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Insiders predict: NFL Week 2 winners

Stacker Logo By Alex Petakas and Nick Bornheimer of Stacker | Slide 2 of 31: - Gametime: Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m. EST

In the return of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who sustained a torn ACL in 2018, the San Francisco 49ers started their season with a 31-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Garoppolo was anything but sharp in his ninth career start for the Niners Sunday (11th overall start). The sixth-year man threw for just 166 yards, one touchdown, and one interception—but was kept afloat by a defense that forced four turnovers.

Despite a valiant effort from the Cincinnati Bengals, including a career-high 418 yards passing for quarterback Andy Dalton, a fourth-quarter touchdown connection for QB Russell Wilson and WR Tyler Lockett created enough distance for the Seattle Seahawks to hold onto a 21-20 victory. The Bengals easily covered the -9.5 spread, which in part is why they’re favored at home Sunday. The spread would likely be higher if it weren't for Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon’s day-to-day status with an ankle sprain.

These inter-conference foes haven’t faced each other since 2015 when the Bengals bested San Francisco 24-14—the last time Cincinnati reached the postseason. The 49ers haven’t played extra football in January since the 2013 season.

San Francisco 49ers (1-0) @ Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

- Game time: Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m. EST

In the return of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who sustained a torn ACL in 2018, the San Francisco 49ers started their season with a 31-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Garoppolo was anything but sharp in his ninth career start for the Niners Sunday (11th overall start). The sixth-year man threw for just 166 yards, one touchdown, and one interception—but was kept afloat by a defense that forced four turnovers.

Despite a valiant effort from the Cincinnati Bengals, including a career-high 418 yards passing for quarterback Andy Dalton, a fourth-quarter touchdown connection for QB Russell Wilson and WR Tyler Lockett created enough distance for the Seattle Seahawks to hold onto a 21-20 victory. The Bengals easily covered the -9.5 spread, which in part is why they’re favored at home Sunday. The spread would likely be higher if it weren't for Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon’s day-to-day status with an ankle sprain.

These inter-conference foes haven’t faced each other since 2015 when the Bengals bested San Francisco 24-14—the last time Cincinnati reached the postseason. The 49ers haven’t played extra football in January since the 2013 season.

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