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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 1

Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it light up Week 1! Football is in the air and it’s good to be back. Enjoy the games.
Passing Rushing
Team Score Team Score
WAS 294 PIT 168
NE 271 BUF 158
PHI 255 ATL 143
DET 252 CAR 139
NO 251 TEN 132
OAK 249 SEA 131
SEA 248 SF 130
IND 247 NE 128
CIN 243 NYJ 127
CHI 242 NO 116
BAL 242 DAL 115
DEN 235 IND 113
MIN 230 BAL 109
NYG 229 PHI 109
GB 229 LAC 109
ARI 228 HOU 106
KC 226 GB 105
CAR 226 CIN 103
DAL 223 CHI 101
ATL 221 WAS 99
HOU 221 ARI 99
NYJ 215 DEN 96
SF 214 OAK 94
TEN 207 JAX 93
PIT 201 LAR 86
BUF 201 NYG 86
JAX 189 DET 85
LAC 184 KC 83
LAR 184 MIN 78
CLE 181 CLE 78

How to read the table: The table shows how a team will do Passing and Rushing in the upcoming week of the NFL. Red is HOT, Yellow is WARM, White is NORMAL, Light Blue is COLD and Dark Blue is FREEZING COLD. Play players from teams that are Red and Yellow, avoid players from teams that are Light or Dark Blue and expect average days from teams that are White.

All times are Eastern

Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots – Thursday 8:30pm
This game has already been played. Picking the Chiefs against the spread was a win but the Patriots losing — that we didn’t see.

 

Favorite: New England Patriots by 8.5
Prediction: New England Patriots 27 – Kansas City Chiefs 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – Sunday 1:00pm
It is all about the Bills on the ground in this one. LeSean McCoy goes off in this. Bilal Powell makes a solid start as well, especially in PPR leagues. Both will be the focal points of their offenses and both will have room to roam. Primarily because of their success, everyone else in this contest is reduced to fantasy rubble.

 

Favorite: Buffalo Bills by 6.5
Prediction: Buffalo Bills 31 – New York Jets 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday 1:00pm
It may not seem obvious but there are going to be two in particular, great games to watch this week and this Bengals/Ravens game will turn into one of them. The Ravens are going to look balanced on offense and will get a lot more production from a lot of “question mark” players than many will expect. Baltimore finally has the ability to stretch the field and that makes Danny Woodhead just that much more dangerous as defenses are going to have to pay attention to the deep routes, opening up a lot of play action underneath. The Bengals will answer with a strong opening from their passing game as the Ravens cornerbacks get tested in this one. Expect solid outings from Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. I wouldn’t have the guts to do it, but the stars align for Giovani Bernard in this.. we’ll see if Marv Lewis sees it too.

 

Favorite: Cincinnati Bengals by 3
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 24 – Baltimore Ravens 23
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns – Sunday 1:00pm
I know that Ben Roethlisberger is all the rage this week given the matchup play but this is Le’Veon Bell‘s game and he’ll run up a huge number. It will take time for Cleveland to come together on both sides of the ball and the Steelers are built to try and win now. The Steeler defense has improved and they will open with a bang in Week 1.

 

Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers by 9.5
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 24 – Cleveland Browns 14
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans – Sunday 1:00pm
The Titans have home field and a pounding running game between DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. If Henry ever gets his own starting role, he’ll keep it, he’s the best backup in the league. Expect the Titans to want to grind this one out and not take chances. The issue however, is that the Raiders can really throw the ball and the Titans secondary is not their strength. It is a tough matchup for Tennessee because there is little they can do to stop Derek Carr and friends from taking over the game.

 

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Oakland Raiders 27 – Tennessee Titans 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

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