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New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (-10 1/2, 43 1/2) 4:05 pm (CBS) - The Colts are 11 after upsetting the Vikings on the road last week, and their 27-20 week 1 loss at Jacksonville doesn't look too bad after the Jags came back to tie the Titans on the road only to lose on a late field goal last week.

The Jets haven't offered any clues to them being any better than last season, when they went 7-9, and they might not even be that good. They've tallied just 30 points in back-to-back losses to Buffalo and San Francisco, allowing 58. There's a reason they're 0-2. They're not a very good football team.

Coin Flip: Indianapolis

Prediction: Colts 38 Jets 13

Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Chargers (-6 1/2, 44) 4:05 pm (CBS) - The Chargers surprised everybody, including Kansas City, taking the Chiefs to overtime last week in a 23-20 loss behind backup Justin Herbert who replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor.

Following a week 1, 16-13, win, the Chargers appear to have things going in the right direction.

Suffering repeat losses to Las Vegas, 34-30, and Tampa Bay, 31-17, the Panthers are on the road for a second straight week and will be up against one of the league's toughest defenses.

Coin Flip: Los Angeles Chargers

Prediction: Chargers 27 Panthers 17

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals (-5 1/2, 54 1/2) 4:25 pm (Fox) - Kyler Murray is living up to his promise as the Cardinals' QB, leading Arizona to a 2-0 record. The 0-2 Lions appear to be their usual self, though they've thrown in the towel earlier this season, blasted by the Packers, 42-21, after losing to the Bears, 27-23, in week 1.

Arizona's defense, which isn't getting much mention, is much improved.

Coin Flip: Detroit Lions

Prediction: Cardinals 34 Lions 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-6, 43 1/2) at Denver Broncos 4:25 pm (Fox) - Denver is up against it here at home against the Buccaneers, who put things together nicely against Carolina last week in a 31-17 win. Tampa's week one loss to New Orleans, 34-23, can be forgiven as the offense didn't seem to all be on the same page.

The Buccaneers should continue to improve as the season progresses. Tom Brady may not be a sharp as he was maybe 5-7 years ago, but he's still world class and has plenty of talent around him. Denver has a solid defense, but the offense has been lacking so far, scoring just 35 points in two games, the third lowest total league-wide.

Coin Flip: Tampa Bay

Prediction: Buccaneers 31 Broncos 16

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks (-5, 55 1/2) 4:25 pm (Fox) - Dallas was staring at 0-2 when they fumbled away most of the first half and trailed Atlanta by double digits most of the game in last week's home opener. A spirited rally led to a 40-39 wild finish and a 1-1 mark which delighted Cowboy fans everywhere.

They're going to have to take much better care of the football against the Seahawks, who are 2-0, with a win over Atlanta and last week's 35-30 triumph over Cam Newton and New England. This is a battle of toughness and both teams have it in excess. Look for a close battle to the finish. The Dallas defense is better than the numbers show and they may pave the way to an upset road win.

Coin Flip: Dallas

Prediction: Cowboys 26 Seahawks 24

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints (-3, 51 1/2) 8:20 pm (NBC) - If it came down to just the quarterbacks, would it be Drew Brees or Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers? That's a close call, but Rodgers has been just short of brilliant thus far, guiding the Packers to a 2-0 mark with easy wins over the Vikings and Lions.

New Orleans ran into second half trouble against the Raiders last week, falling to 1-1. They are in for a real battle here.

Coin Flip: Green Bay

Prediction: Packers 34 Saints 30

Monday, September 28

Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens (-3, 53 1/2) 8:15 pm (ESPN) - A classic Monday nighter has the league two best young guns head-to-head. The 2018 MVP, KC's Patrick Mahomes, and Baltimore's Lamar Jackson, who was last season's league MVP.

This is a toss-up, but, the Ravens have won 14 straight regular season games, most of them lopsided victories. The world champion Cheifs are a threat to end that streak, but they'll be hard-pressed to do so on the road.

Coin Flip: Baltimore

Prediction: Ravens 38 Chiefs 24

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