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

Week 1 was a fairly good begin to Sporting Information’ picks towards the unfold. There have been backdoor beats that might have made the outcomes sturdy, however they ended up being strong when contemplating a number of unknown elements.

The objective is attempting 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 by way of a doubleheader on Monday evening, here is the most recent 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 towards the unfold for Week 2

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

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

The Chargers are available sizzling with Justin Herbert however the Chiefs are completely scorching with Patrick Mahomes. Anticipate a basic division duel between the younger weapons after the defenses sluggish issues down early. This screams back-and-forth sport and some key stops that flip into TDs into subject objectives. 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.

  • Sport 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 whole season? Will Inexperienced Bay tumble additional into final place within the NFC North after the division debacle in Minnesota?

The Bears will come all the way down to earth after overachieving defensively in Matt Eberflus’ debut. The Packers will dig deep to seek out higher offense round Aaron Rodgers figuring out it is a determined early time towards a workforce Rogers “owns.” Search for Justin Fields to be annoyed extra by a difficult 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 by way of on the street and blew a giant lead. This is rebounding by banking on the reigning division champion Rams to not lose consecutive dwelling video games coming off a mini-bye. The Falcons fought onerous towards the archrival Saints at dwelling final week however did not have sufficient offense or protection to carry up, particularly with weak play up entrance. That is unhealthy information towards Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and Aaron Donald, who all will likely 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 workforce misplaced a heartbreaker at dwelling on an extended subject objective, whereas the Giants escaped on the street due to a missed field-goal try. There will likely 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. Aspect 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 awesome comeback to tie the Texans in Week 1, nevertheless it needed to be a disappointing first consequence with Matt Ryan main the offense. Their protection did its job and may make issues powerful up entrance for Trevor Lawrence and likewise comprise prime receiver Christian Kirk with Kenny Moore. Jonathan Taylor additionally owns the Jaguars and can preserve rolling with one other monster sport.

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 sport towards his hometown workforce from Miami to launch his MVP marketing campaign in 2019. Final season, he turned in a clunker on Thursday evening. This time, the Dolphins come to Baltimore with Tua Tagovailoa wholesome in a new-look offense to face a frightening total protection. Anticipate a grinding, bodily sport 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 help Mac Jones and Jones, now coping with a again damage, had blended outcomes throwing downfield. Mitchell Trubisky flashed slightly however the Steelers could not run nicely and should not have Najee Harris for this sport. The Patriots’ go protection has sudden points whereas the Steelers are down T.J. Watt. This seems 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 will likely be in bother right here towards Myles Garrett and a ferocious entrance getting after Joe Flacco. The Browns will shut down the run and the compressed dink-and-dunk passing sport will not get the job performed. 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 towards the Saints in NFC South regular-season motion. Though he bought the one key playoff victory vs. Drew Brees on the way in which to profitable Tremendous Bowl 55, you possibly can wager he does not wish to get swept once more by a division foe. The Saints immediately have points stopping the run and the Bucs are immediately snug energy operating loads with New Orleans native Leonard Fournette. The Saints’ offensive line is weak and Todd Bowles will exploit it nicely together 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 will likely be linked by the highest of the 2016 NFL draft. Wentz sparked his third NFL workforce to victory with late heroics towards the Jaguars, whereas Goff noticed a livid rally get dashed within the fourth quarter towards 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 dwelling.

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 sport to going through their division rivals on a brief week. The 49ers bought washed out in Chicago and can use their dwelling subject to indicate their ordinary offense and extra disciplined protection. San Francisco will return to fundamentals of operating and getting the ball within the arms of its large 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 saved getting chopped by the Chiefs. The Raiders flashed as finest as they may offensively towards the Chargers one other powerful workforce from their very own division. The twin risk of Kyler Murray will come out dealing nicely down the street, nonetheless within the desert in Las Vegas. Derek Carr additionally will see extra open up within the passing sport like Patrick Mahomes did. Kliff Kinsbury vs. Josh McDaniels plus two unhealthy 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’ll now “duel” Joe Burrow with Cooper Rush as an alternative. Though Rush received his lone begin for Prescott final season, this can be a stiff problem towards an AFC North energy. Dallas will attempt to preserve Burrow in a turnover funk, however he will likely be helped by loads extra of Joe Mixon. Rush’s identify is suitable 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 towards the Colts after blowing that large lead at dwelling in Week 1. The Broncos can settle into their dwelling opener with the unsuccessful Wilson revenge journey behind them. Davis Mills faces one other difficult protection and tends to not play nicely on the street. 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 inclined to play the Payments powerful as a result of they will pound away with Derrick Henry offensively and pressure some takeaways from Josh Allen defensively. Tennessee has received two straight within the collection, however these video games had been in Nashville. The Payments is likely to be looking forward to a giant division street sport in Miami, whereas the Titans will likely 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 towards the Packers and likewise supported him nicely with Dalvin Cook dinner. Additionally they discovered some newfound power with their 3-4 protection to stifle Inexperienced Bay. The Eagles bought 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 large go performs. Belief in Minnesota’s protection slightly greater than Philadelphia’s.

Vikings win 31-27.

Week 1 report straight up: 10-4

Week 1 report towards the unfold: 9-6

Season report straight up: 10-4

Season report towards the unfold: 9-6