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NFL Week 1 picks: Our Bucs coverage team makes its predictions

It’s week 1 of the NFL season. Things get started Thursday night with the Eagles-Falcons and won’t end until late Monday when Jon Gruden makes his coaching return official when the Raiders face the Rams in Oakland.

In between, the Bucs open the Jameis-less portion of their season in New Orleans at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Here’s the Times' Bucs coverage team’s predictions for Week 1.

(* indicates upset of the week; ! indicates lock of the week).

All game times EDT.

When Visitor Home Rick Stroud, @NFLStroud Tom Jones, @tomwjones Martin Fennelly, @mjfennelly Thomas Bassinger, @tometrics Ernest Hooper, @hoop4you Mike Sherman, @mikesherman
1 p.m. Sun Tampa Bay New Orleans (-9.5) NO 28-20 NO 34-14 NO 31-20 NO 20-17 TB 28-27 TB 31-24
8:20 pm Thu Atlanta Philadelphia (-1.5) ATL 24-21 PHI 31-28 ATL 34-20 ATL 24-20 PHI 21-20 PHI 23-21
1 p.m. Sun Pittsburgh (-5.5) Cleveland PIT 28-17 PIT 30-13 PIT 23-21 PIT 31-14 PIT 30-17 PIT 24-21
1 p.m. Sun Cincinnati Indianapolis (-3.5) CIN 27-19 IND 20-13 IND 27-24 IND 27-14 CIN 20-14 IND 24-17
1 p.m. Sun Tennessee (-1.5) Miami TEN 17-15 TEN 21-13 TEN 23-21 MIA 20-17 TEN 24-21 MIA 20-14
1 p.m. Sun San Francisco Minnesota (-6.5) MIN 24-20 MIN 27-20 MIN 30-17 MIN 21-3 SF 28-27 MIN 23-20
1 p.m. Sun Houston New England (-6.5) NE 30-27 NE 31-20! NE 35-24 NE 35-28 NE 30-27 HOU 31-21
1 p.m. Sun Jacksonville (-3.5) N.Y. Giants NYG 23-17 NYG 20-16* JAX 27-23 NYG 27-21* JAX 20-14 NYG 27-21*
1 p.m. Sun Buffalo Baltimore (-7.5) BAL 30-20 BAL 30-12 BAL 31-13! BAL 24-10! BAL 14-3 BAL 27-17
4:05 p.m. Sun Kansas City L.A. Chargers (-3.5) KC 24-21 LAC 24-14 LAC 34-28 LAC 30-27 LAC 35-17 LAC 27-24
4:25 p.m. Sun Dallas Carolina (-3.5) CAR 17-16 DAL 26-20 CAR 19-16 DAL 38-14 DAL 22-20 CAR 23-20
4:25 p.m. Sun Washington Arizona (-1.5) ARI 27-24 ARI 21-17 ARI 23-14 WAS 23-20 WAS 17-14 WAS 21-13
4:25 p.m. Sun Seattle Denver (-3.5) DEN 17-16 DEN 16-10 SEA 27-24* SEA 27-23 DEN 10-7 SEA 28-23
8:20 p.m. Sun Chicago Green Bay (-7.5) GB 29-24 GB 33-13 GB 27-20 GB 24-16 GB 21-10 GB 31-24
7:10 p.m. Mon N.Y. Jets Detroit (-6.5) DET 19-14 DET 19-16 DET 27-17 DET 28-17 DET 31-10 DET 23-17
10:20 p.m. Mon L.A. Rams (-4.5) Oakland LAR 30-17 OAK 27-20 LAR 34-20 OAK 28-20 LAR 35-12 LAR 35-21!

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