In part three of our NFL week two preview, we will look at four NFL games. I’ll review the following games: Buccaneers at Falcons, Cardinals at Seahawks, Rams at 49ers and Chiefs at Broncos. There are some good matchups in this group. A couple of teams look to prove themselves this week. Let’s take a look.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
The Buccaneers failed to show up last Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. This Sunday they will travel to Atlanta to face an inspired Falcons team. Atlanta got revenge on Sunday as they beat up division favorite Carolina. Vick is showing a tendency to pass first and run second even more this year so far. Will the Falcons have the motivation to fight against a Buccaneers team that’s trying not to go 0-2? History says no. Tampa Bay is 15-10 against the Falcons, including 3-0 over the last three meetings.
Pick: Tampa Bay Why? I look for them to get back on track.
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
Seattle had a good scare last week when they struggled against the Lions in Detroit. There was a moment in the 4th quarter where the Lions could have taken the lead and really put the pressure on Seattle. However, like a Super Bowl quality team, the Seahawks offense motored down the field and kicked a game winning field goal as time expired. The Cardinals showed improvement as they defeated the 49ers. They get their first real test of the season this week.
Pick: Seahawks Why? They always struggle in week 1 games on the road. They are much better than Arizona.
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers
The Rams offense was suspect last week against Denver. They needed 6 field goals to get past the Broncos. The 49ers showed some improvement as their QB Alex Smith threw a TD pass. Why is this significant? Smith threw only 1 all of last season, which came in the last game of the year. For the Rams, it’s a simple game plan. Get Jackson to rush for 100+ yards and go home a winner. They are 38-0 when having a 100-yard rusher. The 49ers defense is too soft to stop the run.
Pick: Rams Why? I don’t see the 49ers stopping the run and I like the 38-0 stat. The Rams, while not a playoff caliber team, are much better than the 49ers.
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
It was a bad start for both teams. The Kansas City Chiefs got the worst of it. Not only did they lose to the Bengals, they lost their starting QB Trent Green. He could be out for the season after taking that nasty hit. The Broncos stumbled around in their first game, but that might have been expected. They did the same thing last season and look how they finished.
Pick: Broncos Why? The Chiefs are starting Huard and he could be mistake prone. It doesn’t matter though. The Broncos will get back on track at home. Plummer is already looking over his shoulder, as fans are getting antsy.