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Week 2: Rick 6-10; Coin: 7-9
Cumulative: Rick: 15-16-1; Coin: 11-20-1

Thursday, September 19

8:20 pm Tennessee Titans (-1 1/2, 40) at Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jaguars played hard and lost by a mere point at Houston last week, 13-12, but their inability to get the ball over the goal line is a legitimate concern.

Jacksonville QB, Gardner Minshew, did throw two TD passes in the week one loss to the Chiefs, but Tennessee's defense should prove tougher.

The Titans failed to score in the fourth quarter of their 19-17 loss to the Colts last week. Jacksonville will offer similarly stiff resistance. This one is too close to call, take the points and pray.

Coin Flip: Jacksonville

Prediction: Jaguars 16 Titans 13

Sunday, September 22

1:00 pm Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts (-2 1/2, 47) - The Falcons may have saved their season with that 24-20 win over Philly Sunday night. On the flip side, the Colts have quickly adjusted to life without Andrew Luck, as Jacoby Brissett and a stern defense brought home a 19-17 win at Tennessee. This is the Colts' home opener, and a real trap game test for Atlanta's psyche.

Coin Flip: Indianapolis

Prediction: Colts 23 Falcons 17

1:00 pm Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs (-6 1/2, 55) - Talk about big games, this one is huge, coming so early in the season. Both teams are 2-0, but the Ravens have a big edge on defense while the Chiefs are an offensive butterfly, hard to catch.

Tough to see KC winning by more than a TD when their defense is largely unable to stop anything on the grounder through the air. Great QB match-up in Patrick Mahomes vs. Lamar Jackson. Could be last man standing.

Coin Flip: Baltimore

Prediction: Chiefs 31 Ravens 30

1:00 pm Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills (-6, 44) - Buffalo hasn't exactly bowled anyone over in its wins over the Jets and Giants, but they have significant momentum and second year QB, Josh Allen has been cool in and out of the pocket this season.

The Bengals were surprisingly good against Seattle in week one, but took a step backward in their 41-17 drubbing at home last week by the 49ers. The Buffalo defense will have a big impact in the outcome.

Coin Flip: Cincinnati

Prediction: Bills 34 Bengals 13

1:00 pm Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers (-7 1/2, 43) - Denver is 0-2, the Packers are 2-0, and this one is in Green Bay. Sure, the Bronco defense will come to play, but their offense is very suspect, especially in the running game. The Packers look extremely good after knocking off the Vikings last week and should be primed and ready for another sharp win.

Coin Flip: Green Bay

Prediction: Packers 31 Broncos 10

1:00 pm Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles (-7, 47 1/2) - The Lions are not very good. OK, they beat the Chargers last week, but who are they? Philly has tons of motivation to keep up with the Cowboys, who are alone atop the division at 2-0.

The Eagles played hard and lost to an Atlanta team that knows them inside and out, but they still aren't convincing as a Super Bowl contender. Philadelphia may be suffering from complacency and have to win this one with a late field goal.

Coin Flip: Philadelphia

Prediction: Eagles 27 Lions 24

1:00 pm Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys (-21 1/2, 47 1/2) - Your eyes are not fooling you. That 21 1/2 spread is for real. Dallas is 2-0 and has appeared very overpowering in both wins while the Dolphins have shown nothing in back-to-back losses to the Ravens and Patriots.

While Miami has lost to possibly two of the best teams in the NFL, it would have been different had they been competitive. This could get very ugly, very early. Taking a stab with the Dolphins is kind of like Russian roulette. Fine if you're, but your head will be blown off if you're wrong.

Coin Flip: Miami

Prediction: Cowboys 35 Dolphins 6

1:00 pm New York Jets at New England Patriots (-22 1/2, 45 1/2) - The Jets are down to their third string with Luke Falk, not that Sam Darnold or Trevor Siemian were any better, but their defense is also sloppy.

Besides, the Patriots already look like they're ready for the Super Bowl, so this could be a blowout of immense proportions. In two games, the Pats have only allowed a field goal. Ouch!

Coin Flip: NY Jets

Prediction: Patriots 45 Jets 10

1:00 pm Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings (-8, 42 1/2) - So far, the Raiders have underperformed, beating the Broncos (big whoop) and losing to KC last week, 28-10, and that was in Oakland. No excuses for not scoring after the first quarter against the Chief defense. Also, Oakland was shredded by Patrick Mahomes for 443 yards and 4 TDs in one quarter.

The Vikings were stunned at Green Bay, 21-16, as Kirk Cousins tossed two picks, but they did shut out the Packers in the second half, as the Raiders did to the Chiefs. Maybe this will be a defensive showcase, in which case, a close call is likely. Possible Raider upset.

Coin Flip: Minnesota

Prediction: Raiders 14 Vikings 13

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