Which Experts Pick Week 1 NFL Games the Best?

Week 1 of the NFL season is always unpredictable, but which NFL experts predict it best?

Ty Schalter

9 Sep, 2021

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We all know Week 1 of the NFL season is tOTaLLy uNprEdICtAbLE, right? Anonymous players have huge days, veteran superstars disappear, and there are upsets up and down the board. The first week of action gives us our very first look at how this season is going to go, and it’s impossible to know what’s going to happen...right?

 

Not for some NFL experts.

 

We looked through our Pickwatch Pro database and found a dozen handicappers with a 70 percent Week 1 win rate—and eleven who are better than 60 percent against the spread!

 

When it comes to picking winners for the opening weekend, nobody’s doing it better than Start Screen Pass’s James Brady, with 81 percent correct over two seasons’ worth of Week 1 picks. Then again, Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post has maintained a 75 percent win rate going back five years’ worth!

 

These are the experts you want to be paying extra close attention to this week: 

 

Name

Wins

Losses

No. of Picks

Win %

James Brady

25

6

32

81

Neil Greenberg

58

19

79

75

Tom Jackson

24

8

32

75

Mina Kimes

45

16

63

74

Joel Wagler

45

16

63

74

Cynthia Frelund

28

10

40

74

Sarah Hardy

23

8

32

74

Jason Reid

23

8

32

74

Christian d'Andrea

33

13

48

72

Louis Riddick

32

13

47

71

Rod Woodson

22

9

32

71

John Owning

22

9

32

71

 

Against the spread, some top NFL handicappers have maintained some truly impressive Week 1 win rates. NFL Media’s Cynthia Frelund’s cashed on 67 percent of her 37 Week 1 ATS picks, not only making her the top first-week handicapper, but one of only two (along with the Dallas Morning News’s John Owning) to crack both lists. Scott Thurston of the Boston Globe and Yahoo’s Frank Schwab have both kept their Week 1 ATS win rates over 60 percent across a whopping 79 selections.

If you’re looking at placing a bet this weekend, don’t miss the Week 1 slates of these top experts:

 

Name

Wins

Losses

Picks

Win %

Cynthia Frelund

24

12

37

67

Stitches

20

10

32

67

Max Meyer

20

10

32

67

Scott Thurston

50

27

79

65

Benjamin Hoffman

20

11

32

65

Brandon George

28

17

47

62

Gary Davenport

19

12

32

61

Frank Schwab

45

30

79

60

Gary Gramling

36

24

63

60

Ms.Charleen

18

12

32

60

John Owning

18

12

32

60