A capsule preview of Week 2 NFL action by World-Herald NFL editor John Rodino.

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Game of the Week: Seahawks (0-1) at Packers (1-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.


Line: Packers by 3

A rematch of NFC title game

Lowdown: Aside from one 24-yard run, Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch was below average on 17 other carries (49 yards) against the Rams last week. It’s another example of recent cracks in the Seahawks’ armor. They were ahead in the fourth quarter at St. Louis and couldn’t close the show, just as they couldn’t with the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Some would say they were lucky against Green Bay in the NFC title game. The Packers are itching to change their luck against Seattle, which also includes a season-opening thumping in 2014 and the Fail Mary loss in 2012. Aaron Rodgers (pictured) and the Packers overcame sloppy defensive penalties last week against the Bears.

Prediction: Packers 27-21

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Chargers (1-0) at Bengals (1-0)

When: noon TV: KMTV

Line: Bengals by 3


Lowdown: The Chargers, minus star tight end Antonio Gates, found plenty of chain movers against the Lions: Gates’ backup, Ladarius Green; wideout Keenan Allen (club record-tying 15 catches); and versatile back Danny Woodhead. This shouldn’t be an Oakland-type walkover for Cincinnati. San Diego has been unpredictable in this kind of road game, though.

Prediction: Bengals 26-21

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Cardinals (1-0) at Bears (0-1)

When: noon

Line: Cardinals by 2

Bears will try to stop Cards’ Palmer

Lowdown: Arizona is a different team with Carson Palmer. He threw three touchdown passes to beat the Saints in his first game since a knee injury nine months ago. Chicago took some positives from its loss to Green Bay. The Bears, emphasizing the run under coach John Fox, had an edge in time of possession and were in the game most of the way.

Prediction: Cardinals 24-20

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Bucs (0-1) at Saints (0-1)

When: noon

Line: Saints by 9½

Saints eager for home cooking

Lowdown: It can’t get much worse for quarterback Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers after that thumping by the Titans. Well, then again ... The Saints, who sputtered in the red zone against the Cardinals in the desert, are in their home-sweet-dome. We know the pattern there. New Orleans misses tight end Jimmy Graham, but expect adjustments.

Prediction: Saints 32-19

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Patriots (1-0) at Bills (1-0)

When: noon

Line: Even

Another Belichick-Rex chess match

Lowdown: You can debate who had the bigger opening win. The Patriots, for the emotion alone after Deflategate. Or the Bills, for shocking a Colts team some have pegged for the Super Bowl. Rex Ryan’s Jets teams often played New England tough. The new Bills coach likely went to school on how Tom Brady exploited the edge with his passes against Pittsburgh.

Prediction: Patriots 21-17

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Texans (0-1) at Panthers (1-0)

When: noon

Line: Panthers by 3

Texans seek to bounce back

Lowdown: The Houston boo birds screeched over quarterback Brian Hoyer’s dismal debut against the Chiefs. Coach Bill O’Brien will start backup Ryan Mallett instead on Sunday. The Texans have always liked Mallett’s big arm. Carolina’s offense didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard in beating the Jaguars. J.J. Watt and the Houston defense will be a test.

Prediction: Panthers 22-16

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Lions (0-1) at Vikings (0-1)

When: noon TV: KPTM

Line: Vikings by 2

Vikings trying to get Peterson going

Lowdown: Monday (and Tuesday) morning quarterbacks were all over these teams after Week 1 losses. They wondered why Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford targeted Calvin Johnson only four times against San Diego. Minnesota ran Adrian Peterson only 10 times for 31 yards. That’s a credit to San Francisco, which controlled things with its ground game.

Prediction: Lions 24-21

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49ers (1-0) at Steelers (0-1)

When: noon

Line: Steelers by 6½

Frank Who? Hyde impresses 49ers

Lowdown: Maybe it is Carlos Hyde’s time. He stepped in as the 49ers’ featured back and rambled for 168 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings. The real eye-opener may have been San Francisco’s solid defensive effort. Pittsburgh’s offense is a bigger challenge. The Steelers showed only flashes of their talent in a loss to New England.

Prediction: Steelers 33-24

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Titans (1-0) at Browns (0-1)

When: noon

Line: Titans by 1½

What will Mariota do for an encore?

Lowdown: Titans fans may get spoiled after Marcus Mariota’s debut against the Bucs. Of his four scoring passes, two went to wideouts and one each to a back and tight end. The Browns had 109 yards in penalties and five turnovers against the Jets. Coach Mike Pettine named Johnny Manziel as the starting quarterback, with Josh McCown (concussion) not cleared.

Prediction: Titans 23-19

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Falcons (1-0) at Giants (0-1)

When: noon

Line: Giants by 2½

Eli, Giants don’t want another fiasco

Lowdown: These teams were on the opposite ends of the poise scale in their openers. Atlanta almost gave it up late against the Eagles, but regrouped to win at the end. Rookie running back Tevin Coleman (80 yards in his debut) is a ray of hope for the Falcons. It’s hard to believe how poorly the Giants managed the clock at the end in frittering away a win against Dallas.

Prediction: Giants 28-23

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Rams (1-0) at Redskins (0-1)

When: noon

Line: Rams by 3

Rams look to keep rolling

Lowdown: You hate to say “trap game” this early, but this is the kind of contest the Rams have to win. Follow a big victory by stepping on the other guy hard. The good news: St. Louis had running back reinforcements Tre Mason and Todd Gurley practicing. One week after having little luck against Miami, Washington must deal with Robert Quinn and the Rams’ tough D-line.

Prediction: Rams 20-14

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Ravens (0-1) at Raiders (0-1)

When: 3:05 p.m.

Line: Ravens by 6

Ravens need Elvis in the building

Lowdown: Baltimore enters this one with two main concerns. Can the offense bounce back after sleepwalking against Denver? And, how do the Ravens cope with the loss of top linebacker Terrell Suggs? We may see pass-rush specialist Elvis Dumervil on more early running downs while newly signed veteran Jason Babin picks up the scheme.

Prediction: Ravens 26-17

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Dolphins (1-0) at Jaguars (0-1)

When: 3:05 p.m.

Line: Dolphins by 5½

Dolphins expect a better showing

Lowdown: Miami’s leaders had the right attitude after their yawner victory over Washington. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said they were displeased with their play. One bright spot was second-year receiver Jarvis Landry, a budding star who had the game-turning punt return TD. Let’s see what Blake Bortles and the young Jags offense do.

Prediction: Dolphins 22-13

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Cowboys (1-0) at Eagles (0-1)

When: 3:25 p.m. TV: KPTM

Line: Eagles by 5

Now, Murray is on the Eagles’ side

Lowdown: The projected top teams in the NFC East found rhythm late in their openers, with mixed results. Dallas capitalized on the Giants’ mistakes but lost top receiver Dez Bryant with a foot injury. The Eagles fell behind Atlanta early, had to throw 52 times and came up short. Philly had only 63 yards rushing, and former Cowboys star DeMarco Murray was held to 9 yards.

Prediction: Cowboys 30-27

Information from the Associated Press was used in this outlook.

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