Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 1

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Last year's record: 180-87 (.674)

Steelers (12-4) at Denver Broncos (8-8)
The Skinny: Is it possible for more attention to be heaped on a QB in Denver than Tebowmania? Steelers go from one circus atmosphere to another with the return of Peyton Manning. It didn???t end on a good note last year, either. Prediction: Broncos, 23-20

Indianapolis Colts (2-14) at Chicago Bears (8-8)
The Skinny: Is it possible for one franchise to draft two QBs such as Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck in back-to-back eras? Luck will have to look a whole lot like the next Manning if he wants to beat the Bears. Prediction: Bears, 34-20

Philadelphia Eagles (8-8) at Cleveland Browns (4-12)
The Skinny: The Browns start rookie Brandon Weeden, the 11th different QB to start a season opener since they came back in 1999. But he is the first rookie to start an opener for them in the Super Bowl era. Uh-oh. Prediction: Eagles, 24-16

St. Louis Rams (2-14) at Detroit Lions (10-6)
The Skinny: The Rams have a new coach, Jeff Fisher, who will have an immediate impact. The Lions have QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson who will have an immediate impact on the Rams??? secondary. Prediction: Lions, 34-17

Miami Dolphins (6-10) at Houston Texans (10-6)
The Skinny: The Dolphins are one of five teams who will start a rookie QB, Ryan Tannehill. They might need Dan Marino if they want to beat the Texans, who have the offense and defense that could carry them to the Super Bowl. Prediction: Texans, 27-6

Atlanta Falcons (10-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-9)
The Skinny: The Falcons come off their fourth consecutive winning season for the first time in franchise history. The Chiefs hope their strong finish last year turns them back into the playoff team from 2010. Upset Special.Prediction: Chiefs, 17-14

Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) at Minnesota Vikings (3-13)
The Skinny: Mike Mularkey takes over a Jacksonville team that has high hopes for its new receivers, rookie Justin Blackmon and Laurent Robinson. The Vikings are merely hoping they???re not as bad as 2011.Prediction: Vikings, 19-17

Washington Redskins (5-11) at New Orleans Saints (13-3)
The Skinny: The impact of Roger Goodell???s Bountygate decision could have a season-long effect on the Saints. But the biggest impact today will be the Saints taking out their displeasure on rookie RG3.Prediction: Saints, 34-10

Buffalo Bills (6-10) at New York Jets (8-8)
The Skinny: Tebowmania is not going away, not in New York. Couldn???t the Broncos have sent him to a more sedate media environment? Say, Buffalo? The Bills will need something extra to get past the more sedate Jets.Prediction: Jets, 27-20

New England Patriots (13-3) at Tennessee Titans (9-7)
The Skinny: After Matt Hasselbeck quietly produced a winning record last season, the Titans have turned over the offense to Jake Locker, who will make his first career start. He better be able to produce lots of points.Prediction: Patriots, 30-14

Seattle Seahawks (7-9) at Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
The Skinny: Arizona hopes the momentum of winning five of its final six in 2011 will carry over. The Seahawks hope what they saw from rookie QB Russell Wilson in the preseason will carry into the regular season.Prediction: Cardinals, 23-16

San Francisco 49ers (13-3) at Green Bay Packers (15-1)
The Skinny: Probably not a stretch to suggest this is a preview of the NFC Championship game. The Packers have nearly everyone returning. The 49ers added WRs Randy Moss and Mario Manningham. Prediction: Packers, 30-28

Carolina Panthers (6-10) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)
The Panthers have maybe the most exciting young player in the league in Cam Newton. The Buccaneers start over again with new coach Greg Schiano. Prediction: Panthers, 24-20

Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) at Baltimore Ravens (12-4)
The Skinny: Go easy on the resurgent Bengals talk. They???ve never had back-to-back winning seasons for Marvin Lewis. The Ravens will miss Terrell Suggs, but not enough to keep them from winning their 12th in a row at home.Prediction: Ravens, 23-21

San Diego Chargers (8-8) at Oakland Raiders (8-8)
The Skinny: The Chargers made several offseason moves to bolster their offense and become a factor again. But it was the Raiders who brought in a new head coach ??? again. Let???s see how long Dennis Allen lasts.Prediction: Raiders, 27-24 dulacspicks


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