NFL week two is upon us! The Kansas City Chiefs outlasted the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football in exciting fashion and now we move to the weekend slate of games. Here are the TWSN week two game previews and predictions:
Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Both teams come into this matchup without a victory and will be looking to get their season started. The Colts tied with the Texans in week one, an outcome that the team favored to win the AFC South surely didn’t want. Games against teams like the Texans and Jaguars were seen as almost for sure wins for Indianapolis but the weaker teams seem to be putting up a fight. Quarterback Matt Ryan looked in sync with wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and helped lead a comeback to tie the game in the second half. However, it wasn’t a great start for the veteran quarterback, and he will be looking to redeem himself and get a victory before their home opener next week.
For Jacksonville, they fought hard against Washington in week one but fell just short. This is a team that is on the rise and would love nothing more than to get a big win over a division rival here in week two. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence is ready to show that he deserved the number one overall pick last season and going up against a Colts defense that showed signs of weakness against Houston, may prove well. Newly signed Christian Kirk looked strong in his Jaguars debut and will likely be leaned on once again.
The last time the Colts were in Jacksonville, they got embarrassed during the last week of the season a year ago. The Jaguars took it to them and didn’t let up. Indianapolis hasn’t won down in Florida since 2014 and that streak continues. Give me Trevor Lawrence and company to get their first win of the season and send the Colts into some trouble. — Matt Levine
New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns
The New York Jets and Cleveland Browns are two teams that football has not been kind to. With things looking up for both teams, New York lost Zach Wilson to injury in the preseason and the Browns have dealt with the Deshaun Watson situation. The Jet’s defense was on top of its game last week against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, with Sauce Gardner and DJ Reed absolutely locking up the passing game. The no fly zone is back in effect, but New York’s offense has not been letting it fly at all. Joe Flacco, in fact, has the ball seemingly grounded. With one of the most abysmal offensive performances of the past week, this game will be a low scoring affair.
The Browns were able to come out on top of the Carolina Panthers, thanks to Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The Cleveland defense has to worry about the receiving talent the Jets have, but that’s if Flacco can make throws. The real story of this game will again be the run game. Can the Jets defense shut down Cleveland’s dynamic backfield duo? A tally in the win column will depend on it. New York gets their first win of the season in this matchup — Tyler Paluzzi
Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore Ravens
The Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens clash in what may be one of the better games of the week. The Ravens were able to take care of business against the Jets, and want to continue that momentum against another AFC East opponent. Lamar Jackson continued to break the game, and he was the key component in their win. The rest of the team will need to continue to support this week with a Miami team on the up. Mark Andrews will be a favorite target against this Dolphins defense. Jackson’s ability to use his legs and arm will have the Dolphins on edge all game.
For the Dolphins, they need to continue their game from last week. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle can dominate the game, as long as Tua Tagovailoa can get them the ball. Tagovailoa’s accuracy concerns coming into the season has skeptics wondering if they can consistently compete. He will look to silence said critics this week in a huge matchup with two teams in the thick of the playoff discussion. Winning games outside of the AFC East is crucial to the Dolphin’s success, because the Buffalo Bills will be marching through the league all season. The biggest keys to this matchup are Tua Tagovailoa’s ability to throw the ball accurately and improvise against this Raven’s defense. For Baltimore, they need to give Lamar Jackson a supporting cast that will let the offense excel and capitalize with big plays. Lamar Jackson and friends win this game. — Tyler Paluzzi
Washington Commanders @ Detroit Lions
The Commanders earned a difficult win over the Jaguars last week and will look to continue their winning ways. Quarterback Carson Wentz looked good at times and seemed in control of the offense. Going against a Lions defense that looked bad a week ago, Wentz should be able to put some points up once again. Getting another win here would be huge for a Washington team that wants to compete in the NFC East. They looked decent last week against Jacksonville and will need to stay consistent going up against a feisty Lions squad.
Detroit tried to pull off a comeback against the Eagles last week but fell just short. The offense looked great and should be fun all season long. However, the defensive issues are troubling and will cause this team to lose games. They will need to find a way to contain the weapons that Washington possesses on offense. It’s much easier said than done but head coach Dan Campbell will get his guys ready to go.
The Lions seem like a team that will be competitive in almost all of their games this season, but they will lose a ton of them. I see that happening here as well. Give me Washington to grab a narrow victory and start their season 2-0. — Matt Levine