The novelty of the NFL season returning hasn’t quite worn off yet. Football is football. In some respects, all games are worth watching. That said, here are the five games you should keep an eye on in week 2 of the NFL season.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Kansas City Chiefs – 12 CT
Both the Chiefs and Eagles impressed in week 1. Alex Smith and the Chiefs tore apart the Patriots defense, with rookie running back Kareem Hunt going for 246 yards plus three touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Eagles defense forced four turnovers against the Washington Redskins, and Carson Wentz showed some incredible poise. The Chiefs are favored in this game by 5.5 points. It should be a good one, both defenses looked good last week, and the Chiefs offense sure was impressive. I’ll take the Chiefs to cover.
Minnesota Vikings @ Pittsburgh Steelers – 12 CT
Sam Bradford took home NFC Offensive Player of the Week after he lit up the Saints on Monday night, but can he match that performance on the road against a better defense? There is no denying the Vikings offense looked good, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen were open all game and killed the Saints. On the defensive side of the ball, the Vikings only allowed a touchdown in garbage time to an offense lead by one of the best QBs in the game. The Steelers struggled against the Browns, but it was the first time the offense with Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Martavis Bryant had all been on the field together in over a year. That offense should be one of the best in the league when it gets going. The Steelers are favored by 5.5 points, but I think that’s a little high. I’m not saying the Vikings will win, but I expect it to be closer than 5.5 points.
Dallas Cowboys @ Denver Broncos – 3:25 CT
The Broncos nearly blew a 24-7 lead, but through the power of icing the kicker, they managed to come away with the victory. Through three quarters, the Broncos looked great. The defense was flying around the field making tackles, and Trevor Siemian actually looked like a good QB. The Cowboys destroyed the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. Adam Schefter is reporting that Ezekiel Elliott will not have to serve his suspension this season, which is great news for the Cowboys. The Giants offense looked awful against the Cowboys, lets see how the Broncos can do. Dallas is favored by 2 points, but I like Denver and the points.
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons – 7:30 CT
Oh boy, this should be a good one. This is the game I’m looking forward to the most this week. The Packers are coming off of a win against a tough Seahawks team, and the Falcons struggled with the Bears. I don’t think either of those games are indicative of what will happen Monday night though. The Packers and Falcons both had offenses that struggled to get going in week 1, but I’m expecting a shootout in this one. On top of the potential offensive fireworks, this is the opening game in the Falcons’ new home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Unfortunately, since the game is on a Sunday, fans will not be able to experience the Chick-fil-A stand in the stadium. The Falcons are favored by 3, and I think that’s a pretty fair line. However, I’ll take the Packers in this one.