There’s something relieving about Sundays without the Detroit Lions. There’s a slate of NFL games you can enjoy stress-free, while also having you the freedom to go about your day and possibly even get some chores done. With no huge emotional investment, there’s little chance of your day being ruined by football.
That’s especially true in Week 2, where the stakes around the NFL are not quite as high. Teams are still getting a bearing on who they are and where they belong in the league. Teams that fall into an 0-2 hole aren’t necessarily doomed, and a 2-0 record doesn’t mean they’re destined for playoffs.
That being said, there are some interesting matchups this week, and if you’re like me, you’re going to take the opportunity to watch as many games as possible, since I’ll be free of my Lions obligations.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
What are the best NFL games for Week 2 and which will you be watching?
Here’s the slate of Sunday’s games for reference:
Browns at Ravens
Bears at Buccaneers
Vikings at Steelers
Patriots at Saints
Eagles at Chiefs
Titans at Jaguars
Cardinals at Colts
Bills at Panthers
Jets at Raiders
Dolphins at Chargers
49ers at Seahawks
Washington at Rams
Cowboys at Broncos
Packers at Falcons (Sunday Night football)
My answer: Obviously, there are two very good games involving NFC North teams. Vikings-Steelers and Packers-Falcons both promise to be very entertaining games and challenging away contests for the NFC North teams. Those two games will have my primary focus this week.
Even though the Bears may not be that much of a contender in 2017, I’m also interested to see how they match up against the Bucs. This will be our first look at Tampa Bay, after their Week 1 game against the Dolphins was rescheduled because of Hurricane Irma. The Lions, too, face the Buccaneers in Tampa, so it will be another opportunity to scout a future opponent.
Outside of the North, there really aren’t that many interesting matchups. Cowboys-Broncos could be good, but I’m already tired of the hype Dallas is getting. Also, I’m interested to see if the Rams can follow up their impressive Week 1 output, but I think I already know the answer to that question (no).