NFL writer for The Times, Sam Farmer, look up this week’s matchups. Dialogue by FanDuel Sportsbook (O/U = Over/Under). Last week’s record was 10-6 (.625). Season 20-11-1 (.645). Using his spread in points with Farmer’s predicted score, his record against the spread last week was 9-7 (.563). Season 18-14 (.563). Times Pacific.
Steelers (1-1) vs Browns (1-1)
Thursday, 5:15 p.m.
tv set: Amazon prime video.
line: 4 1/2 brown. O/U: 38 1/2.
The Steelers are in trouble, from the health of Nagy Harris to a shaky quarterback situation to offensive line issues. Cleveland runs it on a defense that lacks TJ Watt.
predict: Browns 24, Steelers 16
Texans (0-1-1) vs. Bears (1-1)
tv set: none. DirecTV: 705.
line: 2 1/2 bears. O/U: 40 1/2.
The Bears only attempted 11 passes against Green Bay. Don’t they trust Justin Fields? Houston is playing amazingly well and gaining confidence even when they don’t win. It may come this week.
predict: Texans 20 Bears 17
Chiefs (2-0) v Colts (0-1-1)
tv set: none. DirecTV: 706.
line: 6 1/2 Chiefs. O/U: 50 1/2.
It’s hard to beat the Chiefs at this point. He’s not a good outside receiver, but he’s involved the Bucks in the passing game more than Patrick Mahomes has in the past.
predict: Chiefs 30, Colts 20
Bills (2-0) vs. Dolphins (2-0)
tv set: none. DirecTV: 707.
line: The bill is 6 1/2. O/U: 52 1/2.
Miami is playing good and is a good pick for the next week, but betting on these bills is crazy. Their offense is so prolific that it’s easy to forget their stifling defense. The most complete team in the NFL.
predict: Bills 27, Dolphins 21
Bengals (0-2) v Jets (1-1)
tv set: none. DirecTV: 708.
line: 4 1/2 Bengals. O/U: 45 1/2.
When if not now for the winless Bengals? They’ve spent a lot on that line of attack, but their opponents are still getting to Joe Burrow.
predict: Bengals 27, Jets 20
Saints (1-1) vs. Panthers (0-2)
tv set: none. DirecTV: 709.
line: Saints by 3. O/U: 40 1/2.
The Saints looked pretty good against Tampa Bay, but they tend to play well against the Buccaneers. Carolina keeps this interesting for a while, but eventually New Orleans’ defense cracks down.
predict: Saints 24, Panthers 20
Lions (1-1) Vikings (1-1)
tv set: none. DirecTV: 710.
line: 5 1/2 Vikings. O/U: 53 1/2.
The Vikings looked very strong from week one, but were shut down by Philadelphia. Detroit will play hard and not give up on Dan Campbell. Still, Detroit isn’t up to Minnesota’s level.
predict: Vikings 28, Lions 24
Ravens (1-1) vs. Patriots (1-1)
tv set: none. DirecTV: 711.
line: 2 1/2 Ravens. O/U: 43 1/2.
The Patriots have Pittsburgh’s jersey number, so it’s no surprise that they defeated the Steelers on the road. But New England is not so good. The Ravens look like they’ve found No. His 1 receiver for Rashod Bateman.
predict: Ravens 28, Patriots 14
Raiders (0-2) Titans (0-2)
tv set: Channel 11. Direct TV: 712.
line: 1 1/2 Raiders. O/U: 45 1/2.
The Raiders are about to have an epic collapse against Arizona. Tennessee could produce nothing against Buffalo. The Battle of Bill Belichick’s Disciples. The Raider weighs in with his offensive weapon, Pass his Rush.
predict: Raiders 23, Titans 21
Eagles (2-0) vs Commanders (1-1)
tv set: none. DirecTV: 713.
line: Eagles at 6 1/2. O/U: 47 1/2.
Are the Eagles really as good as we saw on Monday? With that pass rush and that corner, they’re going to give everyone trouble. Carson Wentz faces his former team and Philadelphia wins.
predict: Eagles 31, Commanders 20
Jaguars (1-1) vs Chargers (1-1)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
tv set: Channel 2. DirecTV: 714.
line: Charger 7. O/U: 47 1/2.
predict: Chargers 30, Jaguars 21
Rams (1-1) vs Cardinals (1-1)
Sunday, 1:25 p.m.
tv set: Channel 11. DirecTV: 715.
line: 3 1/2 Rams. O/U: 49 1/2.
predict: Rams 28, Cardinals 23
Falcons (0-2) vs. Seahawks (1-1)
Sunday, 1:25 p.m.
tv set: none. DirecTV: 716.
line: 1 1/2 Seahawks. O/U: 41 1/2.
The Falcons showed their strength in the second half last week, but lost narrowly. After emotional wins over Denver and Russell Wilson in the season opener, the Seahawks had a predictable disappointment.
predict: Falcons 24, Seahawks 21
Packers (1-1) vs. Buccaneers (2-0)
Sunday, 1:25 p.m.
tv set: none. DirecTV: 717.
line: 1 1/2 Buccaneers. O/U: 41 1/2.
Tampa has a stifling defense and generally does a good job getting to Aaron Rodgers. Losing Mike Evans to suspension hurts, but Tom Brady still has a goal. , the team can run in Green Bay.
predict: Buccaneers 24, Packers 20
49ers (1-1) Broncos (1-1)
Sunday, 5:20 p.m.
tv set: channel 4.
line: 49ers by 1. O/U: 44 1/2.
The 49ers were still in sync with Trey Lance. In the short term, Jimmy Garoppolo is better. That should be enough against a Denver team that’s still trying to solidify their defensive footing.
predict: 49ers 27, Broncos 21
Cowboys (1-1) vs Giants (2-0)
Monday, 5:15 p.m.
tv set: ESPN.
line: 1 1/2 giant. O/U: 39 1/2.
The Giants are finding creative ways to get yards with Saqon Barkley. They stay home to face an emotionally victorious Cowboys team. Micah Parsons keeps this close for Dallas.
predict: Giants 24, Cowboys 20
This story originally appeared los angeles times.