Bills take down Dolphins;  Bucs over Packers;  Rams, Chargers win

Bills take down Dolphins; Bucs over Packers; Rams, Chargers win

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) handles the ball to running back Devin Singletary (26) during an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Orchard Park, NY.  (AP Photo/Matt Durisko)

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws the ball to running back Devin Singletary (26) during Monday’s game in Orchard Park, N.Y. (Matt Durisko/Associated Press)

The Times’ NFL writer Sam Farmer examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to FanDuel Sportsbook (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 10-6 (.625); season 20-11-1 (.645). Using point spreads with the scores predicted by Farmer, the record against the spread last week would be 9-7 (.563); 18-14 season (.563). Pacific Times.

Steelers (1-1) at Browns (1-1)

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb against the New York Jets.

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb runs against the New York Jets during the first half Sunday in Cleveland. (Ron Schwane/Associated Press)

Thursday, 5:15pm

television: Amazon Prime Video.

Line: Browns by 4 1/2. H/W: 38 1/2.

The Steelers have issues, from the health of Najee Harris to the unsettled quarterback situation to offensive line problems. Cleveland will run it on a defense sorely lacking TJ Watt.

Foretelling: Browns 24, Steelers 16

Texas (0-1-1) at Bears (1-1)

Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills looks set to succeed.

Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills looks to catch a pass during a game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday in Denver. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 705.

Line: Bears under 2 1/2. H/W: 40 1/2.

The Bears had just 11 pass attempts against Green Bay. Don’t they trust Justin Fields? Houston is playing really well and gaining confidence even without a win. Could come this week.

Foretelling: Texas 20, Bears 17

Leaders (2-0) at Colts (0-1-1)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes catches.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes catches during the second half against the Chargers on Sept. 15 in Kansas City, Mo. (Charlie Riedel/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 706.

Line: Leaders under 6 1/2. O/U: 50 1/2.

Hard to pick against the Chiefs at this point. The outside receivers aren’t great, but they’re getting more snaps in the passing game than Patrick Mahomes has done before.

Foretelling: Chiefs 30, Colts 20

Bills (2-0) at Dolphins (2-0)

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throws a pass.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half Sunday in Baltimore. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 707.

Line: Bills under 6 1/2. H/W: 52 1/2.

Miami is playing well and a good pick in another week, but it’s crazy to bet against these Bills. Their offense is so prolific that it’s easy to overlook the stifling defense. The most complete team in the NFL.

Foretelling: Bills 27, Dolphins 21

Bengals (0-2) at Jets (1-1)

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is warming up before a game.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow looks forward to Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. (Michael Ainsworth/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 708.

Line: Bengals by 4 1/2. H/W: 45 1/2.

If not now for the winless Bengals, when? They spent so much on that offensive line but their opponents are still facing Joe Burrow. Similarly, Burrow is not getting rid of the ball quickly enough.

Foretelling: Bengals 27, Jets 20

Saints (1-1) at Panthers (0-2)

New Orleans Saints safety Daniel Sorensen reacts.

New Orleans Saints safety Daniel Sorensen reacts during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in New Orleans. (Jonathan Bachman/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 709.

Line: Saint with 3. O/U: 40 1/2.

The Saints looked pretty good against Tampa Bay, but they tend to play well against the Buccaneers. Carolina makes this interesting for a while, but eventually the New Orleans defense clamps down.

Foretelling: Saints 24, Panthers 20

Lions (1-1) at Vikings (1-1)

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook in action.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook in action against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 710.

Line: Vikings under 5 1/2. O/U: 53 1/2.

The Vikings looked so good coming out of Week 1, and then Philadelphia shut them out. Detroit plays hard and doesn’t give up on Dan Campbell. Still, Detroit isn’t quite at Minnesota’s level.

Foretelling: Vikings 28, Lions 24

Ravens (1-1) at Patriots (1-1)

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rasod Bateman takes the field for warmups before a game.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rasod Bateman takes the field for warmups before Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins in Baltimore. (Nick Wass/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 711.

Line: Ravens by 2 1/2. O/U: 43 1/2.

The Patriots have Pittsburgh’s number, so it’s no surprise they beat the Steelers on the road. But New England is not very good. It looks like the Ravens have the No. 1 receiver. 1 they found in Rasod Bateman.

Foretelling: Ravens 28, Patriots 14

Raiders (0-2) at Titans (0-2)

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr catches against the Arizona Cardinals.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr makes a pass against the Arizona Cardinals during Sunday’s game in Las Vegas. (David Becker/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Channel 11. DirectTV: 712.

Line: Raiders by 1 1/2. H/W: 45 1/2.

Raiders are coming off an epic fall against Arizona. Tennessee couldn’t generate anything against Buffalo. Bill Belichick’s battle disciples. Raiders top of the scales with offensive weapons, pass rush.

Foretelling: Raiders 23, Titans 21

Eagles (2-0) at Chiefs (1-1)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Injured in action.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen was injured in action against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

Sunday, 10 am

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 713.

Line: Eagle by 6 1/2. H/W: 47 1/2.

Are the Eagles as good as they looked on Monday? With the pass rush and those corners, they’re going to give everybody problems. Carson Wentz faces his former team as Philadelphia prevails.

Foretelling: Eagles 31, Chiefs 20

Jaguars (1-1) at Chargers (1-1)

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert under center.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert under center in the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 15 in Kansas City, Mo. (Charlie Riedel/Associated Press)

Sunday, 1:05pm

television: Channel 2. DirectTV: 714.

Line: Loaders under 7. O/U: 47 1/2.

As long as Justin Herbert can play, the Chargers will bounce back in this one. That defense is different with a healthy Derwin James. Jacksonville is growing, but it’s not there yet.

Foretelling: Chargers 30, Jaguars 21

Rams (1-1) at Cardinals (1-1)

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford pass.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford passes against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half at SoFi Stadium on Sunday. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Sunday, 1:25pm

television: Channel 11. DirectTV: 715.

Line: Rams under 3 1/2. O/U: 49 1/2.

Under Sean McVay, the Rams are 9-1 against the Cardinals. LA is still figuring out who it is. ​​​​The Rams got a big scare from Atlanta in Week 2, but they are good enough to win this one on the road.

Foretelling: Rams 28, Cardinals 23

Falcons (0-2) at Seahawks (1-1)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London celebrates with teammate quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London (5) celebrates with teammate quarterback Marcus Mariota after scoring a touchdown against the Rams Sunday at SoFi Stadium. (Ashley Landis/Associated Press)

Sunday, 1:25pm

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 716.

Line: Hawk under 1 1/2. O/U: 41 1/2.

Falcons played hard in the second half last week before falling just short. The Seahawks had a predictable letdown after an emotional win over Denver – and Russell Wilson – in the opener.

Foretelling: Falcons 24, Hawks 21

Packers (1-1) at Buccaneers (2-0)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts during a game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts during a game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in New Orleans. (Jonathan Bachman/Associated Press)

Sunday, 1:25pm

television: Nothing. DirectTV: 717.

Line: Buccaneers by 1 1/2. O/U: 41 1/2.

Tampa has a stifling defense and generally does a good job of getting to Aaron Rodgers. Suspension of Mike Evans hurts, but Tom Brady still has targets and teams can make a run at Green Bay.

Foretelling: Buccaneers 24, Packers 20

49ers (1-1) at Broncos (1-1)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is warming up before a game.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will warm up before a game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Santa Clara. (Lachlan Cunningham/Associated Press)

Sunday, 5:20pm

television: Channel 4.

Line: 49ers by 1. O/U: 44 1/2.

The 49ers were still teaming up with Trey Lance. In the short term, they will be better with Jimmy Garoppolo. That’s enough against a Denver team still trying to find its defensive footing.

Foretelling: 49ers 27, Broncos 21

Cowboys (1-1) at Giants (2-0)

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones throws under pressure from Carolina Panthers' Marquis Haynes Sr.

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones throws under pressure from Marquis Haynes Sr. Carolina Panthers during Sunday’s game in East Rutherford, NJ (Winslow Townson/Associated Press)

Monday, 5:15pm

television: ESPN.

Line: Giant under 1 1/2. O/U: 39 1/2.

The Giants are finding creative ways to get yards with Saquon Barkley. They are at home and the Cowboys are facing an emotional defeat. Micah Parsons keeps this close to Dallas.

Foretelling: Giants 24, Cowboys 20

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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