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Week 1 NFL Picks: Packers over Bears, Pats over Steelers

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Your APC writers pick the week 1 games, and don't forget to submit your own prediction as well.

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The 2015 NFL season is finally here. The Green Bay Packers open up at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon, as the oldest rivalry in the NFL renews once again. This year, the Packers have a chance to tie up the all-time series if they can win both games against Chicago, a remarkable feat considering the Bears' commanding lead 20 years ago.

First up, however, is the NFL's kickoff game on Thursday night, which pits the defending Super Bowl Champions against a key AFC rival. The Patriots and Steelers get our season underway, and although the teams have their share of key players missing (with Le'Veon Bell, Martavis Bryant, and Legarrette Blount all suspended), there should be plenty of star power and firepower to go around.

The first week of the season also means it's our first chance to pick the results of real football games, and nine APC writers will be submitting our predictions this season. Here's how we voted in week one.

Author Tex Jason Aron Brendan Kris Paul Matt Adam VCF Consensus
PIT @ NE NE NE PIT PIT NE NE NE NE NE
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IND @ BUF IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND
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GB @ CHI GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB
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KC @ HOU KC HOU KC KC HOU KC KC KC KC
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CAR @ JAX CAR CAR CAR JAX CAR JAX CAR CAR CAR
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CLE @ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ
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SEA @ STL SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA STL STL SEA SEA
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MIA @ WAS MIA MIA MIA MIA MIA MIA MIA MIA MIA
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NO @ ARI ARI ARI NO ARI ARI NO NO ARI ARI
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DET @ SD SD SD SD SD DET DET SD SD SD
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BAL @ DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN BAL DEN
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CIN @ OAK OAK CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN
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TEN @ TB TB TB TB TB TEN TB TB TEN TB
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NYG @ DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL NYG DAL DAL DAL
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PHI @ ATL ATL PHI ATL PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI
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MIN @ SF MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN SF MIN MIN
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This week we have just four unanimous picks among our nine writers: the Colts, Packers, Jets(!), and Dolphins.

As for your predictions for the Packers-Bears game, hit up the APC predictions widget below and be part of the discussion about the final score.