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N.F.L. Week 2 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

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Washington Football Team at Cardinals, 4:05 p.m., Fox

Line: Cardinals -6.5 | Total: 47

The Footballers (1-0) pulled off a fairly shocking upset of the Eagles in Week 1 thanks to an all-around effort. Going on the road to face the Cardinals (1-0), who have to be incredibly amped after toppling San Francisco on the road, is the kind of thing that should splash a great deal of cold water on Washington’s collective face. Pick: Cardinals -6.5

Lions at Packers, 1 p.m., Fox

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Line: Packers -6 | Total: 49

For three quarters last week, it looked like a new era could be dawning for the Lions (0-1). Then Detroit spent 15 minutes making Mitchell Trubisky look like Aaron Rodgers, restoring balance to the universe. So the big question heading into Sunday: If Trubisky looked like Rodgers against the Lions, what will Rodgers look like? Pick: Packers -6

Jaguars at Titans, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Titans -9 | Total: 43

Only three quarterbacks had ever completed 95 percent of their passing attempts in a game (min. 20 attempts) going into last week. If you expected Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew to join that list, then you should be picking stocks rather than reading a football matchups column. But to pull off a shocking upset, the Jaguars (1-0) needed perfection from Minshew and an enormous gift in the form of two interceptions thrown by Philip Rivers, which led to 14 of the Jaguars’ 27 points. The Titans (1-0) do teams no such favors. Their offense last week was right back to last season’s style of having running back Derrick Henry bruise his way to big yardage while quarterback Ryan Tannehill efficiently picked spots to put points on the board. Tennessee isn’t set up for blowouts, even at home, so the line is likely too aggressive. But make no mistake, the Titans should win. Pick: Jaguars +9

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Giants at Bears, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Bears -5.5 | Total: 42

Saying Saquon Barkley of the Giants (0-1) rushed 15 times for 6 yards last week is a little misleading, since he had a 7-yard run mixed in. So to put it another way: Other than one carry in which he barely surpassed mediocrity, Barkley ran 14 times for minus-1 yard. In fairness, the Giants were facing a stellar Pittsburgh defense and chose to utilize Barkley more as a receiver, where he picked up 60 yards on six catches. But after so much talk about the team’s offense being rebuilt to focus on its best player, warning bells should be going off everywhere.

The Bears (1-0) were awful for three quarters last week, and terrific for one. If they could improve that to two decent quarters against the Giants, they should get a win at home. Pick: Bears -5.5

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