BRATTLEBORO -- The Reformer NFL Picking Derby, which was won by Bethany Coursen in 2012 and Ricky Aither in 2013, is now open to everyone and will have a weekly winner this season.

The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will start things off by hosting the Green Bay Packers tonight at 8:30. And Peyton Manning will face his former team, when the Broncos welcome the Colts on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 8:30 p.m.

Contestants were asked to pick the winners of those two games, along with the 14 others. Nine people submitted their Week 1 picks, including the chief of Brattleboro Babe Ruth baseball and a former standout fullback for the BUHS varsity football team.

Others might have been too busy to enter -- possibly involved in a live draft or maybe glued to the horse pulls at the Guilford Fair. If you are involved in a Fantasy league, your toughest decision was probably what to name your team.

Some of my personal favorites are "Revis and Butthead" and "Henne Given Sunday" and "Taste the DwayneBowe."

Aside from picking all 16 winners in Week 1, the only way to be known as "a genius" at this point is to correctly predict the Super Bowl matchup. Manning versus Manning? Harbaugh against Harbaugh?

Those would be pretty cool, but having drawn team names from two separate hats, I came up with this -- Dolphins and Cardinals.

With the NFL’s season opener just hours away, heeeere we go.


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Week 1 games

Packers at Seahawks

Saints at Falcons

Vikings at Rams

Browns at Steelers

Jaguars at Eagles

Raiders at Jets

Bengals at Ravens

Bills at Bears

Redskins at Texans

Titans at Chiefs

Patriots at Dolphins

Panthers at Bucs

49ers at Cowboys

Colts at Broncos

Giants at Lions

Chargers at Cardinals

Week 1 picks

John Lonardo Jr. -- Packers, Saints, Vikings, Steelers, Eagles, Jets, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Patriots, Bucs, 49ers, Broncos, Giants, Chargers. Total score of Chargers-Cardinals game is 56 (for tiebreaker purposes).

Ron Covey -- Seahawks, Falcons, Rams, Steelers, Eagles, Jets, Bengals, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Panthers, 49ers, Broncos, Lions, Cardinals. Tiebreaker score is 55.

Judy Covey -- Seahawks, Saints, Rams, Steelers, Eagles, Jets, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Patriots, Panthers, 49ers, Colts, Giants, Cardinals. Tiebreaker score is 45.

Bill Creamer -- Packers, Saints, Vikings, Steelers, Eagles, Jets, Ravens, Bills, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Panthers, Cowboys, Broncos, Giants, Chargers. Tiebreaker score is 27.

Harvey Taft -- Seahawks, Falcons, Rams, Steelers, Eagles, Jets, Bengals, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Patriots, Panthers, 49ers, Broncos, Lions, Cardinals. Tiebreaker score is 45.

Nancy Andersen -- Seahawks, Saints, Vikings, Steelers, Eagles, Raiders, Bengals, Bears, Texans, Titans, Patriots, Bucs, Cowboys, Broncos, Lions, Chargers. Tiebreaker score is 44.

Mike Rinfret -- Seahawks, Saints, Vikings, Steelers, Eagles, Raiders, Ravens, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Bucs, Cowboys, Broncos, Lions, Chargers. Tiebreaker score is 43.

Ray Kellett -- Seahawks, Saints, Vikings, Steelers, Eagles, Jets, Ravens, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Bucs, 49ers, Broncos, Lions, Chargers. Tiebreaker score is 50.

Emmanuel Keppel -- Seahawks, Saints, Vikings, Steelers, Eagles, Jets, Bengals, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Bucs, 49ers, Broncos, Lions, Chargers. Tiebreaker score is 52.