NFL Office Pool Picks Week 1
The NFL season will begin on September 10 on Thursday Night between the Chiefs and Texans. We’ll have most of the NFL slate on Sunday with two more games scheduled for Monday night. Many of our readers have NFL office pools that use against the spread picks. We’re here to help you win those pools. It’s our mission to beat all of your co-workers and family members or friends for a little bit of money or bragging rights. Here’s the breakdown of every NFL game.
Houston @ Kansas City: The Chiefs offense should strive against this Texans secondary. The Texans have compiled a bunch of players who have struggled since being drafted. With the addition of rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, I expect big things from the Chiefs offense. Take the Chiefs -9.
Atlanta @ Seattle: The Seahawks have plenty of potential this season. With the addition of Jamal Adams on defense and an offense led by Russ Wilson, I don’t see how the Falcons can keep up. The Falcons usually start their season slow and have a new running back in Todd Gurley and tight end in Hayden Hurst. Take the Seahawks -1.5.
New York Jets @ Buffalo: The Buffalo Bills had one of the best defenses last season. That won’t change this season. The Bills have their eyes set on the AFC East division and then some. With the addition of Stefon Diggs, the Bills can really take control of this division with a better offense. The Jets offense looks like a mess. Take the Bills -6.5.
Chicago @ Detroit: Mitch Trubisky won the starting quarterback job once again, beating out Nick Foles. Trubisky and the Bears were brutal on offense, but the Lions weren’t much better on defense. That’s why the Lions drafted Jeff Okoudah with their first pick. Take the Lions -3.
Green Bay @ Minnesota: The Vikings lost Stefon Diggs but still have plenty of potential offensively and defensively. This game should be close throughout with a healthy Aaron Rodgers under center. He loved using his running back Aaron Jones in the passing game, but the Vikings do a good job defending running backs. But can you trust Kirk Cousins over a healthy Rodgers? I can’t. Take the Packers +2.5.
Miami @ New England: Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start for the Dolphins, while Cam Newton is slated to start week one for the Patriots. The Patriots had the best defense in the league last season. And if the Patriots can get Newton some success, the sky’s the limit for this team. Don’t forget that the Dolphins were one of the worst defenses last season, if not the worst. Take the Patriots -6.5.
Washington @ Philadelphia: The Football Team has plenty of talent on their roster, but it’s still young and inexperienced. Not high on Dwayne Haskins, and he’ll have a rookie running the ball. The Eagles get a healthy Carson Wentz back and can carve up the Redskins in the running game with Sanders or the passing game with their tight ends. Take the Eagles -5.5.
Carolina @ Las Vegas: The Panthers offense consists of Teddy Bridgewater and Christian McCaffrey, and they’re underdogs to the Raiders? I know the Panthers had a coaching change, but it was for the better. I expect big things from Bridgewater this season, especially against a bad defense like the Raiders. Take the Panthers +3.
Jacksonville @ Indianapolis: The Colts have added Philip Rivers at quarterback. I’m not so sure that’s going to help take the Colts to new heights, but I’m sure it’ll help them beat the Jaguars, who don’t look good at all on paper. Take the Colts -8.
Cleveland @ Baltimore: Stop the hype with the Browns. The Ravens will likely get a blowout here. The most rounded team in the league. Pump the brakes. Lamar Jackson and company will get to work. Another miserable season for Cleveland coming up. Take the Ravens -8.
Cincinnati @ Los Angeles Chargers: Are you sold on Tyrod Taylor at quarterback for the Chargers? I’m not. As a matter of fact, I’m more sold on Joe Burrow, who will get his first career start in the NFL in this one. I’m not sure if the Bengals defense holds up, but you’ll probably see points on the board for both sides. Take the Bengals +3.
Tampa Bay @ New Orleans: The most anticipated game of the season by far. Brees against Brady. Buccaneers against the Saints. There’s way too much hype surrounding Brady and the Bucs. The Saints have won this division for a long while now, and that doesn’t change. It starts with this game for the Saints. Take the Saints -3.5.
Arizona @ San Francisco: The Buccaneers have some new hype this season. But so do the Cardinals, who just signed DeAndre Hopkins to an extension. It’s an interesting offense that can really grow, but I don’t think the defense holds up against the 49ers offense that was sneaky good last season. Take the 49ers -6.5.
Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas: The innovative offense of the Rams was not very innovative last year. Jared Goff had his struggles and the offense didn’t do exactly what we all expected. Dallas has added a new coach. And when you look at the roster, you truly expect big things. I have more faith in the Cowboys to start the season. Take the Cowboys -3.
New York Giants @ Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh finally has Ben Roethlisberger back, which is huge news for an offense that really struggled in the passing game last season. The Giants secondary is very depleted, even with the new addition of Logan Ryan. Pittsburgh has a very good defense and should contain the Giants for most of the night. Take the Steelers -5.5.
Denver @ Tennessee: Both teams have quarterbacks that have really progressed and shown potential. The Broncos and Titans both played tremendous defense last season, but there's only one offense that can score enough points to win this game. That’s the Titans. Take the Titans -2.5.
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