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Week 1 Results: Coin: 9-7; Rick: 9-7

Thursday, September 15

NY Jets at Buffalo (even, 40 1/2), 8:25 pm (CBS-NFLN-Twitter) - Both teams trail New England by a game in the AFC East after losing their respective openers. Equally, both teams didn't offer much in the way of eye appeal in Week 1, though the Jets did come close to beating the Bengals, but, they were at home, while the Bills were on the road.

Buffalo scored just seven points in their loss at Baltimore, the lowest point total in the league besides the Monday shutout of the Rams by the 49ers. In a Week 2 that figures to be nearly as unpredictable as Week 1, look for the Bills to take advantage of home field, a rabid fan base, and a Jets' offense that always suffers in upstate NY.

Coin Flip: NY Jets

Prediction: Bills 23 Jets 21

Sunday, September 18

San Francisco at Carolina (-13 1/2, 45 1/2), 1:00 pm (FOX) - Fattest line of the week means the sharpies don't realy think much of the 49ers' shutout over the Rams Monday night. Carolina QB Cam Newton took some serious knocks against the Broncos in week one, but are still the team to watch in the NFC. San Fran will have a tough time scoring on them and holding down their offense, which is a recipe for a real beating.

Coin Flip: San Francisco

Prediction: Panthers 31 49ers 7

Baltimore (-7, 42 1/2) at Cleveland, 1:00 pm (CBS) - Nothing to see here, as Cleveland may not win a game this season. This should be a good time for Joe Flacco to polish up his passing game, which wasn't all that impressive in the Ravens' 13-7 win over the Bills last week. Playing on the road always a test, but in Cleveland, it's not tough unless it's December.

Coin Flip: Baltimore

Prediction: Ravens 24 Browns 9

Tennessee at Detroit (-5 1/2, 47), 1:00 pm (CBS) - The Titans played pretty well against Minnesota last week, but second half turnovers doomed them in a 25-16 defeat at home. Heading out of town to MoTown isn't exactly the recipe for a win, especially considering that the Lions took on the Colts in Indy and came away with a 39-35 victory in Week 1.

Lots to like about Detroit this season, while the Titans will be a little better than last year, but they were only 3-13, so that's not saying much.

Coin Flip: Detroit

Prediction: Lions 34 Titans 18

Kansas City at Houston (-2 1/2, 43 1/2), 1:00 pm (CBS) - In what could be the best game of the weekend, the Chiefs come to Houston unbeaten, but underdogs as the Texans appeared solid in their 23-14 win over the Bears.

The Texans have plenty to prove here, as they lost their season opener to the Chiefs last year at home and also hosted the wild card game in a 30-0 humiliation by KC. Injuries had a lot to do with the outcome of that playoff game, and the Texans will thrill their fans with a superior effort.

Coin Flip: Kansas City

Prediction: Texans 21 Chiefs 17

Miami at New England (-6 1/2, 41 1/2), 1:00 pm (CBS) - Miami played the Seahawks tough in Seattle last week, succumbing to the home team 12-10, but the feeling is that Seattle may not be all they're supposed to be.

New England shocked everybody except themselves, winning, 23-21, at Arizona Sunday night, and look like the kind of team one would usually expect from Bill Belichick, with or without Tom Brady. Miami may keep this one close, but not close enough.

Coin Flip: Miami

Prediction: Patriots 28 Dolphins 20

New Orleans at N.Y. Giants (-4 1/2, 53), 1:00 pm (FOX) - Expect a ton of scoring here because neither team has any credible defense of which to speak. This game should go down to the final gun in typical shootout fashion, so you'd better have the points on your side.

Score will easily exceed the posted number, making that one of the easier picks of the week.

Coin Flip: New Orleans

Prediction: New Orleans 38 NY Giants 35

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (-3 1/2, 40 1/2), 1:00 pm (CBS) - AFC North foes play each other twice each season and last year, the teams split road wins. The Steelers also got the better of Cincy in the playoffs, winning a wild card game, 18-16, something which is probably not lost on the Bengals coaches.

Pittsburgh started off the 2016 season with a Monday night bang, hammering the Redskins, 38-16, on the road, while Cincy also won away from home, squeezing past the Jets, 23-22, in a sloppily-played affair.

Though last season's meetings weren't, this one figures to be close, with the points possibly coming into play.

Coin Flip: Pittsburgh

Prediction: Bengals 19 Steelers 17

Dallas at Washington (-3 1/2, 43), 1:00 pm (FOX) - Dak Prescott did a nice job at QB for the Cowboys, though the result was a one-point loss, 20-19, at home, so heading up to Washington against the 0-1 Redskins is no small task.

Overall, the Cowboys looked pretty good losing to the Giants, while the 'Skins looked confused on defense, allowing the Steelers to ring up a 38-16 victory. In the wide-open NFC East, the Cowboys could sneak into the playoffs, and a win here would be crucial.

Coin Flip: Dallas

Prediction: Cowboys 26 Redskins 23

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