Are the Jaguars and the Rams for real?

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Nick Kos­mider, The Den­ver Post

The de­fend­ing cham­pion Pa­tri­ots crushed on their home field? The Jaguars de­fen­sively dom­i­nat­ing on the road? The Rams nearly hang­ing 50 points on the score­board? There were plenty of un­ex­pected re­sults dur­ing Week 1 of the NFL sea­son, but that’s not un­com­mon. The matchups of Week 2 often tell us whether open­ing-week­end per­for­mances were flashes in the pan or har­bin­gers of things to come.

Bills at Pan­thers, 11 a.m. This game fea­tures two play­ers who stung op­po­nents on the ground and through the air on the way to vic­to­ries in Week 1: Buf­falo’s Le­sean Mccoy and Carolina’s Chris­tian Mccaf­frey.

Vik­ings at Steel­ers, 11 a.m. Lost in Sam Brad­ford’s stel­lar Week 1 per­for­mance (346 yards pass­ing, 3 TDS) was a strong de­but by Min­nesota run­ning back Dalvin Cook, who rushed 127 yards on 22 car­ries.

Pa­tri­ots at Saints, 11 a.m., KDVR-31. Ex­pect Tom Brady to come out fir­ing af­ter a lack­lus­ter per­for­mance in a sea­son-open­ing loss to the Chiefs. New England must get tight end Rob Gronkowski more in­volved.

Ea­gles at Chiefs, 11 a.m., KCNC-4. Can Alex Smith match his four-td per­for­mance against the Pa­tri­ots? Of­fen­sively, Philly has to make gains on the ground af­ter av­er­ag­ing only 2.4 yards per carry in its Week 1.

Bears at Buc­ca­neers, 11 a.m. Tampa Bay plays its first game of the sea­son af­ter hav­ing its opener against the Dol­phins post­poned by Hur­ri­cane Irma. The Bucs will have their hands

full with Chicago rookie RB Tarik Cohen.

Car­di­nals at Colts, 11 a.m. Los­ing run­ning back David John­son to in­jury was a huge blow for Ari­zona, but they should have enough weapons to burn an In­di­anapo­lis de­fense that gave up 46 pointsto the Rams last week.

Browns at Ravens, 11 a.m. Cleve­land rookie QB Deshone Kizer fared well in his NFL de­but, a nar­row loss to the Steel­ers. He faces a tall task against a Bal­ti­more de­fense that shut out Cincin­nati last week.

Ti­tans at Jaguars, 11 a.m. Ten­nessee be­gan the sea­son with play­off as­pi­ra­tions.

Those would take a big hit if it fell to 0-2 with a loss to a Jaguars team that looked dom­i­nat­ing at Hous­ton last week.

Jets at Raiders, 2:05 p.m. RB Mar­shawn Lynch looked fresh with the Raiders and should have an­other big game against a Jets de­fense that gave up 190 rush­ing yards.

Dol­phins at Charg­ers, 2:05 p.m. Jay Cut­ler makes his de­but for the Dol­phins, who have been prac­tic­ing in Ox­nard, Calif., all week in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Irma.

49ers at Sea­hawks, 2:25 p.m. San Fran­cisco must run the ball bet­ter than it did against Carolina (51 yards). The task for Seattle: Pro­tect QB Rus­sell Wil­son bet­ter.

Red­skins at Rams, 2:25 p.m. Was L.A. QB Jared Goff’s big game against the Colts (21of-29 for 306 yards, 1 TD) a sign of things to come for the for­mer No. 1 pick?

Lions at Gi­ants, 6:30 p.m., Mon­day. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford threw four touch­down passes in a Week 1 win over the Car­di­nals. The Gi­ants, mean­while, never found the end zone in a 19-3 loss to Dal­las.

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