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NFL Week 2 early game live thread

How bout some football.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen talk after a play in the second quarter in Week 12, Nov. 25, 2018.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen talk after a play in the second quarter in Week 12, Nov. 25, 2018.
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San Francisco 49ers (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

What a funky matchup to open the Week 2 proceedings.

San Fran had a defense that provided a positive slogthrough against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while Cincy’s first performance perhaps felt better as they battled but came up short against a more-highly praised Seattle Seahawks side.

Certainly, Los Angeles Rams fans should get behind former Rams assistant and now Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor to provide the Niners an L here.

Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) at Detroit Lions (0-0-1)

The Chargers went into overtime to get past the Andrew Luck-less Indianapolis Colts while the Lions went into overtime to not get past the Kyler Murray-full Arizona Cardinals.

The Bolts are a favorite over the Lions, but perhaps this is a home underdog to bid into.

Minnesota Vikings (1-0) at Green Bay Packers (1-0)

Ew. NFC North football. Gross.

Indianapolis Colts (0-1) at Tennessee Titans (1-0)

Ew. AFC South football. Gross.

New England Patriots (1-0) at Miami Dolphins (0-1)

Ew. Patriots football. Gross.

Buffalo Bills (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1)


Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)

Ok, this is actually a great, albeit strange, matchup. Seattle-Pittsburgh? They’ve met just 17 times and just three times since Super Bowl XL.

Dallas Cowboys (1-0) at Washington Cowboys Receivers (0-1)

There’s an easy narrative to start writing that has the Rams and Cowboys meeting in the NFC Championship. Should both of them get through this week 2-0, it gets that much easier...

Arizona Cardinals (0-0-1) at Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

How good does this game suddenly look?! Sure, the Cards are underneath the bar, but the comeback in the first week should inspire some hope. And if they can compete here against a Lamar Jackson-fueled side...look out.

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) at Houston Texans (0-1)

The Jags. more than any team in the NFL to me, feel like the most boom or bust team as we wade through the first third or so of the 2019 NFL season. One of the AFC Championship entrants two years ago, they fell apart last year. Having reloaded, they lost starting QB Nick Foles to injury already turning to fan favorite QB Gardner Minshew. They’re set up to have a memorable season, but they’re up against it now. A Week 1 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was obviously acceptable. And a second straight loss to the Texans who lost in shocking/memorable/GROSS fashion to the New Orleans Saints wouldn’t be the end of the season. But it would put them 0-2 out of the gate.

Houston, for its part, is in the midst of a BRUTAL early schedule. After the early loss at Nola in Week 1 and this one, they come to LA to face the Chargers in Week 3 before home games against an NFC South duo in Carolina and Atlanta and then heading back out to see the Chiefs again.

Houston could be the best 0-6 team we’ve ever seen.

Or not.