NFL fans won't have to wait long to see star-studded showdowns this season. Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season is jam-packed with mouthwatering matchups, including Cowboys vs. Buccaneers, Steelers vs. Bills and Browns vs. Chiefs. The action wraps up on Monday Night Football when Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders host Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Participating in a NFL office pool or pick'em game is one of the best ways to stay engaged in the action all season long.
With such close matchups across the league each week, consistently nailing your football picks could be a serious challenge. But if you're up for it, CBS Sports has the perfect game to keep you locked in all season long.
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It's time to raise the stakes with CBS Sports Football Pick'em. Join the challenge to compete for the $100,000 jackpot and guaranteed cash prizes each week or start a customizable pool to compete against your friends.
You can win the $100,000 jackpot each week for hitting the full slate and tiebreakers. Even if no one hits the jackpot, CBS Sports is giving away a guaranteed $1,000 to the winner each week. In addition, the player with the most correct picks at the end of the season gets a guaranteed $5,000.
If you're looking to start a pick'em pool with your friends, family or colleagues, group settings include a variety of games suitable for every fan, including straight up picks, against the spread picks, survivor pools, confidence points and much more. You can play on your desktop or on the CBS Sports app, so sign up here today.
Get football picks for every game from a proven NFL model
We'll give you one team to consider backing during the NFL's opening week. SportsLine's advanced computer model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is predicting the Panthers beat the Jets by a final score of 25-19. The model shows Carolina covering the 4.5-point spread in well over 50 percent of simulations.
Both teams struggled last season, with New York winning just two games and Carolina finishing the 2020 campaign with a 5-11 record. Carolina's Christian McCaffrey missed the majority of the year, but the versatile running back is expected to be the main focal point for the Panthers again in 2021. In his last full season, McCaffrey recorded 1,387 rushing yards, 1,005 receiving yards and 19 total touchdowns.
The model is expecting McCaffrey to have a big day against the Jets, projecting Carolina's star running back to rack up nearly 130 all-purpose yards. Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold is also expected to have a strong performance against his former team, as the simulations show him throwing for 240 yards and two touchdowns. The model has also taken into account that the Jets are 1-9 against the spread in their last 10 games played in September, while Carolina has won seven consecutive games against opponents from the AFC East.
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