NFL picks, predictions in opposition to the unfold Week 2: Chiefs clip Chargers; Packers rebound vs. Bears; Vikings oust Eagles

Week 1 was a reasonably good begin to Sporting Information’ picks in opposition to the unfold. There have been backdoor beats that would have made the outcomes robust, however they ended up being stable when contemplating a number of unknown elements.

The purpose is making an attempt to get higher with every week as there’s extra data out there about all 32 groups in 2022. Week 2 comes with some information factors, superior scouting and naturally, desperation for the winless.

From Thursday via a doubleheader on Monday night time, here is the newest fearless forecast {of professional} pigskin prognostications:

(Odds courtesy of Sports activities Interplay)

POWER RANKINGS: Eagles, Vikings climb NFC hierarchy; 49ers, Packers, Cowboys slide

NFL picks in opposition to the unfold for Week 2

  • Recreation of Midweek: Chargers at Chiefs (-3.5, 54 o/u)

Thursday 8:20 p.m. ET, Amazon Prime Video

The Chargers are available in scorching with Justin Herbert however the Chiefs are completely scorching with Patrick Mahomes. Count on a basic division duel between the younger weapons after the defenses sluggish issues down early. This screams back-and-forth recreation and some key stops that flip into TDs into discipline targets. Kansas Metropolis takes the early lead within the AFC West with Mahomes main a game-winning drive late.

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

  • Recreation of the Week: Bears at Packers (-10, 43 o/u)

Sunday 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

Will Chicago shock one other NFC title contender to get to 2-0 and alter the narrative of its total season? Will Inexperienced Bay tumble additional into final place within the NFC North after the division debacle in Minnesota?

The Bears will come right down to earth after overachieving defensively in Matt Eberflus’ debut. The Packers will dig deep to search out higher offense round Aaron Rodgers figuring out it is a determined early time in opposition to a crew Rogers “owns.” Search for Justin Fields to be pissed off extra by a tough all-around protection whereas the Packers come away with a bodily, run-heavy win over their archrivals.

Decide: Packers win 27-14 and canopy the unfold.

  • Lock of the Week: Rams (-10, 47.5 o/u) over Falcons

Sunday 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox

Final week, an NFC West energy (the 49ers) did not come via on the highway and blew a giant lead. This is rebounding by banking on the reigning division champion Rams to not lose consecutive residence video games coming off a mini-bye. The Falcons fought onerous in opposition to the archrival Saints at residence final week however did not have sufficient offense or protection to carry up, particularly with weak play up entrance. That is dangerous information in opposition to Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and Aaron Donald, who all can be trying to make amends for the Buffalo woes.

Decide: Rams win 38-14 and canopy the unfold.

  • Upset of the Week: Panthers over Giants (-2.5, 43.5 o/u)

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Matt Rhule used to work for the Giants. Brian Daboll labored for Sean McDermott, who used to work for the Panthers. Rhule’s crew misplaced a heartbreaker at residence on an extended discipline purpose, whereas the Giants escaped on the highway because of a missed field-goal try. There can be some course correction to get each groups to 1-1 because the Christian McCaffrey vs. Saquon Barkley duel will get determined by whoever is supported by the higher QB. Facet with Baker Mayfield over Daniel Jones.

Decide: Panthers win 23-20.

  • Colts (-4, 46.5 o/u) at Jaguars 

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Colts made an incredible comeback to tie the Texans in Week 1, but it surely needed to be a disappointing first consequence with Matt Ryan main the offense. Their protection did its job and may make issues robust up entrance for Trevor Lawrence and likewise comprise high receiver Christian Kirk with Kenny Moore. Jonathan Taylor additionally owns the Jaguars and can hold rolling with one other monster recreation.

Decide: Colts win 28-17 and canopy the unfold.

  • Dolphins at Ravens (-3.5, 43.5 o/u)

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Lamar Jackson has had one superior recreation in opposition to his hometown crew from Miami to launch his MVP marketing campaign in 2019. Final season, he turned in a clunker on Thursday night time. This time, the Dolphins come to Baltimore with Tua Tagovailoa wholesome in a new-look offense to face a frightening total protection. Count on a grinding, bodily recreation the place the operating of Jackson and former Dolphin Kenyan Drake are a key issue, whereas the Ravens’ loaded secondary incorporates Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.

Decide: Ravens win 23-17 and canopy the unfold.

  • Patriots at Steelers (TBD, 40.5 o/u)

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Neither New England nor Pittsburgh’s offense impressed in Week 1. The Patriots could not run the ball to assist Mac Jones and Jones, now coping with a again harm, had combined outcomes throwing downfield. Mitchell Trubisky flashed a bit of however the Steelers could not run effectively and will not have Najee Harris for this recreation. The Patriots’ cross protection has sudden points whereas the Steelers are down T.J. Watt. This appears like a battle of attrition the place situational scheming pays off. That strains up with Invoice Belichick besting Mike Tomlin once more.

Decide: Patriots win 20-17.

  • Jets at Browns (-6.5, 40.5 o/u)

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Jets’ shorthanded offensive line can be in hassle right here in opposition to Myles Garrett and a ferocious entrance getting after Joe Flacco. The Browns will shut down the run and the compressed dink-and-dunk passing recreation will not get the job achieved. Jacoby Brissett can lean on extra prolific dashing from Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt and has proved he could make clutch passes when wanted.

Decide: Browns win 24-14 and canopy the unfold.

  • Buccaneers (-3, 44 o/u) at Saints

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Tom Brady is 0-4 in opposition to the Saints in NFC South regular-season motion. Though he received the one key playoff victory vs. Drew Brees on the way in which to profitable Tremendous Bowl 55, you’ll be able to wager he does not need to get swept once more by a division foe. The Saints instantly have points stopping the run and the Bucs are instantly snug energy operating a lot with New Orleans native Leonard Fournette. The Saints’ offensive line is weak and Todd Bowles will exploit it effectively along with his entrance seven to stress former Buc Jameis Winston to key errors.

Decide: Buccaneers win 24-20 and canopy the unfold.

  • Commanders at Lions (-2.5, 49 o/u)

Sunday.1 p.m. ET, Fox

Carson Wentz and Jared Goff all the time can be related by the highest of the 2016 NFL draft. Wentz sparked his third NFL crew to victory with late heroics in opposition to the Jaguars, whereas Goff noticed a livid rally get dashed within the fourth quarter in opposition to the Eagles. Very similar to Panthers-Giants, these groups are supposed to be even within the standings. Neither protection will decelerate a lot; the Lions are just a bit extra versatile with their weapons to imagine they’ll rebound at residence.

Decide: Lions win 27-24 and canopy the unfold.

  • Seahawks at 49ers (-8.5, 42.5 o/u)

Sunday 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox

The Seahawks go from the Russell Wilson revenge recreation to dealing with their division rivals on a brief week. The 49ers received washed out in Chicago and can use their residence discipline to indicate their typical offense and extra disciplined protection. San Francisco will return to fundamentals of operating and getting the ball within the fingers of its massive playmakers to assist settle Trey Lance in higher climate. Geno Smith and the Seahawks are overmatched however the Niners will go away the again door open late.

Decide: 49ers win 27-20 however fail to cowl the unfold.

  • Cardinals at Raiders (-5.5, 51.5 o/u)

Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The Cardinals bumped into an AFC West buzzsaw and stored getting chopped by the Chiefs. The Raiders flashed as finest as they may offensively in opposition to the Chargers one other robust crew from their very own division. The twin risk of Kyler Murray will come out dealing effectively down the highway, nonetheless within the desert in Las Vegas. Derek Carr additionally will see extra open up within the passing recreation like Patrick Mahomes did. Kliff Kinsbury vs. Josh McDaniels plus two dangerous defenses equal a number of factors.

Decide: Raiders win 38-34 however fail to cowl the unfold.

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  • Bengals (-7, 43.5 o/u) at Cowboys 

Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The Bengals get a large wanted break at 0-1 with the Cowboys having misplaced Dak Prescott. They are going to now “duel” Joe Burrow with Cooper Rush as an alternative. Though Rush received his lone begin for Prescott final season, it is a stiff problem in opposition to an AFC North energy. Dallas will attempt to hold Burrow in a turnover funk, however he can be helped by a lot extra of Joe Mixon. Rush’s identify is acceptable as he’ll really feel loads of warmth on the sting from Trey Hendrickson. 

Decide: Bengals win 33-17 and canopy the unfold. 

  • Texans at Broncos (-10, 43.5 o/u)

Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The Texans settled for a tie in opposition to the Colts after blowing that massive lead at residence in Week 1. The Broncos can settle into their residence opener with the unsuccessful Wilson revenge journey behind them. Davis Mills faces one other tough protection and tends to not play effectively on the highway. The Texans’ run protection additionally will wilt throughout an extended afternoon vs. Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon.

Decide: Broncos win 30-16 and canopy the unfold.

  • Titans at Payments (-10, 49.5 o/u)

Monday 7:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Titans are likely to play the Payments robust as a result of they’ll pound away with Derrick Henry offensively and power some takeaways from Josh Allen defensively. Tennessee has received two straight within the collection, however these video games have been in Nashville. The Payments could be waiting for a giant division highway recreation in Miami, whereas the Titans can be determined to rebound. Ultimately, nonetheless, Ryan Tannehill does not have the weapons to maintain up with Allen. 

Decide: Payments win 27-20 however fail to cowl the unfold.

  • Vikings at Eagles (-1.5, 51.5 o/u)

Monday 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC

The Vikings unleashed Justin Jefferson of their new offense in opposition to the Packers and likewise supported him effectively with Dalvin Prepare dinner. Additionally they discovered some newfound vitality with their 3-4 protection to stifle Inexperienced Bay. The Eagles received rolling with A.J. Brown and Miles Sanders round Jalen Hurts in Detroit. On this high-scoring affair, it comes down who can run higher, backed by massive cross performs. Belief in Minnesota’s protection a bit of greater than Philadelphia’s.

Vikings win 31-27.

Week 1 report straight up: 10-4

Week 1 report in opposition to the unfold: 9-6

Season report straight up: 10-4

Season report in opposition to the unfold: 9-6