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|Some early intriguing inter-conference matchups spice up the second week of the NFL season. One of them gets a choice doubleheader slot, Dallas at Denver. Three others battle it out in the early window: surprisingly explosive Minnesota at Pittsburgh, Philadelphia at Kansas City for the equally-explosive Chiefs, New England at New Orleans., and a pair of teams that few thought would both lose their openers
Speaking of surprises — hello, already-important AFC South face-off. Yes, that’s Tennessee at Jacksonville. If nothing else, or whether the Texans' offense is that bad., the question of whether the Jaguars’ defense is really that good
And two teams get their delayed season openers,Womens Donovan Smith Jersey, but these teams are blank slates. Welcome., the storm-postponed Dolphins and Buccaneers. There’s more than enough mystery to go around already around the league
Houston Texans (0-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1), Thursday, NBC, 8:30 p.m.
that is,The Thursday night schedule immediately reverted to its natural state: lousy. Unless,Womens Ali Marpet Jersey, Deshaun Watson gets the call in his second NFL game and makes his presence felt. If he merely avoids leaving his defense with its backs to the wall with sacks and turnovers, 23-13, Andy Dalton excelled in sacks and turnovers against Baltimore, he will have succeeded. On the other side, and clearly he gets no break. Texans
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-0),Authentic Justin Simmons Jersey, Sunday, Fox, 1 p.m.
It's the Andy Reid reunion, with the longtime Eagles coach facing his old team for the second time with the Chiefs (Kansas City won 26-16 in 2013). If Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense looks the way it did at times against Washington last week, they’ll test the Eric Berry-less Chiefs defense early and often. On the other side, 34-27, the Eagles pass rush needs to do as well against Alex Smith as it did against Kirk Cousins. A shootout is possible. Chiefs
Minnesota Vikings (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0), Sunday, Fox, 1 p.m.
Le’Veon Bell should be more in a groove than he was against the Browns coming off of his camp-long holdout. He’d better be against a Vikings defense that took every trace of the Saints’ running game out of their game plan Monday. Major upgrade of opponent for the Steelers this week: not exactly a statement game, 29-26, but one that will look good following a routine clubbing of the Browns. Steelers
New England Patriots (0-1) at New Orleans Saints (0-1), Sunday, CBS, 1 p.m.
It feels too easy to assume the Patriots will just flip a switch and take their rage from last week out on the Saints. Their defense has to prove it’s capable of doing that. Tom Brady will have a field day, but the Patriots defense may have caught a break with the inconsistencies the Saints offense showed against the Vikings. Vengeance is not guaranteed, 38-26, but it’s likely. Patriots
Chicago Bears (0-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0), Sunday, Fox, 1 p.m.
The Bears’ opener still feels more like a game the Falcons almost lost than like a game Chicago almost won. Jameis Winston should pick the Bears apart … but Matt Ryan should have, too. Is Mike Glennon the type to want to show off against his former team? And if he is, 27-16, is he even capable of doing it? We shall see. Buccaneers
Buffalo Bills (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (1-0), Sunday, CBS, 1 p.m.
It's a homecoming for a chunk of the Bills’ brain trust, coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane, formerly of the Carolina organization. Both have to worry about whether Cam Newton worked all the kinks out in his opener in San Francisco. LeSean McCoy shouldn’t run wild through Carolina’s defense the way he did against the Jets, 24-14, but the Panthers defense took all season to jell last year. Panthers
Tennessee Titans (0-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0), Sunday, CBS, 1 p.m.
The Jaguars’ smothering of the Texans’ offensive line and quarterback (10 sacks) kept them from having to count much on Blake Bortles. They need to see how long they can get away with that, especially with Allen Robinson suddenly removed from his list of weapons. Leonard Fournette likely saw what 31-year-old Marshawn Lynch did to the Titans’ defense, 23-20, and he should act accordingly. Jaguars
Arizona Cardinals (0-1) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1), Sunday, Fox, 1 p.m.
The Cardinals need this breather already. Authentic Donovan Smith Jersey,They lost David Johnson for most of the season, they got the bad Carson Palmer last week in Detroit and their early pick-six against Matthew Stafford didn't hold up. Regroup, refocus and beat a crater into a Colts team that will start either Scott Tolzein or Jacoby Brissett, 29-10, as if it matters which. Cardinals
Cleveland Browns (0-1) at Baltimore Ravens (1-0), Sunday, CBS, 1 p.m.
they get the Browns,It shouldn’t matter if the Ravens aren’t quite the dominators they looked like against the Bengals … because now, who had their moments against the Steelers but are still digging their way out. Among their moments, 26-17, was pressuring the quarterback, though,Womens Derek Wolfe Jersey, and Joe Flacco had a mild scare concerning his back. Handling DeShone Kizer will give the defense another confidence boost. Ravens
Miami Dolphins (0-0) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-1), Sunday, CBS, 4:05 p.m.
Besides being one of two games featuring teams with late starts to their season, this is one of two home stadiums officially debuting. This one is the Chargers … well,Authentic Ali Marpet Jersey, cozy StubHub Center. Also new in this game: Dolphins starter Jay Cutler. He’ll at least be as much of a challenge to the Chargers’ defense as Trevor Siemien was, 25-19, for what that’s worth. Chargers
New York Jets (0-1) at Oakland Raiders (1-0), Sunday, CBS,Authentic Derek Wolfe Jersey, 4:05 p.m.
and on this early West Coast trip,The Jets were who you thought they were, expect them to be even more of that. The Raiders’ win over the Titans unmasked a few issues the Raiders will have to address before long, 37-17, or it shouldn’t,Womens John Elway Jersey, especially on defense. But that won’t be a problem this week, unless they take the Jets lightly … which they shouldn’t. Raiders
Dallas Cowboys (1-0) at Denver Broncos (1-0), Sunday, Fox, 4:25 p.m.
even if Trevor Siemien doesn’t repeat that Michael Vick imitation he did against the Chargers. The Broncos defense sprung some untimely leaks in that game,The Broncos offense will give the Cowboys defense more of a test than the Giants’ Odell-free unit did last week, though, 23-20, which should make Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Co. grin. No reason to think Dak can’t march them the way Philip Rivers did on that defense if necessary. Cowboys
Washington Redskins (0-1) at Los Angeles Rams (1-0), Sunday, Fox, 4:25 p.m.
Sean McVay,It’s not too early to say Washington misses its old offensive coordinator, now coaching the Rams. It’s also not crazy to believe Aaron Donald could step right in off of his holdout and smother McCoy’s old unit. Kirk Cousins and his offense are better than Scott Tolzien’s bunch, 27-17, and should, but the Rams could, be licking their chops. Rams
San Francisco 49ers (0-1) at Seattle Seahawks (0-1), Sunday, Fox, 4:25 p.m.
but to be fair,The 49ers aren’t ready for this, they’re not supposed to be yet. That was one raw, 33-10, and they might score negative three against the Seahawks defense, rebuilding bunch that opened against the Panthers. Authentic John Elway Jersey,They scored three against Carolina, which has nothing to apologize for after falling to Aaron Rodgers last week (and shutting them out for a half). Seahawks
Green Bay Packers (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (1-0), Sunday, NBC, 8:30 p.m.
the biggest surprise from that eventual rout. Don’t be so sure they can replicate that,The Falcons made Aaron Rodgers not look like himself in the NFC title game, though, 28-26, and don’t be so sure the Packers defense will get steamrolled the way they did then, either. Womens Justin Simmons Jersey,The new stadium in Atlanta shares billing with both Super Bowl contenders on this night. Falcons
Detroit Lions (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1), Monday, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.
and who obsess on his hair,Those who take Odell Beckham Jr. for granted, touchdown celebrations and boat trips, 29-16, even at full strength, got a harsh wake-up call Sunday night when the Giants looked inept without him. If he is back for this, he might not be able to mask all the flaws exposed by the Cowboys. The Lions are going to keep sneaking up on people until they realize they’re not a fluke or an accident. Lions