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Bing Predicts NFL — Week 1

  • Bing predicts NFL week 1

    It's that special time of yearas summer fades into fall, it's officially football season. The National Football League kicks off a full slate of Week 1 matchups with a Thursday Night Football special featuring the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles, the 2017 Super Bowl champions. 

    Guiding you through all 16 of this week’s games is Bing Predicts, which leverage search, social, and historical statistics to forecast which team will prevail on game day. Read on for Bing's predictions for the first week of the NFL season. Are you ready for some football?

    ALSO: Bing Predicts — NFL season preview

  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles

    Game time: Thursday, Sept. 6 at 5:20 p.m. PST

    Philadelphia Eagles lead series 19-14-1

    In their season opener after winning Super Bowl LII, the Philadelphia Eagles will face the Atlanta Falcons this Thursday. Unlike most defending Super Bowl champs, the Eagles will come into Week 1 with their own version of a quarterback debate—while Nick Foles delivered Philly the championship, Carson Wentz played the majority of the season at an MVP-caliber level before going down with a knee injury. Foles is set to start in Week 1, but fans will have to wait to see who takes the spot on the starting roster for the remainder of the season.

    Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will lead the Falcons’ offense yet again. This off-season, the front office gave Ryan another potent weapon by drafting Alabama’s Calvin Ridley in the first round of the draft. Going against the Eagles will prove to be an immediate and early test in attempting to get to the next level as a serious Super Bowl contender this year. These teams played in the National Football Conference Divisional round playoff game that sent the Eagles to the NFC Championship and onward to the Lombardi trophy.

  • Bing Predicts: Philadelphia Eagles

    Bing Predicts winner: Philadelphia Eagles (53% chance)

    Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles on Bing

     

  • San Francisco 49ers vs. Minnesota Vikings

    Game time: Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. PST

    San Francisco 49ers lead series 23-22-1

    While the Vikings come in as big favorites and are expected to win, the 49ers could put up some stiff competition. Jimmy Garoppolo helped San Francisco finish last year on a 6-1 run in their last seven games. Off-season additions of cornerback Richard Sherman and running back Jerick McKinnon will only build expectations for this young, growing squad. 

    Still, Bing predicts the Vikings will lead the league with a 14-2 record this season, and the first step will be taking care of business at home this week. Last season, they showed their prowess with the #1 defense in the league, allowing only 15.8 points per game. Adding Kirk Cousins as their new offensive leader will make them a tougher foe this season.

  • Bing Predicts: Minnesota Vikings

    Bing Predicts winner: Minnesota Vikings (61% chance)

    San Francisco 49ers vs. Minnesota Vikings on Bing

  • Tennessee Titans vs. Miami Dolphins

    Game time: Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. PST

    Miami Dolphins lead series 20-17-0

    Tennessee will open the 2018 season on the road in Miami, lead by Titans' new head coach Mike Vrabel, who once played for the Dolphins and is now facing his former team from the opposing sideline.

    Both teams' quarterbacks will look to get off to a better start than last season; the Titans' Marcus Mariota had an underperforming year in 2017throwing more interceptions than touchdowns in the regular seasonand Miami’s Ryan Tannehill is coming back from a devastating knee injury that robbed him of playing any part of last season.

    Mariota’s double-threat features as both a runner and passer, combined with running back Dion Lewis, an equally versatile weapon out of the backfield, lead to Bing predicting Tennessee will take this one.

  • Bing Predicts: Tennessee Titans

    Bing Predicts winner: Tennessee Titans (58% chance)

    Tennessee Titans vs. Miami Dolphins on Bing

  • Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots

    Game time: Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. PST

    New England Patriots lead series 9-1-0

    New England will open the season this year at home in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where quarterback Tom Brady has an astounding 107-19 record in the regular season, setting a high bar for the Texans coming into Week 1.

    Houston will be getting quarterback Deshaun Watson back for his sophomore year after his rookie season ended prematurely with a knee injury. Bing predicts the Texans will ride to an 8-8 season in 2018 as they work to synch up the young talented stars they've acquired over the years, including wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.

    Unsurprisingly, Bing predicts the Patriots will be too much for Houston this week. Expect New England to defend home field and get their 2018 season off to a 1-0 start.

  • Bing Predicts: New England Patriots

    Bing Predicts winner: New England Patriots (70% chance)

    Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots on Bing

  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Giants

    Game time: Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. PST

    Series tied 3-3-0

    The 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning will take the reins once again this year for the New York Giants even after he had one of the worst seasons of his career in 2017, posting a 41.7 QB rating. Instead of drafting a new quarterback for the future of the franchise, the Giants opted to use their #2 draft pick on RB Saquon Barkley from Penn State, along with adding a new head coach in Pat Shurmur.  

    The highly anticipated rookie Barkley will face the tough Jacksonville defense in his first-ever NFL game. The second-best defense last year, the Jaguars return 12 starters, half of whom were 2017 Pro Bowlers. Bing expects Jacksonville to cruise to an easy Week 1 victory.

  • Bing Predicts: Jacksonville Jaguars

    Bing Predicts winner: Jacksonville Jaguars (58% chance)

    Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Giants on Bing

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