You would be forgiven for not expecting much excitement in a Thursday night game that featured the Rams and the 49ers. But the game between the two youngest coaches to ever face off against each other in NFL history far exceeded expectations featuring great play design, lots of scoring, a fourth-quarter comeback, and best of all some gritty, no-quit football from both sides.
5. Seattle @ Tennessee
Two teams that don’t play each other often and two teams most are picking to make the playoffs. With both teams sitting at 1-1 this game is an opportunity to
4. Kansas City @ Los Angelos Chargers
Andy Reid’s squad has looked like maybe the NFL’s best team through two games and now they have a divisional test against a talented but underperforming Chargers team that has blown two big fourth quarter opportunities in as many games. An 0-3 start puts the Chargers in a big hole in maybe the NFL’s division. Expect the Chargers to pull out all the stops in this one.
3. Houston @ New England
Last season in 432 regular season pass attempts Tom Brady threw only 2 interceptions. In one divisional playoff game against the Texans, he threw 2. After their week 1 debacle, the Patriots have appeared to bounce back after beating the Saints but this game will be a true test on both sides of the ball for the defending champions even though this Texans unit gave up 22 points to the Jaguars and has the second least amount of passing yards in the league with only the Buccaneers (who have only played 1 game) behind them.
2. Atlanta @ Detroit
With the Lions off to their first 2-0 start since 2011 and the Falcons looking to build off last years success with their own 2-0 start, this game features two hot quarterbacks and enterprising defenses and will serve one team with its first loss of the season. A win for the Lions gives them sole possession of first place in the NFC North while a win for the Falcons allows them to keep pace with the also 2-0 Panthers. Expect a shootout between these two hot QBs with young defenses.
1. Oakland @ Washington
Another matchup of two teams that don’t play each other often, the Sunday night game features two high-flying offenses from 2016. The only difference in 2017 appears to be that the Raiders have recaptured their 2016 glory right out of the gate hanging 45 on the Jets last week. Kirk Cousins and his offense have struggled some only managing 17 points against the Eagles in the opener and then getting by for a win against the Rams. If Jay Gruden can get his offense running again this should be a high-scoring game filled with points on both sides.