He NFL Week 2 Roster It gave us an Eagles win over the Vikings to start before a dozen games on Sunday.
Among this weekend’s best games are the Jaguars and Chiefs meeting for the third time since November, the Bengals and Ravens having a rematch of their infamous wild card game, and the Jets seeing what Zach Wilson could do against the powerful defense of the Cowboys.
Finally, on Sunday night, it will be a battle between Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the Patriots defense for a big win in the AFC East.
Note: This will be updated throughout the day.
Bills 38, raiders 10
- What it means for the Raiders: If Las Vegas is going to be surprisingly competitive this season, it starts with Jimmy Garoppolo making no major mistakes. Leading 7-0 with the ball early, Garoppolo threw an interception deep in its own territory and Buffalo took off. The veteran signal-caller needs to receive the bag on that screen instead of throwing it into chaos. Hopefully, he will learn that lesson in the future.
- What it means for the Bills: The easy conclusion is that Josh Allen recovers, but that’s not surprising. What was surprising is Buffalo, which had the league’s worst run defense in Week 1, holding Josh Jacobs to minus two yards on nine carries. If the front seven can play anything close to that most weeks, Buffalo will have plenty of blowout wins.
- September 24: Steelers vs. Raiders, 8:15 p.m. ET; Bills at Commanders, 1 pm ET
Colts 31, Texans 20
- What it means for the Colts: Shane Steichen knows what he’s doing. Indianapolis led the Jaguars in the fourth quarter of Week 1 and then handled the Texans with relative ease. Rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson, who had two rushing touchdowns, needs to be handled with special care after his concussion, but the offense is multidimensional despite the weapons limitations.
- What it means for the Texans: Houston won’t win shootouts, which will put the defense in a tough spot. Under a defensive-minded coach like DeMeco Ryans, the Texans can’t allow 90 rushing yards in a half, leading to 28 points. The way forward for Houston is to play conservatively and allow the defense to lead. Last week we saw some of that despite a lopsided loss. That’s not the case against the Colts.
- September 24: Colts vs. Ravens, 1 pm ET; Texans vs. Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET
Eagles 34, Vikings 28
- What it means for the Vikings: The offense has been very one-dimensional up to this point. On Thursday, Minnesota rushed for 28 yards on just nine attempts. If the Vikings are going to play winning football again, they must start by finding balance.
- What it means for the Eagles: Philadelphia has played far from perfect the first two weeks, and yet it’s 2-0 with wins over a playoff team from last year and Bill Belichick on the road. Jalen Hurts will eventually settle in under new coordinator Brian Johnson, and the offense should return to its terrifying form.
- Week 3: Eagles vs. Buccaneers, 7:15 p.m. ET (Monday); Chargers at Vikings, 1 pm ET, September 24