As we enter the second week of the NFL season, teams are still trying to find their place. Some will continue to exceed expectations while others will again be slow leaving the starting gates. Here’s a look at Week 2’s potential upsets.
Yep…this is one of the many reasons why we love the game.
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills
Sure the Buffalo Bills have a rookie coach and a rookie quarterback but last week, E.J. Manuel came close to beating the New England Patriots (18 for 27, 150 yards, two scores, zero picks) in a 23-21 loss.
As for the Carolina Panthers, its offense got off to a slow start against the Seattle Seahawks as quarterback Cam Newton had a career-low 125 passing yards; they looked a little sluggish with 253 total yards.
Bills running back C.J. Spiller had a lame first week (17 carries for 41 yards) and will not repeat this for a second straight week.
This may not be a high-scoring game but the Bills could win this one on its home field. They will be hungry and hey, doesn’t first-year coach Doug Marrone need that first win?
Atlanta Falcons vs. St. Louis Rams
Between the winless preseason and last week’s loss, the Atlanta Falcons are due to snap their losing streak and get some points on the board (see last week’s 17 points). At this time, it’s hard not scratch your head and say, really, Super Bowl favorites?
The St. Louis Rams are an improving team and they could be headed–finally–to a winning season in 2013. How running back Steven Jackson fare against his former team? He’ll want to put on a good show but the Rams could find success against the Falcons defense with their strong weapons (see Tavon Austin, Jared Cook and Chris Given), not to mention the Falcons’ weak offensive line.
Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers
The Philadelphia Eagles took most of the spotlight away from the return of Washington Redskins sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III on Monday night but it’s hard not to talk about his comeback in the second half. He’ll continue trying to find his groove in Week 2 and like most league quarterbacks, RG3 does not want to lose two straight weeks.
But neither does Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. This could be a battle of the quarterbacks and while the game is at Lambeau Field, RG3 leads a pretty scrappy team that won’t lose again.
Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs
In the first week of the Andy Reid and Alex Smith era, the Chiefs played a pretty good game in a 28-2 rout over the
lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. The same can’t be said of the Dallas Cowboys, who got a win against a team who suffered six turnovers. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is battling sore ribs but will likely shake it off.
Let’s be honest, it’s easier to bet against coach Jason Garrett and Romo as opposed to Reid and Smith. The Chiefs will get it done on the home field.
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals
Arizona has Carson Palmer as their field general and in Week 1, it appeared this is a good decision. Really, there was nowhere to go for this team than up.
But for the Lions, with the addition of running back Reggie Bush, quarterback Matthew Stafford has a nice, new shiny versatile weapon. However, after the first game, the Lions are who we thought they were (see Suh’s behavior) and playing in the desert away from home may not bode well for this team.
History isn’t on its side either as the Cardinals won 38-10 last season. Stafford got roughed up with one interception, two sacks, eight hits and three turnovers.
The Cardinals will win because they’re hungrier.