WEEK 2 MATCHUPS

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PA­TRI­OTS (0-1) AT SAINTS (0-1)

1 p.m.

Yes, it re­ally did hap­pen in the 2017 kick­off game: New Eng­land got ham­mered in the fourth quar­ter at home by Kansas City. Usu­ally, the Pa­tri­ots re­spond af­ter a loss, es­pe­cially one in which Tom Brady strug­gled. Since 2003, the Pa­tri­ots are 42-6 in the reg­u­lar sea­son af­ter a loss. New Or­leans had far too many de­fi­cien­cies at Min­nesota, and its loose cov­er­age of re­ceivers could be its demise against Brady.

Pa­tri­ots, 30-20

BEARS (0-1) AT BUCS (0-0)

1 p.m.

It’s im­pos­si­ble to know what the Bucs have af­ter be­ing forced by Hur­ri­cane Irma to move their bye up to open­ing week. They could be dy­namic on of­fense and im­proved on de­fense, which would put them in the mix. For­mer Bucs QB Mike Glen­non played well in his first out­ing for Chicago and was a dropped pass away from an up­set of the Fal­cons.

“We all knew his time was com­ing,” Bucs re­ceiver Mike Evans said.

Bucs, 23-13

DOL­PHINS (0-0) AT CHARG­ERS (0-1)

4 p.m.

It’s im­pos­si­ble to know what the Dol­phins have af­ter be­ing forced by Hur­ri­cane Irma to move their bye up to open­ing week, too. They’ve spent the week in Cal­i­for­nia and fig­ure to be rusty. If the Dol­phins can get the run game on track with Jay Ajayi, they could spoil the Charg­ers’ of­fi­cial de­but in L.A. Well, their re­turn there af­ter play­ing all of one sea­son as the LA Charg­ers in 1960, the de­but year of the AFL.

Charg­ers, 28-27

VIK­INGS (1-0) AT STEEL­ERS (1-0)

1 p.m.

The Vik­ings, par­tic­u­larly se­cond-round run­ning back Dalvin Cook (127 yards rush­ing) were im­pres­sive Mon­day night against New Or­leans, but a short turn­around for a trip to the Steel City is never en­vi­able. Their last win in Pitts­burgh came Sept. 24, 1995. The Steel­ers ap­pear to be build­ing a de­fense to com­ple­ment their all-world of­fense led by Le’Veon Bell, An­to­nio Brown and Ben Roeth­lis­berger.

Steel­ers, 24-20

TI­TANS (0-1) AT JAGUARS (1-0)

1 p.m.

OK, hold your breath for this one: The Jaguars lead the AFC South. In­deed, they smashed their way to first place by an­ni­hi­lat­ing Hous­ton (10 sacks). Now they are home, where dam­age from Hur­ri­cane Irma was sig­nif­i­cant and they wound up spend­ing two ex­tra nights in Texas. A win over the Ti­tans cer­tainly would le­git­imize their start. The Ti­tans’ last visit to Jack­sonville saw QB Mar­cus Mar­i­ota break his right leg.

Ti­tans, 22-17

RED­SKINS (0-1) AT RAMS (1-0)

4 p.m.

For the first time in his short NFL ca­reer, Jared Goff looked like a pro quar­ter­back in the Rams’ rout of the Colts. Rookie coach Sean McVay, 31, earned his first vic­tory as the youngest head coach in mod­ern league his­tory, and he gets back star DT Aaron Don­ald from a hold­out. The Red­skins’ third-down de­fense, worst in the NFL last sea­son, al­lowed Philadel­phia to con­vert eight of 14 op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Red­skins, 27-16

EA­GLES (1-0) AT CHIEFS (1-0)

1 p.m., Fox

Both come off im­pres­sive road wins. Ea­gles coach Doug Ped­er­son is a dis­ci­ple of Chiefs head man Andy Reid. Their forte is of­fense, and Kansas City was op­por­tunis­tic and, at times, dom­i­nant in New Eng­land with the ball. RB Ka­reem Hunt set a rookie de­but record with 246 yards from scrimmage, while WR Tyreek Hill has a 60-plus yard TD in five con­sec­u­tive games. Philly’s Car­son Wentz in 4-0 in Septem­ber.

Chiefs, 23-17

CAR­DI­NALS (0-1) AT COLTS (0-1)

1 p.m.

Both teams come off rough open­ers. Ari­zona lost at Detroit and saw star run­ning back David John­son, one of the NFL’s most ver­sa­tile play­ers, break his wrist. Look for Larry Fitzger­ald to be the fo­cal point of the of­fense against a weak sec­ondary. Indy is with­out Andrew Luck again — and for who knows how long. The Colts put out one of the worst per­for­mances of Week 1 in be­ing routed by the Rams.

Car­di­nals, 24-7

49ERS (0-1) AT SEA­HAWKS (0-1)

4 p.m.

Once a ter­rific NFC West ri­valry, the Sea­hawks have won six straight over­all, and the last six matchups in Seat­tle, in­clud­ing play­offs. The Nin­ers did lit­tle right in their home loss to Carolina as Kyle Shana­han made his de­but as a head coach. The Sea­hawks need to get the run game go­ing af­ter QB Rus­sell Wil­son was their top rusher with 40 yards. Get­ting RB Thomas Rawls back from a high-an­kle sprain would help.

Sea­hawks, 23-6

BROWNS (0-1) AT RAVENS (1-0)

1 p.m.

If the Ravens can mash the Browns on the ground and rush the passer well — both things they mas­tered in shut­ting out Cincinnati last week — they will be tough ev­ery game. Bal­ti­more QB Joe Flacco is 15-2 life­time against Cleve­land. Browns star left tackle Joe Thomas has been in for all 9,996 of­fen­sive snaps since join­ing them as a firstround pick in 2007. Here comes No. 10,000.

Ravens, 13-7

COW­BOYS (1-0) AT BRON­COS (1-0)

4:25 p.m., Fox Af­ter

man­han­dling the Gi­ants, Dal­las can re­ally prove it is an NFC power again by cross­ing over, head­ing to the Rock­ies and beat­ing the Bron­cos. The Cow­boys had the ball for so long against New York that the Gi­ants’ for­mi­da­ble de­fense with­ered. Den­ver’s D is just as good, so it’s a matchup of Dak Prescott, Zeke El­liott, Ja­son Wit­ten and that ter­rific of­fen­sive line against Von Miller, Aqib Talib & Co.

Cow­boys, 17-14

PACK­ERS (1-0) AT FAL­CONS (1-0)

8:20 p.m., NBC

The last time they faced off in At­lanta, the Fal­cons routed the Pack­ers for the NFC ti­tle. Tonight, the site will be dif­fer­ent as the Fal­cons play their first reg­u­lar-sea­son game in Mercedes Benz Sta­dium. Green Bay com­pletely shut down Seat­tle at Lam­beau Field. At­lanta strug­gled with lowly Chicago be­fore a goal-line stand al­lowed it to sur­vive. Now, the Fal­cons open their new digs of­fi­cially.

Fal­cons, 31-30

BILLS (1-0) AT PAN­THERS (1-0)

1 p.m.

Al­though they haven’t made the play­offs since the last cen­tury, the Bills lead this se­ries, 5-1. Their run­ning game with LeSean McCoy was dy­namic in the opener, but it was against the Jets. This should be a saltier test. Cam New­ton ap­peared off in the win at San Fran­cisco, but he still threw for a pair of scores. His back­field of Jonathan Ste­wart and first-rounder Chris­tian McCaf­frey could pro­vide a spark.

Pan­thers, 28-13

JETS (0-1) AT RAIDERS (1-0)

4 p.m., CBS

You can bet Raiders fans are stoked over the team’s per­for­mance at Ten­nessee, es­pe­cially the bal­ance on of­fense. Mar­shawn Lynch was in Beast Mode and eight play­ers caught passes from Derek Carr. The Jets prob­a­bly don’t have eight play­ers who would make Oak­land’s ros­ter. But at least they didn’t get blown out in Buf­falo last Sun­day. That cer­tainly could change this week­end.

Raiders, 34-10

LI­ONS (1-0) AT GI­ANTS (0-1)

Mon­day, 8:30 p.m., ABC Wither Odell? If the Gi­ants don’t have stand­out re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr. (an­kle) again, and their of­fen­sive line is as abysmal as it was against Dal­las, this might not be much of a prime-time show­case. Then again, New York’s de­fense al­ways is worth watch­ing. A prob­lem for Gi­ants fans is that they were watch­ing too much of it vs. the Cow­boys be­cause it was on the field so of­ten.

Gi­ants, 21-17

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