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Full list of Week 2 straight-up picks with confidence levels

The NFL returns for Week 2, and we’ve got a look at who we think will win each of the 16 games.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield runs with the ball as Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins defends during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is back for Week 2, kicking off on with the Cleveland Browns hosting the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football. The game kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET and airs on NFL Network.

The Browns are a six-point favorite, and I’m leaning Cleveland in this one. The Browns looked atrocious last week, while the Bengals gave the Chargers all they could handle. I could see people being high on Joe Burrow and Cincy after that game, but I’m just not buying it. I think we see a big bounce-back from the Browns to get the win and the cover.

Each Thursday, I put together a list of straight up picks for the weekly schedule. I’ll have picks against the spread over the weekend, but this is a chance to just pick winners and losers. This year though, I’ve changed up the approach. Instead of simply picking winners and losers, I’m also grouping the picks by confidence — high confidence, medium confidence, low confidence, no confidence.

If you run through last week’s picks, you’ll see I was 2-2 with my high confidence picks and my low confidence picks, 5-2 with my medium confidence picks, and 1-0 with my no confidence pick. Below I’ve posted all my picks, with my record in that confidence level in parenthesis. A game with three asterisks (***) after it indicate a game where I’m picking the betting underdog to get the win. This week is a bit chalk-heavy.

High confidence (2-2)

Browns beat Bengals
Cowboys over Falcons
49ers over Jets
Titans over Jaguars
Packers over Lions
Bills over Dolphins
Cardinals over Washington
Chiefs over Chargers

Medium confidence (5-2)

Eagles over Rams***
Buccaneers over Panthers
Steelers over Broncos
Colts over Vikings
Ravens over Texans
Seahawks over Patriots

Low confidence (2-2)

Bears over Giants

No confidence (1-0)

Raiders over Saints***

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