WEEK 2 NFL CAP­SULES

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - College Football - Line: Com­ment: Wrath of Woody: Wrath of Woody: Wrath of Woody: Wrath of Woody: Time: Bal­ti­more 27, Cleve­land 13 Time: Carolina 27, Buf­falo 19 Time: Ari­zona 29, In­di­anapo­lis 13 Time: Jack­sonville 21, Ten­nessee 20 Line: Com­ment: Wrath of Woody:

Ravens by 7½ 1 p.m.

The Browns’ de­fense looks much im­proved un­der new co­or­di­na­tor Gregg Wil­liams, hold­ing the Steel­ers un­der 300 yards of of­fense. The Ravens’ de­fense looks even bet­ter, shut­ting out the Ben­gals at home and pick­ing off Andy Dal­ton four times.

Browns fans used to de­spise the Ravens. Now they’d gladly take them back as their new chant, “Any­thing would be bet­ter than this,” in­di­cates. Pan­thers by 7 1 p.m.

Bills coach Sean McDer­mott was Carolina’s de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for six sea­sons be­fore shuf­fling off to Buf­falo, so he might have some un­der­stand­ing of what the Pan­thers are try­ing to do to his of­fense. What­ever it is, it will be more ef­fec­tive than what the Jets tried to do to them in Week 1.

Asked to de­scribe the out­look for the Pan­thers this sea­son, QB Cam New­ton says, “We’re back, baby.” Car­di­nals by 6½ 1 p.m.

Ari­zona coach Bruce Ari­ans was the Colts’ in­terim coach in 2012 when he was named coach of the year, but, un­like these Colts, he had Andrew Luck at quar­ter­back. Luck re­mains out with a shoul­der in­jury, so the Colts are con­sid­er­ing newly ac­quired Ja­coby Bris­sett in­stead of Scott Tolzien at quar­ter­back.

While he’s side­lined, Luck has told his team­mates he’s avail­able to an­swer any ques­tions. Sev­eral have asked him which low-in­ter­est credit card they should get. Ti­tans by 1 1 p.m.

Some peo­ple think the Ti­tans can be the sur­prise team of 2017. Well, they tried to sur­prise the Raiders last week by at­tempt­ing an on­side kick to start the sea­son. It didn’t work, and nei­ther did beat­ing Oak­land. They’re call­ing them Sack­sonville af­ter the Jaguars had 10 sacks in Hous­ton.

“You’re 1-0. We’re 0-1,” Ten­nessee coach Mike Mu­larkey says to Jack­sonville coach Doug Mar­rone. “Some­thing is wrong with this pic­ture.” Mar­rone says to him­self, “The pic­ture will look a lot worse for you in three hours.” Chiefs by 5½ 1 p.m.

No­body had a more im­pres­sive start to the sea­son than the Chiefs, who put up 42 points and 537 yards of­fense — their most in 11 years — in New Eng­land. The Ea­gles, though, looked im­pres­sive in D.C., beat­ing the Red­skins by 13. This will be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid warns his play­ers not to take this game lightly be­cause, “If the Ea­gles’ start­ing quar­ter­back and Miss Amer­ica both can come from Cen­tury High School in Bis­marck, N.D., any­thing can hap­pen.” Pa­tri­ots by 6 1 p.m.

It will be a race to see which ag­ing quar­ter­back — Tom Brady (40) or Drew Brees (38) — starts to act his age be­fore the other. Based on last week, it could be Brady. If he and the Pa­tri­ots re­bound the way they al­ways have in the past, OK, fine. If not, well then…

Brady says to Brees be­fore the game, “Didn’t you just know it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore the John Legend-Chrissy Teigen break-up ru­mors started #intouch #gos­sip­cop?” Steel­ers by 6 1 p.m.

The Vik­ings’ of­fense looked im­pres­sive in Week 1 with Sam Brad­ford get­ting the ball to re­ceivers Ste­fon Diggs and Adam Thie­len and rookie RB Dalvin Cook go­ing for 127. The same can­not be said for the Steel­ers, who strug­gled of­fen­sively against the Browns. Ev­ery­one, that is, ex­cept An­to­nio Brown.

Sev­eral Vik­ings de­fen­sive play­ers are sur­prised to learn Ben Roeth­lis­berger still starts for the Steel­ers. “We’d heard Big Ben was out un­til 2021,” they tell Vik­ings coach Mike Zim­mer. Zim­mer sighs and says, “That’s the clock, fel­lows, the clock.” Buc­ca­neers by 6½ 1 p.m.

This will be the sea­son opener for the Bucs af­ter last week’s game in Mi­ami was resched­uled be­cause of Hur­ri­cane Irma. Their for­mer backup QB, Mike Glen­non, is now the starter for the Bears, and he will need a lot of help. He got some help from rookie RB Tarik Co­hen, who com­bined for 113 yards vs. the Fal­cons.

When he’s surf­ing the ‘net, it some­times seems to Bears coach John Fox that one week the food he’s ad­vised never to eat is the same food the next week he’s ad­vised al­ways to eat. Charg­ers by 3½ 4:05 p.m.

Like Tampa Bay, this is Mi­ami’s sea­son opener, too, be­cause of the afore­men­tioned rea­son. Un­like the Bucs, their task won’t be so easy, es­pe­cially with Jay Cut­ler at quar­ter­back. This will be the Charg­ers’ first game back in L.A. since 1960. It should be a retro per­for­mance.

Cut­ler is mak­ing only $10 mil­lion as the Dol­phins’ starter this year. It ap­pears there will be a lot of coupon clip­ping at the Cut­ler house! Raiders by 13 4:05 p.m.

The Raiders picked up right where they left off in 2016 when Derek Carr was healthy, go­ing into Ten­nessee and beat­ing the Ti­tans with a cou­ple of new weapons — for­mer re­tired RB Mar­shawn Lynch and K Gior­gio Tavec­chio, the first player in league his­tory to de­but with two field goals of 50-plus yards.

Lit­tle known facts about Lynch: His hero is Mar­cel Marceau; his fa­vorite song is “Sound of Si­lence;” he spends a lot of time at silent auc­tions. Cow­boys by 2½ 4:25 p.m.

Cow­boys RB Ezekiel El­liott is mak­ing the most of his ap­peal, putting up 100-plus scrimmage yards against the Gi­ants — the 12th time in 16 ca­reer games he has done that. And QB Dak Prescott has yet to lose to an AFC team (4-0). If the Bron­cos strug­gled against the Charg­ers at home, it might be real strug­gle against Dal­las.

“Our per­son­nel staff is so thor­ough,” says Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones, “we even scout the Elec­toral Col­lege.” Sea­hawks by 14 4:25 p.m.

The 49ers, who man­aged just one field goal at home against Carolina in Week 1, might be lucky to get that from their of­fense in Seat­tle. The Sea­hawks, though, will have to play bet­ter than they did in Green Bay, where they couldn’t run, couldn’t throw and ba­si­cally couldn’t score.

Sea­hawks coach Pete Car­roll is so laid-back he lets play­ers take selfie sticks into the hud­dle. Fal­cons by 3 8:30 p.m.

The Pack­ers’ de­fense was ev­ery bit as im­pres­sive as their of­fense in their Week 1 vic­tory against the Sea­hawks. They will need more of the same in At­lanta, where they got am­bushed last sea­son in the NFC cham­pi­onship game. It won’t be that bad this time.

Pack­ers QB Aaron Rodgers one day hopes to start a singing group called “Herbs and Spices.” Gi­ants by 3 8:30 p.m.

The Gi­ants man­aged just a field goal against the Cow­boys and will have to get more from Eli Man­ning — and get Odell Beck­ham Jr. back on the field

— if they want to keep up with Matthew Stafford. The Li­ons put up 35 at home against a stout Ari­zona de­fense.

Gi­ants coach Ben McA­doo is find­ing life as a head coach is not al­ways love­lier the se­cond time around.

Over­all — 10-5; Against the line — 5-8-2.

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