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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 1 Preseason Picks - Early Games

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Rick Gagliano | August 4 - August 11, 2013

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Sunday, Aug. 4

Hall of Fame Game, Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins at Canton, Ohio, 8 pm (NBC) - No telling why the Dolphins are favored to win here, but there's no doubt they want to test out a ton of new faces.

Same goes for the Cowboys, who are coming off a season of disappointment and looking for answers. Tony Romo will see maybe two series, but the chances of scoring against the Dolphins' first-line defense are slim.

The point here is that the game means absolutely nothing to the Dallas regulars, but may be a feather in the cap of some newcomers for Miami.

PREDICTION: Dolphins 20 Cowboys 10

Preseason Week 1

Thursday, August 8

Baltimore Ravens at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3, 35 1/2), 7:30 pm - Week one gets officially underway with the return of the Super Bowl champs, looking to keep the good times rolling with a preseason victory.

Tampa bay is coming off a tough season, though not a disaster, finishing 7-9 overall. The Buccaneers will be looking at plenty of new faces, some of whom may turn out to be starters, like DE Will Gholston, who could turn out to be a real steal from the fourth round.

Look for Mike Glennon, a second round pick out of NC State, to get plenty of playing time in the second half and rally the Bucs to victory.

Prediction: Buccaneers 20 Ravens 13

Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons (-2 1/2, 37), 8:00 pm - Two playoff teams from last season will be looking to bolster their rosters, so there will be plenty of new names and faces on both sides.

Atlanta will give Desmond Trufant - a cornerback out of Washington - a long look. He will likely either start in the regular season or come in on special packages as a fifth defensive back.

The Bengals will be looking for a steady running back, so second round pick, Giovani Bernard, from North Carolina will get the bulk of the carries, but don't expect him to gain much yardage against the tough Atlanta defense.

Prediction: Falcons 31 Bengals 14

St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns (-4, 35 1/2), 8:00 pm - Two teams which finished a combined 12-19-1 in 2012 face off for their preseason opener, though one has to wonder why the Browns are one of the few home teams giving more than 3 points in this first weekend of action.

Perhaps it's because the best chances the Browns have of winning at home are in the preseason, games which don't count.

The Rams will make the Vegas oddsmakers look silly, and anybody thinking the Browns will prevail, even sillier.

Prediction: Rams 23 Browns 10

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Washington Redskins at Tennessee Titans (-3, 35 1/2), 8:00 pm - Recovering from off-season reconstructive knee surgery, Robert Griffin III will not see any action in this game, and maybe not until week three of the preseason.

The Redskins are keeping tight control over how many snaps and drills the second-year QB has during training camp, and live action has not been yet put into the plan.

Even without RG III, Washington is still a better team, top to bottom, than the Titans and should win going away, after Jake Locker finds the end zone early in the contest.

Prediction: Redskins 24 Titans 10

Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers (-3, 35), 9:00 pm - Probably the best week one preseason game to come along in a while, fans will be excited to see Colin Kaepernick and Payton Manning behind center, but only for, at most, a couple of series.

Both teams have plenty to offer on defense, and neither head coach is going to risk injury to wideouts, so expect this game to devolve into a run-and-punt kind of affair, especially in the second half.

Take the Broncos and the points, because if Manning puts Denver in the end zone early, it may be all that's needed to win.

Prediction: Broncos 14 49ers 10

Seattle Seahawks (-2, 35 1/2) at San Diego Chargers, 10:00 pm - One of just three road teams picked to win in week one of the preseason, the Seahawks have a penchant for winning preseasn games, especially their first one, since the arrival of head coach Pete Carroll, whose rah-rah, collegiate style has translated well in the NFL.

The Chargers are an old team getting older and are going to be looking at a lot of questionable prospects, making Seattle's task that much easier. Could be the blowout of the weekend.

Prediction: Seahawks 34 Chargers 6

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Friday, August 9

New York Jets at Detroit Lions (-3 1/2, 36 1/2), 7:30 pm - Mark Sanchez is going to start for the Jets, though it's a position he may not be in much longer.

Sanchez is going to be pressured for his job by Geno Smith, the gunslinger draft pick from West Virginia taken by the Jets in the second round.

Unless Sanchez completely comes unglued or fires up a couple of pick-sixes, look for Smith to work some magic when he's on the field and fuel the upset.

Prediction: Jets 24 Lions 21

Miami Dolphins (-1, 35) at Jacksonville Jaguars, 7:30 pm - Coming off a 2-14 season, the Jaguars are legitimately one of the worst teams in the league, though, in truth, Miami isn't far ahead of them, with an uneven defensive unit that is going through roster changes and an offensive backfield that, right now, has too many moving parts.

For the Jags, this is QB Blaine Gabbert's time to lead and the second-year pro should get additional playing time here, though backup Chad Henne will play probably more than a quarter.

Between the two, they should manage a couple of scores, and that will be enough to upend the Dolphins, who are a road favorite.

Prediction: Jaguars 17 Dolphins 13

New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles (-4 1/2, 40 1/2), 7:30 pm - With or without Tom Brady, no problem. After Brady slices up the Philly defense in the first two series, that will be all he's needed to do, and the supposedly distracted - over the arrest on murder charges of TE Aaron Hernandez - will handle matters from there.

As for distractions, one may cast a glance at the Eagles, who have gone through two straight seasons of disappointing play and now have a new head coach, new plays, new defense, but not a new way to win games.

We'll take a look see at the Eagles before picking them to dump the Pats... or anybody.

Prediction: Patriots 27 Eagles 24

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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