My NFL Picks Week 1: Can the Patriots beat the Cardinals without Brady and Gronkowski?

We have one NFL game in the books, 255 more to go in the 2016 regular season. With the bulk of the Week 1 games still to come, it’s time to make my picks for the opening week of the season. One of the featured games this week features a matchup of playoff teams in the desert when the Patriots travel to face the Cardinals. The visitors are shorthanded, though, thanks to QB Tom Brady‘s Deflategate suspension that will keep him out of action for the first four weeks and a lingering injury that is going to keep TE Rob Gronkowski from making the trip to Glendale for the team’s season opener on Sunday night. It’ll be a tough test for QB Jimmy Garoppolo in his first career start. Another game to keep an eye on is the Giants at the Cowboys as the Cowboys will be starting a pair of rookies in QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott. in the NFC East rivalry game. I started the week going 0-1 in the Thursday night game. I’m using the lines from ESPN’s Pigskin Pick ‘Em game. My picks are in bold and my survivor pool pick is in red

Sunday 1PM games
Buccaneers at Falcons (-3.5)
Bills at Ravens (-3.5)
Bears at Texans (-4.5)
Bengals at Jets (+1.5)
Browns at Eagles (-6.5)
Packers at Jaguars (+4.5)
Vikings at Titans (+2.5)
Chargers at Chiefs (-7.5)
Raiders at Saints (-1.5)

Sunday 4PM games
Dolphins at Seahawks (-9.5)
 at Cowboys (-3.5)
Lions at Colts (-5.5)

Sunday Night Football
Patriots at Cardinals (-5.5)

Monday Night Football
Steelers at Redskins (+3.5)
Rams at 49ers (+2.5)

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