Week 1 had slightly little bit of all the things, with just a few blowouts, just a few thrillers, just a few stunning upsets and a complete lot of Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. If we’re fortunate, Week 2 will present a lot of the identical.
It is likely to be simpler to say who isn’t harm for San Francisco.
Well being is a large issue for sustained success, and with the luck the San Francisco 49ers have been having not too long ago, it could possibly be what places them in an infinite gap within the N.F.C. West only a season after they made a trip to the Super Bowl.
Till shortly earlier than Week 1, the 49ers believed they could have broad receiver Deebo Samuel again for the beginning of the season regardless of a damaged foot sustained in June. As an alternative, the dynamic second-year participant didn’t attain benchmarks the group set, and he was positioned on this season’s distinctive three-game model of injured reserve.
San Francisco additionally started the season with out beginning middle Weston Richburg, and within the group’s stunning loss at residence to Arizona in Week 1, cornerback Richard Sherman injured his calf and joined Samuel on the injured reserve. In maybe the largest short-term blow, tight finish George Kittle sprained his knee and can be out for this week, and probably longer.
The 49ers are a talented team, with a sufficient depth to compete even with a number of stars sidelined — particularly in opposition to the Jets. However with Seattle, Los Angeles and Arizona having every gained their opening week video games, and every having a strong probability at profitable once more this week, the stress is all of a sudden on the 49ers to determine issues out in a rush.
Can any of final week’s Cinderellas get to 2-0?
A savvy observer may need been maintaining a tally of the upstart Arizona Cardinals for a possible upset in Week 1, however nobody noticed the Washington Soccer Staff or the Jacksonville Jaguars coming. These groups have been each predicted to be basement dwellers all season, however they received off to a terrific begin by beating the Philadelphia Eagles and the Indianapolis Colts, respectively.
So … can they do it once more?
The unhealthy information for the Footballers is that they’re enjoying the Cardinals, and Arizona’s offensive line will not be almost as beat up as Philadelphia’s was. With Kyler Murray slinging balls everywhere in the area to broad receives DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald, whereas additionally serving as an enormous menace whereas working the ball, Washington could possibly be in a number of hassle.
The Jaguars, in the meantime, must be thrilled with Gardner Minshew’s execution in a sport through which he accomplished 95 p.c of his passes whereas throwing three landing passes, however they could need to keep in mind that they wouldn’t have crushed the Colts if not for Philip Rivers gift-wrapping them 14 factors within the type of two interceptions. Anticipating the Tennessee Titans to be so beneficiant wouldn’t be sensible.
Large await the large video games
The 4 p.m. Jap time video games can generally seem to be an opportunity to catch a break between the hectic early motion, and the Sunday evening sport. That technique gained’t work at the moment, as among the greatest motion is ready to kick off at 4:25 p.m Jap.
The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs are on the highway going through the Los Angeles Chargers, a group that most likely shouldn’t be anticipated to present Patrick Mahomes all that a lot hassle, however is much from a pushover. The Baltimore Ravens, in the meantime, are in Houston the place Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson will face off in a battle of two of the most effective quarterbacks within the sport — Watson, nevertheless, most likely needs he had Jackson’s teammates.
The excellent news is that the Sunday evening sport shouldn’t really feel like that a lot of a letdown, as Cam Newton and the new-look New England Patriots are in Seattle to face Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Between Newton’s working, Wilson’s general brilliance, and the star-studded defenses on each groups, the nightcap may reside as much as its sport of the week billing.