The 2015 NFL season officially kicks off when the New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium, and that also means the start of your annual office pool game.
Starting with Week 1, and for the entire season, we’ll put together a printable schedule for every game each week, and include the point spread for every matchup.
Participating in a pool can be very fun and playing is very simple. Just circle the team you think will win by covering the spread for every game, and then tally up all of your correct picks. For example, if the point spread for the Green Bay Packers is "-6.5 points" against the Chicago Bears, you will be deciding if the Packers will beat the Bears by seven points or more. So, if you circle the Packers, and the final score is Green Bay 31, Chicago 24, you win, because the Packers won by more than 6.5 points. But you would have lost if the score was Green Bay 31, Chicago 25.
The player with the most correct pick wins the pool that week, and so on.
In the event of a tie, e.g. two pool players have the same number of correct picks, the total combined score for the Monday Night Football matchup will serve as the tie-breaker. Games are often decided by a total of roughly 45 points.
This week, the Minnesota Vikings travel to take on the San Francisco 49ers. The player who guesses the closest to the tally wins the tie-breaker.
Below is the full schedule for Week 1’s games, and you can click here to download a printable version of the document.