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Chargers beat Chiefs; Rams, Raiders bounce back


Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert heads out to pass the Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium on Sunday. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

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

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce evades Byron Murphy Jr. of the Arizona Cardinals.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) escaped Arizona Cardinals’ Byron Murphy Jr. (7) in the second half at Glendale, Ariz, on Sunday. (Darryl Webb / Associated Press)

Thursday, 17:15

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)

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa delivers the ball.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa tackled the ball in the second half against the New England Patriots in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Sunday. (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10:00

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)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett stepped back to pass the Carolina Panthers.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett withdrew to pass the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s game in Charlotte, NC (Winslow Townson / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10:00

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)

Houston Texans defender Ogbonnia Okoronkwo follows the Indianapolis Colts, who surpassed Jonathan Taylor.

The Indianapolis Colts are followed by Jonathan Taylor (28), followed by Houston Texans defender Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (45) in the second half in Houston on Sunday. (Eric Christian Smith / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10:00

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)

Pittsburgh Steelers corner player Ahkello Witherspoon celebrates an interception.

Pittsburgh Steelers corner player Ahkello Witherspoon celebrates an interception during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday. (Emilee Chinn / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10:00

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)

Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz throws a receiver.

Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz on Sunday in Landover, Md. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10:00

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)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was knocked down by Dallas Cowboys' Tarell Basham and Donovan Wilson.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was knocked down by the Dallas Cowboys’ Tarell Basham on the left and Donovan Wilson on the back after passing a pass during a game in Arlington, Texas on Sunday. (Ron Jenkins / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10:00

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)

Beating Saquon Barkley, the New York Giants scored in a two-point conversion against the Tennessee Titans.

The New York Giants beat Saquon Barkley in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday to score in a two-point turn against the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

Sunday, 10:00

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)

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford extended his hand to run Darrell Henderson Jr.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford do their best to run Darrell Henderson Jr. back in the first half against the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium on Sept. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Sunday, 13:05

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)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance held out his hand to run Jeff Wilson Jr. back.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance held out his hand to run Jeff Wilson Jr. back during a game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago on Sunday. (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press)

Sunday, 13:05

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)

Cincinnati Bengals forward Ja'Marr Chase celebrates after carrying the ball.

Cincinnati Bengals forward Ja’Marr Chase (1) celebrates after carrying the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cincinnati on Sunday. (Emilee Chinn / Associated Press)

Sunday, 13:25

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)

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson wants to pass.

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson is looking to pass during a game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle on Monday. (Stephen Brashear / Associated Press)

Sunday, 13:25

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)

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is chased by Chargers linebacker Khalil Mack.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was chased by Chargers linebacker Khalil Mack at SoFi Stadium on Sunday. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press)

Sunday, 13:25

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)

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers passes.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made a first-half pass against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Sunday. (Bruce Kluckhohn / Associated Press)

Sunday, 17:20

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)

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw a 53-yard field goal against the Rams.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw a 53-yard field goal against the Rams in the fourth quarter at SoFi Stadium on Sept. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Monday, 16:15

TV: ESPN.

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)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts runs against the Detroit Lions.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts runs against the Detroit Lions during a game in Detroit on Sunday. (Rick Osentoski / Associated Press)

Monday, 17:30

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.



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