September 15, 2012
Four big NFL games on Sunday
By John Kryk, QMI Agency
1. Ravens (1-0) at Eagles (1-0)
The Eagles' relentless pass rush and cover corners last week made Brandon Weeden look like a bad high-schooler. Don't expect a repeat, as Ravens' QB Flacco appears to have indeed raised his game in OC Cam Cameron's more formationally diverse, hurry-up Baltimore attack. Eagles' DL is as deep as anybody's, but can they whisk subs in and out?
2. Lions (1-0) at 49ers (1-0)
The Niners and their league-best D again face an NFC team with one of football's most dangerous passing attacks. Lions Matt Stafford and Megatron had a quiet day (for them) vs Rams — 111 yards. But Detroit was -3 in turnover ratio vs St. Louis, and such sloppiness won't cut it here. Under Harbaugh, 49ers are +29 in regular season.
3. Broncos (1-0) at Falcons (1-0)
Marquee prime-time game? Peyton Manning must be playing. In Game 1 as a Bronco he was impressive enough against a short-handed Steelers D. Tougher challenge is keeping up with Atlanta, on the road. Matt Ryan leads a more diverse, hurry-up Falcon attack. He, Julio, Roddy and Tony put up 40 in KC, even though the Chiefs stymied their run.
4. Jets (1-0) at Steelers (0-1)
Without all-world Darrelle Revis (concussion), the Jets reportedly were working out backup RB Joe McKnight at CB. The Steelers D is without LB James Harrison and S Troy Polamalu, and the OL is a mess. Jets D must tackle better or Jonathan Dwyer could run wild. Jets are 8-2 in opening month under Mr. September, Matt Sanchez.
The team that must win, or else
NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1)
Before the season, this game vs the Bucs appeared to be one of only two free spaces on New York's bingo card all year, along with Cleveland in Week 5. But the Bucs are improved and 1-0 under new disciplinarian head coach Greg Schiano. A loss and the defending Super Bowl champs would be 0-2 with only six home games left. And with their brutal schedule, that wouldn't be a hole — that'd be a crater.
WEEK 2 SCHEDULE & CANADIAN TV TIMESâ¨
***1 pm EDT games
Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills (CTV Toronto, CTV Kitchener)
Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles (CTV British Columbia, CTV Alberta, CTV Saskatchewan, CTV Ottawa, CTV Northern Ontario)
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts (CTV Winnipeg)
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots (CTV Montreal and CTV Atlantic)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants
***4:05 pm EDT games
Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams
Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks (Citytv and Sportsnet Ontario)
***4:25 pm EDT games
Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins
New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers (Sportsnet East, West, Pacific and Citytv)
Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers
***8:20 pm EDT game
Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers (TSN/NBC)
***8:30 pm EDT game
Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons (TSN)
NOTE: Local American Fox and CBS affiliates carry games as well, which might be in addition to the above.