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The sport to look at in Week 2, by far, needs to be the rematch of the AFC championship recreation, with the Patriots going to Jacksonville this time, and with each groups wanting like contenders once more. That’s in a traditional, conventional, logical world.

However we’re residing in Aaron Rodgers’ world, and in that world, nobody can take his or her eyes off him, whether or not he’s enjoying or not, working towards or not, being carted away or not. The working towards half will probably be beneath a microscope all week following Rodgers’ knee damage Sunday evening in opposition to the Bears. Whether or not he’ll play in opposition to the staff the Packers should beat to re-take the NFC North, the Vikings, could possibly be doubtful till recreation time.

Nobody will have the ability to take their eyes off of that, nor off of the sport if Rodgers performs. Nonetheless, give your eyes the deal with of the Patriots-Jaguars recreation, too.

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Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m., NFLN​

The winner strikes one recreation nearer to clinching the AFC North. (No, you’re improper, it’s not too early.) Jokes apart, certainly one of these groups ought to admire the Steelers slipping up in Cleveland; chances are high good that can issue into the division race by season’s finish. The Ravens trashed a foul Payments staff at residence, but that may not have been as convincing because the Bengals, anticipated to do little this season, coming from behind on the street to beat a less-bad Colts staff. Andy Dalton, for all his faults, will pose extra of a menace to the Jimmy Smith-less Ravens protection than Nathan Peterman did. The Ravens are motivated to avenge that season-ending loss to the Bengals at residence, however that may not be sufficient.

Prediction: Bengals, 27-25

Minnesota Vikings (1-0) at Inexperienced Bay Packers (1-0)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

Rodgers’ biggest feat Monday evening was making everybody overlook how underwhelming the Packers seemed on either side of the ball. The protection might have stood agency on the finish to seal the comeback, however the Bears contributed rather a lot to that, as properly. The Vikings seemed precisely how they had been anticipated to look in opposition to the 49ers, from the protection re-introducing itself to Kirk Cousins working the offense masterfully. But, if Rodgers performs, all bets are off.

Prediction: Vikings, 28-26

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Steelers higher hope for greater than a rainstorm to decelerate the Chiefs this week. Patrick Mahomes lived as much as the hype in opposition to the Chargers, so whereas it goes again to navigating its locker-room turmoil, Pittsburgh must tighten up its protection. The Steelers additionally have to preserve giving James Conner probabilities to ascertain himself so long as he’s in Le’Veon Bell’s spot. If nothing else, that lowers the percentages of one other Ben Roethlisberger turnover-fest.

Prediction: Chiefs, 33-23

Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

The dilemma for the Eagles after its opening-night shut name in opposition to the Falcons: Get pleasure from how they made Atlanta look so dangerous within the pink zone so typically, but in addition cease letting groups get into the pink zone so typically. For one factor, red-zone scoring was not a problem for the Fitzmagic-led Bucs offense final week — they simply flung it up and down the sphere. Nick Foles faces a protection that’s not in the identical ballpark as the Falcons’ unit, however nonetheless, they should do higher than “discover a option to get it performed” this week in opposition to this offense.

Prediction: Eagles, 29-26

Cleveland Browns (0-0-1) at New Orleans Saints (0-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

The temptation is to say the Saints will take out the frustration of being outgunned by the Bucs on the poor Browns. That is simpler mentioned than performed, although, in opposition to a Browns protection that retains displaying indicators of being the actual factor. With that, although, there is not any manner the Browns’ offense can sustain with Drew Brees it doesn’t matter what that protection accomplishes. A bunch of defensive or special-teams scores, perhaps? Nah. Good effort, although.

Prediction: Saints, 31-20

Miami Dolphins (1-0) at New York Jets (1-0)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The upside is so excessive for the Jets on this. They’re at residence. They’re enjoying of their division. They’re enjoying their conventional rivals. They’re coming off a nationally televised demolition of the Lions of their debut. They’ve Broadway Sam Darnold. Their reminiscence of the win they become an excruciating loss in Miami final 12 months continues to be contemporary of their minds. The Dolphins are merely first rate, nothing particular. The Jets have to benefit from an important early alternative. They are going to.

Prediction: Jets, 30-19

Indianapolis Colts (0-1) at Washington Redskins (1-0)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Colts are going to beat themselves up over letting a win in Andrew Luck’s return get away from them … and they need to. As skinny as this roster is, probabilities like that gained’t come alongside typically. Don’t rule out an opportunity like that this week, although, as a result of as dominant as Washington seemed in its opener at Arizona, the jury continues to be out. Is Adrian Peterson actually nonetheless that good? Is Jordan Reed that wholesome? Is Alex Smith that environment friendly? Is the protection … properly, can they be stored off the sphere lengthy sufficient? The Colts will check all of that.

Prediction: Colts, 34-27

Carolina Panthers (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

The annual drama of seeing how a lot Cam Newton appears like Cam Newton continues. Contemplating they scored simply 16 factors, the Panthers offense Newton ran in opposition to the Cowboys seemed simply effective. The protection gained’t be seeing the Cowboys offense, however it is going to be going through a Falcons offense that obtained in its personal manner in its opener. Sure, yet one more vengeance angle: Of their season finale final 12 months, the Falcons rose as much as clinch a playoff spot, and the Panthers fell flat and blew the NFC South title.

Prediction: Falcons, 20-19

Houston Texans (0-1) at Tennessee Titans (0-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The concerns in Nashville about Marcus Mariota, over his elbow and his inconsistency, are actual. This isn’t the staff to face with these sort of worries, a minimum of not the protection. The Texans’ protection has nothing to apologize for within the wake of the loss in New England. They could not cowl Rob Gronkowski, however nobody can, and now the Titans’ tight finish menace, Delanie Walker, is out for the season. Deshaun Watson reminded all people that returns from ACL accidents nonetheless take time. It shouldn’t matter this week.

Prediction: Texans, 24-20

Los Angeles Chargers (0-1) at Buffalo Payments (0-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Payments did their very own gamers no favors by fully botching their quarterback selections during the last two years. That started in earnest in opposition to these Chargers final 12 months, the notorious Nathan Peterman debut. The Chargers needs to be at one thing of a drawback — coming off a loss, presumably lacking Joey Bosa once more, enjoying on the East Coast in an early kickoff — however the Payments’ QB mess negates that.

Prediction: Chargers, 35-17

Detroit Lions (0-1) at San Francisco 49ers (0-1)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., Fox

The stench from Monday evening will journey with the Lions to the West Coast. Are they as dangerous as they seemed in opposition to the Jets? There aren’t any indicators they don’t seem to be. The 49ers, alternatively, usually are not the moment contender many believed they’d be. Jimmy Garoppolo goes to get away with a variety of the gunslinging he did in opposition to the Vikings — notably in opposition to a Lions staff that’s far worse on protection that anticipated. Matt Patricia is watching an 0-2 begin to his head-coaching profession.

Prediction: 49ers, 27-16

Arizona Cardinals (0-1) at Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., Fox

Opening evening in opposition to the Raiders served as a reminder that the Rams’ loaded, high-priced protection will probably be beneath 24/7 scrutiny, much more than Jared Goff and Sean McVay will probably be. Opponents will check them, in fact. Not many will succeed. Arizona will not; it could not transfer the chains at residence in opposition to Washington. The primary two video games are going to return off like simple touches for the Rams.

Prediction: Rams, 32-14

New England Patriots (1-0) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Their AFC title recreation assembly in Foxborough final season will not be formally often called the Woulda-Shoulda Recreation in Jacksonville, but it surely should be. Everybody in EverBank Discipline will probably be occupied with Blake Bortles, the play calling, Myles Jack not being down and the way glad they aren’t to see Danny Amendola this time. The remainder of the nation, in the meantime, will marvel on the notion that the marquee, must-see recreation of the weekend is being performed in Jacksonville, Fla.

Prediction: Jaguars, 26-24

Oakland Raiders (0-1) at Denver Broncos (1-0)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Jon Gruden’s Raiders are getting no break on the protection they’re going through in his readjustment to the NFL. The Broncos put a beating on Russell Wilson final week, however Wilson was adequate to nonetheless give the Seahawks an opportunity to win. Till he proves in any other case, Derek Carr will not be almost that good, and Monday evening in opposition to the Rams didn’t show in any other case. The Broncos are additionally the staff that took Carr out for a recreation final season. Once more, all Case Keenum has to do will not be be a legal responsibility.

Prediction: Broncos, 30-16

New York Giants (0-1) at Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC

The Giants are higher with Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley, however they’re nonetheless not precisely the 2007 Patriots on offense. They’re going to simply look that manner in comparison with the Cowboys, who principally did nothing to again up their offseason speak that they’d don’t have any downside changing Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Custom and morbid curiosity will drive the curiosity on this recreation. Neither appears prefer it’s both a playoff groups or on its option to being one.

Prediction: Cowboys, 17-13

Seattle Seahawks (0-1) at Chicago Bears (0-1)

Sunday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN

So, which Bears staff ought to everybody belief from Sunday evening’s fold-up in opposition to Rodgers at Lambeau Discipline? Each, truly. Groups are going to should get inventive to cease Khalil Mack and the domino impact he has on the remainder of the protection. The Packers did, someway. The Seahawks are nonetheless dangerous at defending their QB, although. The Mitchell Trubisky-led offense seemed quick, aggressive and artistic … till it did not. The Seahawks are in mid-identity swap on protection.

Prediction: Bears, 22-20



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