We have made it through the first weekend of NFL football, with all of the shockers, nail-biters, and lop-sided games one could ever hope for. A good amount of UNC alumni saw the field this past weekend, and we can look forward to the same thing for week two. Here are the players you can expect to see in week two, and how you can watch them.
8:25 PM Thursday, September 14th
- Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals Giovani Bernard returns with his team to Cincinnati where they will play their first home game of the season. It will also be Bernard’s first regular season home game since his ACL injury last year, and one can only hope that it goes better than his first regular game back. While Bernard was productive, the Bengals were shut out 20-0 by the Baltimore Ravens.
As a Thursday night game, this game will will be televised on the NFL Network.
1:00 PM Sunday, September 17th
- Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens Following his first start last week with the Ravens, James Hurst is hoping to help the team follow up their win over the Bengals when they take on the Cleveland Browns.
- Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers Brandon Tate and Julius Peppers are the highlighted UNC alumni in the home opener for the Carolina Panthers. This will be Peppers’ first regular season home game as a Panther in almost a decade, and it should be a fun environment as both teams attempt to improve to 2-0.
- Arizona Cardinals at Indianapolis Colts Things did not work out in the Motor City for Arizona last week, as they fell to the Detroit Lions 23-35. Kareem Martin didn’t see the field in the loss, so it is unknown how much he will be used when they travel to Indianapolis to take on Andrew Luck and the Colts.
- Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars The Titans will try to prevent dropping to 0-2 after suffering a defeat to the Oakland Raiders. Sylvester Williams and Da’Norris Searcy both saw a little playing time in the loss — we shall see if they can help their team bring Jacksonville back down to earth. The Jags are coming off a 29-7 beating of the Houston Texans.
- Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs Mack Hollins got to see a little bit more of the field than planned Sunday during their victory over the Washington Redskins. Torrey Smith suffered a minor injury, which opened the door for Hollins to play a few offensive snaps. Smith is not showing on the injury report as of Wednesday, so expect to see Hollins featured on special teams as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers The good news: Mitch Trubisky isn’t to blame in the loss against the Atlanta Falcons that went down to the very last play of the game. The bad news (for UNC fans): it wasn’t Mike Glennon’s fault either. Barring something bad happening, we can expect Glennon to get the start against his former team.
These games will all be aired on either FOX or CBS. Check the maps below to find out which ones will air in your market.
4:05 PM Sunday
- New York Jets at Oakland Raiders Bruce Carter and the Jets will travel to the west coast as they attempt to take down the Oakland Raiders.
4:25 PM Sunday
- Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos The best play of the night for Ryan Switzer in their win against the New York Giants was the play that didn’t count. While this sounds like a dig at Switzer, it is hard to top seeing him attempt to fake a fair catch and take off with the ball in the NFL (they unfortunately called the play dead). The Cowboys will head to the Mile High City to try to improve to 2-0.
- Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Rams Zach Brown and Robert Quinn will be the UNC alumni highlighted during their game in Los Angeles. The Redskins are attempting to bounce back after their loss to the Eagles, while the Rams have dreams of continuing their surprising start following the 46-9 beating they gave the Indianapolis Colts. Zach Brown is coming off of a strong performance against the Eagles, recording 12 total tackles for the game.
- San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks Has anybody else been able to move past the fact that Nazair Jones’ pick six was ruined by a really bad call? No? Me neither. Still, the Seahawks will try to rebound from their loss against the Packers when they take on their NFC West foe the 49ers. Let’s pray for another big play, shall we?
All three of the 4:25 PM games will be broadcasted on FOX, and can be found in the map below. The Jets / Raiders game is listed in the CBS map above.
8:30 PM Monday, September 18th
- Detroit Lions at New York Giants Eric Ebron was only targeted three times during their 35-23 win against the Arizona Cardinals. Expect to see games like that this season, as it seems like Detroit has enough receiving weapons to spread the ball around the field. The Lions will travel to Metlife Stadium to face the New York Giants, who will be attempting to bounce back from their Sunday night loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
As a Monday Night Football production, this game will be televised nationally on ESPN.