Two old AFL franchises will renew their rivalry this Sunday as the Oakland Raiders travel to Mile High Stadium to take on the Denver Broncos. Head coach Jon Gruden's return to the Raiders didn't go according to plan, as he lost his 2018 debut 33-13 against the Los Angeles Rams. Oakland committed three turnovers, including a pick-six by Marcus Peters.
Denver, on the other hand, won its first game of the 2018 season, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 27-24. The Broncos were able to rush for 146 yards in the win.
The heavy waves of optimism were rolling for both the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans coming into the 2018 season. At the outset of training camp both teams had taken aim at winning the AFC South and positioning themselves for a deep playoff run. But after disappointing showings in their respective season openers (matching 27-20 losses), both squads are coming into a pivotal Week 2 divisional matchup with more questions than answers.
When the Bengals and Ravens last met, Cincinnati stunned Baltimore on New Year’s Eve with an unlikely upset thanks to a 49-yard Andy Dalton-to-Tyler Boyd touchdown pass on 4th-and-12 in the final minute. The play knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs and put Buffalo in.
The AFC West is going to be a hotly contested division, so both the Chiefs and Chargers will want to start fast in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL campaign. Kansas City went 10-6 last year and lost in the first round of the playoffs, while LA went 9-7 and suffered a boatload of close losses. Los Angeles cannot afford to start 0-4 once again like it did in 2017. The Broncos are greatly improved, and the Raiders could be trouble.