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Browns (0-2) at Vikings (0-2)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Vikings by 6.

The skinny: Cleveland fans just can’t catch a break. “The Drive,” “The Fumble,” “The Shot,” “The Decision,” and now “The Trade.” Ouch! The Browns traded former No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson to the Colts for a first-round pick. Oh, and third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer gets the start. 2014 can’t get here soon enough for these fans.

The pick: Vikings.

Buccaneers (0-2) at Patriots (2-0)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Patriots by 7.

The skinny: If a team was ever going to have a mutiny, it would have to be the Buccaneers, wouldn’t it, me matey? Reports are circulating about coach Greg Schiano having rifts with quarterback Josh Freeman and cornerback Darrelle Revis. I’ll take a chance with the better team — and coach.

The pick: Patriots.

Giants (0-2) at Panthers (0-2)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Panthers by 1.

The skinny: We’re all aware of the horrors of beginning an NFL season 0-2: Since the 12-team playoff began in 1990, only 22-of-276 (8 percent) clubs that went winless after Week 2 made the playoffs. Interestingly, the Giants are 0-2 for the first time since 2007 — the season they beat the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl. Big Blue — with an NFL-worst -8 turnover margin — has not covered in five consecutive regular-season games. The trend ends in Carolina as Eli Manning gets on track against Carolina, 4-11 against the spread in its last 15 September games.

The pick: Giants.

Texans (2-0) at Ravens (1-1)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Texans by 2½.

The skinny: The Texans are the first team since the 1970 merger to win their first two games on the game’s last play. But all I care about is that they still haven’t covered. I’ll take the defending champs getting points at home.

The pick: Ravens.

Cardinals (1-1) at Saints (2-0)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Saints by 7½.

The skinny: The Cardinals have lost seven consecutive road games and 17 of their past 20 roadies overall. The Saints have won — and covered — 15 of their past 20 home games. Still, I’ll take the Cards, who are 6-1-1 against the spread the past two seasons as underdogs of eight or fewer points.

The pick: Cardinals.

Lions (1-1) at Redskins (0-2)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Redskins by 1½.

The skinny: Washington has been outscored by 43 and hasn’t converted a third down (0-for-9) before halftime. Take the more desperate team.

The pick: Redskins.

Chargers (1-1) at Titans (1-1)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Titans by 3.

The skinny: Tennessee is 2-0 in road covers, and San Diego travels a long distance a second consecutive week. I’ll ride the rocket arm of Philip Rivers.

The pick: Chargers.

Rams (1-1) at Cowboys (1-1)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Cowboys by 4.

The skinny: St. Louis is 7-2 against the spread on the road the past two seasons. Dallas is 2-10 against the spread at home dating to Nov. 24, 2011.

The pick: Rams.

Packers (1-1) at Bengals (1-1)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Packers by 2½.

The skinny: Green Bay became the first team with a 450-yard-plus quarterback (Aaron Rodgers) and 125-yard-plus rusher (James Starks) in the same game last week. Not too shabby.

The pick: Packers.

Falcons (1-1) at Dolphins (2-0)

Time: 4:05 p.m. today.

Line: Dolphins by 2.

The skinny: This is another tight line. In fact, 10 of this week’s 16 games have spreads of four points or fewer. Atlanta has a tough challenge against the upstart Fins, who have covered two consecutive road games. I’ll lean toward “Matty Ice” Ryan.

The pick: Falcons.

Jaguars (0-2) at Seahawks (2-0)

Time: 4:25 p.m. today.

Line: Seahawks by 19.

The skinny: So, according to Editor Joe’s football handicapping calculator, if the Seahawks beat the 49ers by 26 points, and the 49ers are 100 times better than the Jaguars, does that mean the Seahawks will beat the Jaguars by 2,600 points? I’m not so sure about that, but I’m certain Seattle is 15-5 overall in its past 20 home games, including 16-4 against the spread.

The pick: Seahawks.

Colts (1-1) at 49ers (1-1)

Time: 4:25 p.m. today.

Line: 49ers by 10½.

The skinny: Give Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson a lot of credit for making the Trent Richardson deal happen. On the other side, do you think it was a fun week of practice for the 49ers after a 26-point pasting at Seattle? San Francisco is 16-6-1 against the spread in their past 23 home games.

The pick: 49ers.

Bills (1-1) at Jets (1-1)

Time: 4:25 p.m. today.

Line: Jets by 2.

The skinny: Geno Smith gets another shot in the division in a clash of AFC East first-year quarterbacks against the Bills and E.J. Manuel. I know Rex Ryan’s defense, which has been impressive in the early going, will have a multitude of looks for Manuel. But Buffalo is 5-2 against the spread in its last seven trips to East Rutherford.

The pick: Bills.

Bears (2-0) at Steelers (0-2)

Time: 8:30 p.m. today.

Line: Bears by 2½.

The skinny: Big Ben and the Steelers’ offense looks abysmal under coordinator Todd Haley, while I’ve never seen Jay Cutler look better with the Bears. I want to use the “more desperate team” axiom here and pick the Steelers, but I just can’t after watching their almost unrecognizable play the last two weeks.

The pick: Bears.

Raiders (1-1) at Broncos (2-0)

Time: 8:40 p.m. Monday.

Line: Broncos by 15.

The skinny: Denver took a big hit when left tackle Ryan Clady was put on injured reserve with season-ending foot surgery. I love the way the Denver offense is clicking, but I think Oakland and its NFL-best nine sacks will find a way to cover. Oakland is 6-1 against the spread in its past seven trips to Denver.

The pick: Raiders.

— John Boell, Newsday


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