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 had been for opening weekend given the newfound data now we have about all 32 groups, however we’re not about to counsel 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 0-2 gap to begin the 2020 NFL season.

Primarily based on the chances, Week 2 is anticipated to be an enormous one for the house groups, because the street group is favored in simply 5 of the 16 video games on the schedule. And of the video games that function dwelling favorites, a number of of them have been set with level spreads that counsel 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 Insider.

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NFL picks, predictions for Week 2

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  • Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (-6)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Community

On the danger of overreacting to a stable debut for Joe Burrow, we will not assist however belief him greater than Baker Mayfield on this recreation 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 may 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 stress. They haven’t any alternative 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 0-2 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 need to take care of 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 brief weeks, which in concept works in favor of the group that does not need to take care of journey. The Steelers have life like title aspirations in 2020 with Ben Roethlisberger again within the lineup to assist a dominant protection. The Broncos will not be but on that degree, particularly with out their greatest participant, Von Miller.

Decide: Steelers 28, Broncos 17

  • Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles (-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

This matchup makes the Eagles’ Week 1 clunker towards Washington a lot worse, as a result of the extent of issue rises considerably towards the Rams. If Washington was in a position to sack Carson Wentz eight occasions, what are we imagined to anticipate Aaron Donald and Co. to do? If the Eagles’ protection can get the Rams’ offense off schedule, Philly can have probability to win. If not, it is an 0-2 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 unhealthy doesn’t really feel like an overreaction. Adam Gase’s group 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 could be, and regardless that all people else is doing it, the Packers cannot take a look at the Lions because the “usual Lions” after Detroit gifted Chicago a win final week. That is nonetheless a tough division recreation towards a group that had affordable expectations for 2020 however was embarrassed in Week 1. The higher group 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 (-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

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

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 recreation, do not anticipate Mitchell Trubisky to get his group again into competition by making huge throw after huge throw. This can be extra about coach Matt Nagy’s offense working on schedule towards a protection it could 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 professional contenders have to win the entire video games they’re imagined to win. So this is the second consecutive probability for the Payments to show their legitimacy in 2020 to that crowd. Chances are high 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 regarded good within the first recreation of the Matt Rhule/Joe Brady period, however there is a vital issue 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 pricey turnovers. The Titans are much less prone to throw the sport away and extra probably to present Minshew bother within the passing recreation.

Decide: Titans 24, Jaguars 17

  • Washington Soccer Group at Arizona Cardinals (-7)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox

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

Decide: Cardinals 30, Washington 20

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  • Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (-8 1/2) at Los Angeles Chargers

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

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

Decide: Chiefs 34, Chargers 21

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

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

It is onerous to think about a extra brutal strategy to begin the season than a schedule that options video games towards 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 suppose it could upset Baltimore and keep away from the dreaded 0-2 gap.

Decide: Ravens 33, Texans 26

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  • New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks (-4)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

The is the primary actual take a look at 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 aspect 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, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN and ABC

This isn’t the get together the opening of the brand-new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas was imagined to be, however at the very least the Raiders are driving the excessive of a Week 1 victory. The shortage of followers within the stadium needs to be the least of the house group’s issues towards the Saints, who, based mostly on their Week 1 win over the Bucs, are primed for an additional 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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