NFL week 2: A look ahead at what to watch

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 23: Dimitri Patterson
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 23: Dimitri Patterson /

The Miami Dolphins won’t be returning to Miami this week but they will play football. The Dolphins are set to visit the Los Angeles Chargers.

What is in store for the NFL in week two as the season is now underway? With two more games still on the calendar for week one, we look ahead to the 2nd week to see what games may have interest for the Dolphins and the NFL in general.

Obviously Dolphins fans will be ready to kick-off the season with the teams first game and the Dolphins will have more time prep in California than the Chargers will. Miami hasn’t played a game since week four pre-season way back at the end of August. 18 days will have passed since that Thursday night game.

Texans and Bengals

The week kicks off with a Thursday match-up between two teams who looked awfully lost or still on an off-season hangover. The Texans top defense looked like they couldn’t stop an old lady pushing a shopping cart and Andy Dalton looked as good as Tom Savage. I would say that at least someone would win this game but who knows, it could end in a tie. The loser of this game will drop to 0-2 and will be well on their way to a fight to climb out of the cellar. The fact these are two teams that were supposed to be challenging for a playoff spot in the AFC means life might be a little easier late in the season for Miami.

Bills and Panthers

The Bills beat up a poor NY Jets team 21-12 while the Panthers thumped the San Francisco 49’ers. The Bills didn’t look great and neither did Cam Newton. Regardless the Panthers look to be ready to improve on last years disappointing season which could be bad news for the Bills who could see their current AFC East seat alone at the top end.

Titans and Jaguars

I still can’t believe the Jaguars beat up on the Texans who may have been slumping through a bad week of Hurricane Harvey relief. The Titans put up a solid effort against the Raiders but fell short. So this could tell us a bit more about both teams. A loss to the Jaguars could show the Titans are still a bit away from a legit push while the Jaguars could show that they are ready to take over the AFC South.

Jets and Raiders

Poor Jets.

Packers and Falcons

No AFC implications in this game but this could be, like the Packers first game against Seattle, a prelude to a big playoff game late in the season and it could decide inevitably who holds an upper hand in home field advantage. Making Atlanta travel to Green Bay in December could help Green Bay make it to the Super Bowl.

Patriots and Saints

The Saints are nothing special on defense and they haven’t been an explosive offense for a few years now. They still have Drew Brees and Brees can make things happen. The Patriots gave up more yardage to the Chiefs than any other game under Bill Belichick. The Saints can sometimes hit on all cylinders and that could provide a problem for a New England defense that showed problems. Of course the offense should have a field day against the Saints defense.