Here’s a secret. I don’t care about the spread. I’ve been paid to care about it and, if you followed me at GetMoreSports, here or the other places who’ve accidentally paid me to write things, you know they’ve been pretty good. For the last three seasons I’ve done no worse that 12th in the nation among your professional sports pickers and it’s done absolutely nothing for me.
In spite of giving all this betting advice, I’ve not taken any of it. All I care about is the straight up picks. The spread? Kind of annoying to deal with.
But I do it, by picking a score. It’s a thing now that I’m good at.
I used to make jokes with these picks and if somebody wanted to pay me to do that, I’d once again toss some humor into your face with these football selections. But they aren’t and, frankly, as the new Sports Editor at The Citizen Tribune, the official sports photographer for Carson-Newman University, the NFL Beat Writer for GetMoreSports.com, Handicapper for BetOnline.AG and occasional contributor to Cracked.com, I don’t presently have the energy.
Here are your 2019 NFL Week 1 Picks.
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (-3, O/U: 46)
Bears 27, Packers 24
Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings (-4, O/U: 40)
Vikings 30, Falcons 24
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (-10, O/U: 46)
Eagles 31, Redskins 17
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (-3, O/U: 40.5)
Jets 23, Bills 20
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins (+7, O/U: 38)
Dolphins 27, Ravens 16
San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Pick-em, O/U: 50.5)
49ers 26, Buccaneers 17
Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5, O/U: 52)
Chiefs 29, Jaguars 27
Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns (-5, O/U: 45.5)
Browns 38, Titans 20
Los Angeles Rams at Carolina Panthers (+2.5, O/U: 50)
Rams 27, Panthers 23
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals (+3, O/U: 46.5)
Lions 24, Cardinals 20
Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks (-9.5, O/U: 44)
Seahawks 31, Bengals 16
Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5, O/U: 44.5)
Chargers 31, Colts 17
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-7, O/U: 45.5)
Cowboys 27, Giants 19
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (-5.5, O/U: 50)
Patriots 27, Steelers 26
Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints (-7, O/U: 53)
Saints 30, Texans 27
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (pick-em, O/U: 43)
Broncos 24, Raiders 23