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

Rick Gagliano | August 9-17, 2015

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Sunday, August 9 - Hall of Fame Game at Canton, Ohio

8:00 pm Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings(-3, 35) (NBC) - Well, here we go again! With the Hall of Fame Game, the countdown to the regular season officially begins, so once this game starts, there will be less than five weeks remaining before the opening weekend of NFL madness.

As for this contest, one can expect cameo appearances by the stars, respectively, Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers and Adrian Peterson of the Vikings, the latter of whom has been itching to run with a pigskin since early last season when he was suspended on some rather dubious offenses.

The game will, no doubt come down to the subs, and both teams have capable backups. The Steelers are a perennial playoff team, while the Vikings seem to be building into a wild card-type of squad and plenty of players will be out to make some serious impact in their debut game.

Finishing with an 11-5 record, the Steelers made the post-season as champions of the AFC North division, whereas the Vikings missed making the playoffs with a 7-9 record, falling just short by losing two road games by two points each in weeks 15 and 16, to Detroit (16-14) and Miami (37-35), respectively.

Realistically, the Vikings were without their full complement of players and possibly - absent Peterson - one of the top running backs in the history of the game. Geared up and ready to roll, the Vikings - behind second-year QB Teddy Bridgewater - should score early and often and make this game a one-sided affair.

Prediction: Vikings 31 Steelers 21

Thursday, August 13

7:30 pm Green Bay at New England (-3, 37 1/2) - Unless anybody else is already tired of the entire Tom Brady "deflate-gate" saga, the glamor boy of the league will get some playing time this week, opening the preseason against the team that just about everybody believes on on track to win the Super Bowl.

That said, Aaron Rodgers will also see a little bit of playing time, but likely not more than two, maybe three, series. The Packers are not only the choice to win it all, they're the choice to win this game.

Prediction: Packers 21 Patriots 13

7:30 pm New Orleans at Baltimore (-3, 38) - The Saints had a truly disappointing season in 2014, and, unless some miracle has occurred, their defense is going to be somewhat shoddy once more.

Baltimore has talent all over the field and, what's more, a defense geared to stopping anything that moves. Drew Brees may get some good looks early on, but, after that, it's going to be all Ravens.

Prediction: Ravens 34 Saints 10

7:30 pm NY Jets at Detroit (-3, 36 1/2) - As dreadful as was last season, the Jets haven't done enough to be considered contenders for anything but the laugh reel.

The Lions will have Matthew Stafford in for a few series, but overall, the Lions are likely a much better team, seeking the NFC North title or at least a wild card. This appears to be quite a one-sided affair.

Prediction: Lions 27 Jets 6

8:00 pm Dallas at San Diego (-3, 38) - Dallas is loaded, but this game probably means very little to most of the talented starters.

On the other side of the ledger, San Diego has plenty of players looking to make the team, so they will be flying around, especially on defense, where there are a number of open roster spots.

Prediction: Chargers 17 Cowboys 13

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8:00 pm Miami at Chicago (even, 37) - As much as one would like to believe that Miami may be playoff bound, this is still only the first game of preseason and the Bears will be trying out a ton of players all over the place.

Chicago gives the hometown fans a bit of a tease here.

Prediction: Bears 16 Dolphins 14

8:00 pm Washington at Cleveland (-1, 36 1/2) - Hmmmä RG3 vs. the irrepresive Johnny Manziel has the makings of an historic meeting along the shore of Lake Erie.

Cleveland fans could use a break, and a win, and the Browns, 7-9 last season, may be on the verge of breaking out. Manuel may not be the answer, but there is a growing bench strength that will pull this game out in the latter stages.

Prediction: Browns 31 Redskins 27

Friday, August 14

7:00 pm Tennessee at Atlanta (-1, 37) - Atlanta suffered through a rough season last year, but they were only eliminated from a sub-par NFC South late in the season.

The Titans haven't much to boast about except that they'll probably be better than their 2-14 mark from 2014.

That's not enough, however, to warrant a win, even in preseason.

Prediction: Falcons 40 Titans 14

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7:00 pm Carolina at Buffalo (-3, 35 1/2) - There is a lot of huffing and chest-pounding going on in the Buffalo training camp, but the big story is the QB controversy that Rex Ryan has on his hands. Matt Cassell is the supposed starter, but Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel will also get plenty of time on the field.

If Cassell is anything other than horrible, he'll probably be the starter come September, because the other two guys just don't have what it takes in either leadership or accuracy.

Don't blink or you'll miss Cam Newton, who will be in for, at most, two series. The Bills defense may provide an inordinate share of the scoring.

Prediction: Bills 26 Panthers 10

7:30 pm NY Giants at Cincinnati (-3, 37) - The Bengals are going to be a very good team this season, but depth is a concern. As for the Giants, they'll likely be better than they were in 2014, but still fall short of a playoff spot.

With lots of players with something to prove, the Giants may take an early lead and show some defensive stiffness.

Prediction: Giants 21 Bengals 17

7:30 pm Pittsburgh at Jacksonville (even, 36 1/2) - Pittsburgh's offense looked alarmingly lackluster in their Hall of Fame game loss to the Vikings last week.

Sure, they're just tuning up, but, winners don't need excuses. The Jaguars, despite their 3-13 mark from last season, are an up-and-coming team, especially when QB Blake Bortles is on his game.

Consider him good for two TDs in this one, which should be more than enough against the punchless Steelers.

Prediction: Jaguars 24 Steelers 14

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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