October 3, 2013
The second quarter of the 2013 NFL season is now upon us and this is where the truth comes out. Which teams are true contenders? Which will continue to surprise? Which are massive disappointments? Let’s break into the second part of this four part series and get down to business. Remember, each week will contain three categories; the heavyweight bout, the divisional battle and the hidden gem.
The Heavyweight Bout: Denver Broncos vs. Dallas Cowboys
This game will get an abundance of attention for a reason and deservingly so. Expect a ton of offense. Receivers like Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant will make the most of the nationally televised event and put up video game-like numbers.
Right now, Manning is looking like he’s an easy MVP selection and is making his argument as the best ever. Check him out before it’s too late.
The Divisional Battle: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
A pivotal game for both squads, the Detroit Lions are coming off a Week 4 win against the Chicago Bears. The Green Bay Packers are fresh off their bye-week and looking to make a statement after a disappointing 1-2 start.
The Lions haven’t won in Cheese Land since the early 1990s. This would be a monumental win for the Lions and a monumental collapse for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers and Co. aren’t about to let that happen now.
Both sides must have this game, but who will it be?
The Hidden Gem: Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Seattle Seahawks look like the early-season Super Bowl favorite while the Indianapolis Colts continue to make positive noise. Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck are the future of the league and this game will be something special.
This one is a can’t-miss game and will be a chess match until the very end.
The Heavyweight Bout: New Orleans Saints vs. New England Patriots
Like offense? This game between heavyweights may tally 80-combined points. The New England Patriots are riddled with injuries but always find a way to compete. The New Orleans Saints were almost forgotten about because of their 2012 miscues but Drew Brees has defensive coordinators everywhere shaking in their boots once again.
Expect Tom Brady and Brees to combine for 700-plus passing yards. A true barn burner, this one will be fun to watch.
The Divisional Battle: Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
With no love lost in this divisional battle, this type of game is why football is defined as tough.
Alex Smith has done enough to win over his new home crowd quickly in KC and Terrell Pryor is turning some heads The Black Hole. Although it may be ugly, that’s why this game will be great.
The Hidden Gem: New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears
This Thursday Night showdown may not look so great because the New York Giants have started the season off with a string of duds but this game promises to be entertaining.
The Giants are loaded with offensive talent and the Chicago Bears are somehow flying under the radar. Quarterback Jay Cutler may look like the grumpiest guy in sports, but his performance is making Bears fans everywhere smile right now. Eli Manning will look to reinstall faith within Giants fans by stealing a win on the road against a formidable opponent.
Stay up past your bedtime for this one.
The Heavyweight Bout: Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
This one doesn’t need much explanation.
Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis.
Manning vs. Andrew Luck, the kid who the franchise he brought to greatness drafted to take his place.
The Divisional Battle: Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins
While Super Bowl aspirations may be a bit too high this year for these teams, there is definite promise. Both teams were razzed for drafting their current starting quarterbacks, but right now they are looking wise.
This matchup against AFC East rivals will be like looking into the future. This game means something for both sides. Pretty soon it will be the difference between making the playoffs and taking an unwanted vacation.
The Hidden Gem: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
This game means something because these guys despise each other.
Joe Flacco has rallied the troops and they are now a trap game for every opponent this season. This game will be overlooked by most but be great from beginning to end.
The Heavyweight Bout: Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos
Okay, the Washington Redskins may have a lackluster record at the moment, but never mind that. Week 8 is a soft spot in the NFL schedule.
The thought of Robert Griffin III heading to Mile High to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos is awfully enticing.
This will be a real measuring stick for RG3 in his progression as a NFL quarterback. He’s stuck between two worlds right now. He must become a better passer and only rely on his legs when he needs to escape. He’s got the smarts to still be great.
In case you were wondering, Manning may throw for 500 yards against the porous Redskins defense.
The Divisional Battle: Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots
Week 7 has the Miami Dolphins pitted against the Buffalo Bills as a divisional battle to set the tone for the future. The ‘Phins Week 8 battle against the New England Patriots is to set the tone for now.
If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best and the Dolphins will have to prove that they belong in the conversation.
This one will be heated. Don’t expect for one second that the Patriots are ready to lose control of the AFC East.
The Hidden Gem: Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals
Believe it or not, the Arizona Cardinals will spoil many teams’ seasons this year.
Football enthusiast young to old will have a blast watching this tilt.