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NFL football pool, pick’em, office pool, confidence picks: Select the Saints in Week 1, 2022

The Week 1 NFL schedule is always the hardest for NFL office pool picks with so little data to go by. Preseason results don’t mean much, and making NFL picks based on last year can be a tough task. The schedule-makers didn’t make it any easier for those making NFL confidence pool picks since all of the Week 1 NFL spreads are eight points or fewer. That includes division rivalries like Packers vs. Vikings (+2) and Raiders vs. Chargers (-3). These rivalry games often yield surprising results, so making correct NFL football pool picks in Week 1 is key to a successful season. Before you make your NFL predictions, you need to see the Week 1 NFL football pool picks from SportsLine’s proven model.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,500 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception. The model enters the 2022 NFL season on an incredible 138-97 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.

More importantly for NFL confidence pool players, the model also ranked in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch four of the past six years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 94 percent of CBS Sports office pool players four times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has simulated the entire Week 1 NFL schedule 10,000 times and generated its optimal NFL pick’em plays. Go to SportsLine to see them now.

Top Week 1 NFL office pool predictions

One of the top Week 1 NFL predictions from the model: The Saints take care of business as 5.5-point favorites over the Falcons. The Saints were one of the best road teams against the spread last year, going 6-3. Meanwhile, the Falcons were historically poor against the spread at home, going 0-7 in games played in Atlanta.

New Orleans brings a top-five defense into Atlanta and will have better stability at quarterback with Jameis Winston healthy again. He will have no shortage of options to target, including Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry, and Alvin Kamara out of the backfield. On the other hand, the Falcons are a team in transition and will trot out a QB, Marcus Mariota, who hasn’t started a game since 2019. Both talent and continuity matter in the NFL, and New Orleans has the edge in both.

The Saints’ D is forecasted to cause multiple turnovers, while Winston is projected to account for multiple touchdowns. Atlanta’s young offense won’t be able to keep up with New Orleans as the Saints (-5.5) cover in nearly 60 percent of the model’s simulations. See the rest of the model’s Week 1 NFL pool picks here.

How to make Week 1 NFL office pool picks

The model also made the call on every other Week 1 NFL game and has strong picks for potentially close matchups like Cowboys vs. Buccaneers and Vikings vs. Packers. It’s also calling for one underdog to pull off an upset and several Super Bowl contenders to go down hard. You can only see all of the model’s NFL pool picks here.

So who should you pick in every Week 1 NFL game? And which Super Bowl contenders go down? Visit SportsLine now to get optimal NFL office pool picks, all from the advanced computer model that has ranked in the top 10 on straight-up picks four of the last six years and went an outstanding 138-97 on top-ranked picks against the spread since 2017.

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