Welcome to the NFL fans version of Christmas Eve, and all prognosticators records stand at 0-0. Above are my 16 predictions against the spread for Week 1, below are what I consider the five strongest plays. Jacksonville -2.5 @ Houston - A mere 20 months ago the Texans held a 24-0 first half lead in an AFC Divisional Playoff in Kansas City. Today they are a dysfunctional franchise possibly staring down the barrel of an 0-17 season. This could mark the only time all year Houston is only a field goal underdog. I would use 16 confidence points on the Jaguars.
Philadelphia +3 @ Atlanta - The Falcons usher in a new coaching regime and exciting rookie TE Kyle Pitts. As often is the case with new staffs, it will take a while for Atlanta to find its footing. I think the wrong team is favored.
San Francisco -7.5 @ Detroit - Speaking of new coaches, Detroit's Dan Campbell has already established himself as a bit of a work. Wonder what his postgame presser will be like after Raheem Mostert rushes for 150-yards plus in a 49ers blowout. Green Bay -4 @ New Orleans - The Saints selected Jacksonville as the site of this relocated game in part because they feel Baja Georgia would be a difficult and expensive place for Green Bay supporters to get to. This just in, Packers fans are everywhere and money and travel are no obstacle. How long did Sean Payton spend trying to figure out the logistics?
LA Rams -7.5 v. Chicago - Guess we have to go with one home team. The Rams destroyed Chicago on a Monday night last year and suspect they will do the same here unless Matt Nagy pulls the plug on Andy Dalton early.