Is it Week Two already?
Thanks to Thursday Night Football we get a quick turnaround from one week to the next. In fact just 66 hours separate the end of the Monday night doubleheader and the start of Week 2. So before we dive in again here's a few off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts on Week 2 (outside of Packers-Redskins):
Minnesota at Chicago, 12 p.m. FOX
There are no "must wins" in September, however the Vikings must be careful to avoid the dreaded 0-2 overall, 0-2 in the division start. That kind of start would mean a steep uphill battle for the rest of the season.
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 3:05 p.m. FOX
The Saints can pull a reverse-Minnesota and start 2-0 overall and in the NFC South. The question is can their defense hold up? Meanwhile, Tampa Bay must overcome a last-second defeat to the Jets. Again, 0-2 isn't the end of the world but considering how strong the division is the Bucs would have their work cut out for them.
Denver at New York Giants, 3:25 p.m. CBS
I'm certainly not expecting another seven touchdown performance from Peyton Manning but this one has all the makings of a shootout. The Giants have a thinning secondary which should translate into a good day for Peyton. On the other side Eli Manning's 450 yards versus Dallas was overshadowed by an un-elite three interceptions.
San Francisco at Seattle, 7:30 p.m. NBC
This is one of the matchups of the year considering the preseason expectations for both teams. The edge goes to the Seahawks who were 8-0 at home last year, including a late-season 42-13 thrashing of the Niners.