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Week 2 NFL Picks: APC likes Rodgers-led Packers to beat Vikings by narrow margin

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In an 8-6 split, APC still feels good about the Packers’ chances against Minnesota on Sunday despite Aaron Rodgers’ knee injury.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers Rick Wood-USA TODAY Sports

A week after our contributors were unanimous in picking the Green Bay Packers to beat the Chicago Bears, there is much less consensus leading up to the team’s week two matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. Aaron Rodgers led a remarkable comeback at Lambeau Field to validate our week one pick, but with a sprained knee and a tougher defense coming to town this Sunday, we have several contributors expecting a Vikings victory.

Five out of our 14 contributors have the Vikings winning this week, so direct your hate mail to Tex, Jason, Jon Meerdink, Mike, and Shawn. However, that leaves us with an overall vote of 8-6 in favor of Green Bay moving to 2-0 despite the tough matchup on deck this Sunday afternoon.

Across the NFL, APC has five unanimous selections this week. First up is the Chargers defeating the Bills in Josh Allen’s first start for Buffalo on Sunday afternoon; however, we also picked the Saints beating the Browns, the Eagles over the Buccaneers, a Rams victory over the Cardinals, and the Broncos defeating the Raiders.

Check out the rest of our picks below and give us your predictions for this week’s games in the comments.

Week 2 NFL Picks

Game Tex Jason Peter Kris Bob Jon B Jon M Jordan Matub Mike Paul Shawn Wendi Zach APC Pick
Game Tex Jason Peter Kris Bob Jon B Jon M Jordan Matub Mike Paul Shawn Wendi Zach APC Pick
BAL @ CIN BAL BAL BAL BAL CIN CIN BAL CIN BAL BAL CIN BAL BAL BAL BAL
CAR @ ATL CAR ATL ATL CAR ATL ATL ATL CAR ATL CAR ATL CAR ATL ATL ATL
LAC @ BUF LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC*
MIN @ GB MIN MIN GB GB GB MIN MIN GB GB MIN GB MIN GB GB GB
CLE @ NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO*
MIA @ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ MIA MIA NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ MIA NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ
KC @ PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT KC KC KC KC PIT KC PIT KC KC PIT PIT
PHI @ TB PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI TB PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI*
HOU @ TEN HOU TEN TEN HOU TEN HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU TEN HOU
IND @ WAS WAS WAS WAS IND WAS WAS IND IND IND WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS
ARI @ LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR*
DET @ SF SF SF SF DET SF DET SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SF
OAK @ DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN*
NE @ JAX NE NE NE NE NE NE NE JAX NE JAX JAX NE NE JAX NE
NYG @ DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL NYG NYG NYG NYG DAL NYG DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL
SEA @ CHI CHI SEA SEA CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI

Week 1 Leaderboard

First place (12-3-1): Jon Meerdink
T-2nd place (11-4-1): Jason Hirschhorn, Jordan Smith, Matub
T-5th place (10-5-1): Evan “Tex” Western, Paul Noonan, Shawn Wagner
T-8th place (9-6-1): Peter Bukowski, Kris Burke, Bob Fitch, Mike Vieth
12th place (8-7-1): Wendi Hansen
13th place (6-9-1): Zach Rapport

Overall APC pick record: 9-6-1

FanPulse Predictions

Not surprisingly, both Packers and Vikings fans see a tight game this weekend, but both sides favor their own teams just slightly. Here are the results of this week’s FanPulse surveys from our readers here at APC and those at the Daily Norseman:

Daily Norseman FanPulse: Vikings by 5
Acme Packing Company FanPulse: Packers by 1