I’ve had a winning record in six of seven Throwing Darts seasons on Yahoo. If you think that’s easy, well, it’s not.
Here are the Week 1 selections, using lines from Yahoo Pro Football Pickem. Share your selections!
— Titans -1 vs. Raiders: I’m drinking the Tennessee cool aid, loving the offensive line, the quarterback, the diversity of offensive pieces. The defense isn’t a monster but it’s good enough. Oakland a likely regression team after overachieving last year.
— Bengals -2.5 vs. Ravens: Everything went wrong for Baltimore in the summer — their key offensive pieces hardly played — and now they’re under the standard three on the road? I will jump all over that.
— Niners +5 vs. Panthers: Like the Rams, the Niners get a major upgrade from an incompetent coaching staff to a modern one. Defense will be at least a little bit better. Brian Hoyer isn’t particularly durable, but he’s a professional quarterback when on the field.
— Vikings -3 vs. Saints: Like physical, nasty Minnesota defense at home, and Saints don’t always travel well. Sam Bradford has become a convenient punchline for some reason, but he just set a completion-percentage record and had a 21:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio after joining the Vikings 10 seconds before last season started. He’s better than you think, and so is this overall offense.