Making picks for Week 1 of any season is difficult (with so much about the teams unknown), but it proved especially hard in 2016. Most of the games were basically coin tosses in my opinion, and even the "easy" picks barely panned out. Brutal. Hopefully Week 2 will be a bit easier.
I almost broke even, but finished at 7-9. 1 for 3 in my upset picks (Tampa Bay over Atlanta). Took a late comeback, but Seattle prevailed over Miami for my Pick of the Week (1-0). Lots of home teams were upset this week: Cincinnati at New York Jets, Oakland at New Orleans, New York Giants at Dallas, Detroit at Indianapolis, and New England at Arizona. The other upset was Denver at home over Carolina (how is the defending Super Bowl champ an underdog at home?!) Tennessee was unable to upset Minnesota at home, and Buffalo could not beat Baltimore despite being road favorites.
To prove the difficulty of Week 1, consider this: 3 of the games were decided by missed kicks (2 FGs and 1 XP), and 1 was won on a successful 2 point conversion down by 1. 3 other games were won on late 4th quarter drives, and another ended anticlimactically without a FG attempt when a WR failed to get out of bounds. Taking out the PHI, PIT, and SF blowout wins, the average margin of victory was a measly 3.8 points. That jumps to 7.5 with the blowouts added back in.
Enough recap, on to Week 2!
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
New Orleans Saints at New York Giants
San Francisco 49ers at *Carolina Panthers*
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Raiders
Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
*Pick of the Week*
Upset picks as of 9/15/16, 3pm
Week 1: 7-9 (43.75%)