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The 2016 National Football League regular season gets under way on Thursday with the Carolina Panthers playing the Denver Broncos in a Super Bowl rematch. The retirement of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning means that Trevor Siemian is the replacement. There will be a significant learning curve for Siemian as he faces a formidable Panthers defense that is among the stingiest in the NFC. Expect a low scoring game this evening with the Panthers winning by a touchdown.
Denver is not the only franchise entering Week 1 with serious quarterback issues. In Minnesota, Teddy Bridgewater tore his ACL during a routine practice drill and in Dallas, Tony Romo is out with a broken bone in his back. The Vikings should be ok in various games without Bridgewater, (including Sunday where they face Tennessee), because of their defense. The Cowboys meanwhile are in deep problems without Romo, and should not be considered the marginal favourite against the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon.
The ISN Lock of the Week is Seattle over Miami. The Seahawks are very tough at home against AFC opponents, where they have won nine games in a row. The last time they lost to an AFC opponent in Seattle was on October 30, 2011 when they lost 34-12 to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Seahawks quarterback that day was Tarvaris Jackson.
In picking games, actually be wary of Green Bay, Kansas City and Pittsburgh. The Packers’ opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, could actually surprise some teams in 2016. Blake Bortles is a quarterback on the rise with a strong core of receivers to choose from. Meanwhile running back Chris Ivory, who the Jaguars acquired from the New York Jets, should complement T.J. Yeldon well. The Chiefs should win the AFC West, but struggle in blowing out divisional opponents, like San Diego. The Steelers meanwhile are without wide receiver Martavis Bryant and running back Le’Veon Bell because of suspensions, and are not a guarantee to win in Washington Monday night. The Packers, Chiefs and Steelers should win, but I would be cautious in taking Kansas City when it comes to the spread, as they are currently a seven point favourite.
Finally, the three projected NFL stars of the week are quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Packers, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the Giants and running back Lamar Miller of the Houston Texans. Expect Rodgers to be close to 30 fantasy points as he faces a Jaguars defense still in transition, while Beckham Jr. and Miller should have monster performances against the Cowboys and Chicago Bears respectively.