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Beat the Spread Week 1: We start anew

Second time is charm

FBN-PANTHERS-STEELERS Photo by Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

When thinking of what lyric would best introduce the 2nd inaugural season of Beat the Spread I jumped right past anything with “Welcome Back” and landed on Staind’s “So Far Away”. The reason for this is that this game is not for the faint of heart. This game is cruel, relentless and void of fun. This game is so far, far, far from rewarding.

For context the winner of this game last year was Feslen who had a very (I mean VERY ) respectable score of 53. From there it gets ugly: Paddi and Salti gave up after Week 2, realizing early on that this was the opposite of enjoyment (which Merrian-Webster notes as “displeasure”). They were subsequently docked a number of points for not participating and ultimately ended up in negative points. Next up was Sixtus with negative 36.5 points. That’s right, the 2nd best participant in this game finished with negative 36.5 points. Next up was Pete with -37.5 points and finally yours truly came in with -50 points. I remember fondly a point in the season when I had a positive 27 points, that was around week six, way too early in the season.

How to play:

Here is the way this game works. I will supply the Weeks matchups. With each matchup will be the line as of the last 24 hours. What you need to do is:

Step 1: Pick 3 teams who are NOT the favorites that you think will cover the spread

Step 2: Well…that’s it

What you are trying to do, is select the three teams most likely to beat the spread in the comments below. You will get the points POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE that each team earns vs. the Spread. Also, if you miss a week, 5 points will be deducted from your score, so once you start, you can’t quit!

Let’s go! (49ers vs. Bucs and Broncos vs. Raiders shows as a push right now so they are not included)

Beat the Spread Week 1

Week 2 Favorite Underdog
Week 2 Favorite Underdog
CHI -3 Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers
CLE -5.5 Cleveland Browns Tennessee Titans
BAL -7 Baltimore Ravens Miami Dolphins
MIN -4 Minnesota Vikings Atlanta Falcons
NYJ - 3 New York Jets Buffalo Bills
PHI -9.5 Philadelphia Eagles Washington Redskins
LAR -3 Los Angeles Rams Carolina Panthers
KC -4 Kansas City Chiefs Jacksonville Jaguars
LAC -6.5 Los Angeles Chargers Indianapolis Colts
SEA -9.5 Seattle Seahawks Cincinnati Bengals
DAL -7 Dallas Cowboys New York Giants
DET -2.5 Detroit Lions Arizona Cardinals
NE -5.5 New England Patriots Pittsburgh Steelers
NO -7 New Orleans Saints Houston Texans
Total Week 1