The Times’ NFL columnist Sam Farmer reviews this week’s matchups. Lines (O/U = top/bottom) according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Last week’s record: 10-5-1 (.667). Using point spreads with points Farmer predicted, last week’s record against spread would have been 9-7 (.563). Pacific always.
Chargers (1-0) (1-0) at Chiefs
TV: Amazon Prime, Channel 11 (locally).
Liner: Chiefs 4 1/2. T/P: 54 1/2.
Derwin James in Travis Kelce will be far more influential than anything the Cardinals did in the opening. This will unleash those who rushed to zero out Patrick Mahomes. LA won three of four games in KC
Prediction: 27, Chiefs 24
Dolphins (1-0) Ravens (1-0)
TV: None. DirectTV: 705.
Liner: Ravens 3 1/2. T/P: 44 1/2.
Tua Tagovailoa is accurate enough in short stuff and has weapons to expand the field. Baltimore failed to kick the ball last week and is having problems on the left side of the scrimmage.
Prediction: Dolphins 24, Ravens 20
Jets at Browns (0-1) (1-0)
TV: None. DirectTV: 706.
Liner: Brown 5 1/2. T/P: 40 1/2.
A healthy Jacoby Brissett can get the job done, especially when backed by that impressive defense. The Browns will run like crazy in Week 1 and take care of it at home.
Prediction: Browns 30, Jets 17
Colts (0-0-1) and Jaguars (0-1)
TV: None. DirectTV: 707.
Liner: Colts with 4 1/2. T/P: 44 1/2.
The Colts must have been furious after they had to come back to tie Houston – and that was after Matt Ryan had 352 points and Jonathan Taylor had 161 points. Young Jaguars aren’t quite there yet.
Prediction: Colts 27, Jaguars 20
Patriots (0-1) at Steelers (1-0)
TV: Channel 2. DirecTV: 708.
Liner: Patriots 2 1/2. T/P: 40 1/2.
Big win for the Steelers last week, but with a 5-0 turnover advantage it won’t be much of a game. Bill Belichick has a history of giving them trouble, and their teams rarely suffer back-to-back losses.
Prediction: Patriots 23, Steelers 20
Commanders in Lions (1-0) (0-1)
TV: None. DirectTV: 709.
Liner: Lions 1 1/2. T/P: 48 1/2.
Carson Wentz gave Commanders reason to hope in the opening, but nothing can be said week to week with him. The lions win on the strength of their attack, scrimmage and running games.
Prediction: Lions 27, Commanders 24
Pirates (1-0) and Saints (1-0)
TV: None. DirectTV: 710.
Liner: Pirates 2 1/2. T/P: 44 1/2.
The Saints have beaten the Pirates in seven of their last eight games. Can Tampa Bay run like Tom Brady did against Dallas against a wrap-around New Orleans defense?
Prediction: Saints 24, Pirates 21
Panthers (0-1) and Giants (1-0)
TV: None. DirectTV: 711.
Liner: 1 1/2 giants. T/P: 43 1/2.
Saquon Barkley was similar to former Saquon Barkley, who ran 194 all-purpose yards in the opening against Tennessee. Carolina could have figured this out, but it feels like the Giants are going to keep rolling it.
Prediction: Giants 30, Panthers 24
Falcons (0-1) Coaches (1-0)
TV: Channel 11. DirecTV: 712.
Liner: Rams 10 1/2. T/P: 46 1/2.
The Rams were embarrassed in the opening and had plenty of time to consider getting Cam Akers and Allen Robinson more involved in the offense. The Falcons will bear the weight of this in the 2nd week.
Prediction: Ram 30, Falcon 20
Seahawks (1-0) in 49ers (0-1)
TV: None. DirectTV: 713.
Liner: 9 1/2 to 49ers. T/L: 42 1/2.
The Seahawks won the Super Bowl last week by sending home defeat to Russell Wilson. The 49ers were humiliated in Chicago and behind their running game, the hosts must come back in the opening.
Prediction: 49ers 31, Seahawks 17
Bengals (0-1) and Cowboys (0-1)
TV: Channel 2. DirecTV: 714.
Liner: Bengals 7 1/2. T/L: 42 1/2.
The Cowboys couldn’t run or throw against Tampa Bay, and that was Dak Prescott. This week won’t get any better. The Bengals are much better than they showed in their five-turnover debut.
Prediction: Bengals 30, Cowboys 13
Texans (0-0-1) in Broncos (0-1)
TV: None. DirectTV: 715.
Liner: Bronco 9 1/2. T/P: 45 1/2.
Another team that was embarrassed in Week 1, the Broncos are full of talent and figures to pick up. Their respectable defenses failed in Seattle, but are there any Texans who can take advantage of it?
Prediction: Broncos 31, Texans 20
Cardinals in Raiders (0-1) (0-1)
TV: None. DirectTV: 716.
Liner: Raiders with 4 1/2. T/P: 51 1/2.
The Raiders did a lousy job protecting Derek Carr last week and seemed to force shots on Davante Adams. Regardless, this will fall on the Cardinals’ OL versus the Raiders’ DL – a mismatch.
Prediction: Raiders 30, Cardinals 20
Bears (1-0) at Packers (0-1)
TV: Channel 4.
Liner: Packers 9 1/2. T/L: 42 1/2.
More than anything, this monsoon helped the Bears in Week 1. The Packers have problems but they can escape. Also, they won’t have to worry about Justin Jefferson this week and they’re back at Lambeau.
Prediction: Packers 31, Bears 17
Giants (0-1) In Bills (1-0)
Liner: 9 1/2 bills. T/P: 48 1/2.
As great as he was in the opening, Josh Allen isn’t going to cut through the Tennessee defense that much. Buffalo should be able to close every last game Tennessee can muster.
Prediction: Bills 27, Titans 21
Vikings (1-0) and Eagles (1-0)
TV: Channel 7.
Liner: Eagles up to 11/2. T/M: 511/2.
Week 2 starts and ends with a great matchup. Minnesota’s offense will be building a lot of defense this season, but the Eagles’ front and those corners are really tough. It’s a tough place to play.
Prediction: Eagles 24, Vikings 20
This story was originally published in the Los Angeles Times.