The US’ most popular sport is again for what is bound to be one other thrilling season.
Week 1 of the National Football League was no exception, with seven season-opening games determined by three factors or fewer.
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) dealing with 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).
Brady made headlines this week on and off the sphere, discussing his eventual retirement and marriage with Gisele Bündchen, and main the Bucs to a snug 19-3 season-opening win over the Cowboys.
His second matchup of the season initiatives a better problem because the Bucs journey to New Orleans to satisfy the crew they simply can’t shake. The Saints have received their final seven common season video games towards the Bucs, 4 of these within the Brady period.
Most lately, the Saints handed Brady the primary house 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 for the reason that 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 opposite sideline, the Saints might want to carry out a lot better than they did of their season opener towards the Atlanta Falcons to maintain the streak alive.
New Orleans fell brief on either side of the ball early within the recreation, placing them down 16-3 at halftime. However, led by quarterback Jameis Winston, the crew 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 simply barely. The Bucs needs to be a lot stronger opponents and would require the Saints to ship for all 4 quarters, not simply the ultimate minutes in the event that they need to stroll away victorious.
It’s additionally price noting that Saints present head coach, Dennis Allen, is the previous defensive coordinator that orchestrated the protection that has been in a position to shut down Brady previously. He has a confirmed historical past of discovering and exploiting weaknesses within the seven-time Super Bowl Champion’s recreation.
Even although it’s solely week two, each groups have an early alternative to battle for first place within the division. They face off for his or her first of two common season conferences on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Joe Burrow’s Bengals had an unideal 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 time beyond regulation loss to the Steelers.
The Cowboys additionally opened the season with a dud as the one crew in week one to not document a landing, a testomony to a lackluster efficiency by the offense.
To exacerbate issues, quarterback Dak Prescott sustained an harm to his throwing hand within the fourth quarter, which can see him out for a number of weeks.
Despite the frustration that follows starting a season 0-1, beginning the season with a dropping document is nothing for both of those groups to be too frightened about.
Since 2002, 59.4 % 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 starting the season 0-2. All this to say, getting a win in week two can be an enormous confidence booster.
The Cowboys should adapt to offense with out Prescott. Backup quarterback Cooper Rush solely has one profession begin, which got here throughout week 8 final yr when Prescott was sidelined by a calf pressure.
Rush had a formidable exhibiting, throwing a clutch game-winning landing to vast receiver Amari Cooper within the remaining minute of play. Nonetheless, his inexperience may present towards a gritty Bengals protection.
Kickoff is ready for Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.
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 way in which issues have seemed for Green Bay, it could possibly be the Bears’ likelihood to muscle into the win column.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers struggled towards the Vikings, clearly lacking vast receiver Davante Adams. Throughout the sport he seemed visibly annoyed as Green Bay failed to interrupt 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, by which 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 p.m. ET.
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 within the 31-10 blowout win.
What’s the important thing to the Bills wins? The numbers say Allen’s versatility. The crew’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 probably the most within 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 p.m. ET.
Here’s how you can 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