NFL Opening Week: Predicting All 16 Games As Pro Football Returns

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It’s that time of year again, as the NFL kicks off the 2014 season. With that in mind, there are 16 games on the week and plenty of chances to see your favorite team in action.

I along with many others am picking every week one matchup and will explain why I chose my selections. Let’s dive into the picks.

Thursday September 4 Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks 8:30 PM NFL Network

Aug 28, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws a pass during warmups before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The match-up: The Seattle Seahawks face a tough test in this first game since a 43-8 domination of the Denver Broncos. The Seahawks lost a couple of key pieces in their Super Bowl team in cornerback Brandon Browner [104 tackles and 10 interceptions in three seasons] and wide receiver Golden Tate [898 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2013]. The Packers return one of the most complete offenses in the NFL minus James Jones [817 yards and three touchdowns in 2013].

Why Green Bay will win: Aaron Rodgers has an endless amount of weapons to choose from and despite the loss of Evan Dietrich-Smith at center, the offensive line has been a rather steady force. Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers needs to make sure the defense is a more consistent unit but if the offense can rack up points, then it will be hard for the Seahawks to catch up.

Why Seattle will win: Seattle has a very reliable defense that will win many games for them. In addition, Russell Wilson has continued to grow as a quarterback. In preseason play, Wilson completed 33 of 43 passes for 437 yards and three touchdowns. This is a very encouraging sign and points to him having no Super Bowl hangover which is very important.

Final score: Seahawks 30 Packers 17

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