Teams are back in action for Week 2, and we the fans are gearing up to watch the games. We are coming off a week of great opening performances from Marcus Mariota’s recording breaking game to Carlos Hyde’s breakout game. We are expecting teams to bring the same momentum with them this Sunday, along with some improvements.
I have formulaically decided which matchups would be worthwhile watching this week. Evaluating each game based on the two team’s stats and rankings, what key players were playing, and finally whether or not it was a rivalry game. So here’s the best of what Week 2 has to offer:
San Diego @ Cincinnati
Out of three recent regular season contests against San Diego, Cincinnati has won every one. The Chargers are coming into this game after a comeback win against Detriot, where they had a NFL leading 483 total yards on offense. This will be a tougher matchup for the Bengals defense than they faced last week, when they held Oakland to 13 points. Phillip Rivers and the brutal Bengal defense will be quite engaging to watch.
Philadelphia vs. Dallas
If Demarco Murray’s return to Dallas is not enough to spark up this rivalry, then maybe it’s the fact that they can set a franchise record. If the Cowboys win this game then they would tie their franchise record at ten wins for road game win streak. The Eagles are looking to end this feat and redeem themselves after giving up a fourth quarter lead to the Falcons. Coming into this game,the Philly secondary looks to prove themselves while Dallas looks to fill the void left by Dez Bryant. As with any rivalry game this is guaranteed to be an electric matchup.
Seattle @ Green Bay:
Finally, we have a rematch of the NFC Championship Game where Green Bay loss in overtime to Seattle. Coming into this game both teams are without key players from their previous matchup. Aaron Rodgers has found a target in James Jones to alleviate the pain resulting from losing Jordy Nelson, and the Seahawks are still at a crossroads with Kam Chancellor. Seattle is looking to reroute themselves after losing to St. Louis last week, don’t be surprised if they come out a little fired up. Whereas the Packers are looking to improve to 2-0, and after last week’s win they have momentum for Sunday’s rematch.