Thank The Heavens! The NFL Is Back! Andrew Powell Makes His 2023 Season Predictions And Week 1 Picks

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It’s time! The 2023 NFL season is here!

We’re only just a few hours away from the opening game between the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions, with that contest scheduled to kickoff at 8:20 p.m. (eastern time) on NBC.

Heading into the new season, we have a ton of storylines to be intrigued about. You have the Chiefs on a mission to repeat as champions, Aaron Rodgers now in the Big Apple as the leader of the New York Jets and no Tom Brady for the first time in 24 years after he finally retired earlier in the year. And those are just the main ones.

We’ve also got to keep an eye on the NFL’s crackdown on gambling (are we looking at more suspensions?), Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ continuing growth and all of the changes in the coaching carousel, headlined by Sean Payton now being the skipper of the Denver Broncos. We’ve got a ton to stay focused on.

And then you have the nitty-gritty of forecasting this entire thing, but no worries … that’s where I come in.

It doesn’t matter if it’s hurricanes…

… or the National Football League. (RELATED: Nick Bosa Now The Highest-Paid Defensive Player In NFL History After Signing $170 Million Extension With 49ers: REPORT)

I got you covered with the grade-A outlook. Let’s get it!



  • AFC East: Buffalo Bills
  • AFC North: Cincinnati Bengals
  • AFC South: Jacksonville Jaguars
  • AFC West: Kansas City Chiefs
  • NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles
  • NFC North: Minnesota Vikings
  • NFC South: New Orleans Saints
  • NFC West: San Francisco 49ers


  • MVP: Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills)
  • OPOY: Christian McCaffrey (San Francisco 49ers)
  • DPOY: T.J. Watt (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • OROY: Bryce Young (Carolina Panthers)
  • DROY: Will Anderson Jr. (Houston Texans)
  • Comeback: Damar Hamlin (Buffalo Bills)
  • Coach: Mike McDaniel (Miami Dolphins)


  • AFC: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NFC: Philadelphia Eagles

Super Bowl LVIII

  • And your champion is: Cincinnati Bengals

Week 1 Picks (Betting Odds Courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook)

  • Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs: Chiefs (-4.5)
  • Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons: Falcons (-3.5)
  • Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns: Bengals (-2.5)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts: Jaguars (-5)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings: Vikings (-6)
  • Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints: Saints (-3)
  • San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers: Steelers (+2)
  • Arizona Cardinals at Washington Commanders: Commanders (-7)
  • Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens: Ravens (-10)
  • Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears: Bears (-1)
  • Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos: Raiders (+3.5)
  • Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots: Eagles (-4)
  • Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers: Dolphins (+3)
  • Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks: Seahawks (-5.5)
  • Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants: Cowboys (-3.5)
  • Buffalo Bills at New York Jets: Bills (-2.5)