Top (Non-Chiefs) Games of Week 2
1. Tennessee Titans @ Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson looks like a world-beater again. Wilson’s name was immediately thrown into MVP conversations after an enormous showing in the first week of the season vs. the Colts. This is reminiscent of last season when the Seahawks’ offense looked unstoppable before they stumbled into the playoffs. Tennessee, on the other hand, did not look reminiscent of the 2020 Titans.
After a rough showing in which Derrick Henry finished the game with a mere 3.4 yards per carry and a total of 58 rushing yards and the Titan offensive line allowed Chandler Jones to sack Ryan Tannehill five times, Mike Vrabel and company are looking for answers. Tennessee was thought to be a team with Super Bowl hopes but a horrendous loss to the Cardinals has them reeling.
When the Seahawks and Titans collide there will be several storylines to watch. Are the Titans only a championship team on paper? Are the Seahawks the best team in the NFC? Will Tennessee start in an 0-2 hole? This game is certainly one to watch.
2. Dallas Cowboys @ Los Angeles Chargers
Dak Prescott threw the ball 58 times in Week 1 and did not disappoint. While Ezekiel Elliott fantasy owners grow their concern again, Michael Gallup, Amari Cooper, and CeeDee Lamb look like a top-tier receiving corp in the NFL. Dallas ultimately lost to the Tompa Bay Bucs, but many are starting to become believers in “America’s Team.”
In the AFC, the Chargers are a team to watch as well. Justin Herbert is in his second year and looks to be entering the top ten quarterback discussion. Throwing for 337 yards in Week 1, Herbert and trusted receiver Mike Williams led the Chargers over the defensive juggernaut Washington Football Team.
In Week 2, both teams are setting out to prove that they are for real. Can Dallas prove that their tight game with the Buccaneers wasn’t a fluke? Can Dallas slow Justin Herbert down? This one has all the makings of a high-scoring shootout.
3. San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles
This is not a game that I would typically call interesting. For one thing, I am partial to the AFC because of the Chiefs. Additionally, the Eagles and 49ers were the opposite of good last season. This year, however, things may have shifted.
With a healthy lineup in San Fransisco, they could be a serious contender. Trey Lance or Jimmy Garoppolo? It doesn’t matter. With Kyle Shanahan coaching and a loaded roster of talent, the 49ers are legitimate. The Eagles, who I believed to be dead in the water this season, showed signs of life in the first week of the season as they routed the Falcons 32-6. Now, the two teams square off in what could be a top game of the week.
4. Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins
Buffalo and Miami? Yes. Miami is well-coached and found a way to top the Patriots in Week 1 in what was largely a defensive battle. Buffalo fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a wild finish and surprisingly found themselves on the list of losers. Can Buffalo avoid going 0-2 or will Miami remain undefeated and take the NFL by storm?
5. New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers
The Saints played a game that no one really expected. They stunned the Packers by holding Aaron Rodgers and the packers to three. Further, Jameis “Eating the Dub” Winston threw for five touchdown passes in his debut as the Saints starting quarterback. This can’t be how Jameis will play all season, but it is certainly a storyline to watch.
The Panthers are a team that is constructed in an interesting way with Sam Darnold starting at quarterback on his second team. In his first week as a Panther, he also looked very good. Darnold threw for 279 yards in a very efficient game. With Christian McCaffrey at running back, the Panthers’ offense is certainly no joke.
This one is interesting because of how much we still need to learn about these two teams. If the Saints win on the road, it will prove that Sean Payton’s team is still atop the NFC. If the Panthers win, they may be on their way to being a top team in their division.