Who Ravens Fans Should Root for in Week 2


The Ravens sit at 1-1 with a long weekend to get a bit healthier before taking on the Denver Broncos in Week 3.

It's a chance to get an early feel for other teams around the division, conference and league.

With that in mind, here's a guide on who to root for this Sunday:

Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

The Ravens, of course, want to see their rivals remain winless after they tied the Cleveland Browns in Week 1. By all indications, Pittsburgh will again take the field without star running back Le'Veon Bell. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is also dealing with an elbow injury. The Chiefs are coming off an impressive 38-28 road win against the Chargers and are in position to steal another one at Heinz Field. If so, it would make Kansas City, who the Ravens face in Week 14, the team to beat in the AFC West.

Root for: Chiefs

Los Angeles Chargers (0-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

The Chargers have long been a streaky team, and seeing them get off to a slow start in 2018 wouldn't be a bad thing. Star second-year Chargers pass rusher Joey Bosa is not expected to play again this week because of a foot injury. The Bills, who are starting rookie Josh Allen after Nathan Peterman struggled mightily against the Ravens, are hungry to avenge their lopsided Week 1 loss in Baltimore. Could they steal one against an AFC playoff contender?

Root for: Bills

Cleveland Browns (0-0-1) at New Orleans Saints (0-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

The Browns already surprised many people by tying the Steelers – a popular Super Bowl pick – in Week 1. Now they'll take on another Super Bowl contender in the Saints, this time on the road. New Orleans' potent offense couldn't keep pace with Fitzmagic (Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick) in Week 1, so they're eager to get in the win column. If the Browns were to pull off an upset, they would be ahead of the Ravens in the early AFC North standings.

Root for: Saints

Oakland Raiders (0-1) at Denver Broncos (1-0)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

This is the game Ravens coaches will probably be watching most closely as Baltimore faces the Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium next. The Broncos beat the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 and now have a chance to take down a division rival. Keep an eye on their ferocious pass rush duo of Von Miller and rookie Bradley Chubb. Let's hope for a physical overtime game to wear them out before a long trip to the East Coast.

Root for: Raiders

New England Patriots (1-0) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

A rematch of the AFC championship, this could be an excellent game, especially given the trash talk coming from Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey. In terms of the standings, it's too early to say which would help the Ravens' playoff bid more. In terms of rivalries, there's no question.

Root for: Jaguars

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