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Insiders predict: NFL Week 2 winners

Stacker Logo By Alex Petakas and Nick Bornheimer of Stacker | Slide 1 of 31: Week 1 of the NFL’s 100th season brought with it some thrilling last-minute finishes, convincing blowouts, and even the result that has become increasingly common yet remains all-too unsatisfactory: a tie. Though the season may just be a week old, the Week 2 slate is littered with games between heavy-hitters who have their sights set on playoff football. Which teams will find their early-season stride and gain a leg up on potentially meaningful playoff positioning? These are just a few games that will provide all of those answers.

Vikings @ Packers: Two NFC North foes that saw the unsuspecting Bears grab hold of the division last season will look to make their case as the team most likely to unseat Chicago and reclaim the North. Will Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense find the rhythm that was missing from their opening night victory over the Bears? And can Minnesota’s defense continue to be the unit that gives Rodgers his greatest tactical challenge? Green Bay is a three-point favorite at home, suggesting that this game is wide open for the taking.

Seahawks @ Steelers: Pittsburgh is still reeling after being bulldozed by the Patriots on Sunday night, but returning home to face a Seahawks offense that started the season with a modest 233-yard performance and a narrow win gives them the opportunity to sway their narrative right back to that of a playoff contender. Is the Steelers' past reputation enough to convince oddsmakers that they should be favored at home against Seattle?

Saints @ Rams: A rematch of the NFC Championship game is easily the week’s most appetizing contest. Expect high-octane offense and a whole lot of angst stemming from the missed pass interference call last January that could have altered the course of Super Bowl history. It’s Sean Payton vs. Sean McVay: two offensive masterminds, and an extremely narrow point spread between them, to boot. Perhaps this remains a classic case where the difference is “who has the ball last.”

Read on to take a look at what the boys in the desert are predicting about these games and the rest of the Week 2 NFL slate.

Methodology: Insiders predicts are based on the team that is favored to win, which is based on betting odds and spread on Bovada as of Sept. 11, 2019.

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Week 1 of the NFL’s 100th season brought with it some thrilling last-minute finishes, convincing blowouts, and even the result that has become increasingly common yet remains all-too unsatisfactory: a tie. Though the season may just be a week old, the Week 2 slate is littered with games between heavy hitters who have their sights set on playoff football. Which teams will find their early-season stride and gain a leg up on potentially meaningful playoff positioning? These are just a few games that will provide all of those answers.

Vikings @ Packers: Two NFC North foes that saw the unsuspecting Bears grab hold of the division last season will look to make their case as the team most likely to unseat Chicago and reclaim the North. Will Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense find the rhythm that was missing from their opening night victory over the Bears? And can Minnesota’s defense continue to be the unit that gives Rodgers his greatest tactical challenge? Green Bay is a three-point favorite at home, suggesting that this game is wide open for the taking.

Seahawks @ Steelers: Pittsburgh is still reeling after being bulldozed by the Patriots on Sunday night, but returning home to face a Seahawks offense that started the season with a modest 233-yard performance and a narrow win gives them the opportunity to sway their narrative right back to that of a playoff contender. Is the Steelers' past reputation enough to convince oddsmakers that they should be favored at home against Seattle?

Saints @ Rams: A rematch of the NFC Championship game is easily the week’s most appetizing contest. Expect high-octane offense and a whole lot of angst stemming from the missed pass interference call last January that could have altered the course of Super Bowl history. It’s Sean Payton vs. Sean McVay: two offensive masterminds, and an extremely narrow point spread between them, to boot. Perhaps this remains a classic case where the difference is “who has the ball last.”

Read on to take a look at what the folks in the desert are predicting about these games and the rest of the Week 2 NFL slate.

Methodology: Insiders predicts are based on the team that is favored to win, which is based on consensus betting odds and spread on Vegas Insider as of Sept. 11.

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