Their Achilles heels meet New Orleans Saints (1-0) with Tom Brady’s Buccaneers (1-0) in Week 2, Joe Borough’s Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) facing the Dak Prescott-less Dallas Cowboys (0- 1), and another installment of the NFC North rivalry between the Chicago Bears (1-0) and the Green Bay Packers (0-1).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints
Their second matchup of the season presents a bigger challenge as the Bucs travel to New Orleans to meet the team they can’t seem to shake. The Saints have won their last seven regular season games against the Bucs, four of which are in the Brady era.
Most recently, the Saints handed Brady the first home shutout defeat of his storied NFL career. The 45-year-old quarterback, who returned for his 23rd season, hasn’t lost three consecutive games against an opponent since the Patriots’ 0-3 streak against the Broncos since 2005-09.
The Biggest Challenge for Books This Sunday? Turnover and eliminate sacks. In Brady’s last four losses to New Orleans, the Saints claimed an 11-2 turnover advantage and the defense has 13 sacks in Tampa Bay’s four.
The Saints, on the other hand, will need to perform much better than their season opener against the Atlanta Falcons to keep the streak alive.
New Orleans fell short on both sides of the ball early in the game, reducing them to 16-3 at halftime. However, under the leadership of quarterback Jameis Winston, the team rallied, producing a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback behind Winston’s 213 passing yards and two touchdowns.
The Saints left Atlanta with a narrow one-point victory, but barely. The Bucs will have to be a stronger opponent and the Saints will need to be distributed in all four quarters, not just in the last minutes if they want to come out victorious.
It’s also worth noting that the Saints’ current head coach, Dennis Allen, is the former defensive coordinator who orchestrated the defense that has been able to close Brady in the past. The seven-time Super Bowl champion has a proven history of finding and exploiting weaknesses in his game.
Even though it is only two weeks, both teams have an early opportunity to fight for first place in the division. They face off on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET for their first two regular season meetings.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Dallas Cowboys
Joe Burrow’s Bengals had a perfect start to the season, to say the least.
A groundbreaking performance from Burrow (he threw five interceptions), and a series of missed opportunities resulted in a wild overtime loss to the Steelers.
The Cowboys also started the season with a setback, as the only team unable to record a touchdown in a week was a testament to the lackluster performance of the offense.
To speed things up, quarterback Dak Prescott hurt his throwing arm in the fourth quarter, which would see him out for several weeks.
Despite the disappointment that started the season 0-1, starting the season with a losing record is nothing to worry about for either of these two teams.
Since 2002, 59.4 percent of playoff teams start the season 1–1 or 0–2. Last season, the Los Angeles Rams emerged as Super Bowl Champions after starting the season 0–2. All this to say, winning week two will be a huge confidence booster.
The Cowboys would have to adapt to the offense without Prescott. Backup quarterback Cooper Rush has only had a career start, which came during week 8 last year when Prescott was severed from a calf strain.
Rush put on an impressive performance, throwing a clutch game-winning touchdown to wide receiver Amari Cooper in the final minute of the game. Nonetheless, his inexperience can show against a gritty Bengals defence.
Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.
Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers
The Bears meet the Packers at Historic Lambeau Field on Sunday night.
The Packers are looking to bounce back from a 23-7 defeat by the Vikings and continue their rule over this one-sided NFC North rivalry.
The Packers have won 20 of their last 23 regular season matchups, with the Bears’ last win being in 2018. But the way things have looked for Green Bay, this could be a chance for the Bears to muscle into the winning column.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers struggled against the Vikings, clearly missing wide receiver Davante Adams. He was clearly disappointed during the game as Green Bay failed to break the double-digit scoring, and Rogers scored 22 for 34 for 195 yards, with no interception.
Moving into Sunday night, the Bears are riding a week-high victory over the 49ers, scoring 19 unanswered second-half points at the rain-soaked Soldier Field. The Bears have the pace, but the Packers have history. We’ll find out at 8:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Monday Night Football Preview
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Super Bowl champion Rams in their season opener, with quarterback Josh Allen throwing for 297 yards and hitting four touchdowns in a 31–10 blowout victory.
What is the key to winning the bill? The numbers say Allen’s versatility. The team’s win percentage is 20-1 when the QB runs and passes for at least one touchdown in the same game.
Including the season opener, Allen’s 21 games with at least one rushing touchdown and at least one passing touchdown are the most in the NFL since entering the league in 2018.
Allen and the Bills will try their season record 2-0 against the Tennessee Titans on Monday night at 7:15 p.m. ET.
how to see
Here’s how to catch these teams and others in the league in action, wherever you are.
Australia: NFL Game Pass, ESPN, 7 Plus
Brazil: NFL Game Pass, ESPN
Canada: DAZN . Game Pass on CTV, TSN, RDS, NFL
Germany: NFL Game Pass, ProSieben MAXX, DAZN
Mexico: NFL Game Pass, TUDN, ESPN, Fox Sports, Sky Sports
UK: NFL Game Pass, Sky Sports, ITV, Channel 5
US: NFL Game Pass, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime