NFL Week 2 pre­view

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Sun­day, 1 p.m., Fox

OPEN­ING LINE: Chiefs by 4½

SE­RIES: Ea­gles, 4-3

LAST MEET­ING: Chiefs, 26-16, 2013



CHIEFS DE­FENSE: OVER­ALL (24), RUSH (22), PASS (17) FANTASY TIP: Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill has shown ex­plo­sive­ness whether on runs or re­cep­tions and must be in any­one’s lineup.

ETC:. Ea­gles have won three of past four meet­ings, in­clud­ing last two at Ar­row­head Sta­dium . ... Ea­gles coach Doug Ped­er­son was Chiefs of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor un­der Andy Reid from 2013-15. Ped­er­son was Reid’s first Ea­gles QB in 1999 . ... QB Car­son Wentz is 4-0 in Septem­ber . ... Nel­son Agholor had ca­reer-high six re­cep­tions for 86 yards in Week 1 . ... WR Al­shon Jef­fery has 26 re­cep­tions for 426 yards vs. AFC teams . ... DT Fletcher Cox has five sacks and forced fum­ble in past five games vs. AFC . ... LB Jor­dan Hicks has 12 take­aways (seven in­ter­cep­tions, five fum­ble re­cov­er­ies) in his first 25 games . ... S Rod­ney McLeod is one of five de­fen­sive backs to start ev­ery reg­u­lar-sea­son game (65) since 2013 . ... S Corey Gra­ham has played in 158 con­sec­u­tive reg­u­lar-sea­son games, sec­ond-long­est

CLEVE­LAND (0-1) AT BAL­TI­MORE (1-0) Sun­day, 1 p.m.

OPEN­ING LINE: Ravens by 8 SE­RIES: Ravens, 27-9

LAST MEET­ING: Ravens, 287, 2016

FANTASY TIP: Start Ravens’ de­fense if your league has that op­tion; if not, WR Jeremy Ma­clin has scored TDs in last two games against Browns.

ETC.: Ravens have won three straight in se­ries be­tween fran­chise that moved from Cleve­land and one cur­rently re­sid­ing there. ... Bal­ti­more QB Joe Flacco is 15-2 life­time against Browns, with 24 TDs and 11 INTs . ... Browns LT Joe Thomas has been in all 9,996 of­fen­sive snaps since join­ing Browns as firstround pick in 2007.

MI­AMI (0-0)

AT L.A. CHARG­ERS (0-1) Sun­day, 4:05 p.m.

OPEN­ING LINE: Charg­ers by 4 SE­RIES: Dol­phins, 17-15

LAST MEET­ING: Dol­phins, 31-24, 2016

FANTASY TIP: Charg­ers’ de­fense might be solid play given strong pass rush and Mi­ami’s sus­pect O-line.

ETC.: Charg­ers make of­fi­cial L.A. de­but in re­turn to market af­ter 56 sea­sons in San Diego. ... First reg­u­lar-sea­son game at 30,000-seat StubHub Cen­ter, small­est NFL sta­dium .. ... Dol­phins be­gin sea­son af­ter one­week de­lay due to Hur­ri­cane Irma’s dev­as­ta­tion of South Flor­ida . ... . QB Jay Cut­ler makes Dol­phins de­but.

NEW ENG­LAND (0-1) AT NEW OR­LEANS (0-1) Sun­day, 1 p.m.

OPEN­ING LINE: Pats by 4 SE­RIES: Pats, 9-4

LAST MEET­ING: Pats, 30-27, 2013

FANTASY TIP: Saints’ sec­ondary strug­gled to cover good re­ceiv­ing tight ends last sea­son. Rob Gronkowski looks like good bet for big game.

ETC.: Game fea­tures two of NFL’s most ac­com­plished QBs: Pats Tom Brady, 40, and Saints’ Drew Brees, 38. Both played in Big Ten, in­clud­ing vs. each other when Brees’ Pur­due team met Brady’s Michi­gan in 1999. Michi­gan won 38-12 . ... In NFL they’ve com­bined to pass for 128,251 yards and 922 TDs.


AT SEAT­TLE (0-1) Sun­day 4:25 p.m.

OPEN­ING LINE: Sea­hawks by 12½

SE­RIES: Sea­hawks, 22-15 LAST MEET­ING: Sea­hawks, 25-23, Jan. 1

FANTASY TIP: WR Doug Bald­win would be good play; he had eight re­cep­tions for 164 yards and TD in 2016 meet­ing in Seat­tle.

ETC.: Sea­hawks have won six straight over­all against 49ers and last six in Seat­tle, in­clud­ing play­offs . .... Car­los Hyde had 103 yards rush­ing, two TDs in last game vs. Seat­tle . ... S Eric Reid is only player to have mul­ti­ple in­ter­cep­tions of Rus­sell Wil­son in Seat­tle since 2013. ac­tive streak among DBs, trail­ing only Wil­liam Gay (161) . ... Chiefs are 23-9 at home un­der Reid . ... RB Ka­reem Hunt set rookie de­but record with 246 yards from scrim­mage . ... Hill has 60-plus yard TD in five con­sec­u­tive games . ... LB Justin Hous­ton had ca­reer-high 4½ sacks in last meet­ing . ... DT Ben­nie Lo­gan spent first four sea­sons with Ea­gles . ... CB Mar­cus Peters leads NFL with 14 in­ter­cep­tions since 2015.

CHICAGO (0-1) AT TAMPA BAY (0-0) Sun­day, 1 p.m.

OPEN­ING LINE: Bucs by 6½ SE­RIES: Bears, 38-19

LAST MEET­ING: Bucs, 36-10, 2016

FANTASY TIP: Bears RB Jor­dan Howard had 100 yards rush­ing in last meet­ing,

ETC.: Bucs mak­ing sea­son de­but af­ter last week’s sched­uled opener at Mi­ami was post­poned be­cause of Hur­ri­cane Irma . ... Bears won three of past four meet­ings . ... Bears start QB Mike Glen­non, signed in free agency af­ter spend­ing four sea­sons in Tampa Bay, past two as Jameis Win­ston’s backup . ... ... Bucs RBs Jac­quizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and Pey­ton Bar­ber will share work­load.

WASH­ING­TON (0-1) AT L.A. RAMS (1-0) Sun­day, 4:25 p.m.

OPEN­ING LINE: Pick-em SE­RIES: Red­skins, 25-13-1 LAST MEET­ING: Red­skins, 2410, 2015

FANTASY TIP: Rams’ de­fense scored 16 points vs. Colts, in­clud­ing two pick-6s and safety. ETC.: Red­skins’ third-down de­fense, worst in NFL last sea­son, off to bad start by al­low­ing Ea­gles to con­vert eight of 14 . ... Rams snapped six-game skid at Coli­seum with most im­pres­sive per­for­mance since re­turn­ing from St. Louis last year . ... Sean McVay spent pre­vi­ous seven sea­sons on Red­skins’ staff, in­clud­ing last three as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

BUF­FALO (1-0) AT CAROLINA (1-0) Sun­day, 1 p.m.

OPEN­ING LINE: Pan­thers by 7½ SE­RIES: Bills, 5-1

LAST MEET­ING: Bills, 24-23, 2013

FANTASY TIP: RBs Jonathan Ste­wart and Chris­tian McCaf­frey might be gam­bles in run game against stingy Buf­falo D. ETC.: Bills coach Sean McDer­mott was Pan­thers de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor from 2011-16 . ... Bills had 190 yards rush­ing vs. Jets in Week 1. They ran for 190 or more six times last year . ... QB Ty­rod Tay­lor is 1-10 when at­tempt­ing 30 or more passes; 15-4 when at­tempt­ing fewer than 30 passes . ... McCaf­frey played 47 of 67 snaps last week with 85 total yards from scrim­mage.

DAL­LAS (1-0) AT DENVER (1-0) Sun­day, 4:25 p.m., Fox OPEN­ING LINE: Pick-em SE­RIES: Bron­cos, 7-5

LAST MEET­ING: Bron­cos, 5148, 2013

FANTASY TIP: Ezekiel El­liott rushed for 104 yards on 24 car­ries vs. Giants, but Bron­cos held Charg­ers’ Melvin Gor­don to 33 yards on 17 car­ries af­ter his 21-yard scam­per on first rush. ETC.: Since ‘07, Bron­cos (.714) rank sec­ond and Cow­boys (.686) third in Septem­ber win­ning per­cent­age be­hind New Eng­land’s .735 . ... Dal­las hasn’t beaten Denver since 1995 . ... Cow­boys one win shy of be­com­ing first NFC team with 100 vic­to­ries vs. AFC.


Chiefs rookie Ka­reem Hunt (27) de­buted with 246 yards from scrim­mage last week against the Pa­tri­ots.

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