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NFL Picks: Week 1

Fake Teams writers make their predictions for the upcoming slate of games.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Blake Bortles throwing a pick-6, probably. Was there a better choice for a “picks” article?
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Each week at Fake Teams our writers will offer their predictions for the upcoming games. This was a recent decision, so no one will profit from Clark’s contrarian Kansas City pick this time around. But be sure to check in each week for staff picks and a running tally of the most accurate writer. Hint: It will probably not be yours truly.

Buffalo (-385), Atlanta (-250), and Pittsburgh (-440) were all unanimously picked to win by our staff. Each are heavy favorites, so this comes as little surprise.

Mark is the only writer to pick Detroit. Pete is the only Jaguars believer. Is J.E. Barnett an Indianapolis fan? Matias and Clark appear to be banking on Kyle Shanahan working some offensive magic in a home-opener against my Panthers...I find that offensive.

I am most surprised by three writers (Pete, Clark, Ghoji) choosing the Chargers over Denver. Maybe they know something I don’t. I told you I am bad at this. We shall see.

NFL Picks: Week 1

Games Pete Clark Heath Ghoji Matias J.E.B. Mark
Games Pete Clark Heath Ghoji Matias J.E.B. Mark
KC at NE NE KC NE NE NE NE NE
NYJ at BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF
ATL at CHI ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL
BAL at CIN BAL CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN BAL
PIT at CLE PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT
ARI at DET ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI DET
JAC at HOU JAC HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU
OAK at TEN TEN OAK TEN OAK TEN OAK TEN
PHI at WAS WAS PHI WAS PHI PHI WAS PHI
IND at LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR IND LAR
SEA at GB SEA GB GB GB SEA GB SEA
CAR at SF CAR SF CAR CAR SF CAR CAR
NYG at DAL DAL DAL NYG DAL DAL DAL DAL
NO at MIN NO MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN NO
LAC at DEN LAC LAC DEN LAC DEN DEN DEN