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Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch for Week 2 of the NFL season

Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch for Week 2 of the NFL season

Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 2 of the NFL season.

Vikings at Packers (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

Key early-season showdown between these NFC North rivals. The Vikes used a ground-and-pound attack to roll over the Falcons with 38 rushes for 172 yards. Kirk Cousins only threw an unheard of 10 passing attempts. Meanwhile, looks like the money the Packers spent this past offseason in free agency and the draft to fix their porous defense paid off. They held the Bears to three points and 254 yards of total offense. The Packers' offense struggled in head coach Matt LaFleur’s debut. You never know what could happen when these two are on the same field. They actually tied in their first meeting in 2018. There will be no tie this time around. The Packers' offense shows enough improvement to slip by the Vikings.

Seahawks at Steelers (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

The bad part of trying to figure teams out early in a new season is you don’t know if a team is as good or bad as their initial outing showed. The Steelers were the last team to beat New England in 2018 — Week 15 to be exact — but they were no match for the defending Super Bowl champs last Sunday and got embarrassed. The Seahawks, hoping their defense can recapture some of that past dominance, got to Cincy QB Andy Dalton five times. The Steelers' run game (just 32 yards vs Cincinnati) is a vital part of their offense. Mike Tomlin's crew will be focused this week. Two physical teams. Only one can be victorious. I like the 'Burgh at home.

Cowboys at Redskins (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

Jerry Jones handed out big money to his big-time players this offseason. While Dak Prescott is waiting to get paid, he’s just going about his business. He really gave the Giants' defense the business last Sunday, throwing for 405 yards and 4 TDs. The Redskins' offense, with a new QB in Case Keenum and new WRs, is still trying to find its identity. It started fast and finished slow against the Eagles.  Now their young RB Derrius Guice, who missed all of last year with an ACL injury, is out 6-8 weeks after having surgery this week to repair a torn meniscus. Dallas has won five of their last six meetings with the 'Skins. They’ll improve that to six out of the last seven this Sunday.

Cardinals at Ravens (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson square off for the first time in their young careers. Murray in his NFL debut wasn’t bad throwing for 308 yards and 2 TDs helping the Cards come back to tie Detroit. The negative is he threw 54 passes, which you don’t want him doing against this Ravens defense. Baltimore’s offense put on a show against a young Dolphins defense racking up 643 yards, which included 265 yards rushing and five Jackson TD strikes. Murray will need his track shoes in this one, but the Cards won’t be able to outrun a beatdown in Baltimore.

Saints at Rams (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX)

Just six days after surviving a thriller against Houston, the Saints now have to travel west. Drew Brees and Jared Goff are the headliners, but Alvin Kamara and Todd Gurley are headline grabbers in their own right. Both teams, while known for passing, also take pride in their run games. The Saints rushed for 148 yards and the Rams 166 yards in season-opening wins. Last year in New Orleans these two met and put up a combined 80 points in a Saints 10-point decision. The Rams want some payback and should get it in another close, high-scoring affair.

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Sprinkles or jimmies? Rasul Douglas has chosen a side in the debate

Sprinkles or jimmies? Rasul Douglas has chosen a side in the debate

Everybody loves a good debate. One of the funniest I’ve heard since I've been in this region is the great debate about sprinkles or jimmies. Most of the country refers to them as rainbow sprinkles and chocolate sprinkles. 

But not here. 

It’s rainbow sprinkles and chocolate jimmies. 

I’ve read so many comments through the years on social media about this, and some people get downright irate. It's like the Hatfields vs. the McCoys historic feud or the Eagles vs. the Cowboys. 

On Tuesday, while I was conducting an interview with Rasul Douglas, I asked him if he had any pregame superstitions. He proceeded to tell me that he eats ice cream on a cone before games. So naturally, I had to ask him if he puts sprinkles or jimmies on it. For the record, I asked both rookie Andre Dillard, who’s from the state of Washington, and Lane Johnson, who’s from Texas, to add their perspective. They both agreed it's sprinkles. When I asked Lane if he had ever heard of jimmies he said ... well, I can’t print his response. So back to Rasul. Here’s his answer to that question in the video above — and keep in mind he’s from East Orange, New Jersey.

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Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch for Week 1 of the NFL season

Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch for Week 1 of the NFL season

Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 1 of the NFL season.

Falcons at Vikings (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

In 2018, these two teams were projected as division winners, but neither made the playoffs. New year, new hopes. The Vikings and Falcons are capable of putting up a lot of points and playing solid defense. Matt Ryan vs. Kirk Cousins should be fun to watch. The Vikes survive what could be a shootout in the dome.

Chiefs at Jaguars (Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS)

Last season, Andy Reid’s Chiefs were the most explosive offense in the league — first in total offense and points. Now add LeSean McCoy to the mix and they could be even better this season. Jags fans have been screaming for a legit QB for years and now they finally have one in Nick Foles. The legacy Foles left behind in Philly is well documented. Now he looks to lead his new team to greater things. The Jags can play defense, but they won’t keep KC out of the end zone. Big Red and his red machine start off 1-0.

Giants at Cowboys (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX)

The Giants have a long way to go in order to climb out of the NFC cellar. Eli Manning is trying to hold down his starting status, but how long will it last with the future in Daniel Jones waiting in the wings? Odell Beckham Jr. is not around anymore to give the G-Men's offense a dose of respectability. Down in Dallas, players like DeMarcus Lawrence, La’el Collins, Jaylon Smith and most recently Ezekiel Elliott have hit the lottery with big new contracts. Old man Jason Witten came out of his brief retirement to provide a safety valve for Dak Prescott. The Cowboys swept the season series last year, but by a total of only eight points. It should be another hard-fought division tussle with the ‘Boys standing tall in the end.

Steelers at Patriots (Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC)

It was strange not having the Steelers in the playoffs last season. Meanwhile, it’s become common to see the Patriots go deep into the postseason and win yet another Super Bowl. Experts say this Patriots squad could be even better than the 2018 team. Anytime you have Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger on the same field, something crazy can happen. Since he’s been with the Pats, Bill Belichick is 11-4 against the Steelers while Mike Tomlinson is 3-7 vs. the Pats. Great matchup to kick off Sunday Night Football. The Brady bunch get the W at home. 

Texans at Saints (Monday, 7:10 p.m., ESPN)

This is the first game of a season opening Monday night doubleheader. Drew Brees vs. Deshaun Watson — two very different styles of QBs but both very effective. Houston hopes its offensive line can provide protection better than it did last year when Watson was sacked a league-high 62 times. Keep an eye on two of the elite pass catchers in the game. DeAndre Hopkins finished second in the league in receiving yards in 2018 and Michael Thomas was sixth. The Texans were champs of the AFC South and the Saints won the NFC South. The Saints feel they should have been in the last two Super Bowls. New Orleans goes to 1-0 in its quest to make the third time the charm.

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