Here we are, a brand new football season, a clean slate with your bookie. Time to place your bets on the NFL. And as luck would have it, one of the sponsors of our site will let you do just that. Quite a coincidence, really. And to commemorate that coincidence, this year I’ll be making my picks against the spread, Vegas stytle (instead of straight up, betting-against-your-gramma style). As always, winners are in bold.

Detroit (-3) @ Atlanta – Detroit has lost more games this decade than any other team in the NFL. But Atlanta’s in even worse shape right now.
Cincinnati (-2) @ Baltimore – He’s now legally named Chad Ocho Cinco. How funny is it going to be to hear Dierdorf or Michaels have to call him Ocho Cinco this season? That alone is worth the two points today.
Seattle (+1) @ Buffalo – Do the oddsmakers think Buffalo is that much better this year? Are they really worried about Hasselbeck’s back? Some are saying Holmgren’s swan song might rock.
New York Jets (-3) @ Miami – Favre is Favre, even with a new cast, and Miami is, well, Miami.
Kansas City @ New England (-16) – The Patriots backup QB was born when I was a junior in High School. He’s gonna get schooled if he gets into this game.
Tampa Bay @ New Orleans (-3)
St. Louis @ Philadelphia (-8) – Ok, Donovan. This is your best last chance to prove to the world that you’re an elite QB. Get it rolling this year or start making calls to Jim Kelly for advice on how to live with being an almost-great.
Houston @ Pittsburgh (-6 1/2)
Jacksonville (-3) @ Tennessee
Dallas (-5) @ Cleveland
Carolina @ San Diego (-9) – I’m not a fan of the the primary weapon of one team getting his first licks in the regular season, but I still think the team is too good to lose the home opener.
Arizona (-2) @ San Francisco – Washed up QB with the yips faces off against cast-off QB from the Detroit Lions. Must miss TV.
Chicago @ Indianapolis (-9 1/2) – This will be a nice tune-up game for Manning and the boys.
Minnesota @ Green Bay (-2 1/2) – This is no homer pick. For the seven minutes I watched, I thought the Vikings looked tough against the Steelers. I was ready to pick ’em. Then I remembered it was the Vikings. In Lambeau. I look for this to be a squeaker.

So to recap, I picked the team giving points in every game except one. Genius? Not in control of my faculties? Yes.

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