1. Broncos edge Panthers– It was what we had been waiting for and when we last saw these two battle, it was in Super Bowl 50 and Denver won it. Seven months later, they opened up the season and this time, it was a closer game. Cam Newton entered with all his weapons on the field and healthy and Denver was beginning life after Peyton with Trevor Siemian starting for the Broncos. The Panthers looked to be rolling away with this game until the Broncos made some key adjustments in the second half. They showed the defense is still a force in this league and Siemian took better care of the football. the game came down to a field goal opportunity and Gano missed it. Denver escaped with a one-point victory to begin their title defense.
2. Packers survive in Jacksonville– This was a match-up that had my attention. The Packers were looking to bounce back and get back to the basics and the offense got a very familiar face back, remember Jordy Nelson? Jacksonville enters this season with a lot of high expectations after the offseason they had and they didn’t disappoint in this one and they hung around with the Packers throughout the game but Green Bay just proved to be a little bit more of a challenge as they held on for an opening kickoff victory.
3. Arkansas needs double OT to beat TCU– This was their first meeting since 1991 and this was by far one of the best games I saw on Saturday. Arkansas needed a comeback in week one and got the win and TCU were looking to play much better defense. The Horned Frogs were in control for most of the game then just like in week one, Arkansas fought back and when it looked like TCU was ready to win the game, the field goal was blocked. Two overtimes were needed to figure this one out and Arkansas got a huge win on the road against a ranked opponent.
4. Giants hold off Cowboys– Once again, they opened the season up against each other and it was the type of game you expected but there was a different look on their offense. Romo was out and the rookie who had a big time preseason stepped in, Dak Prescott made his NFL debut and he wasn’t bad. The Giants were healthy and this is by far the healthiest they’ve been in a really long time and for the first time ever, we saw both Odell and Victor Cruz on the field together. The Giants are much improved especially on defense. They held Dez Bryant to one catch and eight yards receiving and normally, close games have been their kryptonite but they held on for the win.
5. Chiefs erase 21 point deficit– Before kickoff, Jamaal Charles was a late scratch due to that knee he injured in 2015 and I still decided to keep my pick and why not? The Chiefs won ten games in a row without their best player on the field last season. Give San Diego credit for coming out and clicking early on but couldn’t hold onto the lead and close out. With the win, Kansas City has won 11 games in a row dating back to 2015.