Week 2 of the NFL season features some enticing matchups around the football landscape. Week 1 provided some crazy upsets early on in the season and Week 2 should hopefully have more of the same. Here are some of the biggest games that you need to tune in for another NFL Sunday.
New England Patriots (1-0) vs. Buffalo Bills (1-0) 1:00 pm on CBS
This has the makings of being an extremely physical and hard-nosed game between two cold-weather teams and division rivals. What obviously makes this game even more exciting is the fact that it’s Rex Ryan leading the Bills against the Patriots instead of the Jets.
Rex Ryan has always found a way to make life a living hell for Tom Brady on the field, even when he”s had some awful teams with the Jets. Rex Ryan and Jets lost their last four games to the Patriots by a combined 9 points which goes to show how competitive that rivalry has been. This is a divisional game with a lot on the line, the winner takes an early lead in the AFC East.
These teams feature two completely different defenses, Rex and the Bills are built around press coverage and blitzing the quarterback. The Patriots have been more of a bend but not break type of defense, they allowed a 485 total yards to the Steelers offense last week which was the most in the NFL.
The key to this matchup is Rob Gronkowski and former Bills tight end Scott Chandler. The Patriots are the best team in the NFLat targeting their tight ends over the last two seasons whereas the Bills are the 2nd best in the NFL in allowing TDs to tight ends.
The Bills may have a tough time winning this game if LeSean McCoy has to sit out with a hamstring injury. Yet Rex Ryan’s teams have always been committed to the run, Anthony Dixon and Karlos Williams should do a satisfactory job. Tyrod Taylor should be able to make enough plays with his legs and his arms with the Patriots not having the best secondary out there.
Brady and Gronk have owned the Bills lately, Gronk has 9 TDs in his last 7 games against them but that was before Rex Ryan got there.
The Bills are at home and they’ve had multiple players come out and say how much they hate the Patriots. The way to defeat Tom Brady is to get him and the offense out of rhythm and Rex Ryan excels at that by using his front seven to put Brady on his back. I’m taking the Bills in an upset here.
Bills 17 Patriots 14
Dallas Cowboys (1-0) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1) 4:25 pm on FOX
After the Dallas Cowboys decided to let go of the NFL’s leading rusher in DeMarco Murray, Chip Kelly wasted no time reuniting Murray with his former Oklahoma teammate Sam Bradford. Murray made his decision knowing that he would have a shot at revenge against his former team twice a year.
Now their first meeting takes place this Sunday. The Cowboys pulled off a crazy comeback over the Giants but the Eagles came up just short against the Falcons. These division games are crucial, especially the NFC East which is one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL.
Last week I was absolutely wrong about this Eagles pass rush. They allowed 403 total yards to a Falcons team with a mediocre offensive line and only recorded one sack. The secondary honestly did the best they could to stop Julio Jones but to no avail.
Lucky for them, the Cowboys won’t have Dez Bryant. Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley could play a vital role in this game and Jason Witten is always going to be there for Tony Romo. Joseph Randle is not a bad prospect when running behind the best offensive line in football. The Cowboys might have a slight advantage heading into Philly.
The Cowboys defense wasn’t great in Week 1 either but they made stops when they had to have it. With Sam Bradford throwing to a underrated Jordan Matthews, Darren Sproles and their tight ends, this game could be a shootout. Hopefully, rookie receiver Nelson Agholor out of USC can get open against the Cowboys secondary.
Every time teams from the NFC East get together it’s usually very entertaining. This matchup should be no different. Chip Kelly is going to push the tempo as he always does and while the Cowboys will be ready, the fast pace of the game will wear them down. DeMarco Murray has a bounce back game against his former team and the Eagles get back on track with a win at home.
Eagles 35 Cowboys 32
Seattle Seahawks (0-1) vs. Green Bay Packers (1-0) 8:30 pm NBC
The NFL benefited greatly from the Seattle Seahawks comeback against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game because it wasn’t close until the very end. This time the Seahawks have to make the trip to Lambeau field to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Both teams went up against division rivals last week but it was the Seahawks who came up short against a scary St. Louis Rams defense. Other than Clay Matthews, the Packers still don’t pose that many threats on the defensive end and they continue to have problems stopping the run.
They beat the Bears last week but still gave up 414 total yards. In their last two games against the Seahawks, the Packers have allowed more than 400 rushing yards with 4 TDs and that spells bad news.
However, the Pack attack still have one of the best if not the best quarterback in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is literally unbeatable at Lambeau field and hasn’t thrown an interception there in THREE YEARS.
Rodgers has gone 512 pass attempts and thrown a ridiculous 41 TDs in that span. Add Eddie Lacy to that equation with Randall Cobb and Davante Adams catching passes and the Seahawks could have their hands full. Kam Chancellor is still holding out and they’ve lost Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond to the Eagles. That Seahawks secondary is still solid but it might not be as elite as it used to be.
The Seahawks really can’t afford to go 0-2 this season but it’s very tough to pick against Aaron Rodgers at home. Rodgers is just too good and I expect him to put up some big numbers on the Seahawks. As long as Brandon Bostic is nowhere near the stadium, revenge will be served at Lambeau field on Sunday.
Packers 24 Seahawks 21