Prisco pick for NFL Week 2: Saints knock down Tom Brady again, Giants move to 2-0 with win over Panthers

Prisco pick for NFL Week 2: Saints knock down Tom Brady again, Giants move to 2-0 with win over Panthers

The first week of the NFL season is as unpredictable as ever. So I will be happy with my first pick week after seeing what happened in week 1.

I won 7-8-1 in a row, which stinks. I won 8-8 ATS, which is average. But the good news is that I won 5-1 with my best bets as part of the Pick Six podcast. And if I hadn’t added the Jacksonville Jaguars late, it would have been a clean sweep. Even that looked good for a while too.

So let’s get back to it in what I call NFL Balance Week. Teams that looked bad in week 1 likely won’t be bad in week two, while the reverse is likely true for some of the winners. It won’t always play out that way, but I think it will this week in a lot of games.

It’s time to get the record back on track but, above all, let’s stay warm with the best bets.

Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET (Amazon Prime)

Featured game | Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers

It’s the match of the week with Justin Herbert vs. Patrick Mahomes. It’s a treat every time they meet, and Arrowhead will rock Thursday night. The Chiefs rolled against the Cardinals with Mahomes lighting things up. But the Chargers can rush the passer with Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa. Look for a high scoring game with the Chiefs by winning a close game.

take: Heads 31, Chargers 30

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+)

Featured game | Baltimore Ravens vs. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins and Ravens both won in impressive fashion last week, but now Miami is hitting the road for the first time. The Dolphins outscored the Ravens last year at home, but it will be different. The Ravens and Lamar Jackson get the better of the Dolphins.

take: Crows 27, Dolphins 20

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+)

Featured game | Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets

The Browns will face a familiar quarterback this week in Joe Flacco. He wasn’t good last week in the Jets’ loss to the Ravens. The Browns got a narrow win over Carolina last week, but they’re at home in this one and Jacoby Brissett will play better in his second start for the Browns. They go 2-0.

take: Browns 24, Jets 13

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (Fox, FuboTV)

Featured game | Detroit Lions vs. Washington Commanders

The Commanders are coming off a home victory over the Jaguars where Carson Wentz led them to the winning score late. The Lions looked good in attack against the Eagles, but the defense was terrible. It could end up being a shootout. Washington is the better team, and I think it will show. The commanders take it.

take: Commanders 31, Lions 27

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+)

Featured game | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts haven’t won in Jacksonville since 2014 and lost there last year in the final week, costing them a playoff berth. They also play back-to-back games on the road, while Jacksonville plays its home opener. That’s a big advantage for the Jaguars. The Colts rallied to tie the Texans last week, but this time around they won’t rally to win. The Jaguars will get their first victory.

take: Jaguars 26, Foals 23

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (Fox, FuboTV)

Featured game | New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs are playing back-to-back road games after a Sunday night game, which is always tough. But they are also very shocked in attack. The Saints defense goes after Tom Brady when his line is sound, which it isn’t. Expect the Saints’ defense to ramp up here after struggling last week. The Saints take it.

take: Saints 23, Bucs 17

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (Fox, FuboTV)

Featured game | New York Giants vs. Carolina Panthers

The Giants did some good things rallying late to beat the Titans on the road. Saquon Barkley was special. He’ll carry the team here again against a Carolina team that lost last week to the Browns. The Giants go 2-0. Can you believe it?

take: Giants 23, Panthers 17

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+)

Featured game | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots

The Patriots are playing back-to-back road games after a terrible performance in Miami. The Steelers play their first home game after upsetting the Bengals. But the Steelers will be without TJ Watt, which matters a lot. The defensive dynamic changes. The Patriots will hang around in this one as the offense finally shows some life. They will then win it late.

take: Patriots 21, Steelers 20

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET (Fox, FuboTV)

Featured game | Los Angeles Rams vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Rams will have been resting for 10 days after a terrible performance against the Bills. Sean McVay is too good a coach for this loss to linger. The Falcons played well losing to the Saints in a game they probably should have won. It’s a long trip against a good team that will be focused. Aries take matters into their own hands.

take: Rams 31, Falcons 17

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET (Fox, FuboTV)

Featured game | San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks are 1-0, while the 49ers are 0-1. Who saw this after week 1? Seattle played well in upsetting the Broncos on Monday night, but now they’re leaving for a short week. It’s a challenge. The 49ers didn’t play well in the poor conditions at Soldier Field in losing to the Bears, but that will change here. Trey Lance throws it.

take: 49ers 29, Seahawks 23

Cincinnati Bengals (-7.5) vs. Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, 4:25 PM ET (CBS, Paramount+)

Featured game | Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals get a break by facing Cooper Rush rather than Dak Prescott. It took Joe Burrow a while to get going against Pittsburgh after spending much of training camp, but he nailed the rest in the second half. I think this is continuing. The Cowboys are too limited on offense. The Bengals win.

take: Bengals 27, Cowboys 20

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos (-10)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+)

Featured game | Denver Broncos vs. Houston Texans

The Broncos are playing their first home game after losing Monday night to the Seahawks in a game they should have won. The Texans played well in tying the Colts last week, but it will be a bigger challenge on the road. I think they can hang around in this one, but the Broncos will win it late.

take: Broncos 24, Texans 21

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+)

Featured game | Las Vegas Raiders vs. Arizona Cardinals

The Raiders lost to the Chargers, but played well. The Cardinals lost to the Chiefs and played terrible football. Now they hit the road for the first time. The Cardinals just don’t feel like a good team. Derek Carr enlightens them.

take: Raiders 34, Cardinals 17

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC, FuboTV)

Featured game | Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears

The Packers were terrible losing to the Vikings, while the Bears shocked the 49ers in a driving rainstorm. It’s the right game for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers and the passing game will get him started, and the defense will dominate Justin Fields and the Bears offense.

take: Packers 34, Bears 14

Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills (-10)

Monday, 7:15 p.m. ET (ESPN, FuboTV)

Featured game | Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans

The Titans are coming off a brutal loss to the Giants where they lost a big lead. Now they head north to face a Bills team that will have been out for 11 days. It is important. Buffalo has had issues with the Titans for the past few years, but that won’t be the case here. Josh Allen continues to rack up big numbers.

take: Bills 33, Titans 19

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5)

Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, FuboTV)

Featured game | Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings

It’s one of the best games of the week, with two teams 1-0 up to impressive wins. Minnesota’s defense was outstanding last week against the Packers, but it’s a different style of offense. The Eagles will get a lot of points here, but the Vikings will get theirs too. This will be a shootout that the Eagles get the most out of.

take: Eagles 32, Vikings 26

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