Bing Predicts: NFL Week 2 Games

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Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals
> Bing Predicts winner: Cincinnati (66%)
> Kickoff time:8:25 PM (Thursday)
> Game spread: Cincinnati -3
> Matchup history: Texans lead 7-4-0

While the Bengals don’t have much to brag about, they should still be able to hand the Texans their second straight loss. The battle is between two of the weaker looking NFL teams, although it’s too early to completely write off either team. Cincinnati gets an edge for being at home, but quarterback Andy Dalton has to play better. He threw four interceptions in the 20-0 loss to the Rams; he also lost a fumble. The Texans benched quarterback Tom Savage after one-half in favor of Deshaun Watson. Coach Bill O’Brien said the starting quarterback could be a gametime decision. The Texans’ defensive line could be somewhat fired up about their zero sack performance Week 1. You don’t want to poke a bear named J.J. Watt. Same with his buddy, linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. Still, look for the Bengals to regroup and pull out a win, as the odds are slightly in their favor.

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Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers
> Bing Predicts winner: Carolina (74%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Carolina -4.5
> Matchup history: Bills lead 5-1-0

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton shook off most of his rust in a win over San Francisco, so he should be ready for the Bills. Carolina rookie running back Christian McCaffrey is a dual threat, picking up 47 yards rushing and 38 receiving yards in his NFL debut. He will just get better. Look for a low scoring game due to strong defenses from both teams: the Bills defense ranked second (allowing 214 yards) and the Panthers third (allowing 217 yards) in Week 1. Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor passed for 224 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the win over the lowly Jets. Sunday should be the Panthers’ day.

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Arizona Cardinals at Indianapolis Colts
> Bing Predicts winner: Arizona (79%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Arizona -7.5
> Matchup history: Series tied 8-8-0

Well, at least the Cardinals have a quarterback. That’s got to be the major difference in this tilt. The bad news is that Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer had a bad day in Detroit on Sunday, tossing three interceptions. The Cardinals defense allowed a whopping 367 yards as the Lions were a perfect 3-of-3 in the red zone. The Colts, meanwhile, are playing without without quarterback Andrew Luck who is coming off shoulder surgery. Colts’ backup quarterback Scott Tolzien threw a pair of interceptions. It’s not all on him. He didn’t have much time — he was sacked four times. Rookie running back Marlon Mack rushed for 24 yards. The Colts numbers just don’t add up. The Cardinals have a big edge.

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Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
> Bing Predicts winner: Tennessee (52%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Tennessee -1.5
> Matchup history: Titans lead 25-20-0

The Titans have the edge in this one, despite their 26-16 opening loss to Oakland. Quarterback Marcus Mariota passed for 256 yards with zero touchdowns and no interceptions. He ran in the Titans’ only touchdown from 10 yards out. They should pick up this road win but it won’t be easy. The Jaguars had the NFL’s toughest defense in Week 1, allowing only 203 yards to Houston. They also sacked Houston’s quarterback 10 times — Calais Campbell had four of them. Considering the team’s losing record last season, this could be a team that is finally making a right turn out of Loserville. Their big 29-7 win in Week 1 over Houston was in part due to 100 rushing yards from rookie running back Leonard Fournette and the steady play of quarterback Blake Bortles. This week, however, Jacksonville may be distracted by Hurricane Irma.

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Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs
> Bing Predicts winner: Kansas City (60%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Kansas City -4
> Matchup history: Eagles lead 4-3-0

In Kansas City, the tailgate barbecues rival any NFL city. This year, the Chiefs also seem to have fielded a team that can compete anywhere. That’s why they’re the favorites over the Eagles, who opened with a win over the Redskins. No team was more impressive in the opening week than the Chiefs, as they topped the defending Super Bowl champions in New England 42-27. And there was no denying that Alex Smith was the better quarterback on the field that night. (Sorry, Tom Brady fans.) Smith passed for 368 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt gained 246 yards and scored three touchdowns in an impressive debut. The Eagles, meanwhile, managed just 58 rushing yards, while quarterback Carson Wentz passed for two touchdowns and was intercepted once. The Chiefs are so tough to beat at home. It’s not just the fans; it’s the maturation of a talented team.