NFL Week 2 Overview + Where to Bet

Najim Najim Omniscient sports guru who breathes and lives sports.
Updated Updated: June 24, 2020

The NFL has one of the shortest and most intense seasons in professional sports, so people are already desperate for action when the pre-season begins. First is the yearly draft, and then the actual pre-season games where rookies are trying to impress their new teams. No professional sport is so likely to produce injuries as American Football, which means that pre-season games are notoriously low in intensity.

Teams also try out their newly drafted quarterbacks, or use the games to assess the quality of their current ones. The Giants, for example, have been playing newly acquired Daniel Jones during preseason, with many now expecting him to replace Eli Manning during the regular season.

And as always, drama is rife off the field as well. In one of the great sagas of the summer, Ezekiel Elliot looked unlikely to extend his contract with the Cowboys, but then, with a few days to go before the start of the season, he signed a massive bumper deal. Elsewhere, Antonio Brown caused all kinds of trouble at the Oakland Raiders, only to be released and then sign for the New England Patriots.

Patriots With a Flying Start in Thrilling Season Opener

The actual season started last week with Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers paying a visit to the much-hyped Chicago Bears team on Thursday Night Football. Rodgers, who is working under new management after Mike McCarthy received the sack, hardly impressed in the opener but the Packers ran away with an important victory.

Sunday’s main course saw a range of favourites winning. Last year’s finalists from Los Angeles Rams looked on the back-foot for most of their game against the Carolina Panthers, but still managed to come away with a convincing win. The Cleveland Browns and New York Jets will be disappointed with their performances as well, whereas the Patriots started Tom Brady’s twentieth season in the NFL with a spectacular 33-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Exciting Matchups in NFL Week 2

On Thursday Night Football, the Carolina Panthers dropped to 0-2 after a weak performance against the Buccaneers. Elsewhere this weekend, we are in for a treat of American Football.

The Saints travel to Los Angeles Rams to inaugurate their new stadium, in what promises to be perhaps the stand-out feature of this week’s games. The Patriots will visit the Miami Dolphins in what could be one of the clearest blow-outs in this season’s NFL.

On Sunday as well, the Steelers welcome the Seahawks in Pittsburgh and they will be desperate not to fall to 0-2 this early in the season. Russell Wilson’s Seahawks were not impressive in Week 1, but they secured a win and could build in some real momentum with another win here.

On Monday Night Football, the Browns will visit the New York Jets in an important fixture for both sides. Jets will be without Sam Darnold who could miss several weeks with mono. Trevoer Siemian will come in as the replacement, so we will probably see a lot of work for their star running back Le’Veon Bell.

As always, we should be in for a thrilling week of NFL action.

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