Are you ready for some football? September is a time of hope for all 32 teams as the run begins to Super Bowl XLVIII to be played at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The 2013 NFL Season kicked off Thursday night as the Denver Broncos exploded in the second half and defeated the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens 49-27. Each week the players of DashBurst will bring you insights and predictions of all the NFL games.
Sunday 1 PM
Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7)
Matchup: Two teams that missed the playoffs in 2012 battle it out at Heinz field. The Steelers, led by Ben Roethlisberger, lost all four of its preseason games this year. Chris Johnson hopes to get rolling for the Titans.
Steve’s Pick: Steelers 23 – Titans 20
Dan’s Pick: Steelers 28 – Titans 20
Matt’s Pick: Steelers 13 – Titans 10
New England Patriots (-10) at Buffalo Bills
Matchup: The New England Patriots come into the 2013 campaign off a tough loss in the AFC Championship game against Baltimore and a tumultuous off season. The Patriots found themselves in the news as star tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with first degree murder. Bill Belichick leads the Pats with a revamped offense. The Bills looks to improve upon their 6-10 record last year behind rookie quarterback EJ Manuel out of Florida State.
Steve’s Pick: Patriots 31 – Bills 23
Dan’s Pick: Patriots 34 – Bills 27
Matt’s Pick: Patriots 38 – Bills 28
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-3)
Matchup: Sean Payton returns to the Saints sidelines after serving the one year suspension. Today’s duel between the Falcons and Saints should prove to be a good one. The last affair went into triple overtime before the Falcons prevailed.
Steve’s Pick: Falcons 34 – Saints 27
Dan’s Pick: Falcons 35 – Saints 32
Matt’s Pick: Saints 34 – Falcons 28
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3.5) at New York Jets
Matchup: The Geno Smith era begins in New York. The rookie quarterback gets the start over injured incumbent Mark Sanchez. Greg Schiano returns to New Jersey in his second year as head coach of the Bucs.
Steve’s Pick: Bucs 24 – Jets 13
Dan’s Pick: Bucs 24 – Jets 10
Matt’s Pick: Bucs 21 – Jets 17
Kansas City Chiefs (-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars
Matchup: The stinker game of the day. A battle of 2-14 teams from a year ago. HC Andy Reid makes his debut with the Chiefs.
Steve’s Pick: Jaguars 24 – Chiefs 23
Dan’s Pick: Chiefs 23 – Jaguars 20
Matt’s Pick: Chiefs 28 – Jaguars 17
Seattle Seahawks (-3) at Carolina Panthers
Matchup: The Seahawks travel across the country for this early start. Carolina looks to improve on its 7-9 campaign last year led by Cam Newton.
Steve’s Pick: Panthers 33 – Seahawks 27
Dan’s Pick: Seahawks 24 – Panthers 17
Matt’s Pick: Seahawks 31 – Panthers 24
Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns (-1)
Matchup: This one won’t be pretty. Two losing teams from 2012 meet in Cleveland to kickoff the season. New Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski will have his work cut out for him in 2013.
Steve’s Pick: Dolphins 23 – Browns 16
Dan’s Pick: Browns 20 – Dolphins 17
Matt’s Pick: Dolphins 21 – Browns 13
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (-4.5)
Matchup: The Vikings are off a 10 win season and playoff appearance while the Lions had a disappointing 4-12 season in 2012. This should be an exciting divisional battle.
Steve’s Pick: Lions 27 – Vikings 24
Dan’s Pick: Lions 33 – Vikings 24
Matt’s Pick: Lions 28 – Vikings 21
Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts (-10.5)
Matchup: Quarterback Andrew Luck leads the Colts after a solid rookie year. The Raiders will start with former Ohio State star, Terrell Pryor, at quarterback.
Steve’s Pick: Colts 37 – Raiders 13
Dan’s Pick: Colts 31 – Raiders 14
Matt’s Pick: Colts 27 – Raiders 21
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears (-3)
Matchup: The Cincinnati Bengals will look to build on their playoff appearance last year. The Chicago Bears said goodbye to Lovie Smith and welcomed Marc Trestman as new head coach.
Steve’s Pick: Bears 27 – Bengals 17
Dan’s Pick: Bears 24 – Bengals 20
Matt’s Pick: Bengals 24 – Bears 21
Sunday 4:25 PM
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams (-4.5)
Matchup: The Cardinals brought in new head coach Bruce Arians as they look to improve on a disastrous 5-11 season. Jeff Fisher starts his second season as bigger things are expected from the Rams in 2013.
Steve’s Pick: Rams 30 – Cardinals 13
Dan’s Pick: Rams 30 – Cardinals 21
Matt’s Pick: Cardinals 28 – Rams 24
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (-4.5)
Matchup: The Green Bay Packers return to San Francisco for revenge from last year’s divisional playoff beating 45-31. The 49ers went on to the Super Bowl, falling just short to the Ravens. This is the game of the day.
Steve’s Pick: Packers 30 – 49ers 27
Dan’s Pick: 49ers 30 – Packers 27
Matt’s Pick: Packers 34 – 49ers 31
Sunday 8:30 PM
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-3)
Matchup: This Sunday Night clash features two long time rivals. Both the Giants and Cowboys are off disappointing seasons as both failed to make the playoffs. This should be a good one in Big D.
Steve’s Pick: Giants 30 – Cowboys 24
Dan’s Pick: Cowboys 31 – Giants 27
Matt’s Pick: Giants 24 – Cowboys 17
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (-3.5)
Matchup: Former Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly is the new man in Philadelphia. His offenses were explosive in college and he’ll bring excitement to Eagles. Robert Griffin III aka RG3 is returns to start off major knee surgery. A lot of question marks in this division battle.
Steve’s Pick: Eagles 34 – Redskins 31
Dan’s Pick: Eagles 33 – Redskins 24
Matt’s Pick: Redskins 31 – Eagles 21
Houston Texans (-4) at San Diego Chargers
Matchup: New San Diego head coach Mike McCoy takes over the duties from the embattled Norv Turner. Houston comes off a 12 win season as they look to make a Super Bowl run in 2013.
Steve’s Pick: Texans 31 – Chargers 10
Dan’s Pick: Texans 27 – Chargers 20
Matt’s Pick: Texans 34 – Chargers 13