August 25, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) moves out to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
It’s finally here, and while the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles may not have played the most aesthetically-pleasing game last night, it was nice to see real NFL football back on the football field and on the television screen. As we did a season ago, we’re back to give our best five picks of the week. As previously alluded to, these picks are available throughout the week with PFF Greenline, where you can see all of the game’s line movements and our model’s reactions to them and other news (e.g. injuries that cause them).
Our models rely heavily on our PFF ELO rating system for the NFL, along with game information like where the game is played, how far a team has to travel, etc. We also fold in opponent-adjusted PFF grades into our machine-learning algorithm to factor in roster changes and possible asymmetric mismatches that can occur through the course of a game.
It’s a week for road teams, as we’re going to back Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle. We touch home base with TB12, Bill Belichick and the gang while going back to the well for a TB/NO under.
Our picks went 49-37-5 (57.0 percent) in 2017, including 14-6-1 on our “Lock of the Week” and will be printed every Friday afternoon throughout the season. Our analysis will involve a point-counterpoint analysis between the two of us,…