2013 NFL Week 2 Preview: Raiders-Jaguars, Browns-Ravens, Titans-Texans, Dolphins-Colts and More
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens will have their season opener on Sunday as they look to get into the win column against the visiting Browns, after being completely dismantled by Denver last Thursday night. Meanwhile, despite a very disappointing opening game, the Browns will look to make a splash in what appears to be a wide-open AFC North. The Browns, just like every other team in the North lost in week 1. During which Trent Richardson only ran the ball 13 times. That HAS to change if the Browns want to win on the road. The same can also be said for the Ravens, who once again, put way too much faith in Joe Flacco and failed to feed Ray Rice the ball in week 1 (only 12 carries).
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
This could be a possible blowout in favor of the Texans. I know that the Texans looked miserable the 1st half against San Diego, and yes, the Titans pulled out a gutsy win against the Steelers in week 1, but Houston is better in virtually every facet of the game, and especially in the trenches. Nothing against Jake Locker, but if the Titans want to have any chance to win this game, it will have to be by controlling the tempo and running the ball. Also, crazy stat that most people might not realize, Andre Johnson has the most 10+ reception games in NFL history.
Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts
The Colts will get their second home game of the young season, while the Dolphins will try to find a way to win on the road for the second week in a row. This could be a game that has a lot of importance down the stretch. After all, both of these teams probably won’t win their division and will be challenging each other for Wild Card spots. One thing to pay attention to, the Colts top two rushers last week averaged 4.8 and 6.3. While Miami’s top two rushers averaged 1.8 and .3.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders
The only reason to watch this game is if you’re interested in the #1 overall pick, because this game will most likely decide it. Hard to see anyone from Jacksonville putting up more offense than Terrelle Pryor at this point, but we’ll see.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
It couldn’t have gotten much worse for the Steelers in week 1 and the Bengals lost a tough road game to a solid Bears team. Hard to see the Steelers being able to protect Big Ben enough to keep up against A.J. Green and Andy Dalton. Actually, after last week, it’s hard to see the Steelers scoring at all.
Denver Broncos at New York Giants
Don’t want to say too much here, mainly because every sports show in the United States is going to hype this game more than Yasiel Puig. However, I would be extremely surprised if Eli wins a shootout against this Peyton Manning/Older brother led offense. Sorry little brother, know your place. Although, I am interested to see if the Giants even try to run the ball at this point after hitting the panic button this past week. Peyton might not give them time though.
San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles
Well, after the week 1 debacle, you have to wonder who is on the hot seat in San Diego, because someone has to be. Giving up 24 unanswered at home is inexplicable no matter who the opponent. Although, I do hope the Chargers can keep it close so we can see the speed of the Eagles offense for a longer period this week.
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