Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dan Caesar's Week 1 NFL Picks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dan Caesar's Week 1 NFL Picks

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PATRIOTS AT BILLS

Line * Patriots by 10

Comment * Teams whose QB makes his first NFL start are 19-44 over last seven seasons, 3-9 last year, and Bills throw EJ Manuel to the wolves here.

Pick * Patriots 33, Bills 20.

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TITANS AT STEELERS

Line * Steelers by 7

Comment * TEN allowed 29.9 points a game last season, worst in league. PIT is banged up at RB and in flux overall but has won 10 straight home openers.

Pick * Steelers 23, Titans 17.

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FALCONS AT SAINTS

Line * Saints by 3

Comment * Saints coach Sean Peyton is back from season-long suspension and Rob Ryan now is Saints' defensive boss. ATL comes off big year but stumbles here.

Pick * Saints 30, Falcons 24.

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BUCCANEERS AT JETS

Line * Bucs by 3

Comment * Jets QB Geno Smith makes first NFL start, and it comes against a defense led by ex-Jets standout cornerback Darrelle Revis. NY trending down.

Pick * Buccaneers 23, Jets 17.

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CHIEFS AT JAGUARS

Line * Chiefs by 4

Comment * Jags QB Blaine Gabbert is iffy (thumb) and JAX's defense was bad last year. Coach Andy Reid makes his KC debut, as does QB Alex Smith.

Pick * Chiefs 20, Jaguars 17.

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BENGALS AT BEARS

Line * Bears by 3

Comment * Both figure to have solid defenses again, with functional offenses. CHI has the best running back of these teams, Matt Forte.

Pick * Bears 23, Bengals 17.

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DOLPHINS AT BROWNS

Line * Browns by 1

Comment * CLE has lost eight straight openers but has upgraded its "D." MIA has added ex-PIT wideout Mike Wallace, and Lamar Miller is its lead running back.

Pick * Dolphins 20, Browns 17.

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SEAHAWKS AT PANTHERS

Line * Seahawks by 3

Comment * SEA has Super Bowl aspirations, but its defensive line is in flux. However, Seahawks stymied CAR's Cam Newton last year and can repeat that.

Pick * 'Hawks 20, Panthers 17.

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VIKINGS AT LIONS

Line * Lions by 4

Comment * DET now has versatile RB Reggie Bush, but MIN trumps that with Adrian Peterson. …

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