Week 2 options one other slate of nice matchups, with Tom Brady’s Buccaneers (1-0) assembly their Achilles’ heel New Orleans Saints (1-0), Joe Burrow’s Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) going through the Dak Prescott-less Dallas Cowboys ( 0-1), and one other installment of the NFC North rivalry between the Chicago Bears (1-0) and Green Bay Packers (0-1).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
His second matchup of the season tasks a higher problem as the Bucs journey to New Orleans to meet the team they just can’t shake. The Saints have received their final seven common season video games towards the Bucs, 4 of these in the Brady manner.
Most lately, the Saints handed Brady the first dwelling shutout defeat of his storied NFL profession. The 45-year-old quarterback, who returns for his twenty third season, has not misplaced greater than three consecutive video games towards a single opponent since the Patriots’ 0-3 streak towards the Broncos from 2005-09.
The largest problem this Sunday for the Bucs? Eliminating turnovers and sacks. In Brady’s final 4 losses to New Orleans, the Saints boast an 11-2 turnover benefit and the protection has 13 sacks to Tampa Bay’s 4.
On the different sideline, the Saints will want to carry out a lot better than they did of their season opener towards the Atlanta Falcons to hold the streak alive.
New Orleans fell brief on each side of the ball early in the recreation, placing them down 16-3 at halftime. However, led by quarterback Jameis Winston, the team rallied, producing a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback behind Winston’s 213 passing yards and two touchdowns.
The Saints left Atlanta with a slender one-point win, however just barely. The Bucs needs to be a lot stronger opponents and would require the Saints to ship for all 4 quarters, not just the remaining minutes if they need to stroll away victorious.
It’s additionally price noting that Saints present head coach, Dennis Allen, is the former defensive coordinator that orchestrated the protection that has been ready to shut down Brady in the previous. He has a confirmed historical past of discovering and exploiting weaknesses in the seven-time Super Bowl Champion’s recreation.
Even although it is solely week two, each groups have an early alternative to battle for first place in the division. They face off for his or her first of two common season conferences on Sunday at 1 pm ET.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys
Joe Burrow’s Bengals had a super begin to the season, to say the least.
An underwhelming efficiency from Burrow (he threw 5 interceptions), and sequence of missed alternatives, led to a wild extra time loss to the Steelers.
The Cowboys additionally opened the season with a dud as the solely team in week one not to document a landing, a testomony to a lackluster efficiency by the offense.
To exacerbate issues, quarterback Dak Prescott sustained an damage to his throwing hand in the fourth quarter, which can see him out for a number of weeks.
Despite the disappointment that follows beginning a season 0-1, beginning the season with a shedding document is nothing for both of those groups to be too nervous about.
Since 2002, 59.4 p.c of playoff groups began the season at both 1-1 or 0-2. Just final season, the Los Angeles Rams emerged Super Bowl Champions after beginning the season 0-2. All this to say, getting a win in week two could be a giant confidence booster.
The Cowboys can have to adapt to offense with out Prescott. Backup quarterback Cooper Rush solely has one profession begin, which got here throughout week 8 final 12 months when Prescott was sidelined by a calf pressure.
Rush had a powerful displaying, throwing a clutch game-winning landing to large receiver Amari Cooper in the remaining minute of play. Nevertheless, his inexperience may present towards a gritty Bengals protection.
Kickoff is ready for Sunday at 4:25 pm ET.
Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers
The Bears meet the Packers at historic Lambeau Field on Sunday evening.
The Packers look to bounce again from a 23-7 drubbing by the Vikings and proceed their reign over this lopsided NFC North rivalry.
The Packers have received 20 of their final 23 common season matchups, the Bears’ final win occurring in 2018. But the manner issues have regarded for Green Bay, it could possibly be the Bears’ probability to muscle into the win column.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers struggled towards the Vikings, clearly lacking large receiver Davante Adams. Throughout the recreation he regarded visibly annoyed as Green Bay failed to break double-digit scoring, and Rogers completed 22 for 34 for 195 yards with no touchdowns with an interception.
Heading into Sunday evening, the Bears are driving the excessive of week one’s win over the 49ers, wherein they scored 19-unanswered second half factors on a rain-soaked Soldier Field. The Bears have momentum, however the Packers have historical past. We’ll discover out Sunday evening, 8:25 pm ET.
Monday Night Football preview
The Buffalo Bills took down reigning Super Bowl champion Rams of their season opener, with quarterback Josh Allen throwing for 297 yards and 4 touchdowns in the 31-10 blowout win.
What’s the key to the Bills wins? The numbers say Allen’s versatility. The team’s profitable proportion is 20-1 when the QB rushes and passes for a minimum of one landing in the identical recreation.
Including the season opener, Allen’s 21 video games with a minimum of one speeding landing and a minimum of one passing landing are the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2018.
Allen and the Bills will attempt to make their season document 2-0 towards the Tennessee Titans on Monday evening at 7:15 pm ET.
How to watch
Here’s how to catch these groups and others throughout the league in motion, from wherever you’re.
Australia: NFL Game Pass, ESPN, 7Plus
Brazil: NFL Game Pass, ESPN
Canada: CTV, TSN, RDS, NFL Game Pass on DAZN
Germany: NFL Game Pass, ProSieben MAXX, DAZN
Mexico: NFL Game Pass, TUDN, ESPN, Fox Sports, Sky Sports
UK: NFL Game Pass, Sky Sports, ITV, Channel 5
US: NFL Game Pass, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime