NFL picks, predictions for Week 2: Cowboys, 49ers get on board with wins; Vikings edge Colts

NFL picks and predictions for Week 2 of the season are a lot much less of a crapshoot than they have been for opening weekend given the newfound data we now have about all 32 groups, however we’re not about to recommend that there are any positive bets.

If something, groups just like the Colts and Eagles final week strengthened the truth that even a few of the greatest favorites based mostly on the chances can lose. Now some contenders are flirting with a damning Zero-2 gap to begin the 2020 NFL season.

Primarily based on the chances, Week 2 is predicted to be an enormous one for the house groups, because the highway workforce is favored in simply 5 of the 16 video games on the schedule. And of the video games that function residence favorites, a number of of them have been set with level spreads that recommend the sport is all however a toss-up.

With that because the background, under are our picks and predictions for Week 2 of the NFL season. As at all times, our level spreads are courtesy of Sports activities Insider.

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NFL picks, predictions for Week 2

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Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (-6)

Thursday, Eight:20 p.m. ET, NFL Community

On the danger of overreacting to a stable debut for Joe Burrow, we won’t assist however belief him greater than Baker Mayfield on this sport given what the latter confirmed us final week to begin his third NFL season. The Browns instantly are within the uncommon “must-win” spot in Week 2; in the event that they lose to the Bengals, their season might shortly fall into the tank. The excellent news for Cleveland is that Mayfield is only one many gamers and coaches who’re feeling the identical strain. They haven’t any selection however to reply.

Decide: Browns 21, Bengals 17

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys (-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

That is one other matchup of groups making an attempt to keep away from the dreaded Zero-2 gap. The Cowboys, although, have many extra positives to remove from their Week 1 loss than the Falcons do. Matt Ryan ought to be capable of exploit some favorable matchups once more, however Dak Prescott and the Cowboys’ offense this week do not should cope with the game-wrecker that’s Aaron Donald.

Decide: Cowboys 34, Falcons 27

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Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers (-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Each of those groups are enjoying on quick weeks, which in principle works in favor of the workforce that does not should cope with journey. The Steelers have sensible title aspirations in 2020 with Ben Roethlisberger again within the lineup to assist a dominant protection. The Broncos aren’t but on that degree, particularly with out their finest participant, Von Miller.

Decide: Steelers 28, Broncos 17

Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles (-Three)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

This matchup makes the Eagles’ Week 1 clunker in opposition to Washington a lot worse, as a result of the extent of problem rises considerably in opposition to the Rams. If Washington was in a position to sack Carson Wentz eight instances, what are we purported to count on Aaron Donald and Co. to do? If the Eagles’ protection can get the Rams’ offense off schedule, Philly could have a great likelihood to win. If not, it is an Zero-2 begin for the defending NFC East champs.

Decide: Rams 27, Eagles 21

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San Francisco 49ers (-7) at New York Jets

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Overreactions to Week 1 outcomes are frequent, and suggesting the defending NFC champions are in bother as a result of they misplaced their season opener to a division rival is actually an overreaction. Suggesting the Jets are nonetheless dangerous doesn’t really feel like an overreaction. Adam Gase’s workforce must flip that notion shortly earlier than issues get nasty in New York, however that is unlikely to occur in Week 2.

Decide: 49ers 30, Jets 20

Detroit Lions at Inexperienced Bay Packers (-5 1/2)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

As tempting because it is perhaps, and although all people else is doing it, the Packers cannot have a look at the Lions because the “standard Lions” after Detroit gifted Chicago a win final week. That is nonetheless a difficult division sport in opposition to a workforce that had cheap expectations for 2020 however was embarrassed in Week 1. The higher workforce ought to nonetheless win even when the sport is nearer than anticipated.

Decide: Packers 26, Lions 23

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Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts (-Three)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Colts getting a area aim at residence makes this a toss-up sport within the eyes of oddsmakers, which appears cheap for a contest that includes a pair of contenders who suffered disappointing ends in Week 1. The Vikings, although, misplaced to a a lot better workforce than the Colts did. In addition they have extra stability at quarterback and higher well being within the working sport.

Decide: Vikings 30, Colts 24

New York Giants at Chicago Bears (-5 1/2)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

We doubt lightning will strike twice, so if the Bears fall behind on this sport, do not count on Mitchell Trubisky to get his workforce again into rivalry by making massive throw after massive throw. This might be extra about coach Matt Nagy’s offense working on schedule in opposition to a protection it may handle.

Decide: Bears 26, Giants 20

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Buffalo Payments (-5 1/2) at Miami Dolphins

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Many subscribe to the idea that official contenders have to win all the video games they’re purported to win. So this is the second consecutive likelihood for the Payments to show their legitimacy in 2020 to that crowd. Likelihood is they will not have an issue doing to the Dolphins virtually precisely what the Patriots did in Week 1.

Decide: Payments 21, Dolphins 10

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7 1/2)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Carolina’s offense seemed good within the first sport of the Matt Rhule/Joe Brady period, however there is a important problem improve from Las Vegas’ protection to that of Tampa Bay. And that younger Panthers protection that could not preserve a Derek Carr-led offense out of the tip zone sufficient? Meet Tom Brady.

Decide: Buccaneers 35, Panthers 24

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-10)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Gardner Minshew magic was spectacular in Week 1 because the Jags upset the Colts, however Indianapolis did not precisely assist itself with a pair of expensive turnovers. The Titans are much less more likely to throw the sport away and extra seemingly to offer Minshew bother within the passing sport.

Decide: Titans 24, Jaguars 17

Washington Soccer Workforce at Arizona Cardinals (-7)

Sunday, Four:05 p.m. ET, Fox

Who had these two groups being undefeated in Week 2? Each are using the highs of their respective Week 1 upsets, however Washington seems like its enjoying with home cash extra so than Arizona. The Cardinals instantly have official hopes of contending within the NFC West after knocking off the defending champs. This sport ought to solely reinforce that optimism.

Decide: Cardinals 30, Washington 20

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Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (-Eight 1/2) at Los Angeles Chargers

Sunday, Four:25 p.m. ET, CBS

It is the Chargers’ flip for his or her residence opener on the brand-new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, however it may not go in addition to it did for the Rams in opposition to the Cowboys in Week 1. The Chargers bought away with a median offensive efficiency of their escape in opposition to the Bengals. They will not get away with it in opposition to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Decide: Chiefs 34, Chargers 21

Baltimore Ravens (-6 1/2) at Houston Texans

Sunday, Four:25 p.m. ET, CBS

It is arduous to think about a extra brutal option to begin the season than a schedule that options video games in opposition to the Chiefs and the Ravens within the first couple of weeks. Houston had some moments in its loss to Kansas Metropolis to begin the 12 months, however not sufficient for us to assume it may upset Baltimore and keep away from the dreaded Zero-2 gap.

Decide: Ravens 33, Texans 26

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New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks (-Four)

Sunday, Eight:20 p.m. ET, NBC

The is the primary actual check for the Patriots’ new offense with Cam Newton, and the NFL scheduling gods give it to us in a primetime spot on nationwide TV. The Seahawks will current the Patriots new challenges on that facet of the ball, however everyone knows Invoice Belichick’s bunch will do the identical to Russell Wilson. Seattle is lucky that its quarterback is thought for adjusting on the fly and leveraging his many skills to squeak out wins.

Decide: Seahawks 28, Patriots 24

New Orleans Saints (TBD) at Las Vegas Raiders

Monday, Eight:15 p.m. ET, ESPN and ABC

This isn’t the get together the opening of the brand-new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas was purported to be, however not less than the Raiders are using the excessive of a Week 1 victory. The shortage of followers within the stadium ought to be the least of the house workforce’s considerations in opposition to the Saints, who, based mostly on their Week 1 win over the Bucs, are primed for one more run at a Tremendous Bowl. An excessive amount of Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas on this one.

Decide: Saints 34, Raiders 24

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