Week 2 is upon us, and if this is your first look at the schedule, then you're going to like what you see. Heck, you might be all hot dogs and apple pie about it.
There are plenty of divisional games on the docket: Jets-Patriots, Vikings-Bears, Browns-Ravens, Saints-Buccaneers, Titans-Texans, 49ers-Seahawks, and Steelers-Bengals. That's seven games that matter in the standings now. This week will paint a picture of how the AFC North stacks up -- let's hope they don't turn the ball over 680 times, like the NFC East did in Week 1.
OK, Rory. Does Dolphins-Colts count? That matchup has my curiosity piqued. Otherwise, it's a tough call between the latest installment of the Manning Bowl and Niners-Seahawks when it comes to the premium game of Week 2. Of course, it's also cool whenever Dallas and Kansas City get together. You history buffs might recall that those franchises both were based in Dallas once. In fact, Cowboys general manager Tex Schramm and Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt secretly met at Love Field Airport (which had its own eerie history in the 1960s) to help forge the AFL-NFL merger. But that's a column for another day.
So let's dive into the here and the now with this weekend's games. As always, your take is welcome. We read 'em all ... @HarrisonNFL is the storefront for such things.
Elliot Harrison went 12-4 on his predictions for Week 1. How will he fare in Week 2? His picks are below, with home teams listed second:
A) With the Packers' pass protection and Rodgers' tendency to hold the ball, Redskins pass rushers Ryan Kerrigan (who was all over the field against the Eagles on Monday) and Brian Orakpo have the potential to do some real damage -- unless you can tire them out.
B) Washington's defense is in prime position to be run down, as it will be operating on a short week.
C) The Packers have the personnel to do it.
After all, even Jermichael Finley looked good against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 -- though he did, of course, hurt his toe. If he can avoid missing much time, Finley has a chance to put up over 800 yards and eight touchdowns this year. What is Robert Griffin III going to put up? It's a fair question, as neither he nor his support system -- the Washington ground game -- overly impressed on Monday. But let's not overreact until we see more from RGIII. #WASvsGB