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Week 2 storylines in the NFL. Are the Packers really that bad and are the Arizona Cardinals legit?
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Storylines to Watch for in Week 2: Are the Packers Really That Bad?

Have you shaken off your bad beats from last week yet? Good, just like it was Week 1 for the professionals, it’s also Week 1 for the gamblers as well so we had a lot to learn together.

Like every year, there are some real surprises in Week 1, and some of those surprises made the list of storylines for Week 2. Today, we’ll take a look at the biggest stories heading into Week 2 of the NFL season.

Are the Packers really that bad?

Packers vs Lions Odds

38-3. That was the final score in a losing effort for the Packers in Week 1. Normally, Aaron Rodgers finds himself on the winning side of games like that but in Week 1, he put together one of the worst performances of his career.

He threw no touchdowns and two interceptions for only 133 yards passing this past week but he’ll have a chance to prove it was a fluke this week. The Packers are taking on the Detroit Lions who are projected to really struggle this year.

Plus, since Matt LaFleur got to Green Bay the duo is 6-0 against the spread after a loss. So to answer the question, no I don’t think the Packers are really that bad and they have a chance to beat up on the Lions this week, at home, to prove it.

Mac Jones vs Zach Wilson

Jets vs Patriots Odds

Both first-round rookies played well in a losing effort. For Mac Jones, he completed 74.4 percent of his passes for 281 yards and a score. His play yielded a 102.6 rating against the Miami Dolphins in his debut.

As for Zach Wilson, he went 20 of 37 for 258 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception in a 19-14 loss. For Zach, it’s his home opener and a chance to prove that he was the worthy pick second overall.

It won’t be easy, Bill Belicheck eats rookie quarterbacks for breakfast, with a lifetime 21-6 record against first-year signal-callers.

Are the Cardinals legit?

Cardinals vs Vikings Odds

The Arizona Cardinals dropping 38 on the Titans in Week 1 was a major shock. It’s not so much that the Cardinals aren’t a good team, they are, it’s just surprising that Tennessee put up that bad of a performance at home.

The Cardinals head home for a game against the Minnesota Vikings who are fresh off of a loss against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 to open their season. Will we see the Cardinals, who at times have been inconsistent under Kliff Kingsbury fall back to earth, or will they put up another big performance again?

With the state of the Vikings pass defense, I would assume that Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins have a big day at the office.

Chiefs vs Ravens Playoff Preview?

When looking at each of these teams over the past few seasons, these two are always in the conversation to come out of the AFC. The Chiefs have done it in back-to-back seasons but the Ravens are no slouch.

They’ve won at least 10 games each of the past three seasons and despite losing to Las Vegas in Week 1, they are expected to be a playoff contender once again this season.

Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes are two of the best young quarterbacks this league has to offer. One can only hope that this isn’t the only time that we’ll see these two play this season. So far, Pat Mahomes is 3-0 against the Ravens in his career. Will his winning ways continue, or will it be Lamar stealing the show this time?

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OddsChecker sports writer Matt O'Leary brings experience sports betting advice to the OC staff. You may recognize Matt from his popular New York Jets youtube channel, but his vast knowledge of sports and betting goes well past the boundaries of New York.

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