NFL Nation reporters predict the outcomes and scores for Sunday’s and Monday’s Week 2 games.


BROWNS AT RAVENS

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Cleveland Browns

DeShone Kizer gets a difficult test for his first NFL road start, but there’s no reason to believe he won’t respond. Kizer won’t throw four interceptions the way Andy Dalton did, but he might match the five sacks. The Browns’ defense keeps this close, but it’s too tough to ask them to win on the road. Ravens 16, Browns 10 — Pat McManamon

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens’ defense faces a rookie quarterback making his first NFL road start and plays a Browns team that has been held to 17 points or fewer in eight of its past nine trips to Baltimore. Quarterback Joe Flacco acknowledged he’s not at full strength because of a lower back injury, but Baltimore will do enough offensively to win its sixth consecutive

BILLS AT PANTHERS

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Buffalo Bills

The Bills have just one player (DL Jerel Worthy) not practicing this week and only two players on injured reserve. Their health is why they will keep the game closer than the 7.5-point advantage most sportsbooks are giving Carolina. However, I am not convinced that Tyrod Taylor will be able to keep pace with Cam Newton if the Bills fall behind and cannot rely on their running game. When the Bills were trailing in road games last season, Taylor’s passer rating was 67.2, or 30th among qualifying NFL quarterbacks, and he threw only one touchdown. Panthers 21, Bills 17 — Mike Rodak

Carolina Panthers

How Bills coach Sean McDermott handles Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey will be key in this one. McCaffrey is a major piece of the puzzle that wasn’t at Carolina when McDermott was the defensive coordinator last season. So as well as McDermott knows Newton in this chess match, he can’t predict how Newton and offensive coordinator Mike Shula will use McCaffrey, who was targeted seven times in the passing game in the opener at San Francisco. The more Newton got comfortable with McCaffrey, the better Newton got in the opener, completing his final nine passes. Bottom line: The Panthers have too much talent to make this homecoming an upset. Panthers 28, Bills 9 — David Newton


CARDINALS AT COLTS

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Arizona Cardinals

We’ll see Sunday how well a team rebounds from losing 1,239 rushing yards, 879 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns from 2016. Arizona will be playing its first game since David Johnson went out for most of the season with a dislocated wrist in the Week 1 defeat at Detroit. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians claims the offense won’t change, and he’s right. But quarterback Carson Palmerclaims the offense will change “drastically” and he’s right, too. After a bad loss to the Lions, it’s tough to tell what the Cardinals will look like, but at least they’ll be facing a Colts quarterback not named Andrew LuckCardinals 20, Colts 10 — Josh Weinfuss

Indianapolis Colts

Starting 0-2 is nothing new for the Colts. They’ve done it each of the past three seasons under coach Chuck Pagano. They’re staring at that possibility again this season. The last thing the Colts, and particularly Pagano, can afford is a pitiful performance for a second consecutive week after they had only 225 yards of total offense against the Rams in Week 1. The starting quarterback situation is still up in the air between Scott Tolzien and Jacoby Brissett. It doesn’t matter who starts because they’ll be 0-2 for the fourth season in a row by the end of the game. Cardinals 23, Colts 13 — Mike Wells


TITANS AT JAGUARS

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Tennessee Titans

The Titans have talked all week about redeeming themselves from a poor Christmas Eve performance in Jacksonville that ended their 2016 playoff hopes. Leonard Fournette presents a similar challenge to Marshawn Lynch, with whom the Titans struggled at times in Week 1. But Blake Bortles won’t scare their secondary like Derek Carr did. An 0-2 start would cause some serious panic in Nashville, but the Titans get back to their identity of running the football and win a gritty one. Titans 24, Jaguars 16 — Cameron Wolfe

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars manhandled the Texans at the line of scrimmage in Week 1 and Fournette looks like the real deal, but this game might be all about Bortles. Why? He plays his best football against the Titans. He has thrown 12 TD passes (more than against any other team) and completed 64.8 percent of his passes against them and he is 3-3 in the six meetings. Expect the Titans to stack the box and try to contain Fournette, particularly with receiver Allen Robinson gone for the season with a torn left ACL. Bortles will have to make a few big plays for the Jaguars to win, and he has proved he can do that against the Titans. Jaguars 17, Titans 14 — Mike DiRocco


EAGLES AT CHIEFS

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Philadelphia Eagles

Andy Reid is 8-3 all time against his former assistant coaches. It will be an uphill fight for protege Doug Pederson, who will be without top cornerback Ronald Darby for the next four to six weeks (ankle dislocation). Receiver Tyreek Hill could be in store for a big game. Chiefs 30, Eagles 20 — Tim McManus

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have plenty to be encouraged about after their New England win in addition to the victory itself. They won without tapping into their strengths: forcing turnovers, making big plays on special teams and getting big plays from tight end Travis Kelce. They’ll have to find a way without their unquestioned leader, Eric Berry. But they went 6-4 in games without Berry in 2014, with an inferior team. Chiefs 20, Eagles 19 — Adam Teicher


PATRIOTS AT SAINTS

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New England Patriots

Since the beginning of 2003, the Patriots are 42-6 in regular-season games following a loss. As a starter in his career, Tom Brady is 42-10 in games following a loss. This game is about heart for the Patriots after they were outscored 21-0 in the fourth quarter of the season-opening loss to the Chiefs, and they’ll show that they have it. Patriots 34, Saints 27 — Mike Reiss

New Orleans Saints

Brady and Drew Brees should both be licking their chops in this one. The Patriots’ defense allowed 537 yards in their Week 1 loss, while the Saints gave up 470 yards, the two worst statistical performances in the NFL. New England’s defense will be hurting if linebacker Dont’a Hightower can’t play, but the Saints’ offense also will be undermanned without injured right tackle Zach Strief. So I’ll stick with the more proven team in this one. The Patriots haven’t been two games under .500 since Brady first took over in 2001. Patriots 31, Saints 26 — Mike Triplett

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