After Week 1 with some surprises, Week 2 knocks on our door already on Thursday with the “Duel of the Desperate”. Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans, teams that have a playoff history , are preparing for a near- death match early in the season. It seems immediate, but whoever loses here starts the season 0-2 and it is a bit rare to see teams recovering throughout the year.
If the first duel with the transmission of the round is less appetizing with regard to the technical level of the teams – although there are no shortage of stories in this fifth game, as the first match of Deshaun Watson as the starter – the rest of the week promises quite interesting duels.
Sunday starts with a window of teams that, like Texans and Bengals, are struggling not to start the year with no win and two defeats. The New England Patriots were stunned at Gillette Stadium last Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs and are now looking to avoid their first 0-2 since 2001. On the other hand, the New Orleans Saints played a rather erratic role – especially in its portentous attack – against the Vikings on Monday Night Football. The fear of the Saints’ supporter is that if the team has already suffered to defend Sam Bradford, imagine what this defense will set against a Tom Brady with blood in their eyes.
In the same window, the Minnesota Vikings and their defense will have a harder duel than the last Monday. The team faces the Pittsburgh Steelers and their more than potent bout with the Ben-Bell-Brown trio – which, in fact, took a long time to catch up with Cleveland Browns last Sunday.
The window of the second schedule reserves two special confrontations. One is of divisional rivalry and the other of teams that have great fans in Brazil. At ESPN, at 5 pm, the Denver Broncos are looking to follow the good start of the championship against the Dallas Cowboys. After containing the Chargers of Melvin Gordon, the strong defense of the Broncos will now have the mission to stop Ezekiel Elliott. At ESPN +, the San Francisco 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks, who seek to recover from a game in which they did not score past touchdowns against the once-frail Green Bay Packers. First divisional duel of the regime of Kyle Shanahan in SanFran.
Later, at 9pm on ESPN, Sunday Night Football booked a special duel. It’s the inaugural match – though he has hosted two College Football matches – at the Mercedes Benz Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons. The opponent will be the same as the final of the National Conference in January this year: the Green Bay Packers. Certainly, Aaron Rodgers comes with blood in his eyes to face Matt Ryan and Cia: the Packers lost twice to the Falcons last year.
Finally, the seventh broadcast of the week is Monday Night Football, ending the work. Lions and Giants, on paper, would be a playoff clash – both went into the postseason last year. Let’s know: Odell Beckham Jr play? Will the Giants’ attack be able to do anything?
Below, the grid of transmissions.
Thursday, September 14
Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals, 21: 25h – ESPN
Sunday, September 17
Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers, 14h – ESPN Extra
New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints, 14h – ESPN
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 5:25 PM – ESPN
Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos, 5:25 PM – ESPN Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons, 21: 30h – ESPN
Monday, September 18
Detroit Lions at New York Giants, 9:30 PM – ESPN