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Packers seem like a lock at home against Lions

The Associated Press

The Green Bay Packers are coming off an impressive season-opening win at Minnesota. So jump on the Packers this week in your knockout pool, right?

Detroit is coming off a heart-breaking loss at home in which it led, 23-6, in the fourth quarter before losing to Chicago. Hard to pick the Lions, right?

After riding the Bills in an easy knockout win against the Jets last week in our opener, Pro Picks looks to remain in the pool by taking Green Bay. Detroit won’t bounce back on the road.

Elsewhere:

No. 19 (tie) Washington (+6.5) at No. 10 Arizona: Washington heads west after an inspirational comeback victory. It will head home with its first loss. Best bet, Cardinals, 26-15.

No. 16 Minnesota (+3) at No. 25 Indianapolis: We don’t believe the Vikings are as mediocre as they looked against Green Bay. Upset special, Vikings, 21-19.

No. 3 New Orleans (-6) at No. 15 Las Vegas, Monday night: Imagine the scene for the Raiders’ first home game in the desert? Well, imagining is all we can do. Saints, 28-27.

No. 8 New England (+4.5) at No. 4 Seattle: Many pundits loved what they saw from both teams last Sunday. More to love: Seahawks, 23-20.

No. 1 Kansas City (-8.5) at No. 18 Los Angeles Chargers: A lot of points to give on the road. But the Chiefs score A LOT of points anywhere. Chiefs, 36-20.

No. 22 Jacksonville (+10) at No. 11 Tennessee: This is as high as the Jaguars are likely to get in the AP Pro32. Reality hits in Music City. Titans, 20-13.

No. 2 Baltimore (-6.5) at No. 19 (tie) Houston: Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson. Excitement by the bushel. Ravens, 30-20.

No. 24 Denver (+6) at No. 6 Pittsburgh: Two bruised clubs coming off Monday nighters. Steelers, 20-10.

No. 9 Los Angeles Rams (pick-em) at No. 21 Philadelphia: Speaking of battered teams, the beleaguered Eagles again can’t avoid the injured list. Rams, 23-19.

No. 27 Carolina (+8) at No. 14 Tampa Bay: My goodness, how the opening loss soured the Gulf waters in Tampa-St. Pete. Buccaneers, 26-17.

No. 23 Atlanta (+5) at No. 13 Dallas: These Cowboys looked very similar to the 2019 version at LA. That’s not a good thing. Cowboys, 31-21.

No. 12 San Francisco (-7) at No. 32 New York Jets: Yes, the Jets looked that bad at Buffalo, They should be glad the Meadowlands will be empty. 49ers, 27-9.

No. 7 Buffalo (-5.5) at No. 29 Miami: The Bills get another opponent they should run over. A funny feeling says not quite. Bills, 23-21.

No. 26 Detroit (+5.5) at No. 5 Green Bay: No Lambeau Leaps for the Pack, although it really doesn’t matter with no fans in the stands. Packers, 30-19.

No. 30 New York Giants (+6) at No. 17 Chicago: Two of the original franchises three days after the NFL’s 100th birthday. Bears, 17-16.

2020 RECORD

Straight up: 9-7. Against spread: 10-5-1

Best Bet: Straight up: 0-1. Against spread: 0-1

Upset Special: Straight up: 0-1. Against spread: 0-0-1

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