Week 1 of the NFL season was extremely exciting. With the exception of our “who gives a fuck?” game of the week, Week 2 has a ton of great games to watch.
- Me: 9-7 (.562)
- Fans of OT50YL: 11-5 (.687)
I’m aiming for a .750 win percentage this season.
16. Baltimore Ravens (1-0) @ Cleveland Browns (0-1), Sunday 1pm EST
This is the “who gives a fuck?” game of the week. The Ravens did look much improved in their season debut. Flacco looked good in his first game back from a season-ending ACL tear in 2015.
Reasons I would watch: There aren’t any quality reasons to watch this game to be honest. I’m sure Mike Wallace might catch a deep touchdown but Mike Wallace in 2016 isn’t a good enough reason for me to watch the Ravens play the Browns.
Winner: Ravens. The Browns have a shot at 0-16.
15. Miami Dolphins (0-1) @ New England Patriots (1-0), Sunday 1pm EST
The Dolphins had the Seahawks on the ropes. Ryan Tannehill took his team down the field to score the go-ahead touchdown, only to watch the great Russell Wilson lead his team down the field to throw the game-winning touchdown. Not the ideal start to the season.
Reasons I would watch: Jimmy G made some big 3rd down conversions en route to an upset victory over the Arizona Cardinals. It’s still up in the air as to whether Gronk will play on Sunday or not, but the intrigue of Jimmy G and this offense is enough of a reason for me to watch.
Winner: Patriots. Belichick doesn’t lose to other AFC teams when he’s at Gillette.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) @ Chicago Bears (0-1), Monday 8:30pm EST
During their Week 1 matchup against the Browns, Carson Wentz looked like Joe Montana and Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor looked like Jerry Rice and John Taylor. Slight hyperbole, but Wentz looked really good. I know it was the Browns, but this was a guy who barely played in the preseason.
Reasons I would watch: When he’s on the field, Alshon Jeffery is one of the absolute best receivers in the NFL. Kevin White was on the field for his first NFL game last week and he looked lost. Bears are going to need to see some plays from White soon enough.
Winner: I’m rolling with the Bears here.
13. Seattle Seahawks (1-0) @ Los Angeles Rams (0-1) Sunday 4:05pm EST
The Rams are good for beating Seattle once a year. Assuming they beat them this weekend I can guarantee Jeff Fisher is getting a 30-year extension.
Reasons I would watch: Just to see how bad the Los Angeles offense is again. There is no other reason.
Winner: Seattle obviously.
12. Atlanta Falcons (0-1) @ Oakland Raiders (1-0) Sunday 4:25pm EST
Matt Ryan last week looked better than he did all of last season. I get the feeling that the Raiders will be in another high scoring game in week 2.
Reasons I would watch: A lot of points will be scored.
Winner: Raiders. The Falcons poor tackling will be in full effect this weekend.
11. Dallas Cowboys (0-1) @ Washington Redskins (0-1), Sunday 1:00pm EST
While both teams are coming off of disappointing week 1 losses, the Redskins are coming off a disappointing performance all around.
Reasons I would watch: Both of Washington’s top cornerbacks have both locked down Dez Bryant before. That’s hilarious and intriguing.
Winner: Cowboys. Redskins run defense is still putrid. if Ezekiel Elliot is patient, he’ll have a huge day.
10. San Francisco 49ers (1-0) @ Carolina Panthers (0-1), Sunday 1:00pm EST
5 years ago, if you woulda told me “Dayne, 2 of the top quarterbacks from the 2011 NFL Draft would meet Week 2 in 2016” I would’ve looked at you sideways.
3 years ago, if you woulda told me “Dayne, 2 of the top quarterbacks from the 2011 NFL Draft would meet Week 2 in 2016” I would believe you.
But here we are in 2016. Blaine Gabbert and his 49ers are headed to Carolina looking to start the season 2-0.
Reasons I would watch: Carolina run game vs the 49ers front 7
Winner: Carolina. I don’t see them starting 0-2.
9. New York Jets (0-1) @ Buffalo Bills (0-1), Thursday 8:30pm EST
The Jets have one hell of a schedule to start this season.
Reasons I would watch: Thursday Night Football is streaming live on twitter and that shit is cool.
Winner: Bills. Rex Ryan has Ryan Fitzpatrick’s number.
8. Tennessee Titans @ Detroit Lions
Matt Stafford has quietly been one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL since the latter half of the 2015 NFL season. He picked up right where he left off in Week 1
Reasons I would watch: Potential offensive explosion.
Winner: Lions. I get the feeling it’s going to be a long season for the Titans.
7. Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Texans
Kansas City got the best of Houston twice in 2015, including a shutout victory in the playoffs.
Reasons I would watch: Marcus Peters was getting worked by Keenan Allen prior to the injury. This week he has Deandre Hopkins to worry about.
Winner: Texans. Texans avenge that 30-0 playoff shutout.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen’s injury in Week 1 took the life out of the Chargers and they eventually blew a large lead to the Chiefs. If this defense allowed Alex Smith and company to put up points, what will happen when Bortles and Co. come to town
Reasons I would watch: You guys know how I feel about the Jaguars.
Winner: Jaguars. If the Jaguars don’t win this game, Bradley should be fired. OF course he won’t but yes, they clearly have the better team here.
On The 50 Yard Line Top 5 Games of the Week
5. Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings will be opening their brand new stadium against their big division rival.
Reasons I would watch: I want to see the Vikings new stadium.
Winner: Packers. This should be Sam Bradford’s first start and I’m not sure how ready he is yet.
4. Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos
Andrew Luck showed out against the Broncos last year. Can he repeat that performance and get the W again?
Reasons I would watch: The Colts defense is still terrible so the Broncos offense has an opportunity for a coming out party.
Winner: Broncos. CJ Anderson will have a huge game.
3. Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Bengals-Steelers rivalry may not have the history and prestige that the Steelers-Ravens rivalry has, but this is still one of the fiercest matchups in the league. And we all know how the matchup in the playoffs ended…
Reasons I would watch: Well I’m a Steelers fan. But rivalry games are always fun to watch. Plus, two of the top four QB-WR duos will be in this game.
Winner: Steelers. Not having Reggie Nelson anymore will be huge for this offense.
2. New Orleans Saints @ New York Giants
This game was so much fun to watch last year. The Saints ended up winning 52-49. Brees and Manning went touchdown for touchdown last season. While the Saints look to be the exact same team from 2015, the Giants don’t.
Reasons I would watch: The Saints have lost their best cornerback to a broken leg. The pass rush is already garbage and the rest of the pass coverage is butt as well. Eli and his trio of wide receivers should have a huge day.
Winner: Giants. This game shouldn’t even be close. But if the pass rush comes through, the Giants will be fine.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals
Two of the top 5 vertical offenses in the NFL. Just the thought of this matchup excites the living shit out of me.
Reasons I would watch: Offense on top of offense. The Cardinals are one of the elite teams in the NFL so this is a big stage for Jameis to step up on and make plays.
Winner: Bucs with the upset. I saw some good things from that defense last week that makes me feel comfortable with this pick.