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    NFL Week 2 preview: Schedule, analysis, matchups and picks for every game | FOX Sports

    week 1 of the nfl season was… consistent.

    We saw big upsets, significant injuries, and plenty of standout performances. good news: we’re just getting started.

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    the fox sports nfl writing team has put together a guide to every game coming up in week 2. be sure to check the site and app throughout the season for weekly previews and predictions.

    Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022

    Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (8:15 PM ET, Main Video)

    Summary: patrick mahomes and justin herbert lead two high-powered offenses in this one. The Chiefs have a 65-58-1 lead in the all-time series and have won 13 of the last 16 contests. however, the Chargers took the last two games at Arrowhead Stadium. Since 2017, the Chiefs are 25-5 against the AFC West.

    matchup to watch: chargers safety derwin james vs. the bosses you travis kelce

    kelce is one of the best tight ends in the nfl and he was off to a strong start, totaling eight receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown in a week 1 win against the arizona cardinals. james is solid to match up with tight ends, but he’ll have his hands full holding off kelce. In his last three games against the Chargers, Kelce has averaged nine receptions for 128 receiving yards and three total touchdowns.

    Key stat: Mahomes is 12-2 in 14 career September starts, with 46 touchdowns and three interceptions in those games.

    Prediction: The Chargers will have to figure out how to put consistent pressure on mahomes while only pressuring four players. In his first game with Los Angeles, running back Khalil Mack was dominant, recording three sacks in a win over the Las Vegas Raiders. It was Mack’s second career three-sack game and his most sacks in a contest since 2015. The Chargers need similar production from Mack against Kansas City.

    loaders 34, bosses 31eric d. williams

    Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022

    miami dolphins at baltimore ravens (1 pm et, cbs)

    Summary: tua tagovailoa continued his undefeated streak against bill belichick last week. The Dolphins quarterback is now 4-0 against the greatest coach of all time after Mike McDaniel, in his NFL head coaching debut, put on a display of aggressive plays. The Patriots didn’t just beat themselves, the Dolphins forced a series of errors, including three aces. It was an impressive display from Miami to open the season and the McDaniel era.

    As for the Ravens, they took care of business and embarrassed the jets in exactly the way everyone expected. and that should not be taken lightly. It’s not easy to stage a blowout in the NFL, even against lowly jets. so baltimore should be pleased with the way his passing offense showed signs of life as rashod bateman transitions into the wr1 role. The Ravens also won the turnover battle, with interceptions by cornerback Marcus Peters and safety Chuck Clark.

    matchup to watch: ravens cb marcus peters vs. dolphins wr tyreek hill

    It was interesting to watch the Dolphins try to set up their running game through their passing game, and set up their passing game through Tyreek Hill. That’s a roundabout way of saying the Dolphins built their game plan around getting the ball, which is not the way McDaniel probably wants to plan the game. he wants to work on the running game. But Miami struggled to run the ball and instead peppered Hill with short passes. this may be the path of the Dolphins’ offense until they can build confidence in their deep game. Therefore, Peters will have to try to prevent the Dolphins from triggering the offense with Hill’s electric play.

    Key stat: The Ravens were limited to just 63 rushing yards in Week 1 against the Jets, third fewest in the NFL. Last season, Baltimore averaged 145.8 per game, third-best in the league.

    prediction: I’m a firm believer in dolphins, but I think they might get a humble piece of cake against crows. it will be tight. But with Lamar Jackson and John Harbaugh, the Ravens will have a slight edge over the less experienced duo of Tagovailoa and McDaniel.

    Ravens 27, Dolphins 24 henry mckenna

    Related: Notes from the AFC East, including the Dolphins’ dominant Week 1 defense

    new york jets at cleveland browns (1 pm et, cbs)

    Summary: The jets rightfully decided to keep joe flacco after a week 1 blowout to baltimore that wasn’t his fault. Did he make some mistakes? Yes. Was his ugly game the product of a disappointing supporting cast? absolutely. So it’s only fair to give Flacco another chance, especially if the Jets want to assure their players that they plan to win this season. I don’t think they’ll win a lot of games, but they don’t want to give up the season in week 2. That’s the message Mike White would send: one of resignation. So the Jets hope to correct the many mistakes from their Week 1 loss to the Ravens against a lesser opponent in the Browns.

    jacoby brissett did just what he had to do for the browns to win over the panthers in week 1. he ran the game as his running backs nick chubb and kareem searched, and his defense took control. edge rusher myles garrett had two sacks and safety grant delpit had an interception. and the Browns held off Carolina’s 17-point fourth quarter to win.

    showdown to watch: myles garrett vs. jets tackle george fant

    Garrett embarrassed Panthers rookie left tackle Ikem Ekwonu on a few occasions. Garrett has that effect on even the best offensive tackles in the NFL. but fant is not completely healthy. he’s dealing with a knee injury and he may have to fight that if he plays at all. so this matchup could be lopsided and dictate the outcome of the game.

    Key stat: Including their Week 1 loss, the Jets have now lost 13 straight games in September. meanwhile, with a win on Sunday, the Browns would be 2-0 for the first time since 1993.

    prediction: the browns should take control of this game, even if they don’t take a big lead. With strong play on the offensive and defensive lines, Cleveland will produce an ugly, slow win.

    coffee 17, jet 13 henry mckenna

    washington commanders at detroit lions (1 pm et, fox)

    Summary: Carson Goz’s rollercoaster ride was going full throttle in Week 1 (4 TDs, 2 INTs), but there was more good than bad for the Commanders. They appear loaded with offensive weapons, with a healthy samuel curtis (8-55-1) and rookie jahan dotson (3-40-2) joining a group that includes wr terry mclaurin, te logan thomas and rb antonio gibson.

    The Lions’ pass rush was erratic against the Eagles last week, but Philadelphia has one of the best offensive lines in football. Washington No. If Detroit can’t make it to Gonez, he might be in for another big day. and that’s a problem because other than rb d’andre swift (15 carries, 144 yards, 1 TD), the lions offense didn’t click in week 1, even though the eagles defense wasn’t any good .

    matchup to watch: lions cb jeff okudah vs. commanders wr terry mclaurin

    last week the lions mostly used okudah on eagles wr devonta smith, who had zero sacks. of course, that allowed a.j. brown to go for 10 catches and 155 yards. Presumably, given how well Okudah played under Smith, the Lions will put the former first-round pick over McLaurin in this game, as he remains Washington’s top receiver. but okudah better get some help, because samuel and dotson also turned out to be dangerous.

    Key stat: Wentz threw four touchdown passes last week for the first time since 2017. That helped him top his two interceptions, but the entire performance (27-of-41, 313 yards) was good for gonz and washington. the commanders are banking on him this season, and he certainly has plenty of weapons around him. they needed it to get off to a good start.

    prediction: The Lions are the favorites for the first time in nearly two years, fresh off their stronger-than-expected performance against the Eagles. but that game was close due to a lousy tackling performance by the Eagles’ defense. if the commanders do the same, surely swift could lead the lions to victory. But this Washington team is a lot like the Eagles in that it has a diverse offense and a strong quarterback (for now). The Lions’ defense is too inconsistent and their offense is too one-dimensional for them to do more than keep games close for now.

    29 commanders, 20 lions ralph vacchiano

    indianapolis colts at jacksonville jaguars 1:00 pm ET cbs

    Summary: We can all thank the Colts (and Texans) for bugging us by having to do mental math after they tied in week 1. indianapolis can’t let it go well, not after The expectation at the beginning of the season was that they would compete in the AFC South. this is a game the Colts should win, no matter how close the Jaguars came to winning last week.

    and Jacksonville was close. A solid performance by quarterback Trevor Lawrence brought the Jags within two points of the Washington Majors in the fourth quarter. Jacksonville also appears to have a competent running game to fall back on with a defense that looks good up front, at least. That said, while it may not be time to hit the panic button on the Colts just yet, there’s no question that winning this game is crucial for them.

    matchup to watch: rb jonathan taylor vs. lb devin lloyd

    Taylor had 31-plus carries against the Texans (and somehow Matt Ryan attempted 50 passes). It’s no secret that Taylor makes up a big part of this offense, and for the Jaguars to have a chance, they’ll have to find a way to slow him down. Lloyd is part of a promising front seven for the Jaguars and could go a long way in helping them mitigate Taylor’s damage.

    Key stat: The Jaguars are 3-13 in their last 16 division games, with all three wins against the Colts.

    Prediction: The Colts are too talented a team and have too powerful an offense to let their AFC South counterparts keep up. they get back in the saddle on an opponent they know all too well.

    colts 24, jaguars 10 — carmen vitali

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    tampa bay buccaneers in new orleans saints (1 pm et, fox)

    Summary: The New Orleans Saints have been the egg that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can’t seem to crack, even after adding the greatest quarterback of all time. Since 2018, the Saints have won seven straight regular-season matchups over division opponents. And while the Bucs won the one that counted two years ago in the divisional round of the 2020 playoffs, that’s already a long way off in the rearview mirror.

    Both teams are coming off winning Week 1, one more convincing than the other. The Saints had to rally from a 23-3 deficit to the Atlanta Falcons and score 17 points to get past Atlanta in dramatic fashion. The Bucs, on the other hand, steamrolled the Cowboys and after a shaky first half offensively, quarterback Tom Brady seemed to get his groove back. It’s not much of a debate which Tampa Bay has the better list. The question now is whether Dennis Allen has his number like Sean Payton did.

    matchup to watch: wr mike evans vs. cb marshon lattimore

    While the level of rivalry between these two teams can be questioned, the individual rivalry between these two cannot. Every time the Bucs and Saints play each other, these two players zero in on each other, and it’s been a sight to see every time. Lattimore has the upper hand going into this matchup after Evans was limited to just one catch and also suffered an injury in the Saints’ 9-0 win in Week 15 last season. evans will want to flip the script.

    Key stat: The Bucs have won five straight on the road, dating back to last season. It’s the longest active win streak in the NFL.

    prediction: the scores of these games have been mixed in recent years, but I think the volatility of saints quarterback jameis winston can lead to defensive scores by the bucs secondary. . ultimately i think brady & co. continue his pace and get past the saints, as long as tampa bay’s offensive line can hold off the new orleans frontline.

    buccaneers 31, saints 26 carmen vitali

    carolina panthers at the new york giants (1 pm et, fox)

    Summary: The Giants’ dramatic Week 1 feel-good win should concern the Panthers for two very important reasons: 1. Saquon Barkley is back, and 2. the Panthers’ defense. giants could be back, too. Barkley, looking better than ever since he was a rookie, torched the Titans with 164 rushing yards. Meanwhile, the Panthers gave up 217 rushing yards to the Browns last week, including 141 to Nick Chubb. And the Giants’ defense limited Derrick Henry to 82 yards last week, which doesn’t bode well for Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey, who had just 33 yards against the Browns. the Browns, by the way, are a mess, and their starting quarterback is suspended, but the Panthers still lost along the way. the giants just went on tour and beat world no. 1 seed in the afc.

    matchup to watch: giants rb saquon barkley vs. panther defense

    yes, all the defense, because barkley is dangerous on the ground, in the air, in the middle, on the outside. he did it all last week against a much better defensive team, amassing 194 total yards. Barkley had great runs, constantly moving the ball and running like a man on a mission. If he gets going again in this game, the Panthers won’t stand a chance.

    Key stat: The Giants had an NFL-best 236 rushing yards in Week 1, and Barkley’s 164 was his most since Week 16 in 2019. have you got an idea? The Giants and Barkley made a big statement last week, and with a game manager at quarterback in Daniel Jones, the fifth-year running back is their offense. the panthers have to stop him to stand a chance, and based on last week, they don’t seem capable of doing so.

    prediction: the giants still have plenty of holes. their quarterback is prone to making poor decisions, their pass protection isn’t great, their secondary is shaky, they don’t have much pass pressure. But if Barkley can run like he did last week and the offensive line can run and block like he did, this team can be in most games and win more than expected. the giants should also be able to push bad teams like the panthers. maybe week 1 was a mirage on both sides. If not, this seems like a rare game where the Giants’ offense should be able to intimidate an opposing defense and lead Barkley to an easy win at home.

    Giants 23, Panthers 13 ralph vacchiano

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    new england patriots at pittsburgh steelers (1 pm et, cbs)

    Summary: New England suffered an embarrassing loss to Miami in their first game. Mac Jones and the Patriots offense struggled to move the ball. Meanwhile, the New England defense failed to make a number of crucial plays and failed to build any lead against the Dolphins. That combination led to a 20-7 victory for Mike McDaniel and Miami. Jones doesn’t seem to have made the sophomore leap that some QBS do, and it’s easy to wonder if that’s related to Matt Patricia and Joe Judge replacing Josh McDaniels in leading the Patriots’ offense.

    The Steelers took on the Bengals and forced quarterback Joe Burrow into a four-interception game. burrow was also looted seven times. Meanwhile, the Steelers had just 257 total yards of offense under quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. That will be Pittsburgh’s recipe for success in 2022. The Steelers will need their defense to take control of games. jones and the patriots seemed controllable last week.

    matchup to watch: minkah fitzpatrick, steelers safety, vs. mac jones, quarterback for the patriots

    Jones is known for his propensity to throw short passes. but he too is aware of that reputation and is working to change that label. Last week, he threw the ball downfield to wide receiver Kendrick Bourne for 41 yards in the fourth quarter. But it didn’t work out too well when Jones targeted Devante Parker downfield and finished with an interception. So Fitzpatrick may have a chance to generate a takeaway (or two) if Jones tests the Steelers thoroughly.

    Key Stats: This will be the first Patriots-Steelers meeting without Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger since 1998. The Steelers are 6-0-1 in their last seven home games. games.

    prediction: bill belichick isn’t one to lose twice in a row, especially early in the season; With a loss, the Patriots would be 0-2 for the first time since 2001. And even in a game in which the Steelers generated four interceptions, they nearly lost. So I’m taking New England by a narrow margin. but it’s definitely hard to pick, given how poorly the Patriots played in Week 1.

    Patriots 13, Steelers 10 henry mckenna

    Related: These 8 Patriots Must Perform Better After Week 1 Loss

    Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams (4:05 PM ET, Fox)

    Summary: Both teams are looking for their first win of the young season, with the Rams holding a 48-30-2 lead in the all-time series. The last time these two teams met was Oct. on January 20, 2019, a 37-10 victory for the Rams over the Falcons in Atlanta. Also note that Angels defensive tackle Aaron Donald needs one more sack to reach the century mark. Donald has 99 career sacks from him in 127 games played.

    matchup to watch: falcons wr drake london vs. rams cb jalen ramsey

    After struggling in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills, Ramsey has a chance to redeem himself on Sunday. He will find a difficult matchup on the perimeter against a great physical receiver in Drake London. The USC product led all rookies with 74 receiving yards in a loss to the New Orleans Saints last week.

    Key stat: With a loss, the Rams would become the first defending Super Bowl champions to start 0-2 since the 1999 Denver Broncos.

    Prediction: The Rams were limited to just 52 rushing yards in Week 1, the fewest of any team. But maybe they can get things rolling against an Atlanta defense that gave up 151 rushing yards to New Orleans last week. On top of that, the Rams need to do a better job protecting Matthew Stafford after allowing seven sacks in a loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.

    Rams 28, Hawks 23eric d. williams

    seattle seahawks vs san francisco 49ers (4:05 pm et, fox)

    Summary: The Seahawks look to keep their momentum going after their big win at home against Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos. And while Seattle is a long shot down the road, the Seahawks and Pete Carroll have recent success against the 49ers, winning the last four matchups. The Seahawks also lead the all-time series, 29-17.

    matchup to watch: seahawks qb geno smith vs. niners defensive line

    seattle had a good game plan for smith against denver last week: get the ball out quickly and let him use his legs if he has nothing downfield. Smith completed 82% of his passes and threw two touchdown passes in the win. But with two rookie offensive tackles on the road for the first time this season, the Seahawks will be hard-pressed to do the same against Nick Bosa and San Francisco’s relentless defensive front.

    Key stat: Since Kyle Shanahan took over as head coach in 2017, San Francisco is 2-8 against Seattle.

    prediction: this game could be the deebo samuel show for san francisco. Samuel had 754 scrimmage yards and nine total touchdowns in eight home games last season. And in his last three games against the Seahawks, Samuel has 247 yards from scrimmage and three total touchdowns.

    niners 27, seahawks 20eric d. williams

    cincinnati bengals at dallas cowboys (4:25 pm et, cbs)

    Summary: There may not be a team that’s off to a worse start than the Cowboys. They suffered the indignity of being the only team in the NFL not to score a touchdown, and they lost Dak Prescott to a broken thumb for at least the next few weeks. Micah Parsons and the Dallas defense showed signs of life in that 19-3 loss to Tampa Bay, but now they must slow down an explosive Cincinnati offense without Prescott helping put them on the scoreboard. Backup quarterback Cooper Rush faces a big task in his second career start.

    Related: Can Cooper Rush keep the Cowboys afloat until Dak Prescott returns?

    The Bengals also didn’t get the start they’d prefer, as some of 2021’s biggest issues resurfaced in their overtime loss to Pittsburgh. Joe Burrow needs to take better care of the football, and his offensive line needs to have a better day at the office if Cincinnati is going to get into the win column.

    matchup to watch: demarcus lawrence & micah parsons vs. the’el collins

    What used to be a spirited practice battle will now unfold on match day. Collins spent six years guarding Prescott’s right side, but signed as Burrow’s new right tackle within days of being cut by the Cowboys this spring.

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    collins fought with t.j. Watt in Game 1, playing a role in those seven Pittsburgh sacks. The Cowboys know their game better than anyone, and it’s a good bet they’ll use their two best pass-rushers to influence the Bengals’ game plan.

    Key stat: With a loss, the Cowboys would be 0-2 for the first time since 2010, a year in which head coach Wade Phillips was fired midseason. That feels significant, given that current head coach Mike McCarthy is now tasked with guiding the Cowboys to the playoffs despite Prescott missing a good portion of the season.

    Prediction: This isn’t college football, so you’d be foolish to expect the Cowboys to fold completely because they don’t have Prescott. Remember, they stole a road win against Minnesota in Cooper Rush’s first career start last year. The problem is that Rush leaned heavily on Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson that night, and those receivers are gone. Parsons and the Dallas defense have enough juice to Fluster Burrow, but the guess here is that it’s not enough over the course of 60 minutes. I just don’t think the cowboys’ offense can keep up with burrow, ja’marr chase, joe mixon and all the rest. eventually, cincinnati does enough.

    flares 27, cowboys 13 david helman

    houston texans vs denver broncos (4:25 pm et, cbs)

    Summary: The Broncos look to bounce back from a disappointing road loss in Seattle last week. Denver leads the all-time series against Houston 5-3 and has won three of the last four games against the Texans. New Denver quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown for 712 passing yards (356 per game), with six touchdowns and one interception for a 120 passer rating in his last two starts against Houston.

    game to watch: texans cb derek stingley jr. against broncos wrs courtland sutton and jerry jeudy

    The highly respected rookie from LSU could struggle to suppress Denver’s dynamic duo of Sutton and Jeudy. The two receivers combined for eight receptions for 174 receiving yards and a touchdown in Denver’s loss to Seattle.

    Key stat: After leading the Colts 20-3, the Texans were outscored 17-0 in the fourth quarter of their Week 1 tie, the first tie in league history. franchise.

    Prediction: Denver somehow failed to score a touchdown in four trips inside the red zone against Seattle, including two fumbles at the goal line. It was the first time in Wilson’s career that his team finished 0-4 or worse in the red zone. Denver’s new head coach Nathaniel Hackett will clean things up, and the Texans should be a soothing balm for the Broncos.

    Broncos 30, Texans 24eric d. williams

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    Arizona Cardinals at Las Vegas Raiders (4:25 PM ET, CBS)

    Summary: The cardinals are beaten and they fight. After a humiliating home opener loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona must hit the road to face the Raiders. Las Vegas leads the all-time series 6-4. The Cardinals are 0-5 in their last five games against AFC West opponents, including their Week 1 loss to the Chiefs. However, Arizona went 8-1 in road games in 2021, the best road record in the NFL.

    matchup to follow: assailants with davante adams vs. Cardinals High School

    Adams, Las Vegas’ top free agent acquisition of the offseason, didn’t disappoint in Week 1, leading the Raiders with 10 receptions for 141 receiving yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Arizona must prepare at a higher level after struggling to slow down Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs last week.

    Key stat: Since their 7-0 start in 2021, the Cardinals are 4-8 in their last 12 games (including their playoff loss to the Rams).

    prediction: derek carr couldn’t prevent turnovers last week, tying a career high with three interceptions. he thinks to take better care of football at home. The Cardinals are playing without Deandre Hopkins (suspension) and probably without slot receiver Rondale Moore (hamstring injury). It’s hard to see how Kyler Murray and Arizona can muster enough points to win this one on the road.

    Raiders 24, Cardinals 20eric d. williams

    chicago bears at green bay packers (8:20 pm et, nbc)

    Summary: The Bears were celebrating slips and slips at Soldier Field after beating the 49ers in Week 1. It was a strong debut for head coach Matt Eberflus and his defense, although his offense was another story. quarterback justin fields struggled in the first half, but got things rolling in the second, giving hope of what this bear team could become.

    but they’re not there yet. And while the Packers suffered what now appears to be their traditional Week 1 loss, the Vikings are a great team and Green Bay didn’t have all of their ducks in a row. quarterback aaron rodgers didn’t count on his offensive tackles or veteran wide receiver allen lazard. all of those players have a chance to come back for the pack, and if they do, this looks like green bay home game.

    showdown to watch: bears dl justin jones vs. packers ol zach tom (or the next man up)

    packers shooting guard jon runyan suffered a concussion in sunday’s game and zach tom will presumably replace him when runyan clears protocol. whoever is stationed there, the bears would do well to go after him, as the inside is the fastest way to get to the quarterback. The Vikings sacked Rodgers four times and that certainly helped their cause. Chicago should aspire to do the same.

    Key stat: The Packers have won six straight against the Bears and are 11-1 in their last 12 meetings, while quarterback Aaron Rodgers has 16 touchdown passes and zero interceptions in his last six starts. against chicago

    prediction: the packers haven’t started 0-2 since 2006, and while i think the bears are better than they think, there’s too much history to suggest green bay won’t prevail at home. Chicago still needs to answer your questions about the offensive line, and the Bears’ middle receivers will likely be handled by one of the best secondaries in the league, led by cornerback Jaire Alexander. however, he also doesn’t sleep thinking about what this secondary bear can do against developing Packer receivers.

    Baggers 24, Bears 17carmen vitali

    Monday, Sept. 19, 2022

    tennessee titans at buffalo bills (7:15 pm ET, espn)

    Summary: The Bills looked good out of control in their season opener against the Rams. Josh Allen threw two interceptions and Buffalo still outscored the L.A. And that’s thanks, in large part, to the defense generating seven sacks without sending a single charge the entire game. that’s right: seven sacks, zero blitzing. crazy, right? And what’s crazier is that the Bills have a defense of that caliber to go along with an offense that is basically unstoppable with Allen and Stefon Diggs.

    the titans were upset that they slept together, but they made the skeptics look wise by losing to the giants in week 1. ouch! tennessee’s offense looked a little tired behind ryan tannehill and derrick henry. It was a lot of thunder without much lightning. The Titans’ longest play was an 18-yard run by Henry. His longest passing play was 31 yards to running back Dontrell Hilliard.

    matchup to watch: bills linebacker tremaine edmunds vs titans running back derrick henry

    Now here’s an old school monstrous blunt force showdown. Edmunds is one of the rare humans who can match Henry in terms of height, weight, and speed. both are titans, even if only one is a titan! their powerful inside battles and foot dashes to the touchline should be a joy to watch. And since Henry is the key to jump-starting the Titans’ offense, Edmunds has a huge responsibility on his shoulders.

    Key stat: Bills is now 20-1 (.952) in the regular season when Josh Allen scores a passing and rushing touchdown in the same game.

    Prediction: This will not end well for the Titans. bills are a freight train, and I’m not going to bother them until someone finally stops them for the first time.

    bills 31, titans 20 henry mckenna

    minnesota vikings at philadelphia eagles (8:30 pm, abc)

    Summary: The Eagles’ offense looked so strong last week, especially on the field. but ugh, that defense. Philadelphia almost passed the game to the Lions with an unforgivably ugly tackling performance. there aren’t many teams the eagles can beat if that continues. They certainly won’t beat the Vikings that way, not with the 1-2 thrashing of RB Dalvin Cook and WR Justin Jefferson, who torched the Packers 9-184-2 last Sunday. The Vikings’ defense probably won’t shut down the Eagles like it did with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers last week. but minnesota sure seems capable of winning a shootout if it comes down to it.

    showdown to see: vikings with justin jefferson vs. eagles cb darius slay

    The Eagles have really tried to beef up their secondary and this is the real test: covering a guy who’s bidding to become the best wr in the league. The Eagles were killed to slow down receivers like Jefferson. maybe no one can, considering the way jefferson played last week, but slay has to at least contain him to give philly a chance.

    key stat: jefferson (184) and eagles wr a.j. Brown (155) ranks first and second in the NFL in receiving yards. any questions on who the guys to go to for these teams are? none of them will be easy to stop. The key to this matchup could be who gets the most help from a second receiver (Minnesota’s Adam Thielen or Philadelphia’s Devonta Smith) or their team’s running game. any team that adds a second dimension first could see his no. 1 receiver turns off.

    Prediction: The Eagles better hope their Week 1 defensive performance was an anomaly, because the NFC East is wide open and they dream of being a contender. but it won’t happen if they can’t fix all those defensive holes. the Vikings, on the other hand, seemed like the complete package last week. Yeah, the Packers don’t have big receivers, but they still have Aaron Rodgers, and he didn’t look like his usual dominant self in Week 1. Plus, the Vikings won on a runaway performance from Dalvin Cook (20 carries, 90 yards). Until the Eagles’ defense proves otherwise, Philadelphia likely won’t be able to stop teams with such strong and diverse offenses. The Eagles’ only hope is a firefight, and the Vikings’ defense might be too good to allow that.

    Vikings 30, Eagles 20 ralph vacchiano

    fox sports week 2 nfl preview compiled by:

    afc east reporter henry mckenna (@mckennanalysis)nfc west reporter eric d. williams (@eric_d_williams)nfc reporter east ralph vacchiano (@ralphvacchiano) nfc north reporter carmen vitali (@carmiev)dallas cowboys reporter david helman (@davidhelman_)researcher daniel gerber (@danielg90049)

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