’19 NFL Pick’Em Week 1

If this is your first time here, let me tell you what my plan is this year. Earlier this summer, I started to blog about my fantasy baseball team. Since I play more fantasy sports in the winter, I thought it was time to expand my writing into football and hockey. Out of the four major leagues in North America, I know little to nothing about basketball and then football. Every year I waste my money in fantasy football, whether it is a team of players, predicting the winners, or trying that survivor pool stuff.

I used to play for free, and now I play for cash. So far, a lot of my money has gone out, and nothing has come back.

On this page, you will find my weekly attempts to predict winners of 16 football games. Last year I did pull off the 16-0 week, so that was an incentive for me to come back and try for that glory again. It would be nice to win one of these pools someday, but I know at some point I’ll falter with these selections and finish dead last like I always do.

Once Upon a Time in NE Picks

To start off the year, here is what happen in week one of the 2019 NFL season.


Green Bay @ Chicago (-1)

I picked Chicago because I thought they had the better defence and Aaron Rodgers sucks on the road. I thought that the Bears had finally turned the corner as a team. I was wrong, except about the Bears defence.

Tennesse @ Cleveland (-1)

I thought that this was the year the Browns finally won the Super Bowl. I know nothing about Tennesse, except that only 7% of the population thought they had a chance.

Baltimore @ Miami (+1)

The fire has started in Miami. Everyone is running for their lives. I thought Baltimore would win, but not in the way they did.

Atlanta @ Minnesota (+1)

The Vikings seem to be a good team at home. Atlanta is still recovering from their Super Bowl loss so many years later. Minnesota has a great defence to make up for offensive shortcomings.

Buffalo @ New York Jets (-1)

Well, I don’t know who saw the Bills pull off a miracle win, but whoever did is 6richer than me today.

Washington @ Philadelphia (+1)

There are a handful of Eagles on my fantasy team. From what I understood, they had no business winning that game. Great for me. Not great for Redskins fans.

Kansas City @ Jacksonville (+1)

Three percent of the population thought that the Jaguars had a shot at winning this game. The Chiefs have a massive chip on their shoulder this season and should only lose to other heavyweights.

Indianapolis @ Los Angeles (+1)

Now that Andrew Luck as retired, this team’s luck may have run out too. Even with a Tom Brady understudy (Jacoby Brissett) as the quarterback, these guys won’t contend this year.

Cincinnati @ Seattle (+1)

People can say what they want, but rarely have teams gone to the northwest corner of the country and come out with a victory. It will take a more talented team to pull one of those off.

Dallas @ New York Giants (+1)

The sky is no longer falling in Dallas. Now with all the drama aside, the Cowboys can focus on football. Division games are always intense, but the Giants are a mess right now and will be until Manning leaves.

Detroit @ Arizona (-)

Of course, there had to be a tie in the opening week of NFL season 100. I got to admit I never expected it to be these two teams, but stranger things have happened.

San Francisco @ Tampa Bay (+1)

I figured since the gang, with Jimmy behind center, was back together for the first time in a long time, the 49ers were the safer bet.

Pittsburgh @ New England (+1)

Somewhere out there, 15% of people thought the Steelers had a shot. Please. The Pats have rarely lost at home in 20 years, let alone to the very weaken Steelers team. On top of all that, it was banner night. No chance the Patriots blow it.

Houston @ New Orleans (+1)

It’s usually a safe bet to take the Saints at home in their dome. It took some fighting until the bitter end, but they still pulled it off.

Denver @ Oakland (+1)

I figured now that the circus has left town the Raiders can focus on football and Derrik Carr can go back to being an elite quarterback.

Standings & Group Picks

We finished 12-3, which is not bad for the first week back. Our league has seven teams in it, and there is a three-way tie for second place. 

Stay tuned for next week’s picks!

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