The NFL Is Back Baby! PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em: Week 1 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

We are backkkkkk!! We are 48 hours or so away from the NFL season beginning with the Falcons taking on the Eagles in Philly on Thursday night. It’s been a long, and hard offseason without some classic NFL football and fans across the world will rejoice when the season gets kicked off on Thursday night. It’s going to be a great season but it usually always is in the NFL.

The PSF NFL pick’em crew is returning for its second season, with a few new faces, a new indefinite leader, and some of your favorite pickers. We’d personally like to welcome back our defending champion, Ian Cusick, a college student, Boston sports fan, and an all-around podcast host @IWHPodcast. He’s excited to defend his title and fully expects to compete at full strength all season long. But without further ado, let’s meet everyone on the crew. Be sure to check them out on twitter and give everybody a follow. They’re genuinely great people and are worth a follow.

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Heath Kyser (@RollCubsRoll)
  • Alex Levin (@TubaDeus)
  • Alex (@ProSportsFandom)
  • Tyler Reynolds (@ReynoldsT58)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@ObstructedView2)

And before we start, I’m going to remind you of the format used in the pick’em. Each week of the season, the crew will pick every NFL games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. At the end of the season, the picker with the best overall record will be crowned as the PSF NFL Pick’em Champion.

Let’s start off with the game picks that everyone agreed on for the opening week games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Baltimore Ravens over Buffalo Bills.

(Sun. 9/9, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, BAL -7.0)

New Orleans Saints over Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

(Sun. 9/9, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, NO -9.5)

Minnesota Vikings over San Francisco 49ers.

(Sun. 9/9, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, MIN -6.0)

Now let’s take a look at some of the games in which a majority of our staff agreed on the pick but one, two, or even three staff writers had other plans. (The predicted winners are noted in bold).

Tennessee Titans over Miami Dolphins. Brian Willis and Beau were the only writers who picked the Dolphins to win.

(Sun. 9/9, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, TEN -1.5)

Pittsburgh Steelers over Cleveland Browns. Eric Jensen and Beau were the only writers who picked the Browns to win.

(Sun. 9/9, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, PIT -3.5)

Los Angeles Chargers over Kansas City Chiefs. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Chiefs to win.

(Sun. 9/9, 4:05 p.m. EST, CBS, LAC -3.5)

Carolina Panthers over Dallas Cowboys. Eric Jensen, Brian Willis, and Heath Kyser were the only writers who picked the Cowboys to win.

(Sun. 9/9, 4:25 p.m. EST, FOX, CAR -3.0)

Denver Broncos over Seattle Seahawks. Alex Levin, Ian Cusick, and Eric Jensen were the only writers who picked the Seahawks to win.

(Sun. 9/9, 4:25 p.m. EST, FOX, DEN -3.0)

Washington Redskins over Arizona Cardinals. Tristan Beckmann, Heath Kyser, and Tim were the only writers who picked the Cardinals to win.

(Sun. 9/9, 4:25 p.m. EST, FOX, ARI -1.0)

Green Bay Packers over Chicago Bears. Heath Kyser and Beau were the only writers who picked the Bears to win.

(Sun. 9/9, 8:20 p.m. EST, NBC, GB -7.5)

Detroit Lions over New York Jets. Beau was the only writer who picked the Jets to win.

(Mon. 9/10, 7:10 p.m. EST, ESPN, DET -6.5)

Los Angeles Rams over Oakland Raiders. Eric Jensen, Tim, and Beau were the only writers who picked the Raiders to win.

(Mon. 9/10, 10:15 p.m. EST, ESPN, LAR -4.0)

Only a fraction of the Week 1 games are mixed in terms of predictions from our staff, but let’s see what our staff thinks about those very few games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Atlanta Falcons over Philadelphia Eagles. Alex Levin, Ian Cusick, Brian Willis, and Heath Kyser were the writers who picked the Eagles to win.

(Thu. 9/6, 8:20 p.m. EST, NBC, PHI -2.0)

New York Giants over Jacksonville Jaguars. Alex Levin, Ian Cusick, Heath Kyser, and Chris Chastain were the writers who picked the Jaguars to win.

(Sun. 9/9, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, JAX -3.0)

Indianapolis Colts over Cincinnati Bengals. Alex Levin, Eric Jensen, Chris Chastain, and Beau were the writers who picked the Bengals to win.

(Sun. 9/9, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, IND -3.0)

With all of that said, it is time for us to dive right into the picks and analysis for this week’s PSF Game of the Week.

The PSF Game of the Week:

Houston Texans @ New England Patriots

(Sun. 9/9, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, NE -6.5)

Ian Cusick: There’s a lot of questions about this Houston Texans team, mostly because of injury. How will Deshaun Watson bounce back? How will JJ Watt bounce back? Watson looked to be a potential MVP candidate, and Watt, of course, looked to be the defensive monster he always is. With these two powerhouse teams squaring off Week 1, I’ll give it to the Patriots in an offensive shootout. There’s just too many questions with this Houston team. New England Patriots 37, Houston Texans 31.

Tristan Beckmann: In the opening week of the season, there are many great matchups on paper, but perhaps there are none as exciting as the Houston Texans traveling to Gillette Stadium to take on last year’s runner up New England Patriots. The questions that linger around this game are aplenty and a lot of it will ride and die with the quarterback play. We will finally get to see Deshaun Watson return from a torn ACL injury that cut short his stellar run last year. Tom Brady will be playing with a thin core around him and we will see how he reacts to a few injuries and losses on the offensive line as well. Houston’s defense has improved on paper and if they can stay healthy, they can be one of the best units in the league. The Patriots gave a solid defense but will look to rebuild a secondary that is coming off the loss of Malcolm Butler. I’m going with the Texans in a thrilling opening week game. I tend to believe in the Deshaun Watson hype and I think that this Texans team is one of the best in the AFC when healthy. The Patriots are the best in the AFC, but in the past, Bill Belichick’s teams have struggled to open up the regular season. It will certainly be close and I think it’ll be the true game of the week. Houston Texans 31, New England Patriots 26.

Other Writers Picks:

Alex Levin, Brian Willis, Chris Chastain, and Beau all picked the Texans to win.

Eric Jensen, Heath Kyser, and Tim all picked the Patriots to win.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed! Let us know what you think about our picks and give us your picks on Twitter! Peace out!


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