The debut of the 2020 season went off with relatively few hiccups. The play was surprisingly at a high level considering there were no preseason games this year. (Maybe this is the final push we need to get rid of those games nobody, including the players, want.)
Teams united to peacefully protest racial and social justice issues where the league is moving in the right direction but still has quite a bit of room to improve. And Tom Brady looked like a mere mortal for once. So everyone outside of the Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg metropolitan area should be pleased with that outcome. Here is what we can look forward to in Week 2 of this NFL season that looks like no other.
How to Watch NFL Games
NFL Live Streams: fuboTV (watch the NFL for free with a one-week trial)
fuboTV will live stream NFL Week 2 matchups, beginning with the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football on NFL Network.
What TV Channel is the NFL on?
You can tune into NFL matchups this season via the following channels:
- NFL Network
- RedZone from NFL Network
Maybe not the best, but possibly the most intriguing matchup of the week is between two number one overall picks in the battle for Ohio. This old rivalry has been renewed with the possibility of hope coming from their emerging quarterbacks with Joe Burrow for Cincy and Baker Mayfield for Cleveland.
Last week against the Ravens, Mayfield looked awful and is on the precipice of being a bust number one pick. It's not quite at panic mode yet but this season will determine whether he is a long time option under center or if he is just the next in line for the Browns long streak of QB failures. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens made the Browns regret they didn't take the 2019 MVP first overall instead of Mayfield, winning 38-6. This is a must win game for the Browns if there ever was one in Week 2.
As for Joe Burrow, he didn't wow anybody like he did at LSU in his NFL debut especially in the passing game against the LA Chargers. But he gave them a chance to win on the last play of the game ultimately coming up short, losing 16-13. He should play better against a Browns defense that was just demoralized last week. If Joe Mixon brings more production in the backfield than he did in Week 1, this passing game will decisively open up.
NFL Week 2 Schedule
Thursday, September 17
- Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns, 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network, live stream on fuboTV
Sunday, September 20
- New York Giants at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS, live stream on fuboTV
- Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX, live stream on fuboTV
- Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX, live stream on fuboTV
- Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS, live stream on fuboTV
- Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX, live stream on fuboTV
- Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS, live stream on fuboTV
- San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX, live stream on fuboTV
- Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX, live stream on fuboTV
- Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS, live stream on fuboTV
- Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX, live stream on fuboTV
- Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX, live stream on fuboTV
- Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS, live stream on fuboTV
- Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS, live stream on fuboTV
- New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC, live stream on fuboTV
Monday, September 21
- New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC, live stream on fuboTV
*Game availability may be subject to your area
Possibly the best matchup of the week is the classic Super Bowl XLIX matchup between the New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks. These two haven't squared off since 2016 where the Hawks won in Foxborough. Of course this time they won't face Tom Brady, but rather a rejuvenated Cam Newton who ran all over the Miami Dolphins in his debut with the team.
Russell Wilson would have been MVP if Jackson didn't take the league by storm last season. Newton will try to salvage his MVP ways by staying healthy this year. He will need to throw much more than he did against the Dolphins to accomplish this. This matchup between the 2015 and 2016 Super Bowl runner-up QBs will be the main story to watch in Week 2.