Welcome to a weekly installment of NFL picks. Feel free to keep track of your predictions and see if you can beat the author. Each week, one survivor pick will be made. When selected, a team will not be available for the rest of the season. If the survivor pick loses, the survivor pick is gone for the remainder of the season.
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ATS Record: 0-0
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (HOU +9.5)
Chiefs 31, Texans 24
The Chiefs will open their title defense with a win at home over the Texans.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (MIA +6.5)
Patriots 23, Dolphins 17
In Cam Newton’s first start as a Patriot, the Patriots will win with a late touchdown.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (CLE +7.5)
Ravens 26, Browns 21
The Browns will keep it close into the fourth quarter, but one Baltimore stop will be the difference.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (BUF -6.5)
Bills 24, Jets 17
Josh Allen will have his first-career 300-yard game as the Bills prevail.
Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers (CAR +3)
Panthers 34, Raiders 31
In the surprise shootout of the week, the Panthers will ride a 125-yard performance from Christian McCaffrey.
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons (SEA -2)
Seahawks 27, Falcons 17
Russell Wilson will lead the Seahawks to yet another win in the eastern time zone.
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team (WSH +6)
Eagles 24, Football Team 21 (F/OT)
Chase Young will get his first sack, but the Eagles will come away with a close win after a tightly fought overtime period.
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (CHI +3)
Bears 21, Lions 20
The Bears will nab a win as Detroit’s offensive line falters down the stretch.
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars (IND -8)
Colts 26, Jaguars 16
Philip Rivers will open his Indianapolis career with a win.
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (GB +2.5)
Packers 17, Vikings 14
The Packers will force three turnovers including a game-sealing interception in the dying seconds.
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (LAC -3)
Chargers 31, Bengals 24
Joe Burrow will have his moments, but he will find himself on the turf too many times to lead the Bengals to a win.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (ARZ +7)
49ers 30, Cardinals 24 (F/OT)
Kyler Murray will have his third productive outing against the 49ers, but San Francisco will score after winning the overtime coin toss.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (NO -3.5)
Saints 20, Buccaneers 16
The Saints will win a low-scoring game, flexing their versatile defense.
Sunday Night Football:
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams (DAL -3)
Cowboys 24, Rams 17
This game is a prime spot for a push, but the Cowboys will win by a touchdown.
Monday Night Football:
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (PIT -6)
Steelers 38, Giants 10, Survivor Pick
The Steelers will exploit the Giants, scoring the most points of Week 1.
Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (TEN -2.5)
Titans 24, Broncos 20
The Titans will use Derrick Henry to the tune of 150 total yards and three scores.
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