Monday, February 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL week 2: Tampa Bay Times' staff predictions

Here's the Times' Bucs coverage team's predictions for week 2 of the NFL season:

gametimedayMartin Fennelly, @mjfennellyTom Jones, @tomwjonesGreg Auman, @gregaumanErnest Hooper, @hoop4youThomas Bassinger, @tometricsRick Stroud, @NFLStroud
Against the spread--8-77-86-96-96-92-13
Straight up--11-410-510-58-76-97-8
Houston at Cincinnati (-5.5)8:25 PM/ThursdayCIN 13-10CIN 26-13CIN 31-21CIN 17-10CIN 17-13HOU 21-17 (U)
Minnesota at Pittsburgh (-6.5)1 PM/SundayPITT 27-20PIT 30-20PIT 24-20PIT 28-24PIT 27-17PITT 27-24
Cleveland at Baltimore (-7.5)1 PM/SundayBAL 19-6BAL 28-20BAL 31-13BAL 24-20BAL 21-7BAL 30-20
Chicago at Tampa Bay (-7.5)1 PM/SundayTB 23-13TB 24-21TB 31-20TB 24-14TB 27-21TB 21-17
Buffalo at Carolina (-7.5)1 PM/SundayCAR 23-17CAR 31-21CAR 21-10CAR 20-10BUF 28-23 (U)CAR 28-21
Arizona (-7.5) at Indianapolis1 PM/SundayARI 31-6ARI 27-13ARI 28-10ARI 20-12IND 23-20ARI 30-23
Tennessee (-1.5) at Jacksonville1 PM/SundayTENN 24-19TEN 24-17TEN 17-13TEN 24-21JAC 31-17TEN 24-20
Philadelphia at Kansas City (-4.5)1 PM/SundayKC 23-21KC 30-19KC 24-21KC 30-12PHI 24-17KC 30-24
New England (-6.5) at New Orleans1 PM/SundayNE 42-28NE 34-21NE 35-31NE 28-21 (L)NE 31-28NE 37-27
N.Y. Jets at Oakland (-14.5)4:05 PM/SundayOAK 42-3 (L)OAK 30-10 (L)OAK 28-13OAK 24-10OAK 24-13 (L)OAK 30-20
Miami at L.A. Chargers (-4.5)4:05 PM/SundayMIA 31-27MIA 23-20LAC 24-17LAC 34-31LAC 27-22LAC 24-21
Dallas (-2.5) at Denver4:25 PM/SundayDEN 27-24DEN 14-10DAL 17-10DAL 10-3DEN 20-17DAL 27-23
Washington at L.A. Rams (-2.5)4:25 PM/SundayWASH 24-20LAR 24-20LAR 27-24WAS 28-20LAR 24-10LAR 20-17
San Francisco at Seattle (-13.5)4:25 PM/SundaySEA 37-6SEA 33-17SEA 38-17 (L)SEA 30-18SEA 27-20SEA 24-10 (L)
Green Bay at Atlanta (-2.5)8:30 PM/SundayGB 35-31ATL 31-28GB 31-28 (U)ATL 50-47ATL 28-24GB 28-27
Detroit at N.Y. Giants (-4.5)8:30 PM/MondayDET 20-19 (U)DET 21-17 (U)NYG 24-17DET 30-17 (U)NYG 19-14NYG 27-21

(U) — Upset of the week

(L) — Lock of the week

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