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Baltimore Ravens (-6.5) at Cleveland Browns

Sunday, 1pm (CBS)

It’s just the Browns being the Browns, and brown is fitting for them as they looked like crap in Week 1. Sadly, this is nothing new by the lake, but at least the Cavs won and the Tribe seems decent this season.

The erstwhile Cleveland Browns head to their prior home to face the newer franchise. You have to ask, can the Browns show more pride in their home opener than they did last week? It would take effort not to do that. Without their starting quarterback, it will be a challenge.

Save for injuries, the Baltimore Ravens look competent again and tend to cover the spread in Cleveland in recent years. Another pick and another favorite.

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Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (-3.5)

Sunday, 1pm (Fox)

Throw the records out the window whenever the Cowboys and Redskins meet. In this case, we’re defenestrating two 0-1 records.

Someone is starting 0-2, and for Dallas that would be particularly bad, given that both would be divisional losses. Washington played poorly on Monday Night Football and have a short week to turn this around. We give a slight edge to Dallas in the battle to stay out of the NFC East basement.

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Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5)

Sunday, 1pm (CBS)

Two good teams facing off here in a rematch of the playoff debacle from January. Cincinnati skated by the Jets on the road in Week 1, and stay on the road in Week 2. Pittsburgh comes off of a great win in Landover, and if they come close to replicating that effort, they win again.

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New Orleans Saints at New York Giants (-4.5)

Sunday, 1pm (Fox)

Look for another slugfest reminiscent of last year’s meeting in New Orleans. That game resembled a Big 12 matchup, and this game might as well. The key difference is that the Giants improved their defense and did not buckle much in the red zone last week. The Saints still have serious trouble on that side of the ball.

Both teams will score and make this entertaining, but the Giants figure to do that a little more. Four and a half is a little more than I’d be willing to lay, but will anyway.

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