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The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Cynic Sports NFL Predictions

New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
Pick: Cowboys

The new Cowboys Stadium will be on full display for their regular season opener on Sunday night against their division rival, the New York Giants.  The Cowboys will be without the T.O. show — that’s VH1’s problem now — and probably for the better. Now Dallas will a have chance to get the ball to their real playmakers. 

This is the second week in the regular season and teams are still figuring out their identities, but even so, this game is rife with upset as the Cowboys will take down the Giants who easily took the division last year.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Miami Dolphins
Pick: Colts

The Dolphins are a tempting choice, surprising everyone last year with their run to winning the AFC East and earning a playoff berth. 

They brought future Hall of Famer Jason Taylor back to play as an outside linebacker and drafted the gifted former West Virginia quarterback, Pat White, to help diversify their wildcat system.

Still, look for this game to be a reminder that the Dolphins got by easy last year by playing some bad teams and will lose to the Colts, who are consistently one of the NFL’s top teams.

New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles
 Pick: Saints

This game should be entertaining. The Saints boasted the league’s number one offense last year, scoring more points than any other team. The Eagles can also put up points, ranking sixth in the NFL in scoring a year ago.  The Saints have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, allowing only 13 sacks last year, and they should be more than capable of holding the Eagles’ attacking defense at bay.  The Saints are marching into Lincoln Financial Field by lighting up the scoreboard.

Baltimore Ravens vs. San Diego Chargers
Pick: Ravens

The Ravens fly to the West Coast in this battle of two playoff teams last year.  The Ravens will count on their defense to stop the Chargers’ potent air and ground attack, and rely on their bruising running game to win it. 

The Chargers are aptly named the most talented team in football, but when push comes to shove — and it shall — the Ravens have that nasty streak in them and the Chargers will fold under the brutal hits and power of the Ravens.

New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
Pick: Patriots

Division rivals, the Patriots and Jets will match up in another fiercely competitive game.

With Tom Brady back and running the show, it’s hard not to like the Patriots in this one. 

First-year coach Rex Ryan will have his work cut out for him in the Jets’ season home opener, trying to hold back a Patriots attack that recently saw Brady break the record for most touchdown passes and as a team score more points than any other in the history of the NFL.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears
Pick: Bears

It is early in the season, but not too early to say the Bears will upset the defending Super Bowl champions. 

Jay Cutler will have his work cut out for in his second game in a Bears uniform. But he will get help from the recharged defense and second year running back, Matt Forte.

Look for both teams to play well in this cross-conference game, as well as throughout the season as they are both set to make playoff runs.


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