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The Loop NFL Picks: Week 2

Every Sunday, Kevin Cusick makes his predictions against the latest Las Vegas point spread, the way God intended …

Vikings at Cardinals (-3½):
Arizona’s Chandler Jones was the defensive standout of Week 1, registering five sacks of Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill in the Cardinals’ huge victory in Nashville. For Jones to be able to match that sack total this Sunday against the Vikings’ offensive line, analysts believe he would have to play the entire first quarter.
Pick: Cardinals by 9

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) celebrates after sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Lions at Packers (-11):
Green Bay was embarrassed by New Orleans 38-3 last Sunday, and Aaron Rodgers admitted he “played bad” twice during the postgame press conference. You can expect, though, that the Packers’ quarterback will soon revert to form and blame the entire debacle on Brian Gutekunst.
Pick: Packers by 17

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) gets up after a play during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Broncos at Jaguars (+6):
Fresh off his first NFL loss, Jacksonville coach Urban Meyer said there was “no chance” he would leave Jacksonville for the newly vacant head coaching job at USC. In order to lure the three-time national champion to Southern California, the Trojans would have to start paying their players again.
Pick: Broncos by 7

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Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer talks toward an official on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson)

Rams at Colts (+3½):
Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and brother Eli got rave reviews for their first alternate “Monday Night Football” telecast. ESPN is expected to keep using the famous quarterbacks in that role until Stephen A. Smith demands they be fired.
Pick: Rams by 7

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Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, left speaks with younger brother New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning before an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Falcons at Buccaneers (-12½):
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan says his excruciating loss to Tom Brady is not at all on his mind heading into their quarterback rematch of Super Bowl LI. The memory of that infamous game will be crystal clear for Ryan, though, when these Falcons find themselves down 28-3.
Pick: Buccaneers by 14

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Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan #2 is seen on the sidelines in the first half against the New England Patriots at Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Houston, TX. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Cowboys at Chargers (-3½):
Dallas lost by two points to Tampa Bay in the opener after Greg Zuerlein, aka Greg the Leg, missed two field goals and an extra point. Snarky Cowboys have already begun referring to the embattled kicker by his new moniker, “Greg the Blair Walsh.”
Pick: Chargers by 7

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Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein (2) follows through on a 43-yard field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Saints at Panthers (+3½):
Eight people with the Saints organization tested positive for COVID-19 in the days following the hurricane-relocated team’s opener in Jacksonville, Fla. It goes to show that there were probably 49 better state options for moving the game than Florida.
Pick: Saints by 4

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A New Orleans Saints fan holds a sign during an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sep. 12, 2021, in Jacksonville. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

Bengals at Bears (-2½):
Bears coach Matt Nagy made headlines last week after starring in a new Chicago-area commercial for McDonald’s. It was no doubt a great opportunity for Nagy because if he doesn’t turn his team around, he’s very likely to spend the next few years working in a drive-through in Skokie.
Pick: Bears by 3

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Chiefs at Ravens (+3½):
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson tweeted out a broken heart emoji and lamented his two “(expletive) (expletive) fumbles” after their loss in Las Vegas on Monday night. It was the sloppiest performance Baltimore sports fans had seen since the last 500 Orioles games.
Pick: Chiefs by 7

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Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib (94) forces a fumble by Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) during overtime in an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Texans at Browns (-12½):
The Texans announced that they will keep accused quarterback Deshaun Watson “separated” from the rest of the team for the foreseeable future. It’s expected to remain that way until the NFL wraps up its investigation of the case in 2029.
Pick: Browns by 21

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Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) arrives at NFL football practice Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Justin Rex)

Raiders at Steelers (-6):
A blocked punt by Pittsburgh’s Miles Killebrew led to the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers’ surprising upset in Buffalo. While he’s no relation to late Twins hall of famer Harmon Killebrew, the two share something in common in that neither will be appearing in the NFL playoffs this season.
Pick: Steelers by 3

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ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Derek Watt #44, Miles Killebrew #28, and Jamir Jones #40 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate after a returned blocked punt for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at Highmark Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

OTHER GAMES
Titans at Seahawks (-6):
Pick: Titans by 3

Bills at Dolphins (+3):
Pick: Bills by 10

Patriots at Jets (+6):
Pick: Patriots by 7

49ers at Eagles (+3):
Pick: 49ers by 4

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San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell runs the ball against the Detroit Lions in the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel)

RECORD
Week 1
8-8 straight up
8-6-2 vs. spread

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Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders (7) kicks a field goal during the first half an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Point spreads through Thursday. You can hear Kevin Cusick on Wednesdays on Bob Sansevere’s “BS Show” podcast on iTunes. You can follow Kevin on Twitter — @theloopnow. He can be reached at [email protected]

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