NFL TV Schedule Week 2: Coverage Maps for CBS and FOX Action

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets talks with Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets during warmups before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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After a wild opening weekend that saw the rise of a rookie quarterback, the continued dominance of the best defense in the NFL and the rebirth of a superstar who missed all of last season, one can only imagine what wonders await in Week 2 of the NFL season. 

Things get off to an early start on Thursday night, with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers renewing the NFL's oldest rivalry. After that, we wait until Sunday, when 13 games will be split between the usual CBS and FOX outlets. 

Here is a glance at where and when you can find each game this weekend, followed by a look at the matchups you need to pay close attention to. 

All start times listed in ET

 Kansas City at Buffalo  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein
 Cleveland at Cincinnati  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
 Minnesota at Indianapolis  1:00 p.m.  FOX  Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick
 New Orleans at Carolina  1:00 p.m.  FOX  Ron Pitts, Mike Martz
 Houston at Jacksonville  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
 Oakland at Miami  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
 Arizona at New England  1:00 p.m.  FOX  Dick Stockton, John Lynch
 Tampa Bay at New York Giants  1:00 p.m.  FOX  Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
 Baltimore at Philadelphia  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
 Washington at St. Louis  4:05 p.m.  FOX  Chris Myers, Tim Ryan
 Dallas at Seattle  4:05 p.m.  FOX  Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston
 New York Jets at Pittsburgh  4:25 p.m.  CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
 Tennessee at San Diego  4:25 p.m.  CBS  Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts


Biggest Matchup

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 1 was all about introducing yourself to the world, Week 2 is where we find out what you're really made of. 

The Jets were supposed to be falling apart at the seams, yet last week they came out and scored 48 points in a dominant performance against the Buffalo Bills. Embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez bought himself some time in the good graces of Jets fans with his three-touchdown performance. 

I'm going to go out on a limb, though, and assume that this week will be different. This Steelers team struggled to find itself against the Denver Broncos last week and is out to destroy something. 

Keep an eye out for Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer. He only had nine carries last week, but got 43 yards and looked sharp as he ran around the Broncos defensive line. 

As good as the Jets offense looked last week, the defense gave up 195 yards on the ground. This could be a big game for the confidence of both teams. 

If the Steelers go to 0-2 with two losses against Denver and New York, they will be behind the eight-ball in the still-too-early playoff race. 


Under-the-Radar Game

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks

It seems strange to talk about a Cowboys game as under the radar, but they are traveling to the Pacific Northwest, which kind of gets lost in the shuffle. 

The Cowboys were able to take care of business against the New York Giants in the first game of the season. Now they have to follow it up. 

However, following up has been a problem for the Cowboys during the Tony Romo era. They can look great against the best team in the NFL, but will come out the next week against a mediocre opponent and look awful. 

Some people were riding the Seahawks' bandwagon coming into the season. There has been talk that Russell Wilson looks like a steal as a third-round pick, but he still wasn't able to make the plays last week to get past Arizona. 

If the Seahawks plan to compete with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West, they have to be able to compete on the big stage against teams like Dallas. This will be a great litmus test for where both teams are right now.