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The NEO Sports Insiders Staff Picks The Week Two NFL Games

After a wild week one in which there were plenty of highlights and even some upsets, it’s on to week two of the NFL season. There’s again some great matchups to look at, including the Browns home opener against the Titans, the Bills and Pats in a great AFC East battle, the Bengals and Chargers, and the Cowboys and Eagles. Today our crew makes their picks, including their opinions on the Browns-Titans matchup at First Energy Stadium.

Matt Williamson
Last Week 7-9

Broncos over Chiefs
Patriots over Bills
Panthers over Texans
Bengals over Chargers
Saints over Bucks
Steelers over 49ers
Ravens over Raiders
Eagles over Cowboys
Cardinals over Bears
Vikings over Lions
Falcons over Giants
Rams over Redskins
Jags over Dolphins
Packers over Seahawks
Colts over Jets

Titans over Browns – Browns offense extremely limited, no matter the starting QB. Sankey and West run all over Cleveland

Ryan Kaczmarski
Last Week 10-6/strong>

Kansas City over Denver
Carolina over Houston
Pittsburgh over San Francisco
New Orleans over Tampa Bay
Detroit over Minnesota
New England over Buffalo
Arizona over Chicago
Cincinnati over San Diego
NY Giants over Atlanta
St. Louis over Washington
Miami over Jacksonville
Baltimore over Oakland
Philly over Dallas
Green Bay over Seattle
Indy over NY Jets

Tennessee 38 Cleveland 17 – Marcus Mariota builds off of his stellar debut, throwing for at least two touchdowns, and running for at least one TD in the demolition of the Browns. The Titans will do RB by committee and tear up the Browns for more than 200 yards combined.

It’s looking like McCown could be back as the starter for the Browns this week, and if he decides that he can slide instead of taking big hits, the Browns could find the endzone a couple times. Isaiah Crowell rushes for another TD. If Johnny Manziel starts the game, all bets are off. It’s a blood bath, either way.

Matt Loede
Last Week 10-6/strong>

Chiefs over Broncos
Patriots over Bills
Panthers over Texans
Bengals over Chargers
Saints over Bucks
Steelers over 49ers
Ravens over Raiders
Cowboys over Eagles
Cardinals over Bears
Lions over Vikings
Falcons over Giants
Rams over Redskins
Dolphins over Jaguars
Packers over Seahawks
Colts over Jets

Titans 27 over Browns 10 – Hard to have any confidence in the Browns after watching that disaster Sunday, and the Titans seem to be a team with some good aspects with new DC Dick LeBeau, and the play of Marcus Mariota and Bishop Sankey will be too much to overcome

Scott Piker
Last Week 9-7

Denver @ Kansas City – Denver
Houston @ Carolina – Carolina
San Francisco @ Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay @ New Orleans – New Orleans
Detroit @ Minnesota – Detroit
Arizona @ Chicago – Arizona
New England @ Buffalo – New England
San Diego @ Cincinnati – San Diego
Atlanta @ New York Giants – Atlanta
St. Louis @ Washington – St. Louis
Miami @ Jacksonville – Miami
Baltimore @ Oakland – Baltimore
Dallas @ Philadelphia – Dallas
Seattle @ Green Bay – Green Bay
New York Jets @ Indianapolis – Indianapolis

Tennessee @ Cleveland – BROWNS 17-10 Let’s hope they step on the field at FirstEnergy Stadium with a bad taste in their mouth and take it out on Marcus Mariota and give him a real welcome to the NFL.

Eddy Jensen
Last Week 9-7

Broncos over Chiefs
Patriots over Bills
Panthers over Texans
Bengals over Chargers
Saints over Buccaneers
Steelers over 49ers
Ravens over Raiders
Cowboys over Eagles
Cardinals over Bears
Lions over Vikings
Giants over Falcons
Rams over Redskins
Dolphins over Jaguars
Packers over Seahawks
Colts over Jets

Titans 27 Browns 15 – Current Heisman winner takes prior Heisman winner to school.

Steve Dimatteo
Last Week 8-8

Kansas City over Denver
New England over Buffalo
Arizona over Chicago
Cincinnati over San Diego
Detroit over Minnesota
New Orleans over Tampa Bay
Atlanta over Giants
San Francisco over Pittsburgh
St. Louis over Washington
Houston over Carolina
Baltimore over Oakland
Miami over Jacksonville
Philadelphia over Dallas
Seattle over Green Bay
Indianapolis over Jets
Tennessee over Cleveland

Adrienne Goehler
Last Week 10-6/strong>

DEN over KC
CAR over HOU
PIT over SF
NO over TB
DET over MIN
ARI over CHI
NE over BUF
SD over CIN
NYG over ATL
WSH over STL
MIA over JAX
BAL over OAK
DAL over PHI
GB over SEA
IND over NYJ

Browns 23 Titans 17 – Despite last week’s travesty, I’m holding the Browns defense accountable for this week in Cleveland. Even though Marcus Mariota was looking like a stud last week, it will only be his second game under center on Sunday as a pro, and I’ve got to believe no matter who’s taking the snaps we’ll look a lot better than last week on both sides of the ball. Maybe the Dawg Pound can help the Brown and Orange find their first win on the season for the home opener.

Spencer Davies
Last Week 8-8

KC over DEN
CAR over HOU
SF over PIT
NO over TB
DET over MIN
ARI over CHI
BUF over NE
CIN over SD
ATL over NYG
STL over WAS
JAX over MIA
OAK over BAL
PHI over DAL
GB over SEA
IND over NYJ

CLE over TEN 24-20

Marcus Mariota couldn’t have made a more impressive NFL debut last week in Tampa Bay. Rookies, however, are all about ups and downs. The Browns’ defense is coming off of an embarrassing performance at MetLife Stadium, meaning Mariota is going to be up against a very angry front seven that’s looking to bounce back. Of course, they’ve got second-year back Bishop Sankey and old friend Terrance West to stop on the ground as well.

On the other side of the ball, Johnny Manziel didn’t look good, but he didn’t look bad against the Jets’ defense, which yes actually is pretty tough regardless of New York’s reputation. Manziel throws for a touchdown and takes one into the end zone himself this Sunday.

Vince Miller
Last Week 10-6/strong>

Carolina 24 – Houston 6
San Francisco 31 – Pittsburgh 28
New Orleans 35 – Tampa Bay 14
Detroit 21 – Minnesota 10
Arizona 24 – Chicago 13
New England 17 – Buffalo 14
Cincinnati 20 – San Diego 14
Atlanta 21 – New York Giants 10
St. Louis 17 – Washington 10
Miami 24 – Jacksonville 14
Oakland 17 – Baltimore 14
Dallas 35 – Philadelphia 24
Green Bay 38 – Seattle 31
Indianapolis 21 – Jets 10

Browns 24 – Titans 20 – Not to dwell on the past, but remember when a certain New Orleans team entered First Energy Stadium during week two last season and failed to win against an upset and motivated Browns team? Marcus Mariota, of course, found success against an atrocious Tampa Bay defense that didn’t throw many blitz schemes at the young quarterback. Look for impact performances by members of the Browns’ front seven in this one, as Pettine and Co. will most likely make it a rough afternoon for Mariota, who earned the coveted “Perfect Passer Ratting” attribute last week.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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