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NFL Week 2 picks: Seahawks beat Patriots; Raiders top Saints

Russell Wilson celebrates on the Seahawks' sideline with coach Pete Carroll.
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks play host to the New England Patriots on Sunday night.
(Danny Karnik / Associated Press)
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The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines matchups for Week 2 of the NFL season. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 10-6 (.625). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 8-8 (.500). All times are Pacific.

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Giants (0-1) at Bears (1-0)

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky throws against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 13.
(Duane Burleson / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: None. DirecTV: 705.

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Line: Bears by 51/2. O/U: 42.

Mitch Trubisky caught fire in the fourth quarter last week, although Chicago would have lost had Lions not dropped a late end-zone pass. Still, Trubisky is riding high and at home against a suspect secondary.

Prediction: Bears 24, Giants 21

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Bills (1-0) at Dolphins (0-1)

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen scrambles during the first half against the New York Jets.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen scrambles during the first half against the New York Jets on Sept. 13.
(Jeffrey T. Barnes / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: None. DirecTV: 706.

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Line: Bills by 51/2. O/U: 41.

Bills are ready to make a move in the AFC East. Their defense is smothering, and Josh Allen can get hot, even though he missed some receivers last week. The Dolphins have some climbing to do.

Prediction: Bills 28, Dolphins 18

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Broncos (0-1) at Steelers (1-0)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws against the New York Giants.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws against the New York Giants on Sept. 14.
(Adam Hunger / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: Channel 2. DirecTV: 707.

Line: Steelers by 71/2. O/U: 401/2.

Elbow surgery did wonders for Ben Roethlisberger, who has that zip back in his passes. And that Steelers defense is swarming. The Broncos have firepower when healthy, but are too beat up.

Prediction: Steelers 28, Broncos 20

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Jaguars (1-0) at Titans (1-0)

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry carries the ball against the Denver Broncos.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry carries the ball against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 14.
(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

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Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: None. DirecTV: 708.

Line: Titans by 81/2. O/U: 431/2.

The Jaguars didn’t get pushed around by an exceptional Indianapolis offensive line, but that’s because the Colts kept throwing. The Titans will control the clock with the run in this one.

Prediction: Titans 27, Jaguars 21

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Falcons (0-1) at Cowboys (0-1)

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 13.
(Kyusung Gong / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: None. DirecTV: 709.

Line: Cowboys by 41/2. O/U: 53.

The Cowboys have started to lose players to injury they can’t afford to lose. Still, they’re at home and facing a terrible Falcons defense. Matt Ryan can put up a ton of yards, but it still won’t be enough.

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Prediction: Cowboys 35, Falcons 28

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Lions (0-1) at Packers (1-0)

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to pass against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 13.
(David Berding / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: None. DirecTV: 710.

Line: Packers by 61/2. O/U: 491/2.

The Lions couldn’t stop the run or pass against the Bears. What’s Aaron Rodgers going to do to them? Then again, maybe Matthew Stafford and the ageless Adrian Peterson can keep the visitors in this.

Prediction: Packers 30, Lions 24

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Vikings (0-1) at Colts (0-1)

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers signals to a receiver before taking a snap against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers signals to a receiver before taking a snap against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 13.
(Gary McCullough / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: None. DirecTV: 711.

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Line: Colts by 3. O/U: 481/2.

No reason Philip Rivers should be throwing it 46 times. With that line, he should be checking into runs, establishing a ground game and setting up play-action. The Vikings lost some key players on defense.

Prediction: Colts 23, Vikings 21

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49ers (0-1) at Jets (0-1)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passes against the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 13.
(Tony Avelar / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: None. DirecTV: 712.

Line: 49ers by 7. O/U: 411/2.

The banged-up 49ers stumbled out of the gate with a loss to Arizona, and now have to travel across the country. Good thing they’re playing the Jets. Gang Green is already limping.

Prediction: 49ers 27, Jets 16

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Rams (1-0) at Eagles (0-1)

Los Angeles Rams receiver Van Jefferson makes a catch in front of Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs.
Los Angeles Rams receiver Van Jefferson makes a catch in front of Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs on Sept. 13.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

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Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: Channel 11. DirecTV: 713.

Line: Pick ’em. O/U: 451/2.

The Rams are better when they don’t have to feed a diminished Todd Gurley all the time. Rookie receiver Van Jefferson is really intriguing. The Eagles fell apart in their opener behind a patchwork O-line.

Prediction: Rams 24, Eagles 21

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Panthers (0-1) at Buccaneers (0-1)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 13.
(Tyler Kaufman / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 a.m.

TV: None. DirecTV: 714.

Line: Buccaneers by 9. O/U: 471/2.

This figures to be a bounce-back game for Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, who made their share of dumb mistakes in the opener. Carolina’s defense is vulnerable, particularly in the secondary.

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Prediction: Buccaneers 28, Panthers 17

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Washington (1-0) at Cardinals (1-0)

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray runs past San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman on Sept. 13.
(Josie Lepe / Associated Press)

Sunday, 1:05 p.m.

TV: None. DirecTV: 715.

Line: Cardinals by 7. O/U: 461/2.

Washington’s pass rush is scary, sacking Carson Wentz eight times in the opener. Kyler Murray is a different kind of quarterback, though, and DeAndre Hopkins is a threat at all times. A field goal wins this.

Prediction: Cardinals 24, Washington 21

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Ravens (1-0) at Texans (0-1)

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson looks to pass against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 13.
(Nick Wass / Associated Press)

Sunday, 1:25 p.m.

TV: None. DirecTV: 716.

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Line: Ravens by 7. O/U: 50.

Lamar Jackson looked like the MVP he was last season in opener. David Johnson should be able to run it on Baltimore, but the Ravens are going to blitz Deshaun Watson like crazy and it will be jarring.

Prediction: Ravens 34, Texans 21

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Chiefs (1-0) at Chargers (1-0)

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor calls a play against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 13.
(Emilee Chinn / Associated Press)

Sunday, 1:25 p.m.

TV: Channel 2. DirecTV: 717.

Line: Chiefs by 81/2. O/U: 471/2.

Not a much bigger layup than opening against the Bengals and a rookie QB, so it’s alarming the Chargers struggled. Still, Week 1 is about false alarms, so they’ll be better. Chiefs are still king, though.

Prediction: Chiefs 33, Chargers 24

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Patriots (1-0) at Seahawks (1-0)

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton runs for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton runs for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 13.
(Steven Senne / Associated Press)

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Sunday, 5:20 p.m.

TV: Channel 4.

Line: Seahawks by 4. O/U: 441/2.

Russell Wilson is poised to make MVP run, and he’s backed by a defense that’s gotten more exciting with the addition of Jamal Adams. Cam Newton had a good debut, but this isn’t facing Miami at home.

Prediction: Seahawks 31, Patriots 21

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Saints (1-0) at Las Vegas (1-0)

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr looks to pass against the Carolina Panthers.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr looks to pass against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 13.
(Brian Blanco / Associated Press)

Monday, 5:15 p.m.

TV: ESPN.

Line: Saints by 51/2. O/U: 49.

With Drew Brees showing his age and Michael Thomas out (ankle), the Saints suddenly look mortal. Derek Carr had a solid opener, and the Raiders can control the clock with Josh Jacobs.

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Prediction: Raiders 27, Saints 23

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