NFL Week 1 Predictions: Projections for the Early Lines, Spreads and Odds

September 5, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For many of those who follow the NFL, the first week of the season represents the first opportunity to get back in the game in a serious manner since last March.
Most serious NFL players will dabble in college basketball, and the NCAA tournament is an exercise to keep handicapping skills fresh.
But it is little more than just that. The real game is played from September through early February, and it is called the NFL season. Handicapping games and selecting point-spread winners is a compulsive, testing and dangerous enterprise.
Those who are truly skilled may approach a 60 percent success rate over the course of a season. Those who are not can get hurt badly if they don't practice the strongest money management skills.
Handicapping games and picking winners is a challenge all year, but it is especially difficult at the start of the season. Teams have gone through free agency and the draft to improve their personnel. They have had offseason workouts, training camp a...

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