Unfortunately, not every weekly game in the NFL can be as exciting as the games we saw in the first week of the regular season. With that said, there are some Week 2 games that few people care about — other than the fans of the specific teams involved, of course. Whether the lack of interest can be attributed to injuries, just poor play from the teams involved, or a general lack of interest as a whole, these four matchups won’t draw much interest on Sunday.
1. Tennessee Titans vs. Detroit Lions
Let’s begin by stating that the Lions have an interesting offense. While their Week 1 victory did come against the Indianapolis Colts’ horrific defense, at least this matchup was entertaining to watch. On that note, the Lions pulling off the road victory against the Colts was good, but it won’t be enough to keep people from changing the channel when they take on the Titans in Week 2.
Marcus Mariota, DeMarco Murray, and Derrick Henry make for an enticing draw, but we saw them completely fall apart in the second half of their loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. Overall, the talent is there on both sides of the ball, but honestly, there’s just not much about this that really gets your average NFL fan too excited. However, if you’re a fantasy football player, you could definitely have a strong amount of interest in this game.
2. Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
Many Baltimore Ravens fans seemed to have jumped off the bandwagon recently. Maybe it’s the fact that they went 5-11 last season or that they don’t seem to have a dominant offensive playmaker anymore. Whatever the case, the battle between the Ravens and Browns in Week 2 is one that few people will have an interest in. Last season, these two teams posted a combined record of 8-24. Now, the Browns will be without their starting quarterback, Robert Griffin III.
With Josh McCown leading the charge in Cleveland, there’s a good chance that quite a few of the remaining 15 games for the Browns won’t generate much interest. Unfortunately, with this game slated as one of the early games on Sunday, there’s little chance anyone aside from Ravens or Browns fans will be too interested.
3. San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers
Part of what makes few people aside from 49ers and Panthers fans care about this game is the fact that while the Week 1 outcomes surprised many people, we all know who these teams actually are. The San Francisco 49ers are 1-0, but they will be a bottom-dweller in the NFL, while the Panthers are 0-1 and will be one of the top teams in the NFL. Now, they get to square off in Carolina in Week 2, which gives the Panthers every reason to roll over the 49ers.
Unfortunately, Blaine Gabbert against Cam Newton won’t be the draw that makes people forget about the seven other games going on at the same time.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers
While there’s still plenty of reason to believe that the Jaguars are the real deal, the Chargers complete implosion last week against the Kansas City Chiefs was a disaster. To go along with that, San Diego lost star receiver Keenan Allen for the season. Now they will likely be looking at a top-five pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Overall, the Jaguars are a fun team to watch, while the Chargers air it out a ton, but there’s nothing that will make a fan select this game over the Indianapolis Colts versus Denver Broncos or Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus Arizona Cardinals in the late slate of games.