What an opening week! We started with a fun Thursday night game featuring the Cowboys and Buccaneers and ended with an OT thriller between the Ravens and Raiders. In between we got 14 games Sunday, many of them fun and full of surprises. More is on tap in Week 2. As will be the case each week this season, in this weekly column I’ll highlight five games I’m looking forward to seeing on Sunday. Without further ado, here’s this week’s Friday Five!
Buffalo Bills (0-1) at Miami Dolphins (1-0)
About: I picked the Bills to win the Super Bowl. I also picked them to win opening day at home against the Steelers. They didn’t win opening weekend, but the road to the Super Bowl begins anew on Sunday in Miami. The Dolphins, meanwhile, went into New England and held on for the one-point win. The Dolphins won 10 games in 2020 and nearly made the playoffs. I think they can make the playoffs in 2021 and a win at home against the Bills would certainly help that case. Divisional matchups are always tough but the Bills can’t afford to start 0-2, so the pressure is on.
San Francisco 49ers (1-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
About: The 49ers came out and hung 41 points on the Lions in Week 1 as Jimmy Garoppolo threw for more than 300 yards. The Eagles, meanwhile, went to Atlanta and hung 32 points in a beat down of the Falcons. Jalen Hurts threw for three touchdowns and looked good as a runner and a passer. Now, both these teams meeting in Philadelphia. The 49ers are favored but the young Eagles look plenty scrappy. We’ll see if the Eagles and Hurts are for real if they can do it again against the 49ers. This should be a fun one to watch.
Las Vegas Raiders (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
About: The Raiders pulled the upset at home on Monday night, knocking out the Ravens in overtime. The Steelers, meanwhile, pulled an upset of their own, coming back from a half time deficit to beat the Buffalo Bills in New York. The Steelers are back home and the Raiders are in town as both these teams look to move to 2-0 in competitive divisions. Can Derek Carr and Darren Waller do it again? Will Najee Harris explode in his first home game? There figures to be the potential for plenty of fireworks in this one.
Dallas Cowboys (0-1) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)
About: Do you like offense? Well, this should be the prime battle of Sunday afternoon, the most impressive of the four late games on the slate. The Cowboys lost the NFL’s opening game but looked great in a tight loss. The Chargers went to Washington and earned a hard-fought victory. The Cowboys bring their high-flying passing game to Los Angeles, desperate to avoid going 0-2. Meanwhile Justin Herbert gets his first home game with fans in his new stadium. I think this is going to be a really fun battle of two great young quarterbacks and teams.
Sunday Night Football:
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Baltimore Ravens (0-1)
About: The Chiefs survived a scare on opening day at home. Once down 22-10 to the Cleveland Browns, the Chiefs came all the way back for a 33-29 win. The Ravens, meanwhile, lost their own fierce battle on Monday night, falling 33-27 to the Raiders in overtime. The Raiders scored the final nine points to tie the game and then lift the team to victory. Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes are two of the premier quarterbacks in the league, but their meetings have been lopsided. The Ravens need to avoid an 0-2 start, and Jackson wants to get a win against the Chiefs? Can he get it done? This figures to be the juiciest matchup of Sunday and we get it in Prime Time. I’m all in.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.