice: Lions 23, Bears 17
FPI forecast: CHI, 55.1% (on average 1.9 points)
Must reads on Matchup: Bears’ running game has question marks … What does it mean to sign Peterson to Lions? … Mack determined to improve sub-standard from 2019 … Stafford’s “photographic” memory helps him master Lions offense
1 pm. ET | CBS
Matchup Rating: 27.7 | Diffusion: LV -3 (47.5)
What to watch for: Carolina ranked as one of the worst teams in the NFL to stop running last season, allowing for 143.5 yards per game, and the Raiders ranked 13th in quick attack with 118.3 yards per game. So keep an eye out as the addition of first-round pick Derrick Brown, a defensive tackle from Auburn, and the return of the Kawann Short Pro Bowl defensive tackle from the injured reserve bolsters the running defense that new Panthers coach Matt Rhule says it will be fundamental. – David Newton
Prediction in bold: A college football-style shootout is in sight. Wasn’t Rhule a college coach? “We watched Baylor, we watched Temple, we watched the LSU offense, we watched the Saints offense,” said Raiders coach Jon Gruden, “to prepare for the Carolina offense.” With Christian McCaffrey and Derek Carr, I’m asking for a lot of points. – Paul Gutierrez
Statistics to know: The Panthers only have 46% of last season’s shots returning in 2020, the lowest in the NFL. And that includes 34% of their defensive shots, the NFL low of 15%. The Raiders are the second lowest in that department with 49%.
Injuries: Raiders | Panthers
What to know for the fantasy: Carolina’s DJ Moore is quietly tied for third-most games as a top-20 performer in the wide receiver position (nine), and in the past two seasons, the Raiders have conceded the seventh-most points to opposing receivers. . See the rankings of the first week.
Betting nugget: New Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is 16-2 ATS as a loser, the best record in the Super Bowl era (minimum 15 starts). Read more.
Gutierrez’s choice: Raiders 37, Panthers 34
Newton’s Choice: Raiders 34, Panthers 21
FPI forecast: LV, 51.4% (with an average of 0.6 points)
Must reads on Matchup: Raiders ‘Waller continues to march for stardom, continues sobriety in Sin City … Panthers’ Brady brings the next generation – and mystery – approach to the opening … Less chatter, more attention: the “rookie” of the second year of Raiders Abram returns to safety … Panthers 2020 season preview: Young DBs in the sights
1 pm. ET | CBS
Matchup Rating: 24.9 | Diffusion: IND -8 (45)
What to watch for: Jaguars have always had problems with Philip Rivers. The quarterback is 7-2 against them – completing 69.4% of his passes for 2,668 yards and 24 touchdowns with just five interceptions – and has led his team to at least 31 points in six of seven wins. Rivers is 38 and has slowed down a bit, but will face an unproven Jaguars young defense. The Jags have a cornerback rookie (CJ Henderson) at the start and five of the team’s 11 defenders are rookies. The only proven pass-rusher on the roster is Josh Allen, and the inside of the defensive line has been ravaged by injuries and withdrawals. – Mike DiRocco
Prediction in bold: The Colts will have more than 175 yards of running. The Jaguars are in rebuild mode and the Colts are coming out of a 2019 season where they were seventh in the running NFL. So what better way to show that their success doesn’t rely on Rivers right-hand man than to have back-backs Marlon Mack and rookie Jonathan Taylor rushing behind one of the best offensive lines in the league, led by All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson . – Mike Wells
Statistics to know: The Jaguars have won five straight home games against the Colts after going 4-10 in their first 14 home games against Indianapolis in franchise history. And the Colts have lost six consecutive season openings, tied with the Bears for the longest active streak in the NFL.
Injuries: Colts | Jaguars
What to know for the fantasy: Over the past five seasons, Rivers has averaged 21 fantasy points in week one and 16.4 across all other games. Take on a Jags team that allowed the sixth attempt at yards per pass last season (7.9) and allowed the fifth game of bigger passes (over 30 yards gained). See the rankings of the first week.
Betting nugget: The Colts are the fifth team since 1970 to be favored by a TD or more in the first week after missing the playoffs the previous season. The other four teams went 0-4 ATS. Read more.
Wells’s Choice: Colts 31, Jaguars 13
DiRocco’s choice: Colts 28, Jaguars 17
FPI forecast: IND, 66.0% (with an average of 6 points)
Must reads on Matchup: Mack-Taylor RB Tandem Suits Colts, Not Fantasy Football … Jaguars Choosing Committee Approach Over Running Back Leading Role … Colts 2020 Season Preview: Colts Seeks To Keep The Pressure on Rivers … Jaguars, banged at RB, add former Ogunbowale buccaneer … Colts is Kelly’s NFL highest paid center … 2020 Jaguars season preview: Minshew and low expectations
4:05 PM ET | CBS
Matchup Rating: 28.9 | Diffusion: LAC -3 (42)
What to watch for: All eyes will be on Bengali quarterback Joe Burrow, who will start his NFL debut. He will have to contend with the defensive end of the Chargers Joey Bosa, former teammate of Burrow at Ohio State, and a very robust defense of the Chargers. – Ben Baby
Prediction in bold: The Charger defense will hit Burrow at least twice. The Chargers ‘secondary role may be star Derwin James’ safety for the season, but watch out for their defensive backs, led by Chris Harris Jr. and Casey Hayward Jr., to take advantage of the rookie. – Lindsey Thiry
Statistics to know: The Bengals went 2-14 last season in their first year under manager Zac Taylor, tied for the worst record in the team’s history. But Burrow hasn’t lost a game since November 24, 2018. On the other side of the pitch, Tyrod Taylor isn’t making his debut, but he’ll be the first QB to start a game for Chargers who aren’t Philip Rivers since the 2005 Season Finale, when Drew Brees started for San Diego. Taylor recently started in 2018, when he was under center for three games with the Browns (1-1-1).
Injuries: Battery charger | Bengals
What to know for the fantasy: Only three times a quarterback scored more than 16.5 fantasy points against the Chargers last season, so while Burrow deserves the hype, count on him breaking Cam Newton’s record for QB points on his debut (30, 7 in 2011) is not wise. See the rankings of the first week.
Betting nugget: Shippers have covered the spread in each of their last five season openings. Read more.
Thiry’s Choice: Charger 24, Bengals 14
Child’s choice: Charger 20, Bengals 14
FPI forecast: LAC, 57.9% (with an average of 2.9 points)
Must reads on Matchup: Another sizable James injury to Chargers’ defensive harmony … “Like He Was There Before”: What Burrow’s Bengals Say … Zoom Calls, Isolated Meetings, No Preseason: NFL Education of Burrow during a pandemic
4:25 PM ET | Fox
Matchup Rating: 76.2 | Diffusion: NO -3.5 (48)
What to watch for: It’s a matchup for centuries in Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees. This will be the first game in NFL history with two starting QBs over 40 years old, and both teams are decidedly “Super Bowl or Failed” because of that. Brees didn’t officially declare it as his final NFL season, but he admitted this week, “I have time on loan. I have nothing to lose, so I’ll let it go.” – Mike Triplett
Prediction in bold: Brady and Brees will team up for over 600 passing yards and five touchdowns, as both continue to challenge Father Time. Perhaps this is a preview of the NFC championship game. – Jenna Laine
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Statistics to know: Tight end Buccaneers Rob Gronkowski scored 78 touchdown passes from Brady, fifth most from any quarterback-receiver combo in NFL history and only twice before passing Dan Marino and Mark Clayton for fourth on the list.
Injuries: Bucanieri | Saints
What to know for the fantasy: Brees’ last two home games against the Bucs have resulted in 50.3 fantasy points, an 81.9% completion rate, five touchdown pitches and zero interceptions. See the rankings of the first week.
Betting nugget: Brady is a first-time underdog in his last 75 regular season games, ending the longest active streak of being favorite. Read more.
Laine’s choice: Buccaneers 27, Saints 24
Triplett’s choice: Saints 26, Buccaneers 23
FPI forecast: NO, 59.3% (with an average of 3.4 points)
Must reads on Matchup: Battle of the goats? Because the Brady-Brees matchup looks nothing like anything we’ve seen before … Brees says he’s “on loan” as the Saints enter “Super Bowl season or fail” … Evans uncertain about opening against Saints … Sources: Saints, Kamara “extremely close” to a profitable extension … Fournette: For the first time, I really have a QB
4:25 PM ET | Fox
Matchup Rating: 63.2 | Diffusion: SF -6.5 (48)
What to watch for: Did the Niners leave the Super Bowl disappointment behind? Is Arizona ready to take the next step to fight after some big off-season additions? These teams played a couple of thrillers last season, with the 49ers both winning by a total of 13 points. If this looks similar to those, it could portend a season full of heavyweight brawls in loaded NFC West. – Nick Wagoner
Prediction in bold: DeAndre Hopkins’ Cardinals debut will be one to remember. The new member of the Cardinals receiving body will have 150 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Kyler Murray, showing how far they have come together in a short amount of time and providing a preview of what’s still ahead. – Josh Weinfuss
Statistics to know: The Cardinals were 1-5 in division games last season, their worst record since 2012, and have lost both games to the 49ers. But Arizona haven’t lost three times in a row to San Francisco since 2012-13. Murray, who became the sixth different QB with 3,500 yards passing and 500 yards of running in a single season in 2019, will have to play a great game to avoid three in a row.
Injuries: Cardinals | 49ers
What to know for the fantasy: Two of Murray’s first five games came against the 49ers last season, and that was without a pass-catcher (WR / TE) who scored 16 points in none of those games. Hopkins, however, has 16.5 fantasy points per game for his career and 19.8 over the past three seasons. See the rankings of the first week.
Betting nugget: The Cardinals are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games against the Niners, while the Niners are 3-15-2 ATS in their last 20 games as home favorites. Read more.
Weinfuss’s choice: Cardinals 34, 49ers 24
The choice of the wagon: 49ers 31, cardinals 27
FPI forecast: SF, 70.4% (averaging 7.8 points)
Must reads on Matchup: The XXXL hands of the receiving Cardinals Hopkins are “incredible” … Will the Garoppolo of the 49ers manage to get the bump of Kyle Shanahan for year 2? … Drake will “mix the drink” for Cardinals offense … 49ers face questions as they start chasing second consecutive Super Bowl
20:20 ET | NBC
Matchup Rating: 68.9 | Diffusion: FROM -2.5 (51.5)
What to watch for: The return of the Rams defense stars Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, but under first year coordinator Brandon Staley, the unit will face a tough challenge to stop Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys offense of 2019 more voted direct by second year coordinator Kellen Moore. Staley, whose defense is supposed to emulate the Bears and the Broncos, must find a way to stop the Cowboys from gaining the 263 yards they amassed on the Rams at the end of last season. – Lindsey Thiry
Prediction in bold: Prescott will see an intercepted pass. Not bold? In four season openings, he launched 131 passes without a pass being removed. To close last season, Prescott has had no interceptions in his last four games. – Todd Archer
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Statistica da sapere: La scorsa stagione, Prescott è diventato il quinto giocatore nella storia della NFL a passare per 400 yard, quattro touchdown e zero intercettazioni in apertura. E dopo aver compilato 4.902 yard di passaggio nel 2019 – la seconda più nella storia della franchigia – potrebbe unirsi a Tony Romo come solo Cowboys QBs con stagioni consecutive di oltre 4.000 yard di passaggio.
Lesioni: Cowboys | Rams
Cosa sapere per la fantasia: I Rams hanno tenuto il ricevitore largo Michael Gallup a una bassa stagione di sei yard nella settimana 15 della scorsa stagione, ma ha ottenuto 10 passaggi per 196 yard e tre punteggi nelle ultime due settimane del 2019 e ha visto il suo ADP aumentare durante la stagione di draft quest’estate. Vedi le classifiche della prima settimana.
Pepita di scommesse: I Rams sono 1-8-1 nelle ultime 10 partite da sfavorito in casa. Leggi di più.
La scelta di Archer: Rams 33, Cowboys 30
La scelta di Thiry: Cowboys 28, Rams 21
Previsione FPI: LAR, 49,9% (con una media di 0,1 punti)
Letture imperdibili su Matchup: Cowboys ‘Prescott: “coglierò l’attimo” dopo una offseason difficile … Ramsey vale il prezzo ma dà a Rams un altro enorme contratto su cui aggirare … Anteprima della stagione Cowboys 2020: Tutti gli occhi su Prescott, la chimica di McCarthy … Louis al SoFi Stadium, solo sei Rams completano il viaggio … Fonti: Cowboys rielaborano l’accordo con Martin per il cap del ’21 … Ricostruzione? Ricaricamento? Rams a un bivio per entrare nella stagione 2020
Lunedì, 19:15 ET | ESPN
Valutazione matchup: 42.9 | Diffusione: PIT -5.5 (46)
Cosa guardare per: È la prima partita di Ben Roethlisberger reduce da un grave infortunio al gomito che ha richiesto un intervento chirurgico. Senza una preseason quest’anno, non gioca in una partita dalla settimana 2 della scorsa stagione. Roethlisberger tornerà immediatamente alla sua forma precedente? Potrebbe non essere così facile per il 38enne. Tutti gli occhi saranno puntati sul futuro quarterback della Hall of Fame contro una difesa dei Giants che ha alcune carenze nel back end. – Jordan Raanan
Previsione in grassetto: Pittsburgh running back James Conner corre per oltre 100 yard contro un fronte dei Giants che perde. Il running back sta entrando in un anno di contratto dopo una stagione piena di infortuni. Completamente in salute, capitalizzerà la possibilità di essere il principale fanalino di coda degli Steelers e di correre su tutti i Giants. – Brooke Pryor
Statistica da sapere: Daniel Jones sarà il primo Giants QB senza nome Eli Manning ad iniziare una stagione di apertura da Kurt Warner nel 2004, così come il secondo quarterback dei Giants più giovane (23) ad iniziare l’apri nell’era del Super Bowl (Jerry Golsteyn, 1977) . La scorsa stagione ha avuto 20 touchdown e tre intercettazioni contro la copertura maschile, ma quattro touchdown e nove intercettazioni contro zone, secondo le metriche ESPN fornite da NFL Next Gen Stats. La difesa degli Steelers ha guidato la NFL nel QBR totale (24) e nelle intercettazioni (14) quando si gioca a copertura della zona.
Lesioni: Steelers | Giganti
Cosa sapere per la fantasia: Non c’è momento migliore per essere sani della prima settimana, e in otto partite di carriera con più di 20 tocchi, Conner ha una media di 29,3 punti fantasy a partita (10 TD in quelle partite). Vedi le classifiche della prima settimana.
Pepita di scommesse: Gli Steelers sono 16-2 a titolo definitivo e 10-8 ATS lunedì sera sotto Mike Tomlin. Leggi di più.
La scelta di Pryor: Steelers 27, Giants 14
La scelta di Raanan: Giants 27, Steelers 25
Previsione FPI: PIT, 59,3% (con una media di 3,5 punti)
Letture imperdibili su Matchup: Roethlisberger nervoso per la sua prima partita in un anno … State of the Giants: Jones, il giudice sono motivi di ottimismo … La mamma lo sa meglio: Smith-Schuster degli Steelers pronto a divertirsi di nuovo … Anteprima stagione Giants 2020: How luminoso è il futuro con Jones?
Lunedì, 22:10 ET | ESPN
Valutazione matchup: 49 | Diffusione: TEN -2,5 (41)
Cosa guardare per: Come reagirà al momento l’attacco giovanile dei Broncos, con Drew Lock che inizia la sua prima apertura stagionale come quarterback? Il piano dei Broncos di appoggiarsi alla difesa all’inizio della stagione ha avuto un enorme successo martedì, quando Von Miller ha subito quello che potrebbe essere un infortunio alla caviglia di fine stagione durante l’ultima partita di allenamento. Ma la scorsa stagione sono usciti dal cancello 0-4 in gran parte a causa di un attacco che non poteva uscire dal neutro. – Jeff Legwold
Previsione in grassetto: Ryan Tannehill e il gioco di passaggio dei Titani usciranno sparando contro una difesa dei Broncos che impilerà la scatola per fermare Derrick Henry. Di conseguenza, sia A.J. Brown e Corey Davis finiranno con una ricezione di oltre 100 yard. Perché è così audace? The most recent Titans duo to finish with 100 yards receiving each was Justin Hunter (109) and Kendall Wright (103) in a 23-19 win over the Raiders on Nov. 24, 2013. — Turron Davenport
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Stat to know: The Titans were 9-4 with Tannehill starting at QB last season (including the playoffs) after beginning the season 2-4 under Marcus Mariota. And the Broncos were 4-1 with Lock as their starting QB versus 3-8 with everyone else. Lock will become the second-youngest Broncos QB (23) to start the season opener in the Super Bowl era (John Elway).
Lesioni: Titans | Broncos
What to know for fantasy: The Broncos were the seventh-best defense in terms of preventing yards after contact during the second half of last season. Those gains will need to be sustained as they face Henry, the fifth-highest-scoring RB in 2019 and the leader (minimum 500 carries) in yards after contact since he entered the league in 2016. But note that Henry had season lows in rushes (15), rushing yards (28) and rushing yards after contact (23) in Week 6 at the Broncos last season. See Week 1 rankings.
Betting nugget: The Titans are 6-2 straight up and 7-1 ATS in their past eight Monday night games. Leggi di più.
Davenport’s pick: Titans 27, Broncos 14
Legwold’s pick: Broncos 23, Titans 20
FPI prediction: DEN, 53.6% (by an average of 1.4 points)
Matchup must-reads: Clowney says his past with Mike Vrabel was key to picking Titans … Broncos have no replacement for Miller … Titans bank on Clowney elevating defense to Super Bowl level … Broncos’ Bouye doesn’t feel pressure to replace Harris at corner … Titans 2020 season preview: Another playoff berth might depend on improving pass rush … Broncos’ Lindsay: Battling coronavirus about caring for each other