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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 2 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | September 17-20

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, September 17

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (-3, 42) 8:25 pm - Home team gets the nod in AFC West battle. The Chiefs scored all of their points in the first half of their 27-20 road win over Houston in their opener, while the Broncos held serve at home, knocking off the Ravens, 19-13.

Last season, these Denver won both meetings, 24-17, at home and, 29-16, in Kansas City, so it's really payback time for the Chiefs.

Prediction: Chiefs 31 Broncos 24


Sunday, September 20

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills (even, 45) 1:00 pm - The Bills were brilliant in week one, defeating the Colts at Rich stadium and get to remain home for week two which will be a huge advantage with 70,000+ rabid fans hating the Patriots.

Tom Brady and Julian Edelman were the driving forces in the Patriot win over Pittsburgh, and the victors have had an extra three days to prepare, as the season opener was last Thursday. However, the defense left much to be desired, even though the outcome, 28-21, was largely known midway through the second half.

Buffalo is a much better team than last year's squad, and, as proven against the Colts, the secondary is solid. Huge win in store for the Bills.

Prediction: Bills 30 Patriots 27


Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers (-3, 40 1/2) 1:00 pm - Houston was roughed up by Kansas City in the NFL's opening week, while the Panthers were beating down the Jaguars. The Texans' defense is probably better than what appeared against the Chiefs, and their offense should be able to chew up yardage against the Panthers.

Don't look for a load of scoring from these two teams as their offenses are more grinders than high octane variety.

Prediction: Texans 19 Panthers 16


Arizona Cardinals (-1, 44 1/2) at Chicago Bears 1:00 pm - Chicago lost their opener, at home, to the Packers and it doesn't get any easier for them with Carson Palmer and crew coming to town for week two.

The Cardinals took their opening game at home, topping the Saints, 31-19, and should be able to make it two in a row, keeping pace with the Rams and 49ers, and a game to the good over Seattle in the contentious NFC West.

Chicago's defense was one of the worst last season and may not be very much improved this year.

Prediction: Cardinals 34 Bears 13


San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (-3, 45 1/2) 1:00 pm - Both teams were winners in week one and, equally, both have high hopes for post-season glory, but one of them will be 1-1 and the other 2-0 when the final gun sounds.

A very tough call, simply because both teams have balanced offensive attacks and relatively stingy defenses, and a field goal - as the line suggests - could be the difference. Take a shot at the Bengals winning their home opener after disposing of the Raiders last week.

Prediction: Bengals 24 Chargers 20


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Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns (-1, 41 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Titans made quick work at Tampa Bay last week, topping the Buccaneers, 42-14, but the Browns were humiliated by the Jets on the road, 31-10, but should rebound from that dull performance with a victory in their home opener.

Cleveland plays in a tough division and needs a win badly to keep up with the Ravens and Bengals if the wish to stay relevant.

Prediction: Browns 23 Titans 16


Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (-2 1/2, 44) 1:00 pm - Minnesota was humbled on the road by the 49ers on Monday night, 20-3, and the task doesn't get any easier - especially for their defense - with division rival Detroit coming to town.

The Lions lost on the road at San Diego last week, but will come around against the Viking defense that likely has backtracked from last season. Rough start for the Vikes, a team expected to do better in 2015.

Prediction: Lions 26 Vikings 17


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-11 1/2, 47) 1:00 pm - These two play twice each season as division rivals in the NFC South, and the tide usually turns in favor of the Saints, but, despite Tampa Bay's poor showing against Tennessee - a 42-14 loss - in week one, the Buccaneers may be able to keep this close or score a late, meaningless touchdown to upset the plungers giving up those juicy points.

The Saints will likely win their home opener, though nothing is ever for sure against a divisional foe.

Prediction: Saints 27 Buccaneers 17


Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (-1, 51) 1:00 pm - Dallas ruined a spirited effort by the Giants with a late Sunday night win, whereas the Falcons topped the Eagles in their home opener, 26-24.

The Giants will be unfazed by their close call (27-26) loss to Dallas and give the hometown fans reason for hope with a solid defensive effort and possibly a couple of TD passes by Eli Manning, who still has the arm and the smarts to make the G-Men go.

Prediction: Giants 27 Falcons 21


San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7, 44) 1:00 pm - The Steelers 28-21 loss to the Patriots on opening night last Thursday was a slightly deceptive score. The Steelers missed two early field goals which would have made the game a much different outcome. Poor play-calling and penalties cost them on a number of other drives, but their offense surely has the ability to click, especially in the passing game.

The 49ers upended the Vikings in their week one home opener, 20-3, and takes their show on the road with a high degree of confidence. This will be high-scoring and close but the visitors should prevail.

Prediction: 49ers 34 Steelers 30


St. Louis Rams (-3, 42) at Washington Redskins 1:00 pm - St. Louis may be one of the sleeper teams in the league with Nick Foles calling the shots at QB, and their win over the Seahawks last week in overtime, 34-31, was an exhilarating start to the season.

While the Rams might be a sleeper, the Redskins are just plain sleepy and will be off to an 0-2 start at the end of this one.

Prediction: Rams 38 Redskins 14

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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