Week 1 is now in the books! Now let the overreactions BEGIN!
We saw 40-point performances out of more teams on opening day than we have ever seen on any opening week in NFL history, a massive upset happened down in the Big Easy, and one underrated thriller tested the NFL’s new overtime rules. Now that Week 1 is in the books, let look at the big games for Week 2!
Jets @ Steelers, 4:25pm ET, Sunday
Mark Sanchez had a career day against Buffalo to start the season, and that’s great, he’ll need games like that if he wants to get that monkey off his back and remain the starter in New York for the long term. While he’s not going to toss 4 TDs per game, it’s nice to know that he’s capable of responding under pressure, the Jets would love to see that all season long.
They’ll have to take the act onto Pittsburgh, a team coming off a major loss on National Television against the Denver Broncos. Pittsburgh running game struggled in game 1, their leading rusher (Dwyer) had only 43 yards and they amassed only 75 yards total. They’ll need to do better than that if they don’t want to find themselves staring at the Ravens and Bengals from the cellar. With that said, Todd Haley’s offense is all about the aerial assault, so don’t expect a heavy ground game from the Steelers like years/decades/forever past.
Lions @ 49ers, 8:20 pm EST
Handshake gate Part 2/VillainBowl/whatever you want to call it. One of the most fascinating things about this matchup to me is the fact that as recently as 3 years ago, this game would have been completely irrelevant, and now, it’s a playoff preview. The Lions struggled with the supposedly-lowly Rams last week, including 3 first-half interceptions from Stafford, but pulled out a literal last second win. On the other end of the spectrum, the 49ers handled the Packers, looking like the best team in the NFC, if not the league.
Seems fairly one-sided right? Not so fast. Calvin Johnson has been dominant and was dominant in the matchup against San Francisco last season. If he and Stafford can get off on the right track, they have a chance to keep up with San Francisco scoring wise. Alex Smith has a few new weapons that we’ve talked about all off-season, and if Jacobs can get healthy, they have an even more dynamic offense that will be a force to deal with.
Broncos @ Falcons, Monday, 8:30pm ET
Matt Ryan has never played against the QB he was so often compared to coming out of Boston College. He’ll now get his chance. The Broncos come to town to face what is hopefully a new look Falcons offense….that won’t be their biggest issue though. The Falcons have lost emerging corner Brent Grimes for the year due to an Achilles injury, rendering one of the few solid pieces of their secondary useless. This game will be more of a test for the new-look Falcons offense, who dropped 40 points on Kansas City last week.
For Peyton Manning, his running game will be tested, the Falcons front 7 did a solid job stopping the run, so a lot more of the gameplan will fall on him….something he’s used to.
More Key games:
Buccaneers @ Giants – A revitalized Bucs defense faces off against the defending Super Bowl champs
Redskins @ Rams – An up and coming Redskins team, against a Rams team that may pull out a few surprises this season.
Week 2 Remaining Schedule:
Thursday: Bears @ Packers
Sunday 1pm: Bucs @ Giants, Raiders @ Dolphins, Texans @ Jaguars, Browns @ Bengals, Chiefs @ Bills, Ravens @ Eagles, Saints @ Panthers, Cardinals @ Patriots, Vikings @ Colts
Sunday 4:25pm: Redskins @ Rams, Cowboys @ Seahawks, Jets @ Steelers, Titans @ Chargers
Week 2 Picks:
Ryan: Packers, Giants, Raiders, Texans, Bengals, Bills, Ravens, Saints, Patriots, Vikings, Redskins, Cowboys, Jets, Chargers, 49ers, Falcons
Skyler: Bears, Giants, Raiders, Texans, Bengals, Chiefs, Ravens, Saints, Patriots, Vikings, Redskins, Cowboys, Jets, Chargers, 49ers, Falcons
Seahorn: Green Bay, Giants, Raiders, Texans, Bengals, Chiefs, Ravens, Saints, Patriots, Vikings, Redskins, Cowboys, Steelers, Chargers, 49ers, Broncos
Craig: Packers, Buccaneers, Raiders, Texans, Bengals, Bills, Ravens, Panthers, Patriots, —-, Redskins, Cowboys, Steelers, Titans, 49ers, —-
McQueen: Packers, Giants, Dolphins, Texans, Bengals, Bills, Eagles, Saints, Patriots, Colts, Redskins, Seahawks, Steelers, Chargers, 49ers, Falcons
Dominique: Packers, Giants, Raiders, Texans, Bengals, Bills, Ravens, Saints, Patriots, Vikings, Redskins, Cowboys, Jets, Chargers, 49ers, Broncos