NFL Straight Up Picks – NFL Predictions Week 1 (2020)

Best NFL Straight Up Picks Week1

All right, get ready for NFL Predictions Week 1 2020, We’re back to the 2020 season.

While we don’t have a definite answer as to when the season will start due to COVID-19. We are all excited for the season, so we dove into all the enticing match ups for week 1 and gave our expert picks for each game. Our picks are based off logic and reasoning to make sure we give you guys the best and most accurate picks that we can. We are all just as excited as you so lets dive right into it!

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Texans at Chiefs (-10.5)

The Chiefs knocked the Texans out of the playoffs last season when the two clubs met last. The difference this year, is that the Chiefs looks ready to compete for another super bowl with outstanding quarterback Patrick Mahomes at the helm. Meanwhile the Texans took a giant step backwards this offseason after trading away their all pro wide receiver Deandre Hopkins for running back David Johnson and some picks. Even if David Johnson plays great, the Texans still lost their top receiving target and now have a lot of questions in their passing game as their offensive line was already a weak point. I think it would take a giant super bowl hangover for the Texans to win this one and I believe that the Chiefs take this one easily.

Final Pick: Chiefs -10.5

Seahawks (-1) at Falcons

While the Falcons have gotten better with the addition of running back Todd Gurley, I do not believe that they have the depth and firepower to compete with the Seahawks. The Seahawks just have far superior depth than the Falcons and have talent all around the offense and defense. The Falcons on the other hand still have a lot of holes to fill in and head coach Dan Quinn is not known for hot starts. Even though Seattle is on the road, I believe they will be able to handle the new look Falcons and take this one.

Final Pick: Seahawks (-1)

Colts (-7.5) at Jaguars

I absolutely love the addition of Philip Rivers to the Colts. I believe that he will be able to take them to the next level as long as he is able to get some reps in training camp with his receivers. Last year the Colts played well considering the abrupt retirement of Andrew Luck and I think that with the upgrade at quarterback they will be able to take another step forward. The Jaguars still have a lot of holes throughout their lineup and I don’t think that they filled enough of them throughout the offseason. It is looking like they may trade star running back Leonard Fournette as well which could set them into a full rebuild. I think that the Jaguars are way too much of a question mark headed into the season and I believe the Colts will be able to handle this one even on the road.

Final Pick: Colts (-7.5)


Titans at Broncos (-3)

If this game were in Tennessee, then I would be taking the Titans. But the altitude in Denver has just proved to be far too much for opposing teams. Titans star running back Derrick Henry was just signed to the franchise tag and never really hits his stride until halfway through the season. The Broncos however, just completely loaded up their offense with tons of weapons for their young quarterback Drew Lock and have a very capable defense with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. I’m riding with the Broncos on this one.

Final Pick: Broncos (-3)

Steelers (-3) at Giants

This game heavily depends on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. If he can come back and play at full strength with a good offseason, then the Steelers would be lined up for an easy win against a Giants team that still has a lot of holes to fill. Let’s not forget how incredible the Steelers defense was as well throughout last season after the trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick. I think even if Roethlisberger isn’t his full self, the Steelers defense will manhandle the Giants offense that is formed around superstar running back Saquon Barkley. Ill take the Steelers here on the road.

Final Pick: Steelers (-3)

Cowboys at Rams (-2.5)

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has still not signed his extension and is reportedly looking for 35 million or possibly more than that. It is yet to be seen whether he will play without an extension or if he will even play under the franchise tag for that matter. If Dak plays, then I would take the Cowboys all the way due to their offensive talent with Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper to go along with the addition of new head coach Mike McCarthy. But it is such a coin toss as to whether Dak will even suit up without a contract that I must take the Rams on this one. Sean McVay always gets his team off to a hot start and especially if Dallas doesn’t have their starting quarterback that game, then the Rams will most definitely take advantage.

Final Pick: Rams (-2.5)

Packers at Vikings (-3.5)

Both teams are facing a lot of criticism for their offseason. Most of that criticism is going towards the Packers due to them drafting a quarterback in the first round and then a running back later in the draft instead of selecting a receiver for star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Some believe that Rodgers could be traded out of Green Bay and management is preparing for his departure, but I do not see that as the case. I think Rodgers will still be his usual self and make the most of what he has now that their defense is above average. The Vikings didn’t do much this offseason and Kirk Cousins is still their quarterback, which many aren’t thrilled about. I’m taking the Packers on the road due to Rodgers being a much more reliable option than Kirk Cousins.

Final Pick: Packers (+3.5)

Bears at Lions (-1)

The Lions have made some good offseason moves and are getting their franchise quarterback Mathew Stafford back for week 1. Even though they traded their star corner Darius Slay, they managed to draft another corner in Jeff Okudah with the third overall draft pick. I would say id be worried about Detroits defense, but we still have no idea what quarterback the Bears are going to roll with by week 1. If they choose Mitchell Trubisky and he ends up playing the same as he did last year then the Lions defense could have a field day against him. If Nick Foles gets the start though, this game could come down to the wire. Ultimately, I have much more faith in Mathew Stafford in close games then I do either Bears quarterback. Im taking the Lions at home in this one.

Final Pick: Lions (-1)

Dolphins at Patriots (-6)

The Patriots are going through their biggest change since 2000 and that is not having superstar quarterback Tom Brady on their roster anymore. After Brady left, they had a very quiet offseason with no true starter at quarterback so it is yet to be seen who Belichick will roll with in week 1. They are going up against the Dolphins in this matchup and Miami has had an incredible offseason in my opinion. Signing big name free agents like Byron Jones and Kyle Van Noy, and drafting Tua Tagovailoa with their first-round pick. They also were able to fill in a ton of other holes through the draft and got themselves some depth. I love what the Dolphins have done so far and believe that they will be able to get the job done at Foxborough in week 1 without having to face Brady.

Final Pick: Dolphins (+6)

Raiders at Panthers (-1.5)

The Panthers have had an outstanding draft this offseason and were even able to replace longtime quarterback Cam Newton with Teddy Bridgewater. They look like they have enough weapons on offense to stay average and their defense looks like it can compete even after losing superstar linebacker Luke Kuechly. They also play a team that do not start off very well in the Raiders and Carolina can take advantage of that. The Raiders have had a solid offseason themselves and look primed to make a run for the playoffs this season under Jon Gruden. Although I think Bridgewater and the Panthers get just enough to take down the Raiders.

Final Pick: Panthers (-1.5)

Jets at Bills (-5.5)

The Bills are very early favorites here and rightfully so. Buffalo has formed a great roster that can compete with the best of them and if Josh Allen continues to progress and get more experience then this team is a force to be reckoned with. Their matchup is in a far less favorable position. The New York Jets struggled mightily last year with a bad offensive line and poor quarterback play from Sam Darnold. They also have a current situation with star safety Jamal Adams where he may demand a trade out of New York soon which needs to be kept an eye on. I also doubt the weapons that the Jets have on their offense outside of Le’Veon Bell. I think the Bills defense proves to be too much in this game and flusters Sam Darnold early, give me the Bills at home.

Final Pick: Bills (-5.5)

Browns at Ravens (-8.5)

The Browns have fired almost everyone since the season ended and were able to bring in some nice free agent additions and good draft picks. However, with all the change coming again it will be interesting to see how quickly Baker Mayfield and company are going to be able to grasp new head coach Kevin Stefanski’s new offense. Meanwhile they are going up against the Ravens who were 14-2 last season and haven’t made any drastic changed to their team. They have been able to add Calais Campbell to help bolster their defensive line and somehow got linebacker Patrick Queen with their first-round draft pick. The Ravens look better than they were last year and are coming back with more firepower than last year. I think the Browns will be good but won’t be able to keep up with the Ravens high flying offense.

Final Pick: Ravens (-8.5)

Eagles (-6) at Redskins

Both teams have many question marks heading into the season. Who knows whether Carson Wentz will be starter come week 1 or if rookie Jalen Hurts will take over early for the Eagles. The Redskins also have a lot of change on their team with an entirely new coaching staff. If Wentz remains starter for week 1 then I would take the Eagles based off familiarity of the coaching staff. It may take some time for the Redskins to get their players fully situated with the new schemes and I believe that Ron Rivera will get it going eventually, but not by week 1.

Final Pick: Eagles (-6)

Chargers (-3.5) at Bengals

I think the Chargers defense will be a key factor in this game. The work of Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Derwin James may be too much to handle for the Bengals terrible offensive line and rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. On the other side I feel the Chargers will be able to move the ball down the field regardless of who they name at quarterback even with the Bengals revamping their defense. All around I feel like that Chargers have the better roster and should fluster the Bengals rookie quarterback early and often. Take the Chargers on the road here.

Final Pick: Chargers (-3.5)

Buccaneers at Saints (-4.5)

This game is by far the most anticipated game of week 1 by a longshot. The matchup of Tom Brady against Drew Brees will be one for the ages on opening day. The Buccaneers have a lot of weapons on offense but are severely lacking a true running threat in the backfield which might hurt them a substantial amount. Their opponent, however, has a ton of offensive weapons with Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, and Jared Cook just to name a few. I think that this game will ultimately come down to the Saints offense against the Buccaneers defense and I see Drew Brees winning that battle every time. Id take the Saints on this one.

Final Pick: Saints (-4.5)

Cardinals at 49ers (-7.5)

The 49ers were a win away from being super bowl champions last year and are coming into this year with essentially the same roster as before. I think they can compete with anybody and are able to run and pass the football along with having an excellent defense. Meanwhile the Cardinals have an average roster all around with their defense not being incredible and their offense looking primed to be above average. Although each game last year between these two clubs were very close games and I have no doubt that this game will be a repeat of that. I think the addition of Deandre Hopkins to the Cardinals along with the progression of Kyler Murray could be a deadly combination next year. I wouldn’t doubt the Cardinals keeping this one close, I see the Cardinals covering.

Final Pick: Cardinals (+7.5)