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5 NFL contenders that are most desperate for their first win in Week 2

For The Win logo For The Win 6 days ago Andy Nesbitt
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And just like that football is back in our lives as the Tampa Bay Bucs will face the Carolina Panthers tonight in Charlotte.

Sure, it's a battle of winless teams but whatever, we'll take it.

Week 2 is always a pivotal week for winless teams, as stats show that an 0-2 start to the season makes going to the playoffs really hard to accomplish. It's far from the end of the world if you do go to 0-2 but you're much better off avoiding that type of dreadful start, for many reasons.

Let's break down the five 0-1 teams that are the most desperate for a win this week.

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1. Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr,. and Co. really need to bounce back from their dreadful Week 1 loss to the Titans when they travel to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Jets, who are also 0-1. A blowout win on national TV could be just what the Browns need to forget about Week 1 and get back to looking like the team that lots of people picked to do big things this season. An 0-2 start would just be really ugly.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

Speaking of teams coming off an embarrassing Week 1 loss, the Steelers never even put up a fight in their 33-3 loss to the New England Patriots last Sunday night. Now they host a Seahawks team that beat the Bengals last week and has a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. This game could show us who the Steelers really are, for better or worse. With the 1-0 Baltimore Ravens hosting the Cardinals, AFC North teams don't want to fall too far behind too early. The Steelers need a win at home to right the ship. A loss would bring in a ton of doubts for a team that got absolutely manhandled in Week 1.

3. Chicago Bears

The Bears have so many question marks after their 10-3 loss to the Packers on opening night, with none being bigger than the play of their QB, Mitch Trubisky. The third-year QB was awful against the Packers and needs to bounce back in Denver or this fan base could start turning on him even more. The Broncos didn't look great in their Week 1 loss to the Raiders, but playing in Denver is never easy so this should be a tough test for Chicago. The Bears need a win here and Trubisky needs to step it up.

4. Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan and the Falcons got destroyed by the Vikings in Week 1, losing 28-12 on the road in a game that they were never in. The NFC South tends to be a logjam at the top between the Saints, Panthers, and Falcons, so they don't want to lose any more ground this early in the season. And it doesn't get any easier for them this week as they host Carson Wentz and the Eagles. Things could get ugly in hurry in Atlanta.

5. Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton and the Panthers had the tough task of hosting the defending NFC champion Rams in Week 1 and fell just short, losing 30-27. The Panthers are fortunate to face the Bucs tonight, because Jameis Winston and Co. looked awful in their Week 1 loss at home to the 49ers.

The other 0-1 teams not mentioned here are pretty much doomed already.

Wednesday's biggest winner: Russell Westbrook.

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The Houston Rockets star had a classic reaction when Jimmy Fallon told him about his player ranking on NBA 2K20. His iPad toss was pretty darn great.

Quick hits: Week 2 fantasy advice… OBJ's favorite watch video… Dwight Howard inspired by Thanos… And more!

- Charles Curtis has his fantasy studs, duds, and sleepers for Week 2.

- Steven Ruiz has a three-team NFL parlay that could win you some good money this weekend.

- Odell Beckham Jr. loved this video about a watch, because wearing a watch is now his thing.

- Dwight Howard says he's inspired by Thanos' ability to 'complete his mission' without emotion. Because of course.

- Aaron Rodgers wants fans at Lambeau to cool it with the wave this weekend.

- Kobe Bryan is an intense youth basketball coach, which isn't a surprise.

(Follow me on Twitter at @anezbitt . It might change your life. Just don't tell me about your fantasy team.)

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