There are a number of intriguing contests on the schedule heading into the 2014 NFL season. In week 1, there are a few games that will probably get more attention than others. Here is a short preview of the games of the week, along with fantasy football tips and a look at NFL lines and the over/under.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning has not been the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts for a while now, but it is still a noteworthy matchup when he faces them. Not only will that factor play into storylines, but the fact that both of these teams are more than likely playoff bound also adds to the intrigue.
Defenses on both sides are decent, so fantasy football numbers won't be crazy for the 2 starting quarterbacks. That also means that points will be a little bit at a premium, which means to go under the over/under. Indianapolis won last year, and they will keep it close enough to cover the spread at the very least in 2014 (as long as the spread is around a touchdown in favor of Denver).
Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks
A Super Bowl hangover could be very real here, especially since Aaron Rodgers is a very hungry quarterback at this point in time. He had to miss a good portion of last due to a collarbone injury year, but he should be 100% for the opener. Seattle will be favored at home, but Green Bay is the play here in a low-scoring affair.
Rodgers will be able to put up strong fantasy football numbers. As for Seattle, the defense will be decent, but the offense will struggle early on against a much improved Green Bay defense. That will ultimately be the difference in the game.
Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
This is an extremely interesting match up simply because Cleveland will be starting a new quarterback with a lot of pressure on him. Brian Hoyer was able to win the starting job going up against rookie Johnny Manziel, but all eyes will be on him in the opener. This could really help to define the season for the Cleveland Browns in general, as Pittsburgh is going to be a solid team to go up against. Pittsburgh's experience, even if they are not as strong as they have been in the past, will allow them to dominate this game in the early stages. Taking over as far as points are concerned, but take Pittsburgh to win and cover.
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