On Thursday, the NFL kicked off its second official week of the 2017-18 regular season. After the 14 percent drop in viewership during the first week, the argument over the reason behind the dip has become the most recent debate. Whether it is a league boycott over the absence of Colin Kaepernick, a simple distaste for the league’s excessive rules or the several million outages due to the catastrophic hurricanes, nothing is certain and nobody is sure what is causing the numbers to drop. But, if we were to guess, it seems to be a little bit of all three.
The league boycott was expected to last, at least, the first week, as folks would begin to fall off on their promise as the season continued. Which would explain the 18 percent viewership jump in Week 2. However, as the relief and recovery efforts continue in Florida, many are slowly regaining power, so that may have added to the jump as well. But, the fact of the matter is, the ratings debate will be a topic of discussion for the remainder of the season.
As for the actual games, several teams fought for redemption after their Week 1 performance. After falling to the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 29-7 defeat, the Houston Texans redeemed themselves against the Bengals in a 13-9 victory at the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers came out on top against the Buffalo Bills in a 9-3 victory at home, pushing ahead to 2-0. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers humiliated the Chicago Bears, 29-7, in their first game of the season, after having to reschedule due to Hurricane Irma.
Big Ben and the Steelers secured their second win of the season after defeating the Minnesota Vikings, 26-9. The Cardinals beat the Colts in a close game, 16-13. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots came out on top against the Saints in Week 2, after a unusual Week 1 performance. Brady threw over 300 yards in the first half for the second time in his career and finished off with 447 passing yards and three touchdowns in the 36-20 win over New Orleans.
The Browns fell to the Baltimore Ravens, 24-10. Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs pulled off their second win of the season, after crushing Tom Brady in Week 1. The team defeated the Eagles in a 27-20 victory, pushing the Philly team’s record to 1-1. The Titans beat the Jaguars 37-16, while Marshawn Lynch and the Raiders slaughtered the New York Jets, 45-20.
The Dolphins defeated the Chargers, 19-17, as the Broncos had their way with the Cowboys, 42-17. Russell Wilson led his team to a 12-9 victory over the 49ers. The Redskins advanced to a 1-1 record after defeating the Rams, 27-20. In a NFC Champion rematch, the Falcons came up on top against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, 34-23. On Monday night, the Giants fell to 4th in the NFC East with Odell Beckham’s limited return against the Detroit Lions, who beat them 24-10.
What are your predictions for next week?