Bing Predicts: NFL Week 2 Games

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Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers
> Bing Predicts winner: Los Angeles (66%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread:Los Angeles -2.5
> Matchup history: Dolphins lead 17-15-0

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who threw three touchdown passes in the loss at Denver, took some heat. On Sunday, he should make the Dolphins miserable. It’s the opener for Miami, which was forced to postpone thanks to Hurricane Irma. The Chargers won’t blow away the Dolphins, but they should prove they are the better team. Miami brought in Jay Cutler after quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down in practice Thursday (and may need season ending knee surgery.) Does Cutler have anything left? Give Rivers the edge here. The Chargers, who moved from San Diego, should get their first home win in their new city.

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Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos
> Bing Predicts winner: Dallas (61%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Dallas -1.5
> Matchup history: Broncos lead 7-5-0

It’s too early for Cowboys fans to contemplate a trip to the Super Bowl after just one win. Yet, they are the favorite on the road against the Broncos, who held off a late Chargers’ run to eke out the late Monday night win. Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott wasn’t spectacular but was as good as he needed to be in the opening win over the Giants. Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott, who could still be suspended at some point this season, is expected to play. Elliott had 24 carries for 104 yards in the opener. Dallas’ defense was also effective against Eli Manning and the Giants, and should give Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian fits too.

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Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Rams
> Bing Predicts winner: Los Angeles (52%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Washington -1.5
> Matchup history: Redskins lead 25-13-1

The Rams offense, led by quarterback Jared Goff, should have no problem with the Redskins defense, which gave up 365 yards to the Eagles in their Week 1 loss. Goff owned the third best quarterback rating in Week 1, passing for 306 yards. Meanwhile, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a red zone interception and could not get on track against the Eagles. It will be tougher against the Rams’ fifth-ranked defense, which gave up just 225 yards to Indianapolis.

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San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
> Bing Predicts winner: Seattle (84%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Seattle -13
> Matchup history: Seahawks lead 22-15-0

Seattle’s 12th man makes it one of the toughest places to play in the NFL with deafening crowd noise. So even though the Seahawks lost last week, quarterback Russell Wilson and company should have a smoother go of it this week. The Seahawks’ offensive line needs to shake off a bad start to give Wilson more time and the run game more room. Is it possible? We’ll see. Meanwhile 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer is getting his feet wet with his new team and coach. Both teams are looking for their first win. Neither team was able to muster a touchdown on Sunday, but the home cooking should be a big deal for the Seahawks.

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Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
> Bing Predicts winner: Atlanta (63%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Atlanta -1
> Matchup history: Packers lead 7-15-0

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan gets the nod going against the Packers’ defense. Ryan is off to a hot start after a Week 1 win over the Bears, when he threw for 321 yards. Keep an eye on Ryan’s connection with tight end Austin Hooper, who had just two receptions but one was a touchdown and they added up to 128 yards. Green Bay’s defense was steady in the win over the Seahawks, holding Russell Wilson to 158 passing yards. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the offense were able to keep the ball moving and the clock rolling, dominating the time of possession. It should be close, but the Falcons should be rocking the opening of their state-of-the-art stadium with a big win.

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Detroit Lions at New York Giants
> Bing Predicts winner: New York (57%)
> Kickoff time: 8:30 EDT (Monday)
> Game spread: New York -5
> Matchup history: Lions lead 22-21-1

Even though the Giants didn’t score a touchdown in their opening loss to the Cowboys, they’re favored over the Lions, who came back to beat the Cardinals on Sunday. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford threw four touchdown passes, but it was the defense that kept the Lions in the game, with the secondary intercepting three Carson Palmer passes. For the Giants, their offensive line was the weak spot. With no Odell Beckham Jr., quarterback Eli Manning could not get the offense going. Beckham’s return could be the spark the Giants need, but he remains day to day. It’s tough to win on the road in the NFL, and that should be the difference in this Monday night showdown.