Welcome to Year Four of NFL picks.
The goal remains the same. The methods remain changing.
If I ever find one that works I’ll let you know.
Or move to Vegas.
2010: 108-132-5 (11-6 best bets), last among Buffalo News pickers. Picking against the spread is much harder than it looks, I learned.
2011: 118-119-2 (no best bets), third among TBN. I was tied in second heading into Week 17. Just missed a winning record.
2012: 115-115-9 (11-4-1 best bets), fourth among TBN. Getting warmer…
(Not all years have the same number of games due to varying number of mid-week games, which aren’t included in picks.)
Overall total: 341-366-16. Don’t you have 1-in-2 odds of getting it right? Technically, yeah, but if it was that easy everyone could do it.
Week One picks, based on lines printed in Thursday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Tennessee +7 at Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh
New England -9.5 at Buffalo — New England
Atlanta +3 at New Orleans — Atlanta
Tampa -3 at Jets — Tampa
Kansas City -4 at Jacksonville — Kansas City
Cincinnati +3 at Chicago — Chicago
Miami at Cleveland (pick) — Miami
Seattle -3.5 at Carolina — Carolina
Minnesota +5 at Detroit — Minnesota
Oakland +9.5 at Indianapolis — Indianapolis*
Arizona +4.5 at St. Louis — St. Louis
Green Bay +4.5 at San Francisco — Green Bay
Giants +3.5 at Dallas — Giants
Philadelphia +3.5 at Washington — Washington
Houston -4 at San Diego — Houston
Feel free to rip me when I’m wrong: Twitter @NickVeronica.