The NFL season officially kicks off Thursday as the Atlanta Falcons take on the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Remember your home for New York Jets football in 2018 is 1045 The Team. Below are the picks from the 1045 The Team's staff for the 2018 NFL season.

Jeff Levack, co-host of Levack and Goz 2-7pm

Wild Card 1: PITT
Wild Card 2: MIA
LAC over NE in AFC Champ
LAR over MINN in NFC Champ
LA Chargers over LA Rams in SB 53 
Tom "Goz" Goslowski co-host Levack and Goz 2-7pm
AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC South: Jacksonville Jaguars
AFC West: Los Angeles Chargers
Wild Card 1: Kansas City Chiefs
Wild Card 2: New York Jets
NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles
NFC North: Minnesota Vikings
NFC South: Atlanta Falcons
NFC West: Los Angeles Rams
Wild Card 1: Carolina Panthers
Wild Card 2: San Francisco 49ers
MVP: Phillip Rivers
NFC Championship: Minnesota vs. Atlanta
AFC Championship: New England vs. Pittsburgh
Super Bowl: Minnesota vs New England
Champion: New England
I love the Jets as my dark horse pick to make the playoffs! A soft schedule can work for Coach Todd Bowles and company. As for the NFC wild card spots, those are a mess for me. I could see both the Cardinals, Packers, Bears, Saints all in contention for that final spot in the end of the year. Sadly I went chalk having Minnesota vs New England. I can't pick against the Patriots. And why should I? They get there it seems every season.
Chris Onorato, Big Board Sports
AFC East: Patriots
AFC North: Steelers
AFC South: Texans
AFC West: Chargers
Wild Card: Chiefs, Titans
NFC East: Cowboys
NFC North: Vikings
NFC South: Falcons
NFC West: Rams
Wild Card: Saints, Packers
AFC Title: Texans vs Chargers
NFC Title: Packers vs Rams
Super Bowl: Texans vs Rams – Texans Win
I’m going back to the well with the Texans. I picked them to reach the Super Bowl last year and if DeShaun Watson doesn’t get injured, I think Houston has what it takes to make a deep run. The NFC is so deep, I’m not in love with the Rams pick, but with what feels like 6-8 teams that could win the conference, I’ll take a swing with LA which is star-studded on both sides of the ball.
Brian "The Closer" Mariano, UAlbany Sports broadcaster
AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC South: Jacksonville Jaguars
AFC West: Kansas City Chiefs
Wild Card 1: Houston Texans
Wild Card 2: Los Angeles Chargers
NFC East: New York Giants
NFC North: Minnesota Vikings
NFC South: New Orleans Saints
NFC West: Los Angeles Rams
Wild Card 1: Atlanta Falcons
Wild Card 2: Green Bay Packers
MVP: Todd Gurley
NFC Championship: New Orleans vs. Los Angeles
AFC Championship: New England vs. Pittsburgh
Super Bowl: New Orleans vs. Pittsburgh
Champion: New Orleans
The New Orleans Saints are set up for a huge season. Second season for running back Alvin Kamara and Drew Brees hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. I believe they can get home field in the NFC and use their dominance inside the dome to get all the way to Atlanta.
Eric Hannamann fill-in host/producer 
AFC East Winner: New England Patriots
AFC North Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC South Winner: Indianapolis Colts
AFC West Winner: Los Angeles Chargers
2 Wild Cards: Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs
NFC East Winner: New York Giants
NFC North Winner: Minnesota Vikings
NFC South Winner: New Orleans Saints
NFC West Winner: Los Angeles Rams
2 Wild Cards: Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers
MVP: Aaron Rodgers
NFC Title Game: Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints
AFC Title Game: Los Angeles Chargers vs. New England Patriots
Super Bowl 53: Los Angeles Rams vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl Champions
- To quote a Talking Heads song...How did I get here? I am quite bullish on the chances both LA teams have in their divisions and when it gets to the playoffs, I love what the Rams can do defensively. I also believe last years loss to the Falcons in the playoffs will serve as good experience for the returning cast. The Chargers have an underrated defense and I'll be looking for Phillip Rivers to finally show some playoff pedigree when January comes around.
 Bryce Zielinski studio host/producer


AFC East Champion: New England Patriots

AFC North Champion: Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South Champion: Houston Texans

AFC West Champion: Los Angeles Chargers

Wild Cards: Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs


NFC East Champion: Philadelphia Eagles

NFC North Champion: Minnesota Vikings

NFC South Champion: New Orleans Saints

NFC West Champion: Los Angeles Rams

Wild Cards: Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers


MVP: Carson Wentz


AFC Title Game: Pittsburgh Steelers defeat New England Patriots

NFC Title Game: Philadelphia Eagles defeat New Orleans Saints

Super Bowl: Philadelphia Eagles defeat Pittsburgh Steelers


The Philadelphia Eagles return a roster that can compete for a second straight Super Bowl title. The Eagles upgraded on both sides of the ball. On defense they replace Vinny Curry and Beau Allen with Martellus Bennett and Haloti Ngata. On offense they get Jason Peters and Darren Sproles back, add Dallas Goedert behind Zach Ertz, replace Torrey Smith with Mike Wallace, and Carson Wentz will be back by October. They’ll be fine with Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles until then. Speaking of Wentz, he will be my MVP. Wentz was on a torrid pace before the ACL injury. Once he’s back, he is going to prove it wasn’t a fluke. With the way he will play, that will be enough to land him MVP. The NFC is a stacked conference. The Saints are a problem and they are my dark horse champion. In the AFC, it’s really anyone’s guess. Yeah, you have the Patriots. They’re always there and it wouldn’t shock me if they pull it off. I don’t believe in the Jaguars. The defense is elite, but the offense will struggle. The Steelers have been knocking on the door for a while now and the clock is ticking on the Big Ben era. I think we see the Pennsylvania Bowl this year. (side note: Saquon Barkley will win ROY)

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