Week 2 is where we will start to see the potential of teams. Anything can happen any given week in the NFL, but after the second week of the season, we get an idea of where certain teams are.
The Thursday Night football game of week two will pit the Houston Texans against the Cincinnati Bengals. These teams played an ugly game on Christmas Eve last year and this one could be a defensive struggle too.
Sunday is chock full of action with 14 games on the slate. The most anticipated game on the early slate will be when Brandin Cooks faces his old team when the New England Patriots travel to face the New Orleans Saints. There are five late afternoon games so there will be plenty to watch in anticipation for the NFL Sunday night affair. That game will showcase the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons squaring off in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game in Atlanta’s brand new stadium.
Monday Night football could be an explosive affair with the Detroit Lions and New York Giants bringing their high-octane passing attacks to the field.
It's easy to overreact to what we just saw in Week 1 of the NFL season. There will be teams that looked terrible that come back to ultimately be just fine just as there will be plenty of teams that looked great in Week 1 that will taper out as the campaign wears on.
Exhibit A about overreaction? The Patriots were absolutely beaten down by Kansas City after starting off the season ridiculously hot. The odds of New England starting 0-2? Probably better than you might think. It's tough to go to the Superdome and beat the Saints, and New England is going to have to figure out how to do so if it is going to avoid that fate. At -4.5, this spread isn't nearly so large that it would be unbelievable for the Super Bowl favorites to kick off at 0-2.
The rest of Week 2 features a slew of interesting matchups between a lot of teams who have a lot to prove this week. The Texans and Bengals will kick off the week after being two of the most disappointing teams in the NFL in Week 1. This game should be the starting debut of Deshaun Watson after he replaced Tom Savage last week against Jacksonville. The Bengals are going to be favorites at -3, but neither one of these teams exactly exude confidence.
On the flip side of things, the Chiefs and Eagles were both very impressive in Week 1. For Kansas City, starting at 1-0 after winning in Foxboro was nothing shy of a borderline miracle. Andy Reid now gets to invite his old team to his new home. The Eagles took care of business against Washington on the road, and that effectively makes this game gravy. Should Philly start at 2-0 with road wins over Washington and KC, it would be a huge triumph. The Eagles, though, are 4.5-point underdogs at Arrowhead.
Sunday Night Football will be a good one for sure. The Packers have had a heck of a start to the season playing against the Seahawks at home and now the Falcons on the road. Atlanta is opening up its shiny new home at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and you can bet that this is going to be a tremendously emotional game, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Atlanta is favored by three, the value of home field advantage in a rematch of the NFC Championship Game.
Two potential future Hall of Fame quarterbacks will finish up the week in Week 2. Eli Manning and the Giants will play host to Matt Stafford and the Lions. There is no line on this game as of yet, but we suspect New York will end up being favored by a relatively small margin.
Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals, Paul Brown Stadium - 8:25 p.m. ET (NFLN)
Opening Line: Bengals -3, O/U 38.5
Preview: Horrific. Disgusting. Embarrassing. Those are three perfect adjectives to describe the type of efforts both the Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals put forth in their 2017-18 debuts. This Week 2 kickoff is huge for both clubs! Getting out to an 0-2 overall start would put the loser squarely behind the 8-ball in terms of competing for the division title let alone an AFC playoff bid. Marvin Lewis’ odds to become the first NFL coach fired got much shorter this past week, but Bill O’Brien could be right behind him if the Texans fell to 0-2. Continue...
Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers, Bank of America Stadium - 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Opening Line: Panthers -7, O/U 42
Preview: It wasn’t pretty, but both the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers got out of their season debuts unscathed. The former took care of business at home against the woeful Jets, while the latter got the job done on the west coast against the 49ers. For a couple teams that combined to win 13 games a season ago, one of them will wrap Week 2 undefeated while the other will be left wondering what might have been. Continue...
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Raymond James Stadium - 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: Buccaneers -5.5, O/U 43
Preview: The Chicago Bears did a tremendous job competing with the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons last week falling 23-17 and having a shot to win the game in the closing moments. Unfortunately, it only matters in the win/loss column in this league, so John Fox’s squad must turn the page on that gut punch of a loss and head east for Week 2 to battle yet another member of the AFC South in the well-rested Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Continue...
Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field - 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: Steelers -7.5
Preview: The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to impress in their season debut in Cleveland where they picked up a non-covering 21-18 win against a Browns team that gave them a much bigger challenge than the betting public expected. The Minnesota Vikings flexed their defensive muscles on Monday night holding Drew Brees and the Saints to just 19 points in a 10 point season opening victory. Now back at home, expect to see a much different Steelers team take the field in Week 2, but will it be enough to cover the bloated number? Continue...
Arizona Cardinals at Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium - 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: Cardinals -7, O/U 44.5
Preview: So the Indianapolis Colts got their tails whipped so badly last week that head coach Chuck Pagano forgot who they actually played in his postgame presser. Talk about getting your bell rung! The Arizona Cardinals looked to be well on their way towards winning their season opener in Detroit, but then Matthew Stafford once again rose up from the ashes with another brilliant fourth quarter performance. Each of these teams are still licking their wounds heading into Sunday’s Week 2 clash. Continue...
New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints, Mercedes-Benz Superdome - 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Opening Line: Patriots -6.5, O/U 54.5
Preview: Both the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints will attempt to pick themselves up off the mat when they collide in one of the premiere matchups of the week. This battle from the Superdome is the owner of the highest posted total of Week 2 which means points are expected to hit the scoreboard in bunches. With both sides failing to get their offenses going in their season debuts, the betting public has spoken with better than 76 percent of the betting handle expecting a high scorer. Continue...
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium - 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Opening Line: Ravens -7, O/U 41
Preview: Off a successful opening week road win that saw them shut division rival Cincinnati out 20-0, the Baltimore Ravens return to the comforts of their own stadium where they’ll partake in the home opener against another AFC North rival. The Cleveland Browns were a huge boon for sportsbooks last week by covering against Pittsburgh. Does Hugh Jackson’s squad have it in them to once again come up huge for contrarian bettors in Week 2? Baltimore will have something to say about that. Continue...
Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium - 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: Chiefs -4.5, O/U 47.5
Preview: A huge litmus test awaits NFL fans in Week 2 when the Philadelphia Eagles, fresh off a huge road win over the Washington Redskins, invades Arrowhead Stadium to battle a Kansas City Chiefs squad that shocked the NFL world by going into Foxboro and handing the reigning Super Bowl champion Patriots a decisive defeat. While neither of these teams are as good as they looked last week, all eyes will be on Kansas City to see which side remains undefeated. Continue...
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars, EverBank Field - 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Opening Line: Pick 'Em, O/U 43.5
Preview: The Jacksonville Jaguars put forth one of the more impressive and surprising efforts of the opening week taking it to the Houston Texans in their own house. On the flipside, the Tennessee Titans fell at home to the Oakland Raiders for a third straight time. With Indianapolis also going down in defeat, the Jags enter Week 2 atop the AFC South standings. That’s something Mike Mularkey’s squad will look to rectify in their first trip away from Nashville. Continue...
New York Jets at Oakland Raiders, Oakland Coliseum - 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
Opening Line: Raiders -13.5, O/U 43.5
Preview: One of the more impressive results from last week was the Oakland Raiders 26-16 handling of the Titans in Tennessee. Jack del Rio’s squad will enter the Black Hole for the first time in Week 2 to battle the New York Jets, and the odds look extremely good for them to get out to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2002-03 season. That just so happened to be the last time the franchise took part in a Super Bowl. Continue...
Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers, StubHub Center - 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
Opening Line: Chargers -4, O/U 44.5
Preview: The Miami Dolphins will be chomping at the bit to get back onto the gridiron after Hurricane Irma washed their season opener with Tampa Bay away. Unfortunately, they’ll have to do so on the road where they were a much different team a season ago. Making the uphill climb all the more tough in Week 2 will be a matchup with a Los Angeles Chargers squad that battled back late only to just fall short against the Broncos in Denver where the team is incredibly tough to beat. Continue...
Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos, Sports Authority Field - 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: Cowboys -1, O/U 43
Preview: The Dallas Cowboys toyed with the New York Giants last Sunday night, but got the benefit of taking their division rivals on without their best player in the lineup. Everyone will be present and accounted for on the Denver Broncos when they welcome the NFC reps into the Mile High City for the must see game of the Week 2 afternoon slate. The last time these franchises met on the gridiron, a whopping 99 points hit the scoreboard. It would be quite the spectacle if something like that were to happen again! Continue...
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field - 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: Seahawks -13, O/U 43.5
Preview: Fresh off their third straight loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, the Seattle Seahawks will return home for a Week 2 clash in front of the 12th Man to oppose the San Francisco 49ers. Though the defense was able to snap Aaron Rodgers’ interception-free streak in the first half, not much else went right for Pete Carroll’s Seahawks. His team will look to regroup against an opponent it beat by a combined score of 62-41 last season. Continue...
Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Rams, L.A. Memorial Coliseum - 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: Rams -2, O/U 46
Preview: It was a coming out party for Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams who throttled the Colts to get their respective 2017-18 campaign out to a 1-0 start. However, the Colts were a shell of their former self that couldn’t get anything done offensively with Andrew Luck out of commission. Kirk Cousins’ season debut was one to forget about. Some would argue he cost the Washington Redskins the game. He’ll have much to prove when he leads his squad into Tinseltown in Week 2. Continue...
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium - 8:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
Opening Line: Falcons -3, O/U 54
Preview: Closing a full slate of football out on Sunday night will be the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons who last met up in the NFC title game with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Each team came out of last week’s matchups with wins, but they were of the hard fought variety and took a toll on both rosters. Hopefully everyone is healthy and ready to go for this Week 2 tilt so we don’t have to sit through another snoozer on Sunday Night Football. Continue...
Detroit Lions at New York Giants, MetLife Stadium - 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: Check Back Later
Preview: Closing the Week 2 festivities out on Monday Night Football will be the Detroit Lions and New York Giants who cross paths on the gridiron for the fourth time in the last five seasons. This will mark the G-Men’s second straight prime time appearance after it got skunked by the Dallas Cowboys in front of a nationally televised audience last Sunday night. With the momentum the Lions built up in their comeback win over Arizona, Ben McAdoo best have his team ready for a war after the vanilla performance put forth in their season debut. Continue...
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