3 (Non-Vikings) Games to Watch in Week 2

The Vikings have almost completed their preparations for facing the Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 2.

Minnesota will travel to Green Bay on Saturday, and the 116th Border Battle is scheduled to kick off at noon (CT). How to Watch/Listen.

Here are three non-Vikings games to watch this weekend.

Lions at 49ers

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Note: FOX has a single-header this week, and the Vikings-Packers will air in parts or all of more than two dozen states. Most of California and Michigan, however, will see the Detroit-San Francisco game, while Southern California and Arizona will have the Cardinals-at-Rams game.

Kickoff: 3:05 p.m. (CT)

National TV: FOX (only in most of Michigan, Northwest Ohio, Northern California, parts of Oregon and Nevada).

Sirius: 135 (DET), 108 (SF) | XM: 386 (DET), 228 (SF)

Overview

Fact: No team wants to open an NFL season 0-2. It’s not an absolute end to playoff hopes, but it does create quite a bit of a sinkhole. Detroit and San Francisco will each try to avoid that this week, but one won’t be able to, barring a tie like the Browns and Steelers had in Week 1.

Lions Notes

In his past six road games, Matthew Stafford has averaged 308 passing yards and has totaled 10 touchdown passes.

Theo Riddick’s 191 receptions since 2015 are the most among running backs, and Golden Tate ranks fifth in the league with 443 catches since 2013.

Quandre Diggs opened Detroit’s season by picking off Sam Darnold’s first career pass. Diggs returned it 37 yards for a touchdown, but the Jets bounced back before dominating last week in a 48-17 win in Detroit.

49ers Notes

Jimmy Garoppolo suffered his first loss as a starting quarterback last week against the Vikings. Garoppolo fell to 7-1. He is 2-0 and has averaged 311.5 passing yards in two home games.

Dante Pettis became the first 49er to score a touchdown on his first career catch since Vernon Davis in 2006.

DeForest Buckner’s 2.5 sacks against the Vikings in Week 1 were the most by a 49er in one game since Aldon Smith in 2012.

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Patriots at Jaguars

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Kickoff: 3:25 p.m. (CT)

National TV: CBS

Sirius: 134 (NE), 82 (JAX) | XM: 383 (NE), 227 (JAX)

Overview

This rematch of the 2017 NFC Championship Game will be the eighth meeting between the franchises. The Jaguars are trying to defeat the Patriots for the first time in franchise history. New England overcame a 10-point deficit in the final nine minutes of the title game for a 24-20 win to advance to Super Bowl LII.

Patriots Notes

Tom Brady joined Hall of Fame QBs George Blanda and Warren Moon as the only quarterbacks, 41 or older, to throw a touchdown pass in a season-opening game.

Rob Gronkowski turned in his eighth career game with 120 or more receiving yards last week, which is the most among active tight ends.

James White’s 13 touchdown catches since 2015 are the most among NFL running backs.

Jaguars Notes

Blake Bortles has averaged 301 passing yards and has seven touchdowns with no interceptions in his pass three home games.

Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is the only player in the NFL with 20-plus sacks and 10 or more forced fumbles since entering the league in 2016.

Linebacker Myles Jack had 10 tackles and returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown in Week 1. He had a forced fumble and fumble recovery against the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

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Seahawks at Bears

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Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. (CT)

National TV: ESPN

National Radio: Westwood One

Sirius: 81 (SEA), 83 (CHI) | XM: 226 (SEA), 225 (CHI)

Overview

Both teams blew fourth-quarter leads in Week 1. After Seattle took a 24-20 edge early in the final period, Denver quickly responded with a touchdown drive led by Case Keenum that proved to be the game’s final score.

Chicago led Green Bay 20-3 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Packers outscored the Bears 21-3 in the fourth quarter, thanks to scoring drives of eight plays for 81 yards, five for 75 and three for 75 led by Aaron Rodgers.

Seahawks Notes

Russell Wilson is 2-0 and has a passer rating of 103.3 against Chicago.

Former Bear Brandon Marshall (2012-14) has only played for a visiting team at Soldier Field once. He had 97 yards and a touchdown as a member of the Broncos in 2007.

Will Dissly became the first tight end in NFL history to have more than 100 receiving yards (105) and a touchdown in his NFL debut.

Bears Notes

Jordan Howard ranks third among running backs with 2,517 rushing yards since 2016.

Khalil Mack had a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and 27-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first half of his Bears debut. Mack and Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor are the only players since 1982 with a sack, interception, touchdown, forced fumble and fumble recovery in a half.

LB Danny Trevathan has 30 tackles, a sack, forced fumble and interception in his past four games at home.

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