Top 5 Pick ‘Em
2017 Season Record: 43-37-5
Carolina -3 (vs. Dallas) – This is shaping up to be a very long season for the Cowboys. In past seasons, the strong points in Dallas have been Ezekiel Elliott and their stout offensive line. Key injuries to star linemen are putting even more weight on Elliott’s shoulders. The Panthers are averaging a home win rate of 75% over the past three seasons.
Los Angeles Rams -4.5 (@ Oakland) – John Gruden returns to coaching on Monday night, only to host one of the best teams in the NFL. With Khalil Mack on his way to Chicago, the 10 best players on the field will be wearing blue, gold and white.
Tennessee -1 (@ Miami) – The Dolphins lost their two best players in Jarvis Landry and Ndamukong Suh this offseason and did nothing to replace them. Ryan Tannehill, Kenny Stills and Frank Gore don’t exactly strike fear into opposing defensive units either.
Pittsburgh -3.5 (@ Cleveland) – Will Le’Veon Bell play this weekend? The good news is that it probably doesn’t matter. The Browns are still going to be the same old Browns that we know and love.
Minnesota -6 (vs. San Francisco) – The Vikings improved a few positions from last year while keeping everything else intact. Jimmy Garoppolo was fun to watch last year, but he doesn’t have enough of a supporting cast to compete with the Vikings in Minnesota.
Top Survivor Pick
New Orleans (vs. Tampa Bay) – In a rare divisional game selection to kick off the survivor season. The Buccaneers will shock the world if they win in New Orleans this weekend so the Saints make their way to the top pick this week.
Baltimore (vs. Buffalo) – The Ravens defense should be able to lead the way to victory, but strange things can happen when both offenses are this bad. The Ravens are the most popular pick in Week 1 so you are better off not picking them.