Bing Predicts: NFL Week 2 Games

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New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints
> Bing Predicts winner: New England (69%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: New England -4
> Matchup history: Patriots lead 9-4-0

OK, the Patriots looked human in their opening loss to the Chiefs. Don’t expect it to last. In fact, this wouldn’t be a good week for any team opposing the Patriots. They’ve got to be stung, even if they don’t say it out loud. Quarterback Tom Brady had the lowest passing percentage (44.4) of any quarterback who played in the first week. The defense allowed a whopping 537 yards. Look for Bill Belichick to coach his team out of this malaise, starting in New Orleans. The Saints lost on the road to the Vikings 29-19. Drew Brees was Drew Brees with 291 passing yards and a touchdown. The defense was slightly better than the Patriots, allowing 470 yards. The Saints will be at home, but it won’t matter. They’re up against a talented Patriots team with a chip on its collective shoulder.

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Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers
> Bing Predicts winner: Pittsburgh (67%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Pittsburgh -4.5
> Matchup history: Vikings lead 9-8-0

Pittsburgh will likely boost its record to 2-0 with a win over a solid Minnesota Vikings team that beat the Saints 29-19 in Week 1. Two reasons the Steelers will win: Ben Roethlisberger (263 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception) and wide receiver Antonio Brown, who had 182 receiving yards in Week 1. It’s not just the offense. The Steelers have a better defense that allowed only 237 yards against Cleveland. The Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford had one of his best Sundays in the NFL. The Vikings are not a team to be dismissed, except for when they face the Steelers on Sunday.

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Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
> Bing Predicts winner: Baltimore (79%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Baltimore -9.5
> Matchup history: Ravens lead 27-9-0

The Ravens may be struggling with some issues, but they should have no trouble putting away the Browns. Cleveland actually put up a surprisingly good fight in the 21-18 loss to Pittsburgh last week, but the team will probably still be looking for its first win when this week is over. The Ravens’ defense was the NFL’s fourth stingiest in week 1, giving up just 221 yards in their 20-0 shellacking of the Bengals. They will be another big test for Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, who completed 66.7% of his passes in Week 1. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was his usual self — not spectacular (121 yards passing, one touchdown, one interception) but good enough to get the job done. Ravens running back Terrance West provided 80 of the 157 rushing yards. You’ve got to like the experience of the Ravens and the home field advantage.

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Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
> Bing Predicts winner: Tampa Bay (70%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Tampa Bay -5.5
> Matchup history: Bears lead 38-19-0

If the Bucs can survive Hurricane Irma, dealing with the Bears should not be a problem, which is why Tampa Bay is favored. It’s the opener for the Bucs after their game at Miami was postponed thanks to Irma. Quarterback Jameis Winston, wide receivers Desean Jackson and Mike Evans, along with tight end O.J. Howard and running back Jacquizz Rodgers present too much firepower for Chicago. The Bears’ defense is ranked 25th in the NFL after allowing 372 yards in the Week 1 loss to the Falcons. Chicago quarterback Mike Glennon was sacked four times in that loss thanks to a shaky offensive line. In more bad news for the Bears, wide receiver Kevin White was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Expect it to be all Bucs this Sunday.

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New York Jets at Oakland Raiders
> Bing Predicts winner: Oakland (83%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Oakland -10
> Matchup history: Raiders lead 24-19-2

It is beginning to look like it might be a good season for the Raiders. On the flip side, some are wondering if the Jets will even win one game. Well, it likely won’t be on Sunday, when the Raiders are heavily favored. Running back Marshawn Lynch is key to the Raiders offense, which is led by quarterback Derek Carr. Carr had a good Week 1 with 262 passing yards (62 of them to wide receiver Amari Cooper), two touchdowns, and no interceptions. The Jets’ defense gave up 408 yards to the Bills, ranking them 28th defensively. Jets quarterback Josh McCown threw a pair of interceptions and zero touchdowns. It’s not a pretty picture for the Jets. It could be even worse after the Raiders are done with them.