I can't believe I almost forgot about one of my favorite parts of the NFL season: picking the games! With just 15 minutes until the 1:00 games start, I'm in a bit of a hurry to post this, so let's get on with it.
Washington +7 over the Giants
Will the Redskins win this game? I don't know. What I do know is that the Redskins return Clinton Portis, one of the more underappreciated runningbacks in the game and they bring in a defense that should strike fear in opponents. It was good last year, now add the most dominant defensive player in the NFL in Albert Haynesworth as well as rookie pass rusher Brian Orakpo! Expect a close, low-scoring, typical NFC East matchup.
Giants 17, Redskins 13
49ers +6.5 over Cardinals
I'm not super high on the 49ers this year, but this is too high a spread for week one. Shaun Hill is not a bad quarterback, and the Cardinals could struggle with Frank Gore. Kurt Warner has struggled with his timing in training camp, and at 38 years old and after almost having retired last year, I have to question his motivation a little bit. Anquan Boldin might not play and definitely won't be 100%. San Francisco will keep this close and maybe even win.
Cardinals 24, 49ers 21
Baltimore -13.5 over Kansas City
The Chiefs are a mess right now. Matt Cassel will not play, but that won't make a difference. Baltimore is a great team at home, and Joe Flacco is poised to take the next step forward into becoming a very good NFL quarterback. Kansas City simply doesn't have enough up front on either line to hold up against the Ravens, and this should get ugly quickly.
Ravens 31, Chiefs 6