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    Who’s ready for some FOOTBALL? After an eternity of waiting, NFL football is finally back! The preseason might have been a snooze-fest, but the real games are just starting. 

    Who are you rooting for? Cowboys or Giants? Patriots or Bills? Start marking your calendars, setting your fantasy lineups, making your picks, and get ready for some good old-fashioned gridiron action! Check out our preview of the NFL season.

    Today is the NFL kickoff, and you are probably trying to figure out who you think will win each game. You have your favorites, but which of those teams will come out on top? Don’t worry; RunYourPool is here to help with the assistance of our friends at Sportsline

    Here are our predictions for each game this weekend:

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    Bills (-2) @ Rams

    As any self-respecting NFL fan knows, Sunday is a huge day. It’s kickoff time, and the season gets started with the Bills taking on the Rams, and the odds are in their favor. It’s reasonable to wonder about the Bills’ ability to sink the Rams this season. 

    After all, most of the Rams’ key players are returning, while the Bills will rely on many new faces to step up. We all know that the Bills haven’t won a Super Bowl, but this could be their year. The Rams are nothing to sneeze at, but the Bills are finally looking to break their long Super Bowl drought. 

    Eagles (-3.5) @ Lions

    This Sunday, the Eagles will take on the Lions in what is sure to be an exciting match-up. The Eagles are coming off a season that improved over time, and their fans are confident they will make it to the playoffs again this year. 

    On the other hand, the Lions are coming off of a disappointing season and are looking to prove themselves. The oddsmakers have declared the Eagles the favorite, but don’t count out the Lions just yet. It should be a close game, but in the end, it seems likely that the Eagles will come out on top. 

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    Saints (-5.5) @ Falcons 

    The New Orleans Saints look like a confident choice to pick for your NFL pool this Sunday. They’re up against the Atlanta Falcons, and the odds are stacked in their favor. The Saints have repeatedly proven that they’re a force to be reckoned with, and they look poised to make a run at the playoffs this year. 

    Meanwhile, the Falcons are coming off a disappointing season and don’t seem to have what it takes to compete. In other words, putting them up against a team like the Falcons is hardly fair. 

    Ravens (-6.5) @ Jets

    The Baltimore Ravens are set to take on the New York Jets this Sunday in the NFL Kickoff game, and all signs point to a Ravens victory. Oddsmakers have installed the Ravens as a seven-point favorite, and it’s easy to see why. 

    The Jets are a team in turmoil with a defense that is far from intimidating. So if you’re looking for a blowout, tune in to watch the Ravens take on the Jets. It’ll be a great game…for the Ravens.

    (AP Photo/David Richard)

    49ers (-6.5) @ Bears

    Oddsmakers have made the 49ers a 6.5 point favorite. And who can blame them?

    Oh, the poor Chicago Bears. They’re always the underdog, always counted out. But don’t worry, little Bears – your big brothers, the 49ers, will take care of you this Sunday. 

    After all, they’re a whole 6.5 points better than you, according to the oddsmakers. And really, who can blame them? The 49ers have Trey Lance, one of the most explosive quarterbacks in the league. He’s sure to lead them to victory, right?

    Colts (-7) @ Texans

    The Houston Texans are set to take on the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday in the NFL Kickoff game, and it looks like the oddsmakers have already decided where to place their favor. The Colts are coming in as the favorite against the Texans. The Colts are so favored that they’re almost guaranteed to win. 

    Houston will be looking to prove doubters wrong and come out with a win, but the odds aren’t looking good for them this weekend. Both teams have high-powered offenses led by talented quarterbacks, so it should be an exciting game. 

    (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Steelers @ Bengals (-6.5)

    The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals have a long-standing rivalry that has produced some of the most hard-hitting games in NFL history. And this Sunday’s matchup is no different, as the Bengals are the oddsmaker’s favorite to win. The Steelers will be looking to prove the doubters wrong and come out with a victory on opening day. 

    Judging by recent history, it seems more likely that the Bengals will come away with the win. Given the Bengals’ strong defensive line, it will be challenging for the Steelers to come away with a win. Nevertheless, this rivalry always produces exciting football, so fans can be sure they will be in for a treat this Sunday.

    Browns @ Panthers (-2.5)

    The Browns look to be the oddsmakers’ favorite in their matchup against the Panthers this weekend for the NFL Kickoff on Sunday. The Browns have had a much better off-season. They landed the big fish in Baker Mayfield, and made other vital acquisitions to bolster their roster. They look like a team on the rise, and the Panthers are simply trying to keep up at this point. 

    On the other hand, the Panthers have been plagued by injuries and departures, including the chaos surrounding franchise quarterback Cam Newton. The Panthers may fight, but the Browns will likely come out on top.

    (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)

    Packers (-1.5) @ Vikings

    The Packers may be the favorite to win by a small margin this weekend, but they’ll have their work cut out against the Vikings. The Vikings have a strong defense and will be looking to take advantage of any weaknesses in the Packers’ offense. 

    The Packers need to be on their toes and use their speed and agility to get past the Vikings’ defense. If they can do that, they might be able to come away with the win. A small margin may favor the Packers, but it will be a challenging game for them.

    Jaguars @ Commanders (-2.5)

    This year’s NFL Kickoff Sunday will see the Commanders take on the Jaguars. The Commanders currently sit as a 2.5 favorite, just a small margin compared to some other matchups this weekend. But the Commanders shouldn’t take this margin for granted. The Jaguars are a team always looking to upset the odds, and they will be coming into this game with something to prove. 

    If the Commanders want to win this game, they must play their best from start to finish. Otherwise, the Jaguars could pull off the upset and spoil the start of what promises to be an exciting NFL season.

    (AP Photo/John Locher)

    Raiders @ Chargers (-3)

    The Chargers and the Chargers have had quite a rivalry over the years. This year, there’s extra excitement surrounding the matchup between the Chargers and the Chargers. They have made some splashy moves, including acquiring the talented Khalil Mack and J.C. Jackson. The oddsmakers have installed the Chargers as 3-point favorites, which will surely add even more spice to an already heated rivalry.

    Buccaneers (-2.5) @ Cowboys

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Dallas Cowboys in their Sunday NFL Kickoff game. The oddsmakers have installed the Buccaneers as 2.5 point favorites. Both Dallas and Tampa Bay are dealing with significant losses. Still, the latter squad will likely feel a much more significant impact from their injury-related losses this weekend due to its questionable offensive line. This could be a major problem against a Dallas team known for its strong defense. The Cowboys may very well be the better team this Sunday. 

    So if you’re looking for an exciting game to watch this weekend, make sure to tune in to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Dallas Cowboys. Who knows, you might just see an upset. Dallas has a history of being a tough team to beat at home, and they’ll be looking to start the season off on a high note.

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