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N.F.L. Week 2 Predictions: Our Picks In opposition to the Unfold

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Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 p.m., Prime Video

Line: Eagles -7 | Complete: 48.5

A brief turnaround needs to be useful for each the Vikings (0-1) and the Eagles (1-0) as they give the impression of being to rebound from sloppy Week 1 performances. Although the Eagles defeated the Patriots, 25-20, final week in Foxboro, Mass., Philadelphia allowed three sacks of Jalen Hurts, who additionally misplaced a fumble late within the fourth quarter.

The Vikings had three turnovers within the first half of final week’s 20-17 loss to the Buccaneers at house. Receiver Justin Jefferson is more likely to line up towards cornerback Darius Slay, which might restrict his effectiveness, however Minnesota’s protection is extra more likely to be the weak hyperlink in Thursday’s recreation, when it will likely be tasked with guarding receivers A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith. Anticipate the Eagles to begin the season 2-0. Choose: Eagles -7

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Bengals -3.5 | Complete: 46

This early A.F.C. North matchup pits two quarterbacks who lately entered the highest-paid bracket within the N.F.L., Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow, who every signed contract extensions this yr.

Burrow’s core unit remained intact from final season, however his Bengals (0-1) regarded sloppy towards a Cleveland Browns staff he’s by no means crushed in 5 conferences. He’s acquired the sting within the head-to-head profession matchup, 3-2, towards Baltimore, however hasn’t gone up towards the Ravens’ (1-0) revamped offense, led by the first-year coordinator Todd Monken and with the additions of receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Zay Flowers. The sport needs to be shut and three.5 factors is likely to be an excessive amount of to identify the Bengals in such a good matchup. Choose: Ravens +3.5

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Chiefs -3 | Complete: 51

Jacksonville threatened, however didn’t handle, to oust Kansas Metropolis within the divisional spherical of final season’s A.F.C. playoffs, when Patrick Mahomes went down with an ankle damage and was briefly changed by Chad Henne. Final week, with tight finish Travis Kelce (knee) and defensive lineman Chris Jones (contract holdout) absent, the Chiefs (0-1) weren’t capable of fend off an upset loss to the Lions. He ought to have each gamers again on the sphere in Jacksonville, Fla. Jones signed a one-year deal on Monday and may rejoin the lineup, and Kelce mentioned on his podcast together with his brother, the Eagles heart Jason Kelce, that he’s optimistic he’ll be cleared to play.