This is the point spread for each game in week 1 for the Fan Group "The House." If you would like to join the group and place a bet with imaginary money, feel free to do so.
Here's the spread (positive numbers mean home team is favored, negatives mean away team is favored):
New Orleans at Indianapolis: +1.5
Miami at Washington: +2.5
Carolina at St. Louis: +1
New England at NY Jets: -4.5
Atlanta at Minnesota: +0.5
Tennessee at Jacksonville: +2.5
Kansas City at Houston: +1.5
Philadelphia at Green Bay: -6.5
Pittsburgh at Cleveland: -8.5
Denver at Buffalo: -5
Tampa Bay at Seattle: +6
Chicago at San Diego: +3.5
Detroit at Oakland: -2
NY Giants at Dallas: +5.5
Baltimore at Cincinnati: -.5
Arizona at San Francisco: +4.5
Once again, this is how you will bet: Respond in the comments section as to which teams you want to place money on. You are betting whether or not the team will beat the spread; therefore a bet on Tampa Bay will still win if they lose by five. You have $1000 at your disposal; you can bet it all on one team, spread it out evenly, spread it out unevenly, or only bet some of it, saving some for next week's less-even matchups.
And here's a new idea: say you lose all your money one week but want to keep betting. Well, meet the Loan Shark, who I just invented. If you are out of money, you can borrow another $1000 from the Loan Shark, but you owe him $100 interest every week until you have paid him back in full. If you have two loans out, you owe him $200 every week, and so on.
So make your picks below - the deadline is 6:00 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, Sept. 6.