It’s time to kick off another NFL season.
However, this will be a most unusual NFL season. There will either be some fans in the stands or none at all because of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, while whether the season will be interrupted by the pandemic remains to be seen. We have seen chaos with MLB’s handling of the pandemic, while the NBA’s and NHL’s restarts have been unaffected because they are playing in a bubble.
I will be picking games once again this season, and I will try to dethrone Gazette news columnist Sara Foss, who has beaten me the last two years.
I have made a change this season. I am combining my picks and weekly TV schedule. I thought it was best to keep everything in one place. I hope you enjoy it.
One thing that hasn’t changed: I’ll be living and dying with my Philadelphia Eagles! Fly, Eagles, Fly, on the road to victory!
Now, here are my Week 1 picks
Kansas City 31, Houston 27
Seattle 28, Atlanta 21
Buffalo 31, N.Y. Jets 10
Detroit 14, Chicago 9
Minnesota 24, Green Bay 23
New England 17, Miami 14
Philadelphia 35, Washington 14
Carolina 21, Las Vegas 20
Indianapolis 30, Jacksonville 11
Baltimore 41, Cleveland 23
L.A. Chargers 25, Cincinnati 20
New Orleans 38, Tampa Bay 35
San Francisco 28, Arizona 24
Dallas 24, L.A. Rams 17
Pittsburgh 24, N.Y. Giants 17
Denver 20, Tennessee 16
WEEK 1 TV SCHEDULE
NBC13 (WNYT) — Houston at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya).
CBS6 (WRGB) — New York at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, A.J. Ross).
FOX23 (WXXA) — Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. (Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver); Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews).
NBC13 — Dallas at L.A. Rams, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya).
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket — Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn); Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta); Miami at New England, 1 p.m. (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson); Las Vegas at Carolina, 1 p.m. (Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely); Seattle at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Lindsay Czarniak); Chicago at Detroit, 1 p.m. (Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vila, Shannon Spake); Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (Chris Myers, Greg Jennings and Brock Huard, Jennifer Hale); L.A. Chargers at Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m. (Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins); Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman, Laura Okmin).
ESPN — Pittsburgh at N.Y. Giants, 7 p.m. (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit); Tennessee at Denver, 10:15 p.m. (Steve Levy, Brain Griese and Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters).
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