Week 1 was 'Knock the Rust Off' week for many NFL players. In Week 2, we should get a better idea whether the storylines coming out of opening weekend were aberrations or plots to keep an eye on as the season progresses. These are the things you need to know for all of Sunday's games as kickoff approaches.
Key game-time decisions
Fitzgerald tentatively is expected to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The wide receiver will test the hamstring prior to kickoff and go from there.
Fairley's ability to take advantage of single-blocks is key to the stout Lions front four. If he can't go against the Cards it is a huge blow to a Detroit defense that relies on its line to cover for a shaky secondary.
Long hasn't missed a game in his six-year career, and that won't change come kickoff against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Rapoport is reporting that Long "is slated to play" in his 81st consecutive game.
We know Reed won't start against the Tennessee Titans. Rapoport, who spoke with a source, is reporting that Reed will test out the injured hip during pregame warmups, but the odds of him playing are "trending downward." Reed is a long shot to play, at this point.
Allen was downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's tilt with the Miami Dolphins. The tight end had been holding out hope he'd be able to play, but Allen hasn't practiced all week so we don't expect him to see him on the field.
Clemons still is trying to come back from a torn ACL. He was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday, which is a good sign. If he can go it will be a huge boost as the Seahawks try to slow Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.
Key players to watch
Is all the rust knocked off? RGIII rounded into form in the second half of the Redskins' season opener, but that could have been a byproduct of an Eagles defense nursing a big lead. I'll be keeping an eye how Kyle Shanahan handles Griffin on Sunday against an aggressive Green Bay Packers defense.
Cushing, coming back from a torn ACL, didn't quite look like himself in Week 1 until his ridiculous diving interception. Against a run-heavy Titans offense, the Texans hope the rust was all that was causing Cushing to look a step slow.
Peyton and Eli Manning
Anyone with a brother (either older or younger) is interested in how these two play Sunday. Both face banged-up defenses that struggled to sustain a pass rush in Week 1. We could see some fireworks in Manning Bowl III. Can Eli and the New York Giants finally beat his big brother now that Peyton's a Denver Bronco?
If you want a photograph of Cameron Wake hitting the snot out of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck you should have close to a dozen chances Sunday. Wake lived in the Browns' backfield last week, and he'll do the same again this week against a not-so-good Colts offensive line.
We could see several games affected by rain. Mother Nature particularly doesn't like NFC teams this week.
Did you know?
>Some freaky brother stats from the Mannings in Week 1: Both completed 27 of 42 pass attempts. Peyton barely edged out Eli in yards, 462-450. Then there was the lucky number seven: Each Manning totaled seven combined TDs and INTs. Peyton, of course, had a record-tying 7 TDs and 0 INTs. Meanwhile, Eli had 4 TDs plus 3 INTs to get his total to seven.
St. Louis Rams at Atlanta Falcons
Rams tight end Jared Cook was Sam Bradford's go-to target Week 1. Consistency was the tight end's biggest problem in Tennessee. This week will be an indicator of whether those troubles are in the past.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
Browns QB Brandon Weeden was battered in his first start of the season, now he faces what most assuredly will be an irate Ravens defense. Trent Richardson wants to run the ball more; we'll see if Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner agrees.
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills
Bills QB EJ Manuel looked comfortable in the pocket Week 1 against the Pats, but he didn't exactly have coach Doug Marrone's full playbook available. We'll see if this is an up or down week for Manuel, who's facing a tougher front seven.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Adrian Peterson did well for fantasy teams but wasn't given the chance to carry his own Week 1. He's historically played well at Soldier Field. I'm expecting him to bounce back, but, once again, can Vikings QB Christian Ponder do enough to win, or better yet, not lose the game?
Everything is warm and fuzzy for the Bears right now. Cutler looked as comfortable as ever in coach Marc Trestman's offense. Will he continue to improve or will the old Jay return if he gets knocked around this week?
Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers
The Redskins' defense got ran over early last week. They face another -- albeit, more conventional -- high-powered offense. Pass rushers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo will need to be in Aaron Rodgers' face early and often.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
I'll be watching the trenches in this one. More than any other matchup, the team that owns the line of scrimmage will win this game. Getting Antonio Smith back from suspension is an underrated addition for a Texans front that didn't impress early last week.
Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts
Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs
The Cowboys' defense proved in Week 1 that the preseason turnovers weren't an aberration. The 'Boys will have a tougher time this week against Chiefs QB Alex Smith, who does a good job of not turning it over.
San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals
The world's eye (or is that ire?) will be on Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to see how he responds after another week of scrutiny over his questionable play. Will he be self-conscious and not play up to his ability?
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos at New York Giants
The Manning brothers don't go head-to-head, so let's focus on the defenses.
Keep an eye on both pass rushes; the team that can put the most pressure on the quarterback should win the game.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
"What shouldn't I watch for in this matchup?" is the question you should be asking yourself.
The eyebrow bet and Guinness world record aside, the division rivals are even in almost every aspect.