Even after an upset-filled, wild and unpredictable start to the 2014 NFL season, it's impossible to call any game a "must win" entering Week 2. But some contests and spots are simply bigger than others.
Yes, there's pressure, even in early September, some of it building off the way things developed on opening weekend.
So who's facing a "show me" spot in Week 2? Let's run through the list, Schein Nine style.
1) Tony Romo
I am an unabashed Tony Romo defender. I think he's a top-10 NFL quarterback. Having said that, Romo's performance in the Dallas Cowboys' season-opening defeat to the San Francisco 49ers was dreadful. The three picks he threw were gruesome. Usually, there are others to blame for Dallas' mess, but Romo wears the goat horns for Week 1.
To be fair, Romo looked like what he is: a quarterback coming off back surgery who didn't get the requisite offseason and preseason reps. And the Cowboys do have plenty of other problems. Their defense will be dreadful all year and drag them down. The play-calling against the Niners, the lack of a commitment to the run, was counterproductive.
But this is a contest Romo has to play well in, no questions asked.
2) Patriots' defense
We spent the offseason pumping up New England's defense, what with the addition of talent like Darrelle Revis and the return to health of key stars like Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. And then the unit was embarrassed in Week 1, yielding 360 net yards, including 191 on the ground, to the Miami Dolphins, whose offense will not be confused with that of Bill Walsh's 49ers. New England just couldn't tackle or cover. I loved the Revis signing, but he looked old and slow against Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace.
I still think New England will comfortably win the AFC East, but the Pats have to beat Minnesota -- and Revis and the D have to show us they have what it takes.
3) Washington's offense
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4) Green Bay Packers
Of course, playing the defending Super Bowl champions in Seattle is a daunting task. You have to believe that this week, with the Jets coming to Lambeau, the Packers will be much better. You have to believe Rodgers, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will team up to pick apart the suspect cast of characters New York will be rolling out in the defensive backfield.
5) Bears' run defense
For all of the justifiable chatter about quarterback Jay Cutler being careless in Chicago's stunning overtime home loss to Buffalo -- he did throw two picks, after all -- I thought the big story was how the Bears' new-look defense was ripped apart by the Bills, who averaged 5.8 yards per carry in piling up 193 rushing yards. That's not good.
6) Buffalo Bills
Buffalo should be whipped into a frenzy when Miami visits Sunday, thanks to this week's news that the Bills will be staying in lovely Western New York under future owner Terry Pegula, who also owns the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. It's such a wonderful win for the amazing fan base. The team is so tied into the fabric and the community there.
Buffalo should win this game.
7) Nick Foles
The Philadelphia Eagles' young quarterback turned it over early and often against the Jaguars in Week 1, recording one pick and giving up two fumbles before the offense settled down and got the win. This is especially noteworthy given that Foles committed just four turnovers total through 13 games in 2013.
I'm a big believer of Foles in Chip Kelly's offense, and I want to see him even out his play Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts. Yes, the term "Colts' defense" could actually be considered an oxymoron, because they don't appear to have any. Still, Philly can't give Indy quarterback Andrew Luck extra opportunities.
8) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9) Giants' defensive backfield
But perhaps because the offense is so alarmingly incompetent, Big Blue's defense doesn't get enough attention for being subpar. General manager Jerry Reese spent a lot of money this offseason to bring in cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. And DRC had a rough debut last Monday against Calvin Johnson -- who posted 164 receiving yards and two touchdowns -- and the Detroit Lions.
This weekend, the Giantshost the Cardinals and quarterback Carson Palmer, who is known to play hot potato with the football and be susceptible to the turnover. But can New York create a pass rush? That's doubtful. Arizona receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown are going to be too hot to handle.