Week 2 is officially here as the NFL settles into its regular season.
Week 2 of the NFL season is now upon us. After an underwhelming Week 1 and a poor Thursday night game, we can only hope the action and excitement pick up as teams settle into a groove.
Joe Thomas played his 10,000th straight snap for the Browns. That’s UNREAL.
Gronk scored the 69th receiving touchdown of his career. Nice nice nice nice nice.
Martavis Bryant celebrated his first touchdown since being reinstated by shooting fake dice with his Steelers teammates.
Jeremy Maclin left the Ravens game against the Browns with a shoulder stinger. He returned to the game after getting evaluated.
Before the games
Perhaps the most interesting game of the early slate is the Chiefs vs. the Eagles. Kansas City stunned the Patriots on the road in Week 1 and will try to assert itself as a contender, but the loss of Eric Berry is a huge blow to its defense. The Eagles took care of Washington and are looking for big things from Carson Wentz, who had an impressive season debut.
Speaking of the Patriots, they head into the Superdome looking for their first win of the year. The Saints were strangely lifeless in their loss to the Vikings, with the defense getting shredded by Sam Bradford and Adrian Peterson already grumbling about his role. Things could get ugly in NOLA if the Saints start off 0-2.
Another early game to watch is the Steelers vs. Vikings, both of whom are coming off workmanlike victories. Pittsburgh didn’t have to do much to beat the Browns, although Ben Roethlisberger’s road performances remain a concern going forward. Sam Bradford had no problem picking apart the Saints’ defense, but he has a slight knee injury that will need to be monitored.
The Dolphins and Bucs make their season debuts after Hurricane Irma forced them to postpone their Week 1 games. Jay Cutler and the Dolphins start off against the Chargers, playing in their first regular season game in Los Angeles. The Bucs have a home contest with the Bears, who put up a better fight than expected against the Falcons last week.
In the late afternoon, the big game to watch pits the Cowboys against the Broncos. This is setting up to be an extremely physical matchup, with Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys’ offensive line going up against Von Miller and the Broncos’ No Fly Zone. If you like beefy trench battles, don’t miss this one.
Sunday Night Football has an NFC Championship rematch with the Falcons hosting the Packers in the brand new Mercedez-Benz Stadium. The Falcons blew out the Packers last time they played, but this could be a much closer contest with Atlanta’s offense taking a slight step back from last year’s historic unit. Still, the Falcons have their gang all together again (Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman), so Aaron Rodgers will be asked to either keep up or stay ahead. On paper it looks like a shootout, but both defenses should be much improved this year, making it a hard matchup to predict. Either way, it has potential to be the best game of Week 2.
Complete scores and schedule (all times Eastern)
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m., CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m., FOX
New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m., FOX
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., FOX
Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m., CBS
Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m., FOX
Washington at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m., FOX
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons, 8:30 p.m., NBC