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2018 SQ Insiders: Week 2

Austin Taliaferro

Our insiders pick the Week 2 games to help you beat Vegas and your pick’em league.

After each team has made their debut, it’s a bit easier to calibrate just how good these teams are. This week there are several interesting divisional matchups that should make for great games. Carolina will take on the Falcons in Atlanta. While our insiders have the Falcons winning the game, they have the Panthers covering the +6 spread with a final score of 20-24.

Also in the NFC, the Minnesota Vikings take on the Green Bay Packers. With Aaron Rodgers healthy in question and Minnesota looking solid, our insiders expect the Vikings to win straight up and beat the +1 spread. Check out the rest of the picks below! 

Matchup

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Baltimore at Cincinnati
Carolina at Atlanta
LA Chargers at Buffalo
Minnesota at Green Bay
Houston at Tennessee
Cleveland at New Orleans
Miami at NY Jets
Kansas City at Pittsburgh
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
Indianapolis at Washington
Arizona at LA Rams
Detroit at San Francisco
Oakland at Denver
New England at Jacksonville
NY Giants at Dallas
Seattle at Chicago
Total Record

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Conglomerate Score

ATS Winner

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Why the home team will win

Why the away team will win

Baltimore at Cincinnati24-21BAL-1Cincinnati has a chance to open up an early lead in the AFC North if they can hold down the fort at home. Joe Mixon and the running game looked rejuvenated last week, which will be key for them to keep it going in this weeks matchup with Baltimore. Last week’s game for the Ravens is very tough to judge. Are the Ravens that good or are the Bills just that bad? Traveling to Cincinnati on a short week will show us who the Ravens truly are.
Carolina at Atlanta20-24CAR+6Although they lost last week, Atlanta played a one score game against the defending champs. They had their opportunities but just seemed a bit off. If they can capitalize on a few more chances, then they’ll be in good position for a win.With a dominant defensive performance and a good showing on the ground, Carolina looked to be back in Super Bowl form. Atlanta looked susceptible to the run last week and lost two starting members of their defense. The Panthers can control the clock and the game if they execute.
LA Chargers at Buffalo31-12LAC-7In what could be Josh Allen’s first career start, it’s virtually impossible to play worse than last week. All you can hope for if you’re the Bills is that the rookie is able to make it out of this game alive behind that horrendous offensive line. Losing the home opener to the Chiefs was not the way the Chargers expected to start their season. Playing the Bills this week gives them an excellent chance to bounce back in a big way.
Minnesota at Green Bay25-23MIN+1Aaron Rodgers is the starting quarterback and Sunday night proved he gives the Packers a chance to win every time he takes the field. The home crowd will be loud as usual, making it difficult on the Minnesota offense to get going.Cousins looked good in his debut and the defense is as good as any in the league. If Rodgers isn’t 100%, which is likely, this defense should have its way with the Packers all game.
Houston at Tennessee23-16HOU-2.5Tennesse lost a one score game in one of the weirdest 60 minutes of game action that you’ve ever seen. If Mariota is healthy on Sunday, the Titans offense can hopefully get into a rhythm and put up some points.Deshaun Watson couldn’t have looked much worse on Sunday, but he couldn’t have looked much better in 2017. It may take him a few weeks to return to form, but against a beat up Tennessee team he should have an easier task than facing New England.
Cleveland at New Orleans19-31NO-9After allowing Fitzmagic and the Buccaneers to score 48 points, there should be some concern over the defense’s terrible performance. However, if Drew Brees and the offense plays the way it did last week it won’t matter this week against Tyrod Taylor and the Browns.Cleveland’s defense forcing 6 turnovers was the real story of the 21-21 tie against the Steelers. Myles Garrett looked like a star in this league and will have to play like it for the Browns to come out of New Orleans with a win.
Miami at NY Jets18-20MIA+3Sam Darnold looked like a NFL ready quarterback, giving the Jets a shot in every game this season. Miami’s defense is one of the weaker ones in the league and the Meadowlands should be ecstatic to see the future of their franchise go to work.The Jets aren’t a great football team, but the Lions are worse. Miami shouldn’t make the same mistakes the Lions made, mainly because Ryan Tannehill will take care of the football. The offense will easily work the young, underwhelming Jets’ defense.
Kansas City at Pittsburgh26-32PIT-4.5The Steelers are at home and are a good football team, they just tied themselves last week. Six turnovers won’t happen again and the Steelers will lean heavy on James Conner and the run game to lead them to victory.The Chiefs’ offense looked unstoppable against the Chargers. Andy Reid has players all over the field and Patrick Mahomes is impressing early. It’s hard to see a disorganized Steelers team keeping pace with this offense.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay26-21PHI-3Fitzmagic baby! The Bucs looked unstoppable against a Super Bowl hopeful. Although the Eagles’ defense is one of the stronger ones in the league, if the offense looks like that, I don’t think anyone can stop them.The Eagles have one of the stronger defenses in the league and Ryan Fitzpatrick is a journeyman backup for a reason. Expect a regression from Fitzpatrick and the Super Bowl MVP to return to looking more like himself in Tampa.
Indianapolis at Washington21-25IND+6Washington shocked everyone with a completely dominant performance. They owned both sides of the line of scrimmage and controlled the clock through the run game. Rinse and repeat and they could walk away with a win.The game was put out of reach by a late scoop and score from the Bengals, but most of the afternoon, the Colts were right in it against Cincinnati. If Indy can limit the mistakes then they will have a chance behind the arm of Andrew Luck.
Arizona at LA Rams12-29LAR-12The Rams offense started slowly in their opener, but during the second half Todd Gurley picked up where he left off from last year. Expect more of the same this week against a struggling Cardinals team. It only took one game of the Sam Bradford era for people to start calling on rookie Josh Rosen to get the starting job. If Bradford gets the start again, it could be another long day for the offense.
Detroit at San Francisco18-24SF-5.5The 49ers put up a good fight against one of the NFL’s best defenses in Minnesota. Facing Detroit at home should be a much easier task. Matthew Stafford played one of the worst games of his career on Monday night versus the Jets. He is poised for a comeback performance as he faces a mediocre defense.
Oakland at Denver18-21OAK+5.5John Gruden looked like he was stuck in a time machine. The Denver defense should be more than up to the task to take on what appears to be a fairly limited offense.Although Case Keenum had a good 2017 season, Derek Carr will be the best quarterback in the stadium. Whenever your team has that guy, you have a chance to win on Sunday.
New England at Jacksonville26-19NE-1.5Bill Belichick likes to experiment in September, sacrificing early wins in order to see what schemes will work down the stretch. Jacksonville’s defense could take advantage of a rebuilding offensive line and a weak receiving corps. The quarterback and coaching matchups favor New England, per usual. Jacksonville doesn’t offer a strong home field advantage and Leonard Fournette will not be 100% if he plays.
NY Giants at Dallas19-20NYG+3Dallas’ elite offensive line should match up favorably against New York’s below-average front seven. Ezekiel Elliot will have wider lanes to run through than he had against Carolina. New York’s offensive playmakers could find the creases in the Dallas defense to create big plays rushing and passing throughout the game.
Seattle at Chicago19-21SEA+3.5On Sunday Night Football, the Bears proved that their pass rush is for real. They can wreak havoc against the Seahawks’ substandard offensive line.If any quarterback can neutralize an aggressive pass rush, it’s Russell Wilson. Seattle’s experienced defensive backfield will look to take advantage of Chicago’s young quarterback.


Edited by Emily Berman, Dani Quintana.

SQuiz
Entering the 2018 what was the state Packers/Vikings rivalry?
Created 9/12/18
  1. GB leads 60-53-2
  2. GB leads 69-44-1
  3. MIN leads 64-47-2
  4. MIN leads 58-56-1

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