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Battle of Manning brothers highlights Week 2 slate

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Should be another fun week of NFL games. We get the Manning brothers battle for familial supremacy and Rex Ryan renewing the Ring Kissing Bowl with Bill Belichick. The schedule is light on divisional matchups overall, but as always you can expect the unexpected.

  • The storyline:

    Tom Brady hates the Jets. The Jets hate everybody. Nobody loves Rex. This is as good as it gets.
  • Why you should watch:

    Pats offense was unreal last week and Jets had game's best D in 2009. Randy Moss on Revis Island. Playoff implications in Week 2.
  • Did you know?

    The Patriots have beaten the Jets in eight of their last nine road games. ... Tom Brady has a 39-10 career record against the AFC East in his career. ... Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson averages 108.4 rush yards in five career games against the Patriots. ... New York LB Jason Taylor has 12 career sacks vs. New England.
  • The storyline:

    s career. ... The Bengals have won eight straight against division opponents. ... All three of Cincinnati LB Brandon Johnson's career sacks have come against Baltimore." storyline="Ray Lewis and Chad Ochocinco will yap all week. The Bengals swept the series last year and manhandled a tough Ravens rushing defense.
  • Why you should watch:

    T.O. gets his first dose of this rivalry and Ocho's old Robin, T.J. Houshmandzadeh is now in purple. Get your microphones, and popcorn, ready
  • Did you know?

    Ravens WR Derrick Mason has more touchdowns vs. the Bengals than any other team (eight). ... Baltimore TE Todd Heap is 35 yards away from 5,000 in hi
  • The storyline:

    There are these two brothers, born of QB royalty, who each have a Super Bowl ring and they battle again for family honor Sunday night. Have you heard that one?
  • Why you should watch:

    The Colts look as vulnerable as we've seen in a long time and the Giants' pass rush (featuring four devensive ends) will be a handful for Indianapolis' depleted offensive line. Could the Colts go 0-2?
  • Did you know?

    Giants QB Eli Manning has won nine consecutive September games. ... New York's Steve Smith has a first-down catch in 34 straight outings. ... The Colts have won five straight against NFC opponents. ... Dwight Freeney has a sack in his last four games vs. NFC opponents.
  • The storyline:

    Two of the league's most physical teams meet again after a heck of a season opener in 2009 (Troy Polamalu got hurt, etc.)
  • Why you should watch:

    The Steelers are short of tackles and the Titans have a young, active defensive line. If Pittsburgh manages to win this, again under Dennis Dixon, it would be huge. CJ2K goes for his 13th straight 100-yard game against an elite rush defense.
  • Did you know?

    Steelers WR Hines Ward has the club record for 100-yard receiving games with 26. ... Pittsburgh is 8-0 when James Harrison has 2-plus sacks in a game. ... The Titans have won three straight at home against the Steelers. ... Tennessee's Chris Johnson has rushed for 100-plus yards in 12 consecutive games.
  • The storyline:

    Brett Favre comes in on 10 days rest to try to improve on a shaky opening-night outing.
  • Why you should watch:

    Chad Henne has not looked right yet, including the preseason, but Brandon Marshall should be a handful downfield for Minnesota. Expect to see a lot of Adrian Peterson.
  • Did you know?

    Dolphins coach Tony Sparano is 5-3 in his career against the NFC. ... Miami TE Anthony Fasano needs four receptions to reach 100 for his career. ... Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe has a touchdown catch in three consecutive games. ... Minnesota DE Jared Allen has 21 sacks in his past 18 home games (including the playoffs).
  • The storyline:

    Kyle Shanahan and a few other Redskins coaches face their old team, which runs their old offense. Both teams looking for 2-0 starts.
  • Why you should watch:

    Arian Foster ran wild on the Colts and all of a sudden the Texans are a power team. I have a feeling Andre Johnson will show up more this week.
  • Did you know?

    The Texans have won three consecutive games against NFC opponents. ... Houston's Mario Williams has a sack in his last two games. ... Redskins QB Donovan McNabb is 2-0 in his career against the Texans. ... Washington RB Clinton Portis averages 107.6 yards from scrimmage per game throughout his career -- the sixth-best total in NFL history (min. 100 games).
  • The storyline:

    San Francisco faces the possibility of getting ripped up for the second straight week after high expectations. Saints look to prove Super Bowl hangover is over-rated.
  • Why you should watch:

    If Alex Smith plays that poorly again, there could be a QB crisis brewing. He will face heavy pressure.
  • Did you know?

    Saints QB Drew Brees is 4-0 in his career agaisnt the 49ers. ... New Orleans WR Marques Colston has a touchdown in four straight Monday Night Football games. ... 49ers TE Vernon Davis has a touchdown in three consecutive home games. ... San Francisco's Justin Smith has the NFL's longest active consecutive games streak by a defensive lineman (140 games).
  • The storyline:

    Two teams that watched their young starting QBs go down in the first half of the opener, and suffered painful losses, meet in what could be The Backup Bowl.
  • Why you should watch:

    It has been a long time since we've seen Mike Vick under center for 60 snaps, but that's just what we might get here.
  • Did you know?

    Eagles QB Michael Vick has passed for 100 yards and rushed for 100 more in the same game seven times during his career. ... Philadelphia's Trent Cole is tied for third in the NFL with 43 sacks since 2006. ... Lions RB Jahvid Best became the first rookie since 2000 to rush for two touchdowns in his debut. ... Detroit forced four fumbles in a Week 1 loss to Chicago.
  • The storyline:

    A consensus Super Bowl pick hosts a consensus first overall draft pick contender.
  • Why you should watch:

    Aaron Rodgers could go for 400-plus yards. Trent Edwards might break triple digits.
  • Did you know?

    Lee Evans ranks third in Bills franchise history with 5,390 receiving yards. ... Buffalo is 14-3 when CB Terrence McGee has an interception. ... Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has three-plus touchdowns passes in three straight games against the AFC. ... Green Bay S Nick Collins has 13 interceptions since 2008 -- the most for any safety in the league over that span.
  • The storyline:

    Team that benefited from a game-changing, last second call (Bears), faces team that lost on a game-changing, last second call (though far less controversial).
  • Why you should watch:

    Two young gunslingers -- Jay Cutler and Tony Romo -- meet with the Cowboys already under scrutiny. Matt Forte will try his best Marshall Faulk impersonation for a second straight week.
  • Did you know?

    When Cutler has a 100-plus passer rating, his teams are 16-0. ... Bears DE Julius Peppers has seven sacks in six career games against the Cowboys (including the playoffs). ...Dallas' Miles Austin leads the NFL since 2009 with 17 catches of at least 25 yards. ... Felix Jones has averaged 47.1 yards per touchdown throughout his career (he has eight career scores).
  • The storyline:

    Maurice Jones-Drew returns close to his college stomping grounds as he aims to show his knee is fine.
  • Why you should watch:

    David garrard comes in off one of his best games and the Chargers maintain their quest to prove Pro Bowlers Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill are non-essential commodities.
  • Did you know?

    Jags WR Mike Thomas had a career-high 89 receiving yards last week. ... Jacksonville's Tiquan Underwood ranks second in the NFL with a 38.3-yard kick return average. ... San Diego has won five consecutive games at home. ... Antonio Gates leads all NFL tight ends with 35 touchdown catches since 2006.
  • The storyline:

    Break up the Seahawks! After a tumultuous offseason, Seattle had a dream start, while the Broncos' woes continue.
  • Why you should watch:

    It may only take eight wins to capture the NFC West. If that's the case, a W here and Seattle is a quarter of the way there. And there's always Tebow Watch!
  • Did you know?

    When Seahawks WR Deion Branch has a receiving touchdown, his teams are 21-7. ... Seattle's John Carlson has a touchdown catch in four of his past six vs. AFC. ... The Broncos have won 10 consecutive home openers -- the longest streak in the NFL. ... Denver LB Robert Ayers posted his first career sack last week.
  • The storyline:

    Atlanta needs to rediscover its run game. Arizona needs to discover a run game.
  • Why you should watch:

    Have you ever heard of Max Hall? He's one Derek Anderson injury away from making his NFL debut.
  • Did you know?

    Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald leads the NFL with 468 receptions since 2005. ... Arizona S Adrian Wilson has an interception in his last two games against Atlanta. ...Falcons QB Matt Ryan is 13-1 at home throghout his career. ... Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez is the only tight end in league history with 1,000 catches.
  • The storyline:

    The Rams have found every possible way to lose games the last few years, including last week. If the Raiders are finally for real, they need to show it Sunday.
  • Why you should watch:

    Sam Bradford looks like a cool customer and a real gamer. Having him drop back 55 times again, though, might not be the best approach.
  • Did you know?

    Rams RB Steven Jackson has 100-plus yards from scrimmage in 14 of his past 16 games vs. the AFC. ... St. Louis' Mark Clayton had a career-high 10 receptions last week. ... Raiders RB Darren McFadden recorded his first career TD reception last week. ... Oakland's Richard Seymour aims for his fourth consecutive game with a sack vs. the Rams.
  • The storyline:

    Panthers' QB Matt Moore could be forced out due to a concussion, which would start the Jimmy Clausen era much sooner than anticipated.
  • Why you should watch:

    Tampa Bay rookie WR Mike Williams will look to duplicate the Giants' success against the Panthers' secondary.
  • Did you know?

    Tampa Bay CB Ronde Barber is one of only two players in NFL history with 25-plus sacks and 30-plus interceptions in his career. ... Bucs WR Michael Spurlock had his first career touchdown last week. ... Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams has rushed for six touchdowns in his past four games against Tampa Bay. ... Panthers WR Steve Smith has four receiving touchdowns in his last four home games.
  • The storyline:

    Could Eric Mangini not last the season? Would Mike Holmgren descend from team president to coach again late in the season on an interim basis?
  • Why you should watch:

    Josh Cribbs is playing. It beats a rerun of 'White Shadow'?
  • Did you know?

    Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is averaging 150 rushing yards per game in his last five games. ... Kansas City rookie Dexter McCluster set a new franchise record in Week 1 by returning a punt 94 yards for a touchdown. ... Browns QB Jake Delhomme is 2-0 in his career against the Chiefs. ... Cleveland OT Joe Thomas will start his 50th consecutive game since being drafted in 2007.
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