By The Numbers: Week 1, 2018

It’s that time of year again and I must say summer just flew by in 2018. Last year I started something new with this column, in which I actually tabulated my picks and graded myself at the end of the season. I intend to keep this practice going for the 2018 season, and since Football officially kicks off tomorrow, I wanted to get my picks in before the Thursday game is underway, something I failed to do a number of times last year. Honestly, the Thursday night games have become something of a meme, in that it’s either teams no one cares about, or the “color rush” uniforms look like garbage. Either way, they’re still games that will factor into my scoring at the end of the season, so I’ll do my best not to miss any Thursdays this time around. I also missed the final week of the season, probably because my team, the Green Bay Packers, was already done for the season after a 2nd broken collarbone waylaid Aaron Rodgers for too many weeks. I’ll avoid that scenario again provided he rights the ship, but I have no doubt in his ability to do so.

I didn’t pay much attention during the offseason. I know the Packers have had some changes in the main office, the draft sounded like it went alright, and we lost some key players, most notably Jordy Nelson. Outside of that I haven’t much to say. I’m sure it will be a season of ups and downs like usual, and I have faith we’ll manage the playoffs once again. Missing it once in the last decade was rough, let me tell you. Anyway, let’s get into the picks, and we’ll discuss more stuff as the season unfolds.

Eagles 27, Falcons 21
Ravens 28, Bills 13
Jags 21, Giants 20
Saints 24, Buccs 17
Patriots 23, Texans 7
Vikings 28, 49ers 14
Titans 21, Dolphins 13
Bengals 20, Colts 10
Steelers 14, Browns 7
Chiefs 20, Chargers 17
Broncos 20, Seahawks 16
Panthers 30, Cowboys 20
Cardinals 28, Redskins 21
Packers 27, Bears 17
Lions 27, Jets 10
Raiders 21, Rams 20

We’ll review the picks next week and make some more. Football is back, baby!