NFL picks, predictions towards unfold Week 2: Seahawks clip Patriots; Steelers, Packers carry on rolling

Week 1 within the NFL introduced quite a lot of Sunday surprises, however there was additionally loads that fell according to how we anticipated sure groups to carry out going into the season. Per standard, a number of blown leads and a few missed late possessions in shut video games turned wins into losses.

That led to a blended bag of success in our Sporting Information picks and predicitons for the primary weekend of the 2020 season. There’s just one factor sure in Week 2: Determining who will win and canopy video games can be simply as troublesome.

Here is extra fearless forecasting to tackle these challenges with our newest NFL recreation picks towards the unfold. The purpose spreads come courtesy of Sports activities Insider:

MORE: Get the most recent NFL Week 2 odds & betting recommendation from Sports activities Insider

NFL picks towards the unfold for Week 2

  • Recreation of the Week: Patriots at Seahawks (-Four, 45 o/u)

Sunday eight:20 p.m. ET, NBC

Cam Newton had a strong debut operating for the Patriots. Russell Wilson had one other spectacular begin passing for the Seahawks. Each groups have strong secondaries to maintain the downfield pictures in examine, however Wilson is provided with a extra dependable operating recreation and higher, deep broad receivers. It’s also possible to guess previous AFC East foe Jamal Adams will need to hold making an impression for Seattle with New England in his new city. The Seahawks will not have the conventional crowd noise behind them, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a protracted journey for a Patriots workforce nonetheless determining issues offensively. Pete Carroll will get the higher of Invoice Belichick in one other shut one for these groups, solely with no Tremendous Bowl on the road.

Decide: Seahawks win 23-20 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Thursday eight:20 p.m. ET, Fox and NFL Community

The Bengals noticed a ton of promise from Joe Burrow and simply fell wanting him beginning his profession 1-Zero. They needed to be happy with their overachieving protection and the added versatlity of their offense. The Browns did not take pleasure in any of that in getting blasted by the Ravens, with Baker Mayfield persevering with his struggles from 2019. That stated, Cleveland did rock within the operating recreation with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt and obtained higher at stopping the run. The hosts will save their playoff possibilities early with Myles Garrett making the distinction with a late sack of Burrow.

Decide: Browns win 24-20 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Sunday Four:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The Chiefs will not be intimidated going into SoFi Stadium for the Chargers’ opener there. The spacious, fashionable venue is constructed for Patrick Mahomes to dazzle with downfield passing, with a lot extra assist from Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the operating recreation. The Chargers lacked luster with Tyrod Taylor’s passing within the opener and can attempt to grind this one out extra with Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley. Having no Derwin James, nonetheless, will permit Mahomes to feed Travis Kelce effectively and get round L.A’s power at cornerback. Taylor, together with his line banged up, is in a more durable spot with Chris Jones and Frank Clark dashing after him.

Decide: Chiefs win 34-20 and canopy the unfold.

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Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Giants are coming off a brief week at residence and a troublesome AFC matchup with the Steelers. The Bears poured all their vitality into the fourth quarter in Detroit. They’re due for a letdown, whereas the Giants will not be as worn down as anticipated. Mitchell Trubisky burned a nasty protection late, whereas Daniel Jones ran right into a mighty one. Chicago is due for a letdown and did not look nice defensively towards the operating recreation, slot and tight finish. That is not excellent news towards Saquon Barkley, Golden Tate and Evan Engram. 

Decide: Giants win 27-24.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Eagles’ offensive line damage points have turned a power right into a obtrusive weak spot in entrance of Carson Wentz and a backfield that is significantly hurting, too. Additionally they have limitations within the downfield passing recreation. It is a unhealthy time for Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey to pay them a go to. The highlight is perhaps on the 2016 top-of-draft reunion of Jared Goff and Wentz, however Goff will get a greater break up entrance and on the again finish whereas Wentz will take care of extra duress and fewer dashing assist. The Rams can be more practical with their two tight ends than the Eagles will.

Decide: Rams win 24-20.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Steelers ought to steamroll by one other second-year quarterback due to their daunting go rush and scorching secondary protection. The Broncos’ protection is severely hampered with out Von Miller, which is able to permit Ben Roethlsiberger to really feel nice attacking them downfield together with his loaded broad receivers. Drew Lock will not be capable of discover many solutions with the operating recreation additionally contained.

Decide: Steelers win 24-13 and canopy the unfold.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The 49ers had some offensive limitations at broad receiver that price them towards the Cardinals, who additionally boosted an improved protection with a number of top-flight particular person playmakers. The Jets haven’t any solution to cease San Francisco’s operating recreation or any of its short-to-intermediate receivers. The Jets have little reliability within the passing recreation for Sam Darnold and now accidents have mounted for Adam Gase’s dashing assault with a hamstrung Le’Veon Bell.

Decide: 49ers win 27-10 and canopy the unfold.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Misplaced in these groups’ upset losses in Week 1 was the truth that Kirk Cousins rebounded to play very effectively after a sluggish begin whereas Philip Rivers, regardless of larger go quantity and higher operating assist, carried his shakiness from the Chargers. Minnesota’s protection is best than the one which obtained gashed all-around by Inexperienced Bay, whereas Indianapolis stays inconsistent, in the midst of the pack. The Vikings are higher positioned to win with a run-heavy, environment friendly passing recreation plan with Dalvin Cook dinner and Cousins than the Colts are with their younger backs and Rivers.

Decide: Vikings win 23-19.

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Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Buccaneers confirmed that their run protection stays sturdy in Week 1, and that may decelerate Christian McCaffrey simply sufficient right here. The Panthers have gone from being terrible towards the run to being simply as unhealthy towards the go. Teddy Bridgewater will really feel some warmth in additional uncomfortable passing downs, whereas Tom Brady stays forward of the chains, buoyed by extra dashing manufacturing and stronger receiver connections than he had in Week 1. Brady will ensure that his Tampa Bay opener is not a letdown understanding an excellent rebound is vital.

Decide: Buccaneers win 34-24 and canopy the unfold.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Jaguars have one thing going with the younger offensive mixture of Gardner Minshew and James Robinson. They’ve proved to be deep at broad receiver and are extra able to spreading the ball round successfully. The Titans have extra passing recreation limitations, however they’ll drag the Jaguars down with loads of Derrick Henry establishing large go performs downfield. Minshew retains his workforce in it once more dueling Ryan Tannehill, however finally the Titans’ protection will get to him in some key late moments.

Decide: Titans win 20-17 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Cowboys have three nice broad receivers in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and now CeeDee Lamb. The Falcons have two nice broad receivers in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley and have proven a promising No. three, Russell Gage. Dak Prescott and Matt Ryan shouldn’t have any points spreading the sector and lighting it up. The query comes down who will get higher three-down assist from a again. Benefit Ezekiel Elliott over Todd Gurley.

Decide: Cowboys win 31-27 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Dolphins have assembled an excellent cornerback duo in Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, which could make it robust on Stefon Diggs and John Brown, however they simply proved that they’re weak to large cellular QBs in folding towards Newton. The Payments can even assist Josh Allen on the bottom with younger backs Zack Moss and Devin Singletary. If DeVante Parker cannot go for Miami with the hamstring and it retains taking part in committee video games with the backfield, it would not have sufficient to match. Former Invoice Ryan Fitzpatrick could have one other tough recreation, bringing a Tua Tagovailoa begin nearer to actuality.

Decide: Payments win 30-17 and canopy the unfold.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Lions melted down within the fourth quarter towards the Bears with extra defensive points underneath Matt Patricia, together with hamstring accidents to cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman. That is unhealthy timing for an additional division recreation towards a Packers offense firing on all cylinders after which some with the Aarons, Rodgers and Jones. The Lions will hope to get Kenny Golladay again, however their high broad receiver additionally might be contained by Jaire Alexander. Lambeau Discipline will not be the identical with out Cheeseheads submitting the stands, however the Packers nonetheless could have good motive to leap.

Decide: Packers win 31-24 and canopy the unfold.

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Sunday Four:05 p.m. ET, Fox

Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray had nice comeback moments as second-year first-round QBs in Week 1. Haskins, regardless of a scarcity of explosiveness and steadiness round him, grinded Washington to victory in its new offense. Murray used his legs and new elite go-to receiver DeAndre Hopkins successfully towards the 49ers. Murray can be pursued by Chase Younger and an excellent Washington go rush, however then once more, Arizona has Chandler Jones for Haskins. The Cardinals are merely the workforce with the actual NFL offense on this matchup.

Decide: Cardinals win 34-17 and canopy the unfold

Sunday Four:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The Ravens destroyed the Texans 41-7 at residence final November. They are going to deal with themselves effectively within the highway rematch, too. Lamar Jackson will face little resistance when operating or passing. Houston could attempt to remove the deep ball prefer it did towards Mahomes and Kansas Metropolis, however it could be asking to be pounded and worn down by ball management with rookie J.Okay. Dobbins and Mark Ingram supplementing Jackson on the bottom. Deshaun Watson has much less of a dependable big-play factor round him and can be pushed to play catchup towards one other younger elite modern.

Decide: Ravens win 30-20 and canopy the unfold

Monday eight:20 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Saints will march into Las Vegas as the primary customer to Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders must be pumped to open their new venue, very like the Rams have been. However, sadly, they did not invite a patsy to homecoming, simply one other NFC South foe with extra offensive prowess. Alvin Kamara and Josh Jacobs can be an epic scrimmage duel, however benefit to Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders vs. Derek Carr’s mixture of largely new broad receivers.

Decide: Saints win 30-27 however fail to cowl the unfold.

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