America’s most popular sport is back for what is sure to be another exciting season.
Week 1 in the National Football League was no exception, with seven of its season-opening games decided by three points or less.
Week 2 features another slate of great matchups, with Tom Brady’s Buccaneers (1-0) hitting their Achilles’ heel with the New Orleans Saints (1-0), Joe Burrow’s Cincinnati Bengals (0-1 ) with the Dallas Cowboys (0-1) without Dak Prescott. 0-1), and another part of the NFC North rivalry between the Chicago Bears (1-0) and the Green Bay Packers (0-1).
Brady has made headlines off and on the field this week, discussing his retirement and marriage to Gisele Bündchen, and leading the Bucs to a comfortable 19-3 season-opening victory over the Cowboys.
The second matchup of the season promises to be more challenging as the Bucs travel to New Orleans to meet a team they can’t shake. The Saints have won their last seven regular season games against the Bucs, four of them in the Brady era.
The Saints recently handed Brady the first home loss of his illustrious NFL career. The 45-year-old quarterback, who returns for his 23rd season, has not lost more than three straight games against a single opponent since the Patriots’ 0-3 streak against the Broncos from 2005-09.
The biggest challenge for the Bucs this Sunday? Billings and removal of sacks. In Brady’s last four losses in New Orleans, the Saints have an 11-2 turnover advantage and the defense has 13 sacks to Tampa Bay’s four.
On the other hand, the Saints will need to perform much better than they did in the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons to keep the streak alive.
New Orleans failed on both sides of the ball early in the game, trailing 16-3 at halftime. However, led by quarterback Jameis Winston, the team rallied, mounting a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback behind Winston’s 213 passing yards and two touchdowns.
The Saints left Atlanta with a narrow one-point win, but just barely. The Bucs will have to face much stronger opponents and the Saints will have to deliver in all four quarters, not just in the final minutes, if they want to come out victorious.
It’s worth noting that the current Saints head coach, Dennis Allen, is the former defensive coordinator who orchestrated defenses that have been able to shut down Brady in the past. He has a proven history of finding and exploiting weaknesses in the seven-time Super Bowl champion’s game.
Even though it’s only week two, both teams have an early shot at the top spot. Sunday at 1:00 PM ET will be the first of two regular season meetings.
Joe Burrow’s Bengals had a perfect start to the season, to say the least.
Burrow’s poor performance (he threw five interceptions), and missed opportunities, led to a brutal overtime loss to the Steelers.
The Cowboys also opened the season with a fluke as they became the only team in the week without a touchdown, a testament to the offense’s poor performance.
To make matters worse, quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a throwing hand injury in the fourth quarter that will keep him out for many weeks.
Despite the disappointment that comes with starting a season 0-1, starting the season on a losing streak isn’t too much to worry about for either of these teams.
Since 2002, 59.4% of playoff teams have started the season 1-1 or 0-2. Last season, the Los Angeles Rams emerged as Super Bowl champions after starting the season 0-2. All that said, getting a win in week two would be a huge confidence boost.
The Cowboys will have to adjust to the offense without Prescott. Backup quarterback Cooper Rush has just one career start, which came in Week 8 last year when Prescott was sidelined by a strained calf.
The Rush had an impressive showing, scoring a clutch game-winning touchdown to wide receiver Amari Cooper in the final minute of the game. However, his inexperience could show against a scrappy Bengal defense.
Kickoff is set for Sunday at 4:25 PM ET.
The Bears meet the Packers at historic Lambeau Field on Sunday night.
The Packers are looking to bounce back from a 23-7 drubbing by the Vikings and continue their dominance in this heavily contested NFC North matchup.
The Packers have won 20 of their last 23 regular-season contests, with the Bears’ last win coming in 2018. But the way Green Bay looks, the Bears could have a chance to get in the win column.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers struggled against the Vikings, clearly missing wide receiver Davante Adams. He was frustrated throughout the game as Green Bay failed to break into double digits, and Rogers finished 22-and-34 for 195 yards without an interception.
Heading into Sunday night, the Bears are coming off a weekly win against the 49ers, who scored 19 unanswered points at a rain-soaked Soldier Field. The Bears have the momentum, but the Packers have the history. We’ll find out Sunday night at 8:25pm ET.
The Buffalo Bills defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Rams in the season opener, and quarterback Josh Allen threw for 297 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-10 win.
What is the key to the Bills winning? The numbers speak to Allen’s versatility. The team’s winning percentage is 20-1 when the QB rushes and passes for at least one touchdown in the same game.
Including the season opener, Allen’s 21 games with at least one rushing touchdown and at least one passing touchdown are the most in the NFL since entering the league in 2018.
Allen and the Bills will try to make their record 2-0 on the season against the Tennessee Titans on Monday night at 7:15 PM ET.
Here’s how to catch these teams and others around the league in action, from wherever you are.
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