NFL Week 2 Picks
Although the first week of NFL action will have been in the books, Week Two offers its own newness. The new Prime Video telecast package will take over in week two, and its first game is among the best of the year, let alone Week Two. The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are facing an increased challenge from all four teams in the AFC West, and the Chargers rank as one of the most dangerous threats to KC’s dominance of the division.
Last year the Chargers barely missed the playoffs and likely should have made the postseason. Third-year quarterback Justin Herbert has transformed the Lightning Bolts' offense into one of the most potent in the NFL. Kansas City is the AFC West favorite on the futures market again. And with Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce on the offensive side of the line, points will be plentiful in KC for the 2022 season.
The big question is how the Chiefs will replace game-breaking wide receiver and kick returner Tyreek Hill. “The Cheetah” was dealt to the Miami Dolphins for salary cap reasons. Kansas City sees second-round draft pick Skyy Moore out of Western Michigan as the potential answer. JuJu Smith Schuster arrives from Pittsburgh to help fortify the receiver position. Smith Schuster is more of a possession receiver that caught 111 passes in 2018 and 97 passes in 2020.
The Chargers and Chiefs were founded as charter members of the American Football League in 1960 and have shared the same division ever since.
Prime Video will unveil its new announcer team of legendary hall of fame play-by-play man Al Michaels and color commentator Kirk Herbstreit, best known as the marquee man of ESPN college football telecasts.
NBC Sunday Night Football gets a marquee rivalry matchup that rivals the Chiefs and Chargers. The Green Bay Packers will host the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. The Packers and Bears are the oldest rivalry in the NFL. This paring dates back to the ancient NFL and Bears founder George Halas.
The Packers are coming off a much quieter offseason than last year. Aaron Rodgers is safely in the fold but returns without his top wide receiver. Davante Adams rejected a higher contract from the Packers to play in Las Vegas for the Raiders. Yet, Green Bay waited until the fourth round to draft a wide receiver in the 2022 NFL Draft. Romeo Doubs of Nevada was only one of two receivers taken by the Pack. Rodgers will have his work cut out for him in the 2022 campaign.
Meanwhile, the Bears will try and develop help around second-year quarterback Justin Fields, who was left to fend for himself as a rookie in 2021.
Week Two features a Monday night doubleheader. The Buffalo Bills will host the Tennessee Titans on ESPN, and then on the big brother ABC network, the Philadelphia Eagles will host the Minnesota Vikings.
Tennessee had one of the most interesting offseasons in the NFL. Tennessee traded top receiver AJ Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles in a shocker. But that was not all. The Titans drafted Liberty quarterback Malik Willis in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The draft of Willis is seen by most as a vote of no confidence in quarterback Ryan Tannehill. And after Tannehill’s terrible playoff performance in a loss to the Bengals, that would be well-founded.
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