N.F.L. Week 2 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread


After a number of main upsets final week in N.F.L., the bar for Week 2 to compete is ready awfully excessive. Were Jacksonville and Washington one-week wonders? Can Chicago replicate its wild fourth quarter for a whole sport? Exactly how fearful ought to San Francisco be concerning the staff’s accidents and a home loss to Arizona? If we’re fortunate, chaos will reign and we’ll nonetheless be looking for solutions heading into Week 3.

Here is a have a look at N.F.L. Week 2, with all picks made towards the purpose unfold.

Last week’s report: 8-8

Here’s what you want to know:

Chiefs at Chargers, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Line: Chiefs -9 | Total: 47.5

Patrick Mahomes has gotten a variety of credit score for lots of issues — and deserved all of it — however one ignored ingredient has been his success regardless of the staff having a definite deficiency at operating again, the place Damien Williams was adequate in 2019, however was nowhere near nearly as good as Kareem Hunt had been for the Chiefs within the two earlier seasons. This yr, in steps the rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who was the solely operating again taken within the first spherical of the draft. He justified that decide by main all N.F.L. gamers with 138 yards speeding in Week 1 towards the Texans.

Kansas City takes its newly balanced offense on the street to face the Chargers (1-0), who held off the Bengals final week, and now face a considerably stiffer take a look at. Los Angeles, although, is hardly a pushover. The staff has an excessive amount of expertise on protection and are one of many few groups that may be anticipated to place vital stress on Mahomes. And whereas the Chargers’ offense isn’t explosive, it must be quietly dependable so long as quarterback Tyrod Taylor is managing issues.

Kansas City is a big favourite, and the Chiefs have earned that distinction even in a street sport, however a 9-point unfold is a step too far.

Pick: Chargers +9

Ravens at Texans, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Line: Ravens -7 | Total: 51.5

If something notable was absent throughout Baltimore’s demolishing of Cleveland final week, it was the high-volume operating sport that individuals got here to anticipate from the Ravens (1-0) each week final season. To say the staff ran for simply 107 yards feels unfair, however that’s fewer than that they had in any sport final season, together with their stunning home loss to Tennessee within the divisional spherical.

Should the Ravens be involved? Hardly. Lamar Jackson was toying with Cleveland’s secondary all sport, and when Baltimore wanted the operating sport it was there, with the rookie J.Okay. Dobbins punching in two touchdowns. Because the Ravens are three-deep in high quality operating backs (Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards and Dobbins), the factors will come each week, it doesn’t matter what type the staff chooses to make use of.

The Texans (0-1) have an absolute drive of nature in quarterback Deshaun Watson, however Houston’s protection was torched final week by a rookie operating again. Making Houston a 7-point underdog at home appears unfair, however the Ravens, at the very least within the common season, are form of unfair. Pick: Ravens -7

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Patriots at Seahawks, 8:20 p.m., NBC

Line: Seahawks -3.5 | Total: 45

The Patriots (1-0) and Seahawks (1-0) had loads of causes to be joyful in Week 1, however when you’re seeking to nitpick: whereas New England’s multipronged operating sport regarded nice, the staff confirmed little or no capacity to air the ball out towards Miami’s strong secondary. And Seattle appeared to take the doughnut off the bat when it comes to letting quarterback Russell Wilson create his personal momentum on offense, however Coach Pete Carroll seemingly would have most well-liked for operating backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde to mix for greater than 44 yards speeding (and for both to common greater than 3.5 yards per carry).

Both groups might look to appropriate these deficiencies this week. Seattle is rightfully the favourite at home, however Cam Newton purchased his staff some credibility final week and New England’s secondary is a troublesome nut for anybody to crack. A detailed sport, and even an upset, wouldn’t be fully stunning. Pick: Patriots +3.5

Rams at Eagles, 1 p.m., Fox

Line: Off | Total: Off

The Rams (1-0) might not have regarded spectacular in Week 1 towards the Cowboys, nevertheless it was the kind of sport they might have discovered a strategy to lose final season. Now Los Angeles goes on the street towards the Eagles (0-1) who’re contemporary off a sport towards Washington during which they ran up a 17-point lead solely to in some way lose by 10. Philadelphia’s injury-depleted offensive line couldn’t have been worse towards Washington, and anticipating that unit to reverse course and discover a approach to dam Aaron Donald this week appears almost laughable. Quarterback Carson Wentz might wish to look into sporting some additional pads. Pick: Rams

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Bengals at Browns, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network

Line: Browns -5.5 | Total: 43.5

The Bengals (0-1) have been surprisingly aggressive towards the Chargers in Week 1 and the Browns (0-1) received humiliated by the Ravens, however neither sport gave us a lot indication of how this one will go. That Cleveland’s protection couldn’t deal with Lamar Jackson is pretty forgivable, but when it struggles towards Joe Burrow — Cincinnati’s extremely regarded rookie quarterback — it would already be time to panic.

The Browns would possibly wish to discover a strategy to run the ball extra, almost whatever the rating. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt discovered constant yardage towards Baltimore’s entrance seven and the Bengals gave no indication final week that their run protection is one thing to be feared.

For now, the on-paper expertise benefit suggestions the scales towards a possible Browns victory and their want to shake off final week’s failure might very effectively result in a lopsided rating. Pick: Browns -5.5

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Vikings at Colts, 1 p.m., Fox

Line: Colts -3 | Total: 48.5

What did Taylor Swift say about shaking issues off? The Vikings (0-1) regarded positively inept on protection towards the Packers in Week 1, whereas the Colts (0-1) shot themselves within the foot ensuing within the week’s greatest upset. A win in Week 2 for both staff will make final week a blip, and a loss will imply an 0-2 begin and a variety of arduous questions on not living as much as expectations. An monumental concern for Minnesota is the absence of Danielle Hunter, the staff’s greatest participant on its line of defense, which might create alternatives out of the backfield for Indianapolis operating backs Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. It additionally would possibly give Philip Rivers sufficient time to not repeat the brutal errors of final week, which all however handed the sport to Jacksonville. Pick: Colts -3

Falcons at Cowboys, 1 p.m., Fox

Line: Cowboys -4 | Total: 52.5

Oddsmakers predict this to be the best scoring sport of the week, and there’s no marvel why because the Falcons (0-1) and Cowboys (0-1) mixed for 886 yards of offense final week, whereas combining to permit 805 yards. This must be an aerial slugfest, with quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Dak Prescott utilizing their wealth of receiving choices to carve up the sphere. But the sport is perhaps determined by which staff can get one thing going with the run sport, a contest that dramatically favors Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott. Pick: Cowboys -4

Bills at Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Bills -5.5 | Total: 41

It feels just like the N.F.L.’s schedule makers have been invested in getting the rookie Tua Tagovailoa the beginning quarterback job for the Dolphins (0-1) as rapidly as attainable. Last week, No. 1 quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick confronted the stellar New England secondary, and this week he has to step as much as the Bills (1-0), who batted across the Jets like a cat toy final week. Fitzpatrick might simply have one other three-interception sport, and if that occurs, the Tagovailoa chatter ought to reach a fever pitch. It gained’t assist that Miami will seemingly be enjoying from behind, as Josh Allen of the Bills appeared extraordinarily comfy slinging the ball round to his group of receivers, led by new addition Stefon Diggs. Pick: Bills -5.5

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Broncos at Steelers, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Steelers -7.5 | Total: 41.5

This sport will seemingly be a variety in loads of survivor swimming pools, because the considered a younger quarterback attempting to win on the street towards Pittsburgh’s top-tier protection evokes largely a wrinkled nostril of sympathy. If there’s a flicker of hope for the Broncos (0-1) it’s that the Steelers (1-0) gave up an uncharacteristically excessive variety of passing yards to the Giants final week. Before they observe that thread too far, they need to account for that sport having been on the street, and Pittsburgh having balanced the massive yardage by intercepting two passes.

Will Steelers operating again James Conner be wholesome sufficient to play? Is Pittsburgh considerably weakened on offense by accidents to proper deal with Zach Banner and proper guard Stefen Wisniewski? Those are huge questions, however ones that can be extra related when the Steelers are enjoying a greater staff. Pick: Broncos +7.5

49ers at Jets, 1 p.m., Fox

Line: 49ers -7 | Total: 42

The 49ers (0-1) should be pretty devastated at an opening-week loss in a sport they led within the fourth quarter, however Arizona has often given them matches and the consequence was solely a gentle shock. Losing to the Jets (0-1), nevertheless, could be jaw-dropping, even with huge receiver Deebo Samuel and cornerback Richard Sherman on this season’s mini model of injured reserve and tight finish George Kittle working his approach again from a knee sprain. The margin for error within the N.F.C. West is razor skinny, and San Francisco wants a win when there’s a strong probability that the opposite three groups within the division will all begin 2-0. Kittle’s unsure standing, and San Francisco having a number of accidents in its secondary, makes a full landing level unfold appear too beneficiant, however San Francisco must be anticipated to win. Pick: Jets +7

Panthers at Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Fox

Line: Buccaneers -9 | Total: 47.5

In the aftermath of Tampa Bay’s loss to New Orleans in Week 1, there was chatter that Brady’s decline was being uncovered with the Buccaneers (0-1) as a result of he now not had New England’s system to cover his deficiencies. It’s not fully clear what video games these pundits have been watching final season, because the bodily decline of Brady was readily obvious with the Patriots, and final week appeared to be an extension of that moderately than a departure from it. The Panthers (0-1) made a reckless resolution to present the ball to a fullback, moderately than Christian McCaffrey, with the sport on the road final week, however nothing about both staff indicated {that a} 9-point unfold for this sport is warranted. That quantity turns into particularly excessive with Buccaneers huge receiver Chris Godwin anticipated to be out. Pick: Panthers +9

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Washington Football Team at Cardinals, 4:05 p.m., Fox

Line: Cardinals -6.5 | Total: 47

The Footballers (1-0) pulled off a reasonably stunning upset of the Eagles in Week 1 because of an all-around effort. Going on the street to face the Cardinals (1-0), who should be extremely amped after toppling San Francisco on the street, is the form of factor that ought to splash an excessive amount of chilly water on Washington’s collective face. Pick: Cardinals -6.5

Lions at Packers, 1 p.m., Fox

Line: Packers -6 | Total: 49

For three quarters final week, it regarded like a brand new period might be dawning for the Lions (0-1). Then Detroit spent 15 minutes making Mitchell Trubisky appear like Aaron Rodgers, restoring stability to the universe. So the massive query heading into Sunday: If Trubisky regarded like Rodgers towards the Lions, what’s going to Rodgers appear like? Pick: Packers -6

Jaguars at Titans, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Titans -9 | Total: 43

Only three quarterbacks had ever accomplished 95 % of their passing makes an attempt in a sport (min. 20 makes an attempt) going into final week. If you anticipated Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew to affix that record, then you have to be selecting shares moderately than studying a soccer matchups column. But to drag off a stunning upset, the Jaguars (1-0) wanted perfection from Minshew and an unlimited present within the type of two interceptions thrown by Philip Rivers, which led to 14 of the Jaguars’ 27 factors. The Titans (1-0) do groups no such favors. Their offense final week was proper again to final season’s type of getting operating again Derrick Henry bruise his strategy to huge yardage whereas quarterback Ryan Tannehill effectively picked spots to place factors on the board. Tennessee isn’t arrange for blowouts, even at home, so the road is probably going too aggressive. But make no mistake, the Titans ought to win. Pick: Jaguars +9

Giants at Bears, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Bears -5.5 | Total: 42

Saying Saquon Barkley of the Giants (0-1) rushed 15 occasions for six yards final week is a bit deceptive, since he had a 7-yard run combined in. So to place it one other approach: Other than one carry during which he barely surpassed mediocrity, Barkley ran 14 occasions for minus-1 yard. In equity, the Giants have been dealing with a stellar Pittsburgh protection and selected to make the most of Barkley extra as a receiver, the place he picked up 60 yards on six catches. But after a lot speak concerning the staff’s offense being rebuilt to concentrate on its greatest participant, warning bells must be going off in every single place.

The Bears (1-0) have been terrible for 3 quarters final week, and terrific for one. If they may enhance that to 2 first rate quarters towards the Giants, they need to get a win at home. Pick: Bears -5.5

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Saints at Raiders, 8:15 p.m., ESPN and ABC

Line: Saints -6 | Total: 50

The Saints (1-0) regarded a bit rusty on offense in Week 1, whatever the 34 factors they scored. But they rolled to a straightforward win thanks to a few turnovers recovered by the staff’s protection. In a continuation of a pattern that goes again just a few years, New Orleans is slowly however certainly changing into a staff that may rely a bit much less on its offense and a terrific deal extra on its protection from week to week.

On the street in Las Vegas, New Orleans must be a bit involved. The Raiders (1-0) regarded extraordinarily succesful on offense in an opening-week win, and whereas their protection is nothing to write down home about, it managed to face Carolina up on the game-deciding drive. The Saints must be anticipated to win this sport, however oddsmakers assuming they may win by six or extra factors appears to disregard the present realities of how the staff performs, and that huge receiver Michael Thomas is predicted to be out with an ankle harm. Pick: Raiders +6

A fast primer for many who usually are not conversant in betting traces: Favorites are listed subsequent to a adverse quantity that represents what number of factors they have to win by to cowl the unfold. Bills -5.5, for instance, signifies that Buffalo should beat Miami by at the very least six factors for its backers to win their guess. Gamblers also can guess on the full rating, or whether or not the groups’ mixed rating within the sport is over or below a preselected variety of factors.

All occasions are Eastern.