Seahawks-Titans to lead Week 2 games with 2020 playoff teams – The Oakland Press
By ROB MAADDI
Russell Wilson postponed viewing the film for an additional hour to join Peyton and Eli Manning and comment on the alternative show “Monday Night Football” as the Ravens-Raiders thriller went into overtime.
After scoring the Colts’ secondary in Game 1, Wilson could afford a brief hiatus.
No doubt he will be ready to lead the Seattle Seahawks (1-0) against the Tennessee Titans (0-1) on Sunday afternoon as the “12” return to the stands for the first time since December 29. 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was great to be there with Peyton and Eli. I have such respect for their families and who they are, ”Wilson said. “Being able to speak on ‘Monday Night Football’, talk about the game and be an analyst in a certain way from our point of view is something that I have always loved to do because I love the game. To be there with it. guys like Peyton and Eli who love the game just as much is always fun.
A win over the Titans would be Wilson’s 100th regular-season victory in 146 career starts. Only Tom Brady (131) and Joe Montana (139) won 100 faster.
The defending AFC South champions Titans are looking to avoid a 0-2 start after a poor home effort in a 38-13 loss to Arizona last week.
Ryan Tannehill has been sacked six times, Derrick Henry averaged just 3.4 yards per carry and the defense allowed 416 yards.
“We know last week was not our standard,” said Henry, who led the NFL with 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2020. play by play, and every rep. That’s all we need to do. Guys are hungry to be better and are just trying to put it together this week.
“We want to play by our standard, play by our identity, and we know that starts here every day. Each rep, just locked up, working hard, focusing on what you have to do to be able to get out there and play at a high level on Sunday.
Week 2 kicked off Thursday night with Washington (1-1) ahead of the Giants 30-29 on Dustin Hopkins’ 43-yard field goal on the final play – after a first miss was canceled by New’s offside. York. Graham Gano scored five field goals for the Giants (0-2).
Los Angeles Rams (1-0) at Indianapolis (0-1)
Carson Wentz’s debut with the Colts was more like how he finished last season in Philadelphia as he was constantly hit, squeezed and harassed in a 28-16 loss to Seattle. It won’t be much easier against Aaron Donald and the stingy Rams with an understaffed offensive line. The status of double left Pro Bowl tackle Eric Fisher is uncertain and right tackle Braden Smith suffers from a foot injury.
Meanwhile, Matthew Stafford’s debut with the Rams couldn’t have been better. He had 321 yards and three touchdowns with a career record 156.1 in a 34-14 win over Chicago. The Rams aim to win a game opener for the fifth straight year under coach Sean McVay.
Kansas City (1-0) at Baltimore (0-1)
Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson face off for the fourth consecutive season in an MVP quarterback clash. Jackson is 0-3 against Mahomes, 30-5 against everyone.
“It’s not about me and Mahomes,” Jackson said. “Not to me. Probably everyone. But it’s the Ravens versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
He’s right and the injury-exhausted Ravens need a win after losing a 14-0 lead Monday night to the Raiders.
Mahomes rallied the Chiefs to a win over Cleveland and still hasn’t lost in September. He’s 11-0 with 35 touchdowns and no interceptions in the first month.
New Orleans (1-0) vs. Caroline (1-0)
The Saints started the post-Drew Brees era with a resounding victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers thanks to an efficient performance from Jameis Winston and a dominant defensive effort.
Carolina’s Sam Darnold led his new team to a victory over his old team last week, but he will face a tougher test against the Saints than the Jets presented him. Expect Christian McCaffrey to continue to have a heavy workload after totaling 187 yards on 30 touches in his first comeback of an injury-ridden 2020 season.
Cincinnati (1-0) at Chicago (0-1)
Andy Dalton is making his first home start with the Bears and most fans will be hoping it will be his last. Almost everyone in Chicago wants to see first-round pick Justin Fields, who played well in a cameo in Game 1.
The Bengals got Joe Burrow back and he brought them back to the winning column. He had the help of college teammate Ja’Marr Chase, who had five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in the overtime win over Minnesota. Joe Mixon, also back from injury, ran for 127 yards.
Houston (1-0) at Cleveland (0-1)
A popular choice to topple Kansas City in the AFC, the Browns lost a 12-point halftime lead and lost a playoff rematch to the Chiefs. The Texans should help them avoid a 0-2 start.
Despite the Jacksonville rout and the loss of Urban Meyer’s NFL training debut, the Texans are still expected to be one of the worst teams in the league.
Baker Mayfield won’t have Odell Beckham Jr. but still threw for 321 yards without him, and he can look to the backfield duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt at any time.
Denver (1-0) at Jacksonville (0-1)
Teddy Bridgewater was another quarterback who got off to a solid start, leading the Broncos to a road victory over the Giants. He’s a solid bet to secure another Denver victory over the lowly Jags.
The No. 1 overall pick, Trevor Lawrence, appears to be improving on a poor start. Meyer wants him to improvise more. It would help if Jacksonville didn’t fall behind a few scores early on and could rely more on James Robinson’s run and a more balanced attack.
Buffalo (0-1) at Miami (1-0)
The Bills, an even more popular choice than the Browns to pass the AFC Chiefs, started flat, losing at home to Pittsburgh. MVP runner-up Josh Allen has been sacked three times and completed just 59% of his passes.
The good news for Buffalo is facing an opponent he has dominated recently, winning five in a row. The Dolphins are 0-2 in the home opener under coach Brian Flores. Tua Tagovailoa was effective in a victory in New England last week. He’ll have to do more to beat the Bills.
New England (0-1) vs. New York Jets (0-1)
This is the first clash featuring two of five QBs from the 2021 first round as Mac Jones leads the Patriots against Zach Wilson and the Jets, with both players seeking their first victory.
New England have won the last 10 games and the rookie quarterbacks are 6-21 against Bill Belichick since 2000. Robert Saleh has crowd support as he seeks his first victory as a Jets coach .
San Francisco (1-0) vs. Philadelphia (1-0)
Nick Sirianni’s impressive debut as a coach coupled with Jalen Hurts’ stellar performance in a convincing victory in Atlanta made the duo the star of Philly. The praise won’t last long if it stumbles against the 49ers.
Jimmy Garoppolo led San Francisco to a big lead before the Niners had to fend off the Lions in a 41-33 win. Trey Lance threw a TD pass on his first attempt in the NFL, but Garoppolo can keep the rookie on the sidelines by continuing his regular game.
George Kittle made 15 career catches for 183 yards in a loss to the Eagles last October and he should have plenty of opportunities to do more damage.
Las Vegas (1-0) at Pittsburgh (1-0)
After leading the Raiders to an impressive comeback victory, Derek Carr and Jon Gruden led their team across the country for a short week. It will be a tough challenge against the Steelers.
A victory over another AFC North playoff team would be a big step forward for the Gruden reconstruction project which began in 2018.
Ben Roethlisberger is three touchdowns away from becoming the eighth quarterback to throw 400 career touchdowns.
Minnesota (0-1) vs. Arizona (1-0)
Kyler Murray was spectacular in Game 1 for the Cardinals, who also got a great defensive effort led by Chandler Jones with his five sacks. JJ Watt plays his first home game in Arizona as Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson returns to face his former team.
Kirk Cousins and the Vikings had several chances to beat the Bengals but couldn’t and now must win on the road to avoid 0-2.
Atlanta (0-1) at Tampa Bay (1-0)
The defending Super Bowl Buccaneers champion needed the magic of Brady and a winning placement from Ryan Succop to fend off Dallas in the NFL kickoff game. Brady has never lost to the Falcons in eight games and Tampa is a 12 1/2 point favorite.
Arthur Smith’s coaching debut was a dud as Matt Ryan and the Falcons were held to two field goals. Look for Ryan to try and exploit Tampa’s injury-exhausted secondary.
Dallas (0-1) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)
Dak Prescott has picked up where he left off last season before an ankle injury sidelined him. But his exceptional performance against the Bucs was not enough as the Cowboys are still weak defensively.
Justin Herbert threw for 337 yards against Washington’s strong defense, so he could have a career day against Dallas. The Cowboys are grappling with more injuries with the possibility of four starters missing. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence makes headlines on this list.
Detroit (0-1) at Green Bay (0-1), Monday night
Aaron Rodgers looked more like a guy who spent the offseason considering his next move than the reigning MVP in a shocking loss to New Orleans last week.
Facing the Lions should put Rodgers and the Packers back on track. Detroit rallied to turn a 28-point deficit into an only 8-point loss in Dan Campbell’s coaching debut, but the Lions’ best chance of beating Rodgers would be if the game was played in Florida, where he played. a record of 3-5.
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