By Danny Cox
The first week of the 2012 NFL season brought about some shocking results including a number of upset wins, strange losses, and questionable calls. There were also a couple of games that just proved to be much of nothing and weren’t even worth watching. Hopefully, that trend won’t continue into week two.
Week two of the season incorporates a few games that could be “must-see” along with those that are delegated to the back burner already. Let’s face it; there really aren’t a lot of people outside of Cleveland and Cincinnati that will be clamoring to watch the Browns take on the Bengals.
Really, the same can be said for the Oakland Raiders as they take on the Miami Dolphins. While you’re at it, you might as well throw the Chargers versus the Titans into that as well.
By this point, you’re probably asking yourself if week two of this NFL season is bringing about anything worth watching. Actually, almost the entirety of the rest of this week’s slate of games are some of those that you may find it hard deciding which games to watch and which to miss.
There are only so many games you can check out though, and these are the top three games of the NFL‘s second week that you shouldn’t miss.
~ New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Sunday, September 16, 2012
Both the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers are coming off week one losses in games that they truly should have won. The Panthers didn’t really allow the Buccaneers to outplay them, but they fell behind early and simply didn’t have enough time to make a comeback.
Not to mention two interceptions by Cam Newton killing drives that they really needed scores on.
The Saints did the exact same thing against Washington by falling behind early and just running out of time before starting to get in the groove. Drew Brees has already let it be known that he won’t allow a game like Sunday to happen again.
Whichever team wins will get their first win of the season. Whichever team loses will fall into an 0-2 record and the cellar of an always tough NFC South.
~ New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday, September 16, 2012
Week one of the season saw something from the New York Jets that no-one could have ever expected, and that was a scoring explosion. In destroying the Buffalo Bills 48-28, the Jets scored in as many ways as they possibly could, but it was the offense that impressed. Three offensive touchdowns went along with a punt return, two interception returns, and two field goals to create the final tally.
The question is, can the Jets do that against the mighty Steelers?
Now, the problem is that Pittsburgh didn’t look so mighty facing the Denver Broncos who opened it up late with 17 fourth quarter points against a usually strong Steeler defense. Mark Sanchez certainly isn’t Peyton Manning, but he’s on a roll and the Steelers do not want to start 0-2.
~ Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons – Monday, September 17, 2012
Speaking of Manning, he is going to get tested (supposedly) by another strong defense when he heads into Atlanta on Monday night. The problem for the Falcons is that they just lost cornerback Brent Grimes for the entire season and they’ve got a not-so-rusty Manning coming to town.
This could end up being one very long evening for the Falcons’ secondary.
Atlanta did win impressively over Kansas City on Sunday, but they also gave up almost 400 yards to a Chiefs’ offense that isn’t that potent. The Falcons are going to have to step up their game against Manning and hope that Matt Ryan can go toe-to-toe with the future NFL Hall of Famer.
Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.