NFL picks, Week 1: 49ers start ‘Super Bowl Hangover Revenge Tour’

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Long story short, let’s start the NFL season with these Week 1 picks:

49ers 31, Lions 17: Here goes a 13-4 regular season – I raised them a win thanks to a healthy preseason – and the 49ers’ first Lombardi Trophy in 27 seasons. It’s The Super Bowl Hangover Revenge Tour, as it was for the 2015 Broncos and 1977 Cowboys — championship teams that rallied two years after losing a Super Bowl.  Line: 49ers -7 1/2

Buccaneers 27, Cowboys 17: Visitors rarely beat defending champions in the NFL’s kickoff game, but the 2012 Cowboys did so at the Giants. Then again, when invoking Cowboys’ history, we dutifully note they haven’t defended a title since 1996. Line: Bucs -8 1/2

Bills 26, Steelers 23: Najee Harris’ debut can’t offset the Steelers’ distraction of T.J. Watt’s contract push. Line: Bills -6 ½

Panthers 27, Jets 17: Robert Saleh’s debut as the Jets’ coach is foiled by former Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. Line: Jets +4 ½

Jaguars 20, Texans 13: Twenty years after winning his head-coaching debut on the road with Bowling Green, Urban Meyer triumphs in the NFL ranks at The Tankin’ Texans. Line: Jaguars -3

Titans 26, Cardinals 24: Thirtysomething receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Green embark on second careers with their second teams. Playing ballhog, however, is Derrick Henry. Line: Titans -3

Washington 27, Chargers 24: That Washington defensive line will spark fears of a Justin Herbert sophomore slump.  Line: Washington +1

Eagles 26, Falcons 24: New coaches Nick Sirianni and Arthur Smith debut. Do you know who coaches which team? The Eagles will be 1-0 for their home opener against the 49ers. Line: Falcons -3

Colts 23, Seahawks 21: DeForest Buckner is still in hot pursuit of Russell Wilson, who was sacked five times by Buckner in his final four matchups with the 49ers. Line: Colts +3

Bengals 24, Vikings 20: Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo won their season openers in their respective comebacks from ACL tears, so now it’s Joe Burrow’s turn. Line: Vikings -3

Browns 31, Chiefs 30: It’s the Chiefs’ turn to deal with a Super Bowl hangover. Line: Chiefs -6

Patriots 27, Dolphins 20: Mac Jones wins it with a touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne – a combination that seemed more likely to be on the 49ers back in March. Line: Patriots -3

Giants 19, Broncos 16: Did you know the Giants beat the Broncos 35 years ago in the Super Bowl? Two years later, Von Miller was born. Line: Giants +3

Saints 27, Packers 26: This losing quarterback will be playing on a new team next year or possibly hosting a game show. Who is Aaron Rodgers? Line: Saints +4

Rams 30, Bears 20: Matthew Stafford went 11-9 with the Lions against the Bears. Translated: He’d have gone 20-0 had he been on the Rams. Line: Rams -7 1/2

Raiders 29, Ravens 28: Unlike last year’s victorious home opener on “Monday Night Football,” Raider Nation is welcomed in to celebrate inside the 60,000-seat Vegas lounge. Line: Raiders +4 1/2

Super Bowl LVI: 49ers 30, Titans 27

2018 season: 164-90-2 (straight up), 136-115-5 (vs. spread)

2019 season: 146-109-1 (straight up), 134-120-2 (vs. spread)

2020 season: 161-94-1 (straight up), 126-126-4 (vs. spread)

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