The NFL … The short division road trip hasn't been a problem for the Eagles in the past and they are Super Bowl contenders in contrast to Washington being in play for the league's worst record. Another rookie, Michael Pittman Jr., is a key boost to the receiving corps. Colts (-7.5) at Jaguars. Wilson should pick apart former Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's unit, leaving Matt Ryan under duress in a pass-happy scheme against a secondary ready to make big plays on the ball. Baltimore is bound to start faster out of the gate while Cleveland works on finding its more grounded footing. Even with considerable change, the Vikings are a bit tighter defensively than the Packers and will dig deep with ball control to take the early division lead. As teams prepare for the action in training camp without any preseason games, the point spreads for the initial matchups that count are surprising in many cases. The Bills have heard plenty around Josh Allen, who now can also throw to Diggs. Think he is a lame version of Cordarrelle Patterson as a WR. The spreads come courtesy of Sports Insider: MORE: Get the latest NFL Week 1 odds & betting advice from Sports Insider.,,,, Get the latest NFL Week 1 odds & betting advice from Sports Insider. Minnesota should remember being swept by Green Bay last season, including a home loss in September. You can contact him at UPDATED Oct. 13, 2020, at 10:04 PM 2020 NFL Predictions NFL Week 1 Picks 2020 NFL Predictions Week 1: Houston Texans 0-0-0 VS Kansas City Chiefs 0-0-0 (-9), Philadelphia Eagles 0-0-0 (-5.5) VS Washington Football Team 0-0-0, Miami Dolphins 0-0-0 VS New England Patriots 0-0-0 (-6.5), Green Bay Packers 0-0-0 VS Minnesota Vikings 0-0-0 (-2.5), Indianapolis Colts 0-0-0 (-8) VS Jacksonville Jaguars 0-0-0, Chicago Bears 0-0-0 VS Detroit Lions 0-0-0 … (Getty Images) The Jets keep doing weird things with Adam Gase in control. I absolutely love the addition of Philip Rivers to the Colts. Indianapolis also is stronger in the defensive front seven with DeForest Buckner as the anchor. Slower though. They also are a little more established as a division power with the more reliable all-around defense. Kansas City avoided a free-agent exodus and took care of both Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones. The new-look Panthers are a very team with Rivera, Newton, Luke Kuechly, Greg Olsen and others gone, now led by Matt Rhule and Teddy Bridgewater. Viva the Las Vegas Raiders. Pick: Broncos win 23-20 and cover the spread. They have no issues under Carroll on these kind of cross-country trips, especially in Week 1 with no games before it. Chicago has its defense but there's not much else to trust as Detroit also should be a little better on that side than it was last season. The New England Patriots went 11-5 in 2008 without Tom Brady after losing him in week 1. They are the returning playoff team. But San Francisco remains strong and won't let down in its first game at home after losing the Super Bowl. Pick: Chiefs win 42-24 and cover the spread. Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock have upgraded wide receiver and tight end for Derek Carr, and the defense has two major additions at linebacker in Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski. Joe Burrow isn't used to losing or playing poorly. They remain in their run-heavy identity to set up the downfield passing game, now with Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill both getting their lucrative long-term contracts. They gave the 49ers two close, high-scoring games last season. Pick: Raiders win 27-20 and cover the spread. FiveThirtyEight's 2020 NFL forecast uses an Elo-based model to calculate each team's chances of advancing to the playoffs and winning the Super Bowl. Visit ESPN to view NFL Expert Picks for the current week and season Both ended up losing to the NFC champion 49ers in the playoffs. The NFL has released its full 2020 regular season schedule, and we pick all the matchups along with the ensuing postseason and Super Bowl. That should lead to a high-scoring duel as expected in the Superdome with both QBs deploying their myriad weapons for big plays. This is a long road trip for AFC's L.A. team post-Hard Knocks and its first game in a long time without  Philip Rivers will have mixed results with Tyrod Taylor and the defense. There is some uncertainty about teams that underwent a lot of offseason changes, making some established powers stronger favorites. Dak Prescott doesn't have his long-term contract, but he will still be focused and motivated to have another big year with an extra elite weapon in rookie wideout CeeDee Lamb. Chris Ransom Last Updated: September 9, 2020. Behind Tom Brady, he’s made the most important plays in franchise history. Jacksonville is rolling with more of Gardner Minshew, but the offense is in flux around him and the defense continues to lose more luster. Get the latest NFL Week 1 picks from CBS Sports. The Saints have the comfort of home, a tough place for visitors even without fans. The Cardinals have some great vibes with Kyler Murray getting help from Hopkins and Chander Jones getting help from Isaiah Simmons. With some QB unknowns, the running games, defenses and coaching will need to be the deciding factors. Slow and steady does it for the Patriots in their first game in a long time without Brady. Hamler all adding to the weaponry. That means there's no better time than the present to make picks and predictions for all the games of Week 1. I’m not sold on NKeal Harry. There. They are excited about their new identity and finished the final season in Oakland on the brink of the playoffs. The Titans had their chance at the Chiefs and getting to the Super Bowl instead of the eventual champions. Denver matches that early vibe while Tennessee starts experiencing the expected letdown. The Packers didn't upgrade at wide receiver and the Vikings traded Stefon Diggs. Drew Brees and Tom Brady meet right away as new NFC South rivals after interesting offseasons for both venerable future Hall of Fame all-time greats. Experts weigh in with analysis and provide premium picks for upcoming NFL games. There will be extra energy in Arrowhead (even without the typical crowd noise) with the Chiefs feted as Super Bowl champions and eager to repeat as considerable favorites to do so. Let's dive right in to navigate those odds and hopefully lean toward the better bets as Sporting News launches its professional pigskin prognostications for another fun year.