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Week 2 NFL capsules
Green Bay at Atlanta: Jordan Love enjoyed life on the road in the opener -- three TD passes in a 38-20 win over the Bears -- and matches up with Desmond Ridder at Atlanta in his encore performance. The Packers' traveling party might look a little different due to injuries. RBAaron Jones, WR Christian Watson and LB Quay Walker (concussion) were all iffy late in the week. Ridder ran a no-risk offense to notch a win over the Panthers. The Falcons are more grind than glitter, but flashy rookie RB Bijan Robinson has Green Bay's attention as part of a tandem with Tyler Allgeier (two TDs in Week 1).
Las Vegas at Buffalo: WR Jakobi Meyers caught a pair of TD passes last week but was in concussion protocol as the Raiders got ready for the angry Bills, who dropped their opener to the Jets in overtime thanks to four turnovers. Las Vegas enjoyed the debut of Jimmy Garoppolo, who is 4-1 all-time against the AFC East. The Bills are accustomed to seeing a more comfortable Josh Allen at home. He had 21 TDs (one rushing) in home games in 2022 (Lions QB Jared Goff led the NFL with 23). Allen admitted he was careless with the deep ball, leading to three interceptions in Week 1. He'll continue to look for WR Stefon Diggs, who had 6-115 in his last game against the Raiders. Las Vegas looks to balance its offense with RB Josh Jacobs. Still getting into gear after skipping the preseason due to his contract status, he extended his active streak in Week 1 to 26 games with 50-plus yards from scrimmage.
Baltimore at Cincinnati: Cincinnati is looking to bounce back from a 24-3 loss to the host Browns in Week 1. Facing Myles Garrett and an intense Cleveland pass rush in the rain, Joe Burrow and the Bengals could never get the offense in gear, recording just 142 yards of total offense. Burrow had 82 passing yards. The Ravens beat the visiting Texans 25-9 in their home opener, sacking C.J. Stroud five times and holding Houston to just 268 yards of total offense. The Bengals are trying to avoid a repeat of last year's 0-2 start before winning 12 of their final 14 games to end the regular season and capture their second straight AFC North title. The Bengals also started 0-3 in the division before turning things around.
Seattle at Detroit: Lions QB Jared Goff has gone 359 straight pass attempts without getting picked off. That is the third-longest streak in NFL history behind only Aaron Rodgers (402) and Tom Brady (399). Detroit (1-0) missed the 2022 playoffs thanks in part to a shootout loss to the Seahawks. Seattle beat the Lions 51-29 late in the 2021 season and left Detroit last season with a 48-45 triumph. Blocking -- and personnel up front -- are top-level concerns for the Seahawks. Neither starting offensive tackle is expected to be available due to injury. That's tough news when contending with Lions DE Aidan Hutchinson, who had eight hurries of Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes in the opener.
Indianapolis at Houston: Top draft picks and QBs of the future Anthony Richardson (Colts) and C.J. Stroud (Texans) tangle for the first of what is likely many division meetings with the losing team dropping to 0-2. These teams tied under different circumstances to open the 2022 season and made coaching changes in the offseason. Each coach preached this week about the importance of avoiding dangerous hits. The Ravens sacked Stroud five times, tied for the third-highest total from Week 1. Richardson absorbed four sacks plus additional blows while scrambling for 40 yards and a touchdown, but left the game on the final drive after being blasted trying to run for another TD inside the 5.
Kansas City at Jacksonville: The Jaguars and Chiefs meet for the third time in less than a year, with Jacksonville looking for its first win over Kansas City since 2009. The Chiefs beat Jacksonville in the divisional playoffs in Kansas City in January. Kansas City expects to be closer to full strength than Week 1, with DT Chris Jones (contract-related) and TE Travis Kelce (knee) absent. Both are shooting to play. Jacksonville used a 14-point flurry in 1:05 in the fourth quarter to separate from the Colts last week. WR Calvin Ridley had 101 yards and a TD in his first game with the Jaguars. In QB Patrick Mahomes' only game at Jacksonville, he posted 378 yards and three TD passes, and the Jaguars have never held him under 300 yards in three career meetings.
L.A. Chargers at Tennessee: Titans QB Ryan Tannehill said the offense couldn't be much worse than it was in a 17-16 loss to the Saints last week. And, well, even if the Chargers don't say so -- allowing 17 pass plays of 15-plus yards to the Dolphins represents a special tier of defensive incompetence. Dinged up WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) and Tannehill haven't had much time to get on the same page. RB Derrick Henry is the constant for Tennessee and posted his 43rd career game with 100-plus yards from scrimmage. The Chargers prepped for Week 2 largely without RB Austin Ekeler (ankle) and top pass rusher Joey Bosa (hamstring). Joshua Kelley picked up the slack with 91 rushing yards last week and QB Justin Herbert has an enviable assortment of weapons that now includes massive rookie WR Quentin Johnston.
Chicago at Tampa Bay: All of the new toys in the Bears' offense were barely unwrapped in an 18-point loss to the Packers. Justin Fields promises a more aggressive approach pushing the ball downfield to No. 1 WR DJ Moore and Darnell Mooney. Tampa Bay had three takeaways at Minnesota and survived a 150-yard game from Justin Jefferson to beat the Vikings thanks to Baker Mayfield's two TD passes. Mayfield claims he decoded the Minnesota defensive signals and showed serious grit playing through a shoulder injury. WR Mike Evans caught a TD pass to put the contract drama with the Bucs in the rearview mirror, and he caught three TDs in his last meeting with the Bears. Chicago's coverage adjustments include finding a replacement for CB Kyler Gordon, who landed on IR with a broken hand.
N.Y. Giants at Arizona: In a league defined by close games -- there were eight in Week 1 decided by one score -- the Cardinals and Giants fared very differently in 2022. The Giants were 8-4-1 in one-score games and finished with a 9-7-1 record last season. They qualified for the playoffs and saw Brian Daboll in his first season be named NFL Coach of the Year. The Cardinals sustained a debilitating stretch of injuries and were 2-6 in one-score games in 2022. That resulted in a 4-13 record and the firing of head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Neither team fared well in Week 1. The Giants were shut out 40-0 in the largest such loss in the history of their rivalry with the Cowboys and Arizona managed a meager 210 yards in a 20-16 loss to the Commanders. Both teams have health concerns, including Giants LT Andrew Thomas (hamstring) and TE Darren Waller (hamstring).
San Francisco at L.A. Rams: One of the unexpected Week 1 showings was delivered on the road by the Rams' defense at Seattle, smothering the Seahawks to limit the favored division foe to 14 yards of total offense in the second half. Now they look to beat the 49ers in the regular season for the first time since 2018. Brock Purdy showed no ill effects from offseason elbow surgery, guiding a 30-7 win over the Steelers to improve to 6-0 as a starter in the regular season. Purdy makes his first start against the Rams, who became all too familiar with RB Christian McCaffrey (149 total yards, 2 TDs) in Week 8 last year. Los Angeles hopes to be able to introduce rookie WR Puka Nacua to the 49ers after he had 10 receptions for 119 yards in his debut last week. Nacua was added to the injury report Thursday with an oblique injury.
N.Y. Jets at Dallas: Defense spared the Jets in an overtime thriller with the Bills as the coaching staff scrambles to shake off the emotional toll of losing Aaron Rodgers for the season while feverishly working to ready Zach Wilson. Jets coach Robert Saleh continues to refer to his "championship defense" and the heart of that unit, All-Pro DT Quinnen Williams, could have QB Dak Prescott perspiring considering the Cowboys' starting guards missed practice time with injuries this week. The Dallas offense barely broke a sweat in Week 1, smacking the Giants 40-0 with touchdowns from their defense and special teams. Pass protection is a worry for New York. The Cowboys had seven sacks against the Giants and LB Micah Parsons had 15 in 2022. Dallas won its final eight home games last season but has lost three consecutive games to the Jets.
Washington at Denver: Jerry Jeudy plans to play for the Broncos, who needed a dose of good news on the injury front after a training camp marred by bad breaks. QB Russell Wilson was efficient -- 79.4 percent completions, 2 TD passes -- in his first game with Sean Payton as head coach but Denver had only six offensive possessions in a loss to the Raiders. Washington's defense held the Cardinals under 250 total yards and more of the same might be needed as QB Sam Howell makes his first career road start and third overall. The home team in this matchup has won five meetings in a row and Washington coach Ron Rivera has never defeated the Broncos, including a Super Bowl 50 loss when he coached the Panthers. Denver's rebuilt offensive line gets a test from the Washington D-line comprised almost entirely of first-round picks with Chase Young (neck) back on the practice field and expected to play.
Miami at New England: Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins put up video-game numbers in the Week 1 victory over the Chargers -- 466 yards, three TDs -- with WR Tyreek Hill hauling in 11-215-2. Tagovailoa wasn't intercepted in three starts vs. AFC East opponents in 2022. The Patriots have lost four of the past five games with the Dolphins but saw positive signs from their passing game in Bill O'Brien's return to the play-calling role. QB Mac Jones has two or more TD passes in four consecutive games and boosted his TD-to-INT ratio to 9-1 in his past six home starts with a strong effort against the Eagles last week. Neither team was able to gain consistent traction in the running game last week and the Patriots are fighting multiple injuries to starters up front. It's reunion day for multiple players. Former Dolphins in New England include WR DeVante Parker, TE Mike Gesicki and DT Davon Godchaux. Current Patriots with Miami ties are OL Isaiah Wynn, WR Braxton Berrios, CB Justin Bethel and DE Chase Winovich.
(Note to eds: Capsules for two MNF games will be added Friday night)
--Field Level Media