The long wait for football season is nearly over, and one of my favorite things about football season is predicting who will win each game. In order to keep this fairly entertaining, I will have one lock of the week, and one upset of the week in this article and every article going forward. I will also tell you who I have covering the spread. Without further ado, let’s get on with my picks.
KC @ NE (-8). The Patriots are going to be hungry for another title coming into 2017, so I expect the 8-point favorites to cover the spread and win 30-20.
NYJ @ BUF (-7). In a matchup of two teams whose seasons already appear to be over, give me the Bills, even if Tyrod Taylor isn’t playing. However, I have the Jets covering the spread in a 24-20 loss. I’m actually betting on the Jets to do something positive, pretty shocking.
PHI @ WAS (-1). I know people are high on the Eagles this year, but give me the Redskins to cover the spread in an entertaining 30-27 win for them.
ATL (-7) @ CHI. In a QB matchup that will likely be Matt Ryan vs. Mike Glennon, the Falcons have the obvious edge, even despite playing on the road. They will win 30-17, and cover the spread in my lock of the week.
OAK @ TEN (-1.5). In a battle between two offensive juggernauts with mediocre defenses, look for an entertaining shootout. I think Marcus Mariota and the Titans get a nice 34-30 win, covering the spread and taking the W.
JAC @ HOU (-5). The Texans defense is menacing, and they dominate Blake Bortles and the Jags. They win by a score of 17-3 and obviously cover the spread.
PIT (-9) @ CLE. DeShone Kizer will start Week One, and I think the Browns will cover the spread in an impressive debut from Kizer. Still, the Steelers offense is too talented, and they will take the W by a score of 30-24.
ARI (-1.5) @ DET. I go back and forth with this one, but give me the Cards to win and cover the spread. It’s still early in the season, so Carson Palmer is still healthy. Plus, David Johnson can rip through that defense.
BAL @ CIN (-2.5). Give me the Bengals to barely cover the spread in a 23-20 win. The home field advantage ultimately helps between what I’d say are two pretty even teams.
TB @ MIA (-2.5). The Dolphins are strangely the favorites in this game, or at least it’s strange to me. This isn’t much of a “road game” for the Bucs, who to me are more talented than the Dolphins, especially on offense. Give me the Bucs in a 28-24 win.
IND @ LAR (-3). No Andrew Luck = No win for the Colts. Jared Goff’s sophomore campaign begins with a 17-13 win, as I have the Rams covering the spread.
CAR (-6) @ SF. *Upset of the week alert!* Despite being bad the past two years (and probably this year as well), the 49ers have a strange tendency to show up in Week One. Give me the Niners to upset the Panthers 27-24, and obviously, they will cover the spread.
SEA @ GB (-3). The Packers are very good at Lambeau, and despite the Sheldon Richardson addition, I’m still low on Seattle. It’s mostly because of their o-line. Aaron Rodgers gets it done, and the Packers win 30-24, covering the spread.
NYG @ DAL (-3.5). Here’s where me being a biased Giants fan could bite me. Not only that, I’m writing this article on Tuesday, long before we get an answer on the availability of Odell Beckham and Zeke Elliot. Still, I have the Giants winning 21-20, and covering the spread. Hold me to that prediction.
NO @ MIN (-3.5). This is one of those weird games where I have the Vikings winning, but I have the Saints covering the spread. I see the home field advantage helping the Vikings get a 27-26 win.
LAC @ DEN (-3.5) All the experts on CBS have the Chargers covering the spread, likely due to the Chargers having a better QB situation. However, this game is being played in Mile High, and that Broncos defense is still ferocious. I have the Broncos winning this one 20-16, barely covering the spread.