NFL picks Week 2: Our Bucs coverage team makes its predictions

Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick earned NFC offensive player of the week for his performance in Tampa Bay's 48-40 victory Sunday at New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick earned NFC offensive player of the week for his performance in Tampa Bay's 48-40 victory Sunday at New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
Published September 13 2018
Updated September 14 2018

The Bucs enter stage 2 of their season-opening gauntlet against defending champions.

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles arrive at Raymond James Stadium. They were 3.5-point favorites as of Thursday morning and the Bucs -- already without quarterback Jameis Winston due to suspension -- are thin in the secondary and were uncertain about the status of the biggest acquisitions of the last two offseasons: receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

Will the buzz of that gigantic 48-40 victory at New Orleans (2017 NFC South champs) wear off soon, especially with a Monday Night Football meeting Sept. 24 with the Steelers (2017 AFC North champs) looming? Or could Tampa Bay roll into that game 2-0 and riding higher after the biggest wins of the Dirk Koetter era coming back to back?

Here’s the Times' Bucs coverage team’s predictions for Week 2.

(* indicates upset of the week; ! indicates lock of the week).

All game times EDT.

Week 2 picks

Game Mike Sherman, @mikesherman Martin Fennelly, @mjfennelly Thomas Bassinger, @tometrics Ernest Hooper, @hoop4you Rick Stroud, @NFLStroud Tom Jones, @tomwjones
PHI (-3.5) @ TB / Sun 1 TB 31-28 PHI 23-21 PHI 33-21 TB 17-16 PHI 24-20 PHI 27-20
BAL @ CIN (-1.5) / Thu 8:20 p.m. BAL 24-21! BAL 23-20 BAL 21-19 CIN 20-17 BAL 28-24 CIN 19-14
CAR @ ATL (-5.5) / Sun 1 ATL 24-17 ATL 23-20 ATL 42-28 ATL 28-20 CAR 20-17* ATL 21-14
LAC (-7.5) @ BUF / Sun 1 LAC 27-21 LAC 30-17 BUF 28-24* LAC 31-20 LAC 30-17 LAC 35-10!
MIN @ GB (-1.5) / Sun 1 MIN 26-13 MIN 24-20 MIN 31-23 MIN 24-20* MINN 23-20 GB 31-27
CLE @ NO (-9.5) / Sun 1 NO 31-24 NO 31-27 NO 28-17! NO 40-31 NO 35-18! NO 30-14
MIA @ NYJ (-3.5) / Sun 1 NYJ 21-14 NYJ 20-19 MIA 31-21 NYJ 21-20 NYJ 27-21 NYJ 24-17
HOU (-1.5) @ TEN / Sun 1 HOU 23-20 HOU 23-17 HOU 24-16 HOU 10-7 TENN 23-17 HOU 23-20
KC @ PIT (-5.5) / Sun 1 KC 31-28* KC 27-24 PIT 23-21 PITT 21-17 PITT 30-24 KC 27-20*
IND @ WAS (-5.5) / Sun 1 WASH 24-21 WASH 23-16 WAS 28-20 WASH 24-17 WASH 27-24 WASH 24-21
ARI @ LAR (-12.5) / Sun 4:05 LAR 35-14 LA 30-13 LAR 17-10 LAR 30-10 LAR 35-17 LAR 41-14
DET @ SF (-5.5) / Sun 4:05 SF 42-21 SF 30-19 SF 33-28 SF 28-18 SF 30-17 SF 26-16
OAK @ DEN (-5.5) / Sun 4:25 DEN 27-17 DEN 27-20 OAK 24-21 DEN 13-7 DEN 31-24 OAK 23-17
NE (-2.5) at JAX / Sun 4:25 NE 28-27 JAX 23-21* JAX 21-16 NE 17-14 NE 16-14 NE 20-14
NYG @ DAL (-3.5) / Sun 8:20 NYG 28-21 NYG 23-19 DAL 27-17 DAL 10-9 NYG 27-23 DAL 23-13
SEA @ CHI (-3.5) / Mon 8:15 CHI 23-21 CHI 23-20 CHI 24-20 SEA 27-20! CHI 27-20 CHI 17-10
Overall 9-7 7-9 6-10 11-5 9-7 6-10
Vs. Spread 11-5 9-7 8-8 7-9 6-10 5-11
Lock of the week 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 1-0
Upset of the week 0-1 1-0 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-1










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