NFL Picks and Predictions – Week 1

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Dec 1, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) runs as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebackers Jonathan Casillas (52) and Lavonte David (54) defend in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers vs. Buccaneers

Even if Cam Newton plays in this game he won’t be 100% with a rib injury.  The Panthers a very good defensively but Newton is the key to making their engine run.  So I think the Buccaneers will get the win at home in new head coach Lovie Smith’s debut with the team.  However, it will be close.

Winner:  Buccaneers

Score prediction:       21-20  Bucs   

Points spread:      Buccaneers -2.5

Over/under:  39 – Over

4:25 pm – FOX