Week 1 NFL Picks: Fueled By Offseason Hype

During the month of September, it can be really tough to make picks for NFL games simply because teams change over the course of the offseason. While we all have an expectation of how teams have changed, you never really know what will happen until the games begin. Last year, for example, who could've seen the San Francisco 49ers' sudden rise to prominence? Every year teams come out of nowhere and go from worst to first, and at the same time, a lot of teams surprise people by being much worse than anybody expected. It's the nature of the beast early on in the season, and it can make for some picks that come off as very, well, interesting by the end of the year.

Below is a look at my Week 1 picks, which are already off to a rough start thanks to Wednesday night's game.

Season record: 0-1

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (Incorrect)

Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears

Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns

New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans

Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs

Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings

Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions

Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders

Non-Lions Game To Watch

I'm very interested to see what happens between the 49ers and Packers (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX). This is a classic battle between a great defense and a great offense, and it will be interesting to see what happens. These could very well end up being two of the top teams in the NFC in 2012, and it's a very intriguing Week 1 matchup. I like the Packers to win and give the 49ers a loss heading into their Week 2 matchup with the Lions.

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