NFL Football 2023 Week 2 Preview. Week 1 had its share of surprises, including the first game between the Lions and Chiefs and the last game between the Bills and Jets.
The Lions finished the 2022 season on a positive note, but we didn’t know if they could keep that momentum going. The Chiefs were missing their top tight end, Travis Kelce, because of a knee injury and defensive tackle, Chris Jones, because of a contract dispute. But no one imagined it was enough for the Lions to edge past them 21-20.
On the last game on Monday, Aaron Rodgers barely got his New York Jets debut started when he sustained an Achilles tendon injury, which ended his season before it started. But that’s not the only surprise. The Jets beat the Bills in overtime, even without Rodgers.
What kind of surprises can we look forward to in Week 2?
Week 2 NFL Schedule and Lines
Thursday, September 14
- Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (-7, 48)
Sunday, September 17
- Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (-3.5, 46.5)
- Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions (-5.5, 47)
- Indianapolis Colts (-1, 40) at Houston Texans
- Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3, 41.5)
- Kansas City Chiefs (-3, 51) at Jacksonville Jaguars
- Green Bay Packers (-2, 40.5) at Atlanta Falcons
- Las Vegas Raiders at Buffalo Bills (-9.5, 47)
- Los Angeles Chargers (-3, 45) at Tennessee Titans
- San Francisco 49ers (-8, 44.5) at Los Angeles Rams
- New York Giants (-5.5, 39.5) at Arizona Cardinals
- New York Jets at Dallas Cowboys (-8.5, 39.5)
- Washington Commanders at Denver Broncos (-3.5, 39)
- Miami Dolphins (-2.5, 46.5) at New England Patriots
Monday, September 18
- New Orleans Saints (-3, 40) at Carolina Panthers
- Cleveland Browns (-2.5, 40) at Pittsburgh Steelers
The San Francisco 49ers are 8-Point Favorites Against the Rams
The 49ers and Eagles are the only two teams of the top five teams to win in Week 1. Kansas City, Buffalo, and Cincinnati all lost their opening game. Brock Purdy continues to surprise his critics as he seems to have fully recovered from the elbow injury he received during the playoffs last year.
Although the Steelers aren’t as good as the Lions or Jets this year, the 49ers beat them decisively, 30-7. It wasn’t just Purdy. Their defense blanked the Steelers in the second half, keeping them to 41 rushing yards. Purdy threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns, but they lost defensive end Robert Beal Jr. and cornerback Daryl Luter Jr.
The Rams also got off to a strong start by beating the Seahawks 30-13. Quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 24 of 38 attempts and threw for 334 yards. However, they lost wide receiver Cooper Kupp and tight end Hunter Long.
The 49ers are favored by 8 points, one of the few teams favored by more than a touchdown. San Francisco’s covering the spread will depend on whether their defense can subdue Seattle’s offense.
Can Philadelphia Make it 2-0?
The Vikings were supposed to win in Week 1 against the Buccaneers to give them some confidence going up against the Eagles, but that didn’t happen. Kirk Cousins did well, throwing for 344 yards, two touchdowns, and only one interception. But Minnesota turned over the ball three times and lost 20-17.
The Eagles didn’t have a dominant win over the Patriots as expected. Jalen Hurts only threw for 170 yards and one touchdown. Their defense was solid against the run but is riddled with injuries, which could cause problems against stronger teams. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, running back Kenneth Gainwell, and safety Reed Blankenship have issues with their ribs. Cornerback James Bradberry entered into the league’s concussion protocol.
Philadelphia is favored by a touchdown, but if they can’t get more production out of Hurts, that might not happen.
The Cowboys Have Yet to Be Scored On
Coming off of a 40-0 win against the Giants is a real confidence boost for both sides of the ball, and with Rodgers gone from the Jets, the Cowboys are favored by 8 points. You can’t discount the Jets, though. They were able to beat the Bills without Rodgers. Their defense was key. They pressured Josh Allen 21 times and forced three interceptions.
The Jets were able to upset the Bills in Week 1. They may create the same scenario again now that they’ve had the time to adjust to not having Aaron Rodgers under center. I’d keep your limits in for this one. The Jets could create the upset of the week against the high-flying Cowboys.
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