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NFL Sunday: What to Watch Week 2

NFL Sunday’s What to Watch in Week 2: Matchups, Rookies, Fantasy and Injuries and Substitutions.

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NFL Sunday: What to Watch Week 2


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Week 2 is quickly upon us, as we are well on our way to this unprecedented start to the NFL season. Week 1 was full of fireworks and upsets. If you had Washington beating Philadephia or Jacksonville over Indianapolis, then please fill out this form and come write for us. Also, Tom Brady and all his elves looked pretty average and not so fantastic.

Let’s take a look at what to watch for in Week 2. The top 5 matchups, fantasy players, rookies, and injuries/substitutions.

Matchups to Watch

Baltimore at Houston 4:25 pm– For obvious reasons. Much like last week for the Texans & Chiefs, there’s a QB duel is brewing in Houston. The Texans are really being put to the test early and it would be very beneficial to sneak an early win against the versatile Ravens.

New England at Seattle 8:20 pm– This game has layers of intrigue: A chess match between the coaches. A pair of QBs who have both changed the game. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett vs Stephon Gilmore and the boys.

Panthers at Buccaneers 1 pm– Will Tom Brady and his toys take the W or will Teddy Bridgwater and the ‘X-Factor’ Christian McCaffrey frustrate the Buccaneers with a second loss? This is one to watch just to see if things can be explosive for Tampa Bay.

Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia 1 pm– A battle of top 2 draft picks 4 years later. Both with the same team and on their 2nd contract. It feels as though both teams are in a ‘Win Wow’ mode, so this is going to be a fight.

Jacksonville at Tennessee 1 pm– Sleeper game, as the Jags are 7.5pt underdogs. They were 8pt underdogs last week. Ask the Colts how that turned out. AJ Brown will miss this game for the Titans, and the Jags rookies played big last week. It should also be noted the Titans are on a 6-game winning streak at home against the Jags. So we’re probably more likely to see this….

Fantasy Players to Watch

Raheem Mostert, RB, San Fransisco 49ers – Every time I see the 49ers, it’s Raheem Moster running 50 yards untouched for a TD. I never start him because his name makes me think of mustard… and I’m always wrong. I’m just being honest.

Marvin Jones, WR Detroit Lions – Veteran, dynamic go-to-guy now that Kenny Galloday will be out.

Nyheim Hines, RB Indianapolis Colts – PPR. PPR. PPR. Hines will not take carries from Jonathan Taylor, but he will get all the receptions. Phillip Rivers throws 20 screens a game so if Hines catches 10 of those for 20 yards, it’s a pretty good fantasy day.

Mike Evans, WR Tampa Bay Bucaneers – It could be the Brady/Evans show this Sunday. I’m predicting a multitouch down game for Mike Evans in the absense of Chris Godwin.

Rookies to Watch

Chase Young, DE Washington Football Team– Young will be on the watch list of many people for the rest of his career.

CJ Henderson, CB Jacksonville Jaguars – Week 1 Pepsi Rookie of the Week. Henderson locked down Colts receivers and is ready to face off with Titans Corey Davis this week who also had a big week 1 himself.

James Robinson, RB Jacksonville Jaguars – Robinson broke a record before halftime in Week 1, so why not watch him for Week 2? Also, he hurdles dudes.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB Kansas City Chiefs – See below.

Jonathan Taylor, RB Indianapolis Colts – The season-ending injury to Marlon Mack propels Jonathan Taylor into major carries, including goalline.

Injuries/Substitutions to Watch

George Kittle, TE San Fransisco 49ers – George Kittle is out with a knee injury so in steps the once-dynamic Jordan Reed. Will we see some flashes of youth from the oft-injured veteran tight end?

Chris Godwin, WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Out with a concussion but even in his absence, Mike Evans and the Bucs may ignite for a big day.

Marlon Mack, RB Indianapolis Colts – Since he’s out for the season this may be the last time I write about Marlon Mack for a while. In comes Nyheim Hines and rookie Jonathan Taylor.

AJ Brown, WR Tennessee Titans – AJ Brown had a quiet first game but his replacement Corey Davis had a very decent outing. Davis is a former top-5 pick in a contract year facing a young Jags squad.

Enjoy Week 2!

I hope you find what you’re looking for in this Week 2 of NFL football. Stay tuned for NFL Sunday: What to watch in Week 3.

Baltimore made me. Duval raised me. New York saved me. I'm a Jags fan for life and don't ever disrespect it. I'm Duval Til' We Die #DTWD. Florida Gators over everybody. Dodgers to win it all. Since moving to NYC I have become a Brooklyn Nets fan and am still trying to pick a hockey team. Those are my main rooting interest. I'm the head NFL Writer for the Turf. You can also catch me on Amplified Network where I co-host a podcast called "60 minute suspension" highlighting all off field activity covering all sports. I'm also a very big hip hop fan. You may find some rhymes from my favorite songs in my writing.

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