Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are back on the winning track, so all is back to normal in the NFL. After a surprising loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the opener, Brady and his teammates pounded the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
No huge surprises in Week 2. The always proud Green Bay Packers lost at Atlanta in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game, but that was not considered an upset. These Falcons are quite similar to the team that was one half away from a Super Bowl championship in February.
Atlanta meets another 2-0 team, the surprising Detroit Lions, on Sunday at Detroit’s Ford Field. It should be a good test for the young Lions, who just want a little respect, but the Falcons are favored.
Don’t overlook the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, two of the five 2-0 teams in the AFC. Both should maintain a perfect record. The Raiders play the Redskins, while the Chiefs face the Chargers. Both games are on the road.
Of course, this is the NFL. Just when you think you understand the winners and losers, there’s a Sunday full of upsets. If you’re betting with friends, are in a pick’em league, or are just curious, the prediction experts at Bing have run the numbers and have determined the likely outcomes for each of the 16 games planned for Thursday through Monday.
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