Week 1 in the NFL was pretty disappointing. Only one game on Sunday was decided by one score (Bears-Falcons), and it wasn’t even on national TV. Seahawks-Packers was a letdown, and Cowboys-Giants on SNF was somehow worse.
I think Week 2 will be significantly better. Let’s take a look at the “must watch” games of the week, plus a look at the spreads and which way I’m leaning.
Titans (-2.5) @ Jags
- The Jags pulled off a week-one upset against the Texans, and can now take a comfortable lead atop the AFC South with a win over the Titans Sunday. Their defense stepped up to the plate and took the load off the offense against HOU, but I’m not so sure that happens against TENN. I’m interested to see how the Titans bounce back to their loss considering the hype surrounding them entering the season.
Patriots (-6.5) @ Saints
- 6.5 is a lot of points to give to the Saints at home, especially after seeing the Patriots defensive problems Thursday night. The Saints’ D didn’t look much better, which explains the 55 point over/under. This should be a great game between two hall-of-fame quarterbacks and two of the best coaches in football.
Steelers (-6) vs. Vikings
- This is another really good game featuring two good quarterbacks and coaches. It’s even better because the Steelers have such a potent offense, and the Vikings’ defense is one of the better units in all of football; I’m excited to see how they hold up against Pitt at home. Sam Bradford killed it on Monday night, can he repeat that type of performance in what could be a shootout?
Cowboys (-1.5) @ Broncos
- The Broncos’ offense looked shockingly good for three quarters on Monday night, then almost gave the game away late. The Cowboys looked good, but not great — they couldn’t finish in the red zone against the Giants. Nonetheless, this should be a good game between two storied franchises that are both currently 1-0.
Falcons (-3) vs. Packers
- This could very well be the NFC Championship preview game. The Packers defense looked much improved in their opener, while the Falcons kind of struggled against the Bears. This will be a good game that should give us a way better feel of who may be the “team to beat” in the NFC.