NFL Week 2- Taking a look at this Sunday's and Monday's upcoming contest through the eyes and thoughts of "The Kingshark Line"... (Disclaimer: This is for entertainment purposes only. There are no point spreads being played, just a straight up quick analysis and projected winners plus an anticipated score. No Gambling information is given, insinuated or implied here.). The Kingshark Line enters Sunday 1-0 in Week 2, 12-5 Overall...Lets have a look at the NFL's second week slate of games:
St Louis @ Atlanta- The Falcons open at home for their 2013 home opener after a tough road loss in New Orleans last week. The Rams are coming off a come from behind win in their season opener against the Cardinals. The Rams were able to make plays when they mattered last week, the Falcons had their chances but fell three yards short in the Superdome. Sam Bradford (Rams) and Matt Ryan (Falcons) statistically had the same game. Steven Jackson gets to play against his former team. This could quietly turn out to be quite an entertaining game. It will be a close one. Falcons 28 Rams 27.
Carolina @ Buffalo- The Bills last week stood up to the Patriots and played as well as a team can play without winning the game. The Bills are smarting from that tough loss and are looking for redemption. It's the identical story with the Panthers who held a high powered Seattle offense to 12 points. This game could actually turn out to be very good in it's own right. The Bills may be the more motivated of the two teams given the gravity of their loss to New England last week. Bills 27 Carolina 20.
Minnesota @ Chicago- The Vikings for the second straight week play a divisional rival on the road. The Vikings opened strong against Detroit last week before collapsing in the second half. Chicago won hard fought game last Sunday over an equally impressive Cincinnati Bengals squad. Chicago with Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall clicking on all cylinders, Minnesota will be very busy on defense. The Vikings have Adrian Peterson. However just as was the case last week in Detroit, they'll need a lot more balance to succeeded here. The Vikings' defense is still looking for answers. Bears 31 Vikings 23.
Washington @ Green Bay- After a tough loss in Week 1 at San Francisco, the Packers will be looking to impress in their home opener at Lambeau Field. The Packers showed last week despite the loss that they are still a bona fide threat to reach the Super Bowl out of the NFC. The Redskins last Monday Night at home vs Philadelphia showed they are also a threat, as in a threat to themselves. The Redskins made a decent showing in a bad game late. If they play that way against the Packers Sunday, they'll be out of it by halftime. The Redskins should play better if they can protect RGIII better. The Packers know they can protect Aaron Rogers. Packers 34 Redskins 20.
Dallas @ Kansas City- Here is a matchup of two teams that could lead to quite an intriguing afternoon of football. Sunday Night Dallas took advantage of the gifts the NY Giants gave them, while Kansas City hammered a Jacksonville team that will be lucky to win a game this season. Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid in 12 years at Philadelphia got to become well acquainted with how the Cowboys play. Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett may have seen game tape on the Chiefs once or twice before this week. Tony Romo in his efforts to be better seems to be a little timid and mistake prone. Alex Smith will get a much stiffer test against the Cowboys defense. This one will be close. This one will also be fun to watch. Chiefs 24 Cowboys 21.
Cleveland @ Baltimore- The Ravens return home to Baltimore for the first time since winning the Super Bowl. Though Ray Lewis is now retired and others have moved on, the Ravens still have a strong team who will be happy go get back to their fans and their friendly confines. The Ravens will also have a rather large chip on their shoulder after a bad night in Denver 10 days earlier. The Browns are looking for respectability however even now are clearly overmatched on both sides of the football here. Too much emotion will be on the Ravens side. Ravens 27 Browns 13.
Tennessee @ Houston- The Texans will open at home on the heels of a huge comeback win in San Diego this past Monday Night. The Texans despite some bad play early eventually got control of the game midway through the third quarter and found a way to win. After throwing an interception on his very first pass of the season, Matt Schaub was able to complete 34 of his next 44 passes for 346 yards. Andre Johnson and Arian Foster will keep the Titans defense busy. The Titans won last Sunday in a very difficult environment for any visiting team in Pittsburgh. Tennessee did not have their best offensive game, but thanks to their defense they didn't need it either. This week will be a little different. Texans 28 Titans 24.
Miami @ Indianapolis- The Dolphins looked fairly impressive in the win in Cleveland last Sunday. The Colts got a lot more from the visiting Raiders than they expected and held on to win a much closer game than expected. The Dolphins are a better team than the Raiders meaning the Colts will need to bring their "A-Game" to the stadium this time. Ryan Tannehill threw for almost 100 more yards than Andrew Luck did a week ago. The Colts defense however will also be better than the Browns. The Colts know they got a scare last week and will be better prepared for the Dolphins. Colts 24 Dolphins 19.
San Diego @ Philadelphia- Chip Kelley makes his Philadelphia debut as the Eagles Head Coach. Kelley's Eagles won their opener last Monday Night in Washington as the result of being a very opportunistic team. Kelley's innovation will help an Eagles team who feels with some hard work and solid play can challenge in the NFC East. The San Diego Chargers also played last Monday Night and looked great for almost three quarters. By the time the game ended however, the way the game ended pretty much negated anything the Chargers did well that evening. San Diego was long out of gas on both sides of the football by midway through the third quarter and it showed. The Chargers could be on the doorstep of what may become a major rebuild by the time the season ends. The Eagles have the belief that they have decent talent that can challenge. It's early enough for the Eagles to have those beliefs now. The Chargers probably wont play any better than they did Monday Night again this season. Eagles 27 Chargers 17.
Detroit @ Arizona- Both the Lions and Cardinals were impressive in their season openers last week. The Lions impressed with their second half comeback and domination of the Vikings. Meanwhile despite losing late on the road to the Rams, the Cardinals showed some bright spots and were a tough out in the Rams game. Matthew Stafford (Lions) and Carson Palmer (Cardinals) had similar games and were relatively successful on the whole. Reggie Bush gives the Lions a new weapon while Larry Fitzgerald gives the Cardinals one of the most durable and dependable wide receivers in the game today. This could come down to either whoever has the ball last, or which defense steps up the most as the game wears on. The Cardinals tend to be a much tougher team at home. Cardinals 23 Lions 20.
New Orleans @ Tampa Bay- The Saints and Buccaneers renew their NFC South rivalry as the Saints Head Coach Sean Peyton coaches his first road game since 2011. The Saints won a thriller in their home opener versus the Falcons while the Buccaneers managed to engineer a come from ahead loss to the Jets. The Saints after one week cannot help but be a confident as their defense was the star last weekend. The Saints have a little work to do on offense but Drew Brees will find ways to win games this season. To be fair, Tampa QB Josh Freeman did find a way to win last week too and would have won if not for a defensive gaff late that he could do nothing about. Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson had a huge game last week and the Saints defense will certainly key on him. More players will need to stand up for Tampa if they are to win here. That remains to be seen. Saints 20 Buccaneers 17.
Jacksonville @ Oakland- The Oakland Raiders open the "Black Hole" portion of their 2013 schedule when they host the Jaguars Sunday. Led by Terrelle Pryor, the Raiders came within maybe two or three plays of upsetting the Colts in Indianapolis last week. It was a good game for a much maligned team that was expected to struggle all season long. The Raiders will have their struggles as the season wears on. However Oakland may also be a team that could play spoiler for a playoff hopeful late in the year. Jacksonville simply put with all due respect is the worst team in the NFL by more than a country mile. This is team that may be hard pressed just to win a single game this season (and would have a tough time against Cal or Stanford frankly). They are on the road here, and unless the Raiders drastically under perform or somehow don't show up at all, that win for the Jaguars wont be in Oakland. Raiders 17 Jaguars 9.
Denver @ NY Giants- The Manning Bowl is here. This is the NFL's equivalent of a guilty pleasure all fans get to experience every three or four years. Peyton vs Eli. Big Brother vs Little Brother. The story lines go on and on. For the Broncos, they are on a mission to control the AFC West and are heavy favorites by many to return to East Rutherford in just under five months from now. The Broncos are a complete team with few flaws on the roster. The Giants also have few flaws on their roster, yet played a very flawed game last Sunday Night. If the Broncos play as strong here as they did in their opener they will win. However the Giants if on their game can exert the same will on their opposition. Little Brothers has one more Super Bowl ring than Big Brothers, but Big Brother still has the keys to the Ferrari. Broncos 31 Giants 24.
SNF: San Francisco @ Seattle- NBC Sunday Night Football spared no expense to get this game on their schedule for this season. This time, it's an early season matchup. This is a battle of two teams that simply cannot stand one another. In 2012, the two teams split their meetings with the 49ers winning 13-6 in San Francisco in October. In the December match up in Seattle, for the 49ers it was the worst day of the season as the Seahawks routed San Francisco 42-13. Both teams have not given much in the way of sound bites, however the Seahawks seem to still be reflecting on their 29 point blow out last year. The 49ers are out to prove something and have a chip on their shoulder the size of 100 Century Link Fields. Seattle struggled in Carolina before squeeking out a 12-7 win over the Panthers. Carolina in that game may have given a blue print in stopping Russell Wilson. The Seahawks will be hard pressed to stop a much fresher Colin Kaepernick and Company who probably will use last December's "Body Bag Game" (what many Seattle fans have called it) as fuel amongst other things. Seattle is also out to prove that Russell Wilson and Company is not a one hit wonder. We will see as this will be a good one and much closer than nine months ago. Between the two teams, the 49ers have the larger of the two chips and that will benefit them the most. 49ers 20 Seahawks 17. *For a preview of this game go to this link here: http://goldengatereport.com/articles/nfl-week-2-49ers-vs-seahawks-preview
MNF: Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati- The Steelers and Bengals get together in a classic AFC North rivalry game that will pit two 0-1 teams looking to break through. The Bengals in their season opener last week lost a tough and hard fought 24-21 game to the Bears in Chicago. The Bengals played a solid game despite the loss and looked like a team that could build off of that performance. Andy Dalton has a solid game throwing for 282 yards and two touchdowns. AJ Green had nine receptions for 162 yards and gave the Bears defense all they could handle. The Bengals defense may not have played their best game, but made the Bears earn every yard they gained. Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger had a tough afternoon as the Steelers basically stunk out the joint on offense. The Steelers defense is fine as they held their own for most of the afternoon. Only a last minute touchdown prevented a situation where the Steelers potentially could have been outscored by the baseball Pirates. It may be early, but right at this point and time the Bengals have a lot more going for them. Bengals 23 Steelers 16.
Enjoy the games.