How to watch: Here is the Week 2 TV schedule and our picks against the spread.
N.F.L. Week 2 Top Story Lines
• All games count the same in the standings, but you have to assume the Minnesota Vikings signed Kirk Cousins at least in part so the veteran quarterback can improve their chances against the Green Bay Packers. And the former Redskin will get quite a test in his first installment of this longtime rivalry as Aaron Rodgers was able to start for the Packers. ESPN has reported that Rodgers’ knee injury is fairly serious, and that it has been recommended that he sit out, but Rodgers beat Chicago on one leg last week and is trying to do the same at home against Minnesota this week.
• Among the significant injuries this week are the Falcons’ star running back Devonta Freeman (knee injury, expected to be out for 2-3 weeks); the Chargers’ standout defensive end Joey Bosa (foot injury that could keep him out until October); and Dennis Kelly, a tackle for the Tennessee Titans (virus). Kelly, a second-string right tackle, might not seem to be as big of a loss, but he was expected to start as both of the Titans’ starting tackles are out. The team will likely have to start Kevin Pamphile and Tyler Marz (who they just signed from the practice squad) against a Texans defensive line that includes J.J. Watt.
• The Jacksonville Jaguars have a defense that excels at every level, home field advantage, and some momentum from a Week 1 victory, which had them in an ideal position to give the New England Patriots quite a fight in a rematch of last season’s A.F.C. championship game. Things could get complicated, though, as a result of significant injuries on both offense and defense.
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