Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Pick Six newsletter!
We’re going to start off today with some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that you’re going to have to pay for at least one playoff game starting this season after the NFL reached a deal with NBC to exclusively stream one wild-card game on Peacock. The good news is that it’s International Pickle Day, which is easily one of the five best holidays in the month of May.
The other good news is that we’re going to be unveiling Will Brinson’s final record predictions for every team in the NFC, so let’s get to the rundown.
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1. Today’s podcast: Early picks for Week 1
Every week during the NFL season, our resident picks expert, R.J. White, joins the Pick Six Podcast to make his weekly picks. Although the start of the NFL season is still four months away, we decided we’d get White on the podcast a little early this year so he could give us some of his best bets for Week 1 of the NFL season.
Even though these games won’t be kicking off until September, it can be smart to get your bet in now because a few of these Week 1 point spreads could undergo some major changes between now and the start of the season.
With that in mind, let’s check out three of White’s best bets for Week 1:
- Bengals (-2.5) to cover against the Browns. “I rate the Browns as dead average,” White said. “I think the Bengals are right there with the Chiefs and Bills as the best teams in the AFC … This line feels low and I think it moves toward the Bengals.”
- Bills (-1) to cover against the Jets. “The Jets are getting a guy [Aaron Rodgers] past his prime, might still have a good season in him, but who knows,” White said. “I don’t think you can just take for granted that the Jets are the fourth-best team in the AFC and should be even with the Bills.” White noted that he thinks the Jets could have trouble slowing down the Bills pass rush, especially if Von Miller is playing.
- Giants (+3) to cover against the Cowboys. “I think these two teams are closer than the line implies, so I’ll trust Brian Daboll and his coaching staff to pull off the upset,” White said….