This article is part of our Staff Picks series.
Staff Picks Year 20
Who knew in 2000 when I suggested this feature that it would be here for one sixth of our lives? (I'm ambitiously setting my sights on 120, mostly to make sure I prevail on some longevity bets I've made.) Jeff Erickson has been in indentured servitude to the column for all 20 seasons, meaning he's sent me his picks 340 times not including the playoffs. Pianowski has been around for 17, and newbie Dalton Del Don, who hasn't won since George Bush was in office, clocks in at 13. Why he still does it, no one knows.
But this year we have a new addition, and I want to say above all that Kevin Payne is a real pro. He's lost money in Vegas for decades, and as you can see he's started strong by making his favorite team, the Bills, his best bet. Real man always picks his favorite team.
This week we all like the Eagles and Cardinals and have five different best bets.
|Packers +3 at Bears||Bears||Bears||Packers||Bears||Packers|
|Falcons +4 at Vikings||Vikings||Falcons||Falcons||Falcons||Falcons|
|Redskins +9.5 at Eagles||Eagles||Eagles||Eagles||Eagles||Eagles|
|Bills +3 at Jets||Jets||Bills||Jets||Bills||Jets|
|Ravens -7 at Dolphins||Dolphins||Ravens||Ravens||Dolphins||Dolphins|
|Chiefs -4 at Jaguars||Jaguars||Chiefs||Chiefs||Chiefs||Jaguars|
|Titans +5.5 at Browns||Titans||Browns||Browns||Browns||Browns|
|Rams -3 at Panthers||Panthers||Panthers||Panthers||Rams||Panthers|