The curtain went up on the 2023 NFL season in spectacular style during Week 1.
Putting aside the news that Aaron Rodgers may never play again, let alone line-up for the Jets for a full four quarters, the Chargers and Dolphins put on a 70-point show-stopper at SoFi.
So as we move to Week 2, which of Sunday’s games have caught BestofBets’ punter’s eye?
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Back cool Calvin
In the early window, Jacksonville at home to Kansas City could be a belter.
With the Chiefs coming off a surprise Week 1 loss to Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions, it should be statement time for an Andy Reid side even at this early stage of the regular season.
For the Jags, after the win in Indianapolis against a plucky Colts side with debutant QB Anthony Richardson, this is a golden opportunity to go 2-0.
If, as expected, Travis Kelce returns from the sidelines, the Chiefs’ chances will be greatly aided.
However, Kelce won’t be able to influence a razor-sharp WR Calvin Ridley, who after almost two years out, made an electric debut for the Jaguars last weekend.
In Week 2, Ridley can again expose the KC D-Line who were opened up at Arrowhead last time out.
Having made 8 receptions and a TD for 101 yards to open, we’re banking on Ridley to snag 70+ receiving yds + an anytime TD from the arm of the ever-reliable Trevor Lawrence.
Pollard to run amok
Next up in the later slate, Dallas return home to face a a New York Jets side, who despite losing Rodgers on his debut in the Big Apple, stole an OT win at home to the Bills on Monday Night Football.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, went into New York to end last Sunday and recorded a 0-40 shut-out against a ragged Giants.
With Ezekiel Elliott having jumped to New England in the post-season, Tony Pollard is the now the big man on campus in Texas and the RB notched 70+ rushing yds and grabbed a TD double at MetLife.
In Arlington, the Cowboys will want to make a statement and Pollard can have a field day.
A 2/1 shot for a Dallas win and Pollard to rush 85+ yards has every chance.
Clinic in Cali
The microscope for our final game falls on SoFi once again in a clash of California, as the LA Rams host the 49ers.
Both sides picked up road wins last weekend, and both QBs, Brock Purdy and Matthew Stafford put on strong shows.
We are expecting a repeat here, head-to-head.
For Stafford, its was a return to form after an uncertain time last season; for the Rams, the hosts put aside a 3-0 pre-season defeat run to win in Seattle.
Purdy, meanwhile, looked to have not missed a beat after sustaining injury in the spring.
Whilst Stafford threw 334 yards in Week 1, Purdy started strong but rather dropped the gears to amass just 220 yds but for 2TDs.
Both should enjoy strong Sunday plays and for Purdy to reach 225+ passing yds and Stafford 245+, a 5/2 punt might please punters.
Have a good one RedZone fans!