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Chiefs, Panthers, Jets All To Win In NFL Week Two

September 14, 2018

Week two of the 2018 NFL season throws up a number of interesting games. The Philadelphia Eagles got their campaign off to a winning start, defeating the Atlanta Falcons on home soil in the curtain raiser and now have the challenge of maintaining their form.

The Kansas City Chiefs are among the sides that are looking to string back-to-back victories together along with the Carolina Panthers and the New York Jets. We’ll now break down the five teams that you should have in your teaser for this weekend’s round of matches.

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Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers

The Chiefs put forward an outstanding performance on the road to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers. Tyreek Hill was unstoppable, handing his team control of the game in the first quarter with a punt return for a touchdown along with another strike from distance. Hill ran through the Chargers’ defense with ease, using his electric speed. Patrick Mahomes was able to get the ball to his best playmaker in space, allowing Hill to do the rest. Mahomes threw four touchdown passes and looked steady in his first game as Kansas City’s official starter. The Chiefs quarterback has the weapons to expose the Steelers’ defense in the same manner, although he will face a tougher environment in Pittsburgh rather than Los Angeles that was flooded with Kansas City supporters.

Mike Tomlin’s men were poor in the opener against the Cleveland Browns, they tied the game although they were extremely fortunate to leave without a defeat. Ben Roethlisberger was off his game, enduring a three-interception game. Antonio Brown remained at the peak of his powers, although he was not as explosive. James Connor ensured that the Steelers did not miss Le’Veon Bell. The defense remains a concern, despite TJ Watt’s four-sack display. The Chiefs will expose Pittsburgh’s defense to get the win on the road at +180  with TopBet.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Eagles held their ground again on the opening day of the campaign, holding off the Atlanta Falcons on their goalline in a repeat of the Divisional Round last term. Philadelphia’s offense was not in sync throughout the contest, although Nick Foles and company did just enough to put the necessary points on the board to secure the win. The defense was outstanding in the key moments and will be ready for the challenge ahead. Tampa Bay produced the performance of week one, stunning the New Orleans Saints with a victory on the road.

Ryan Fitzpatrick operated at the peak of his powers to shred the Saints’ defense. The 35-year-old threw for four touchdowns and 417 yards, connecting with DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans with ease downfield. Both receivers notched 140-yard games and will provide the same problems for the Eagles’ defensive backs. Jackson will be looking to get one over on his former team. Tampa Bay endured just as many problems as New Orleans, but they should have enough to see off the defending champions on home soil at odds of +155  with Bovada.

Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons

The Panthers shut down the Dallas Cowboys for the majority of their contest last week. Cam Newton and company were effective enough on offense to score 16 points. Carolina’s defense looks to be an elite unit with the ability to stifle Matt Ryan, although they have struggled to contain Julio Jones in the past. Ryan once again failed in a big moment as he and his team-mates were held in check on the goalline by the Eagles’ defense. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian came under fire for his play-calling last season and is already under pressure after Atlanta’s display in week one.

Ryan failed to connect with any of his wideouts in the endzone, failing to address the problem that ended their run in the 2017 campaign. The Falcons have lost two of their best players on defense as Keanu Neal and Deion Jones have been placed on injured reserve. Carolina have the talent on offense to expose the void through the middle of the unit. Christian McCaffrey and Newton will have the potential to rack up the yards therefore take Ron Rivera’s men to claim the win on the road at odds of +200  with BetOnline.

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets

The Jets put in a brilliant performance in their opener against the Detroit Lions. Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold had the worst possible start to his NFL career by throwing a pick-six as Quandre Diggs made the interception and returned the ball for a touchdown. However, he produced the perfect response, completing 16 out of his 20 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns. New York were outstanding in all three phases, scoring touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams. The Jets’ defense picked off Matthew Stafford four times, with Darron Lee notching two picks on the day, including one for a 36-yard touchdown.

Todd Bowles’ men now have to back up their display in the AFC East by beating the Dolphins on home soil. The Dolphins were good enough to see off the Tennessee Titans in their opener. Ryan Tannehill had good moments and bad moments on his return from injury, throwing two touchdowns, but also two interceptions. New York’s defense should be able to stifle him at MetLife Stadium to guide their side to victory at odds of -135  with BetOnline.

Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota’s issues from last season were exposed once again for the Titans. The quarterback has suffered a decline in his form since the start of the last term, throwing interceptions rather than touchdowns. The 24-year-old threw two interceptions against the Dolphins to put his team under pressure. He also suffered an injury in the contest that forced Blaine Gabbert on to the field in relief. There’s no excuse for Mariota, he has enough talent around him even through Delanie Walker was lost for the season with a fractured ankle.

Mariota will start against the Texans and will need to rise to the occasion against their potent defense. Should his slump continue, Tennessee will have to have a long think about his future at the club. The Texans were undone by the New England Patriots in the opening game of their campaign.

Although Houston lost by seven points, the game was not as close as the scoreline suggested. Deshaun Watson struggled for timing and throwing downfield on his return from injury. He does not look completely healthy less than a year removed from a torn ACL. As a result, the Titans should be able to squeeze out their first win in a low-scoring game at odds of +110  with TopBet.

Tips Summary

Kansas City Chiefs To Beat Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday 16th September 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Odds: +180

Tampa Bay Buccaneers To Beat Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday 16th September 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Odds: +155

Carolina Panthers To Beat Atlanta Falcons
Sunday 16th September 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Odds: +200

New York Jets To Beat Miami Dolphins
Sunday 16th September 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Odds: -140

Tennessee Titans To Beat Houston Texans
Sunday 16th September 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Odds: +110

Five Team Teaser With Bovada
Odds: 73/1

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    Simon Sinclair
    Simon Sinclair

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    Simon is a freelance sports writer from the UK. He passionately writes about all kinds of sports, sharing his predictions on everything from the latest cricket matches and golf tournaments to major horse racing events and popular American sports.