NFL Week 1 Picks: Spotlight game will be a rout

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore travels to Denver, and this one won't be as close as their overtime thriller from the playoffs last year.

We're tweaking the format of the picks this year a little bit. We'll focus on one game, and provide insight on those teams. We'll have our own separate Steelers pregame section as we've done in the past, but this article will focus on the whole league. - nc

Baltimore at Denver

A re-match of the divisional playoff overtime playoff game last year, two different teams will face each other. The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have beefed up their defensive line and removed (or had taken away) a huge chunk of their offensive production from last year.

That defensive line is going to be the difference for the Ravens this season, starting tonight.

Denver just simply won't have the protection to keep quarterback Peyton Manning safe. Not that their deep attack is a huge concern anyway, but the lack of ability to test that new-look secondary of the Ravens, they're going to rely heavily upon Manning's ability to get the ball to Wes Welker in the short field.

They're going to have to move up and down the field incrementally, and even for Manning, that will be a tough task against a Ravens defense that has improved quite a bit up front - if even for a questionable secondary.

Still, the return of Lardarius Webb will yield a positive end result, and the Ravens won't be challenged often in this game.

Ravens 24, Broncos 14

New England 38, Buffalo 10

Cincinnati 31, Chicago 17

Cleveland 20, Miami 17

Detroit 27, Minnesota 13

Indianapolis 24, Oakland 10

New Orleans 31, Atlanta 27

Tampa Bay 21, New York Jets 6

Steelers 16, Titans 6

Seattle 23, Carolina 17

Kansas City 27, Jacksonville 13

St. Louis 16, Arizona 9

Green Bay 31, San Francisco 24

Dallas 26, Giants 23

Washington 24, Philadelphia 17

Houston 31, San Diego 10

More from Behind the Steel Curtain:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker