NFL Office Pool Picks Week 1 with Expert Analysis and ATS Predictions
We are now less than 48 hours away from the start of the 2021-22 NFL season, and I am excited to get the season started. We’ve broken down every single team coming into the season, talked about the draft and season win totals, and now we get to enjoy the fruit of our labor. One way to do so is by entering your local office pools where you need to pick every game against the spread and have the most correct each week for a chance at winning the weekly pot. If you’re new to this way of betting on football and think there are just too many games to handicap, no worries, I will be here weekly with my choices for every single game against the spread. Good luck to everyone!
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Week 1 Picks Against the Spread
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -8 over Dallas Cowboys: Some office pools require you to pick the Thursday night game. If you’re in one that does, lay the points with the Bucs. Tampa is better on both sides of the football, and Dallas has injury concerns on the offensive line. Tampa should put up 30+ and cover easily.
San Francisco 49ers -7.5 over Detroit Lions: This is a lot of points to lay with a West Coast team traveling east for an early start. However, the Lions are going to be brutal this year. They have no weapons. And with the QB situation in SF the way it is right now, both guys, should they see time, are going to want to make a statement. Niners roll in this one.
Buffalo Bills -6.5 over Pittsburgh Steelers: I believe the Bills are ready to take the next step this season and reach the Super Bowl. They have a legit offense and a very underrated defense. The Steelers come to town with more questions than answers, and we don’t see them stopping Buffalo at all. Bills win by double-digits.
Atlanta Falcons -3.5 over Philadelphia Eagles: This is a tricky line, but I have to side with the home team. The Falcons offense is going to be good, while the defense has the pieces to take a massive step forward. The Eagles are void of any real playmakers, and I don’t see them keeping up with the Birds.
Carolina Panthers -5 over New York Jets: Lay the points with the Panthers in what will be a Sam Darnold revenge game for the ages. He has a plethora of weapons to work with, including a healthy Christian McCaffrey. The Jets are starting a rookie QB, and he’ll be in for a rude welcome to the pros.
Jacksonville Jaguars -3 over Houston Texans: I mean, if you have to pick this game, pick the Jags. They have the better quarterback despite him not playing a pro game yet and the much better coach despite him not coaching a pro game yet. That’s all you need to know about how bad the Texans will be this year.
Tennessee Titans -3 over Arizona Cardinals: I believe this game is going to be one of the better games of the week. Both teams are going to be good offensively, but I think the home side is the play here as the Cardinals simply don’t play well away from home. The Titans should be able to run the ball down Arizona’s throat and win the possession battle and ultimately win by a touchdown.
Seattle Seahawks -2.5 over Indianapolis Colts: If Carson Wentz is out of the lineup, give me the Seahawks. If Carson Wentz is in the lineup, still give me the Seahawks. The Seahawks are the better team on both sides of the football, and Russell Wilson will be the difference-maker here. Small line, but this is one of my favorite plays of the week.
Los Angeles Chargers -1 over Washington Football Team: This is a close line, and rightfully so. Both teams will be wanting to get off on a winning note to kickstart the season, but I believe the Chargers are the better team on both sides of the football, and I believe in Justin Herbert more so than I do Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Minnesota Vikings -3 over Cincinnati Bengals: I think the Bengals will be respectable this year with the return of Joe Burrow, but I see the Vikings taking the opening game. Dalvin Cook should feast on the weak Bengals’ run defense, and the Vikings should win this game by a touchdown.
Green Bay Packers -4.5 over New Orleans Saints: Aaron Rodgers or Jameis Winston? I’ll take Rodgers in that matchup and the Packers over the Saints on the road. The Packers have continuity going for them, and we know what to expect. They will put up at least 28, and we don’t see the Saints having an answer for that.
Kansas City Chiefs -6 over Cleveland Browns: The Browns have not won a Week 1 game in 16 seasons. On paper, they have the best team they’ve had in years, and still, I’m picking the Chiefs to blow them out. The Chiefs don’t lose at home, and I expect them to come out pissed off about what happened in their last game – the Super Bowl loss to Tampa.
New York Giants +2.5 over Denver Broncos: I like the Giants a hell of a lot more than I like the Broncos. The Giants have talent on offense and a defense that is underrated. The Broncos have a good defense but a poor offense. I’ll take the team that can put up points over the team that will struggle to do so all season long.
Miami Dolphins +2.5 over New England Patriots: The Patriots’ reign in the AFC East is over. The Bills have surpassed them, and the Dolphins are now level with them in terms of overall talent. I see Miami taking this one in a statement game. Mac Jones will be in for a rude awakening in his pro debut.
Los Angeles Rams -7.5 over Chicago Bears: Give me the Rams’ defense over Andy Dalton or Justin Fields any day of the week. The Rams also finally have a good quarterback, and I expect them to blow out the Bears at home in the opener.
Baltimore Ravens -4.5 over Las Vegas Raiders: The Raiders continuously find ways to beat themselves, so it’ll be interesting to see what way they come up with in Week 1. The Ravens are a great team and should be able to run the ball at will in this one. Ravens cover and win by double-digits.
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