The Seattle Seahawks hosting the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night is the highlight of an intense Week 2 schedule. This will be taxing not only for the players, but also us poor fans who have to try and keep up with all the action on TV.
I still have blisters on my fingers from my excessive Week 1 remote use.
Like a true champion, I plan to play through the pain, and I imagine you do too. Below, you can find the TV schedule and breakdowns of the three matchups I'm most looking forward to.
|Thurs., Sept. 12|
|New York Jets||New England Patriots||8:25 p.m.||NFL Network|
|Sunday, Sept. 15|
|St. Louis Rams||Atlanta Falcons||1 p.m.||FOX|
|San Diego Chargers||Philadelphia Eagles||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Dallas Cowboys||Kansas City Chiefs||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Tennessee Titans||Houston Texans||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Washington Redskins||Green Bay Packers||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Cleveland Browns||Baltimore Ravens||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Carolina Panthers||Buffalo Bills||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Minnesota Vikings||Chicago Bears||1 p.m.||FOX|
|New Orleans Saints||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4:05 p.m.||FOX|
|Detroit Lions||Arizona Cardinals||4:05 p.m.||FOX|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Oakland Raiders||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|Denver Broncos||New York Giants||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|San Francisco 49ers||Seattle Seahawks||8:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Monday, Sept. 16th|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Cincinnati Bengals||8:40 p.m.||ESPN|
San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles
When: Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. ET
I haven't talked to anyone who watched the Eagles beat the Redskins on Monday Night Football and didn't want to see more of Chip Kelly's fast-paced and exciting offense.
The Eagles looked a lot like the Oregon Ducks have over the years, as the team was running off plays in such a rapid succession that I was worried the refs were going to pass out from exhaustion.
And get this, Kelly told the Associated Press (h/t Sporting News) that this offense should be running even faster.
Now, the Eagles will take this offensive attack against a Chargers team that is trying to bounce back from a loss after blowing a big lead against the Texans. The good news for the Chargers is that quarterback Philip Rivers, who has become increasingly turnover-prone, threw four touchdowns and just one interception in that game.
This all sets up for what should be a high-flying and fast-paced contest.
Denver Broncos at New York Giants
When: Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. ET
Week 2 brings us the Manning Bowl. Quarterback brothers Peyton and Eli Manning will enter this matchup after having thrown a combined 11 touchdowns in Week 1.
Of course, Peyton was the headliner in Week 1. The legend tied the NFL record by throwing for seven scores. He also didn't suffer an interception. Eli was not as fortunate. The Giants quarterback threw three interceptions, as his team fell to the Dallas Cowboys.
With the Giants' offensive line struggling and the run game going nowhere, Eli is being asked to carry this offense. Interceptions are going to come with the territory of asking Eli to throw the ball 40-plus times a game.
The Giants will not be able to hang with the Broncos in this game. Denver has far too many offensive weapons for a thin Giants secondary to handle.
However, this contest will still be exciting and produce plenty of highlights.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
When: Sunday, Sept. 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET
This NFC West showdown should be spectacular. We have two Super Bowl favorites battling for early-season division superiority.
Both teams feature stout defenses and dual-threat quarterbacks leading the effort to reshape our opinion on what a franchise quarterback could be.
We also have two high-profile coaches with a colorful history in Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll.
There should be plenty of big hits and bigger plays in this one.
The 49ers enter this matchup on a high after beating the Green Bay Packers 34-28, with quarterback Colin Kaepernick throwing for over 400 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks pulled out a solid 12-7 win over the Carolina Panthers. However, they'll be looking for a better offensive performance, as they try to prove that their 42-13 shellacking of the 49ers last December was not a fluke.