The Lions don’t play until the late afternoon slot, but I didn’t have anywhere else to put this screenshot from the NFL.com front page this week, so here ya go.
With the exception of Rams-Falcons and Chargers-Eagles, the early games are either a matchup of teams that won in Week 1 or losers that are already in the hole. That means a struggle to ward off the dire straits of 0-2 or a fight to establish early season legitimacy with a 2-0 start.
The Packers and Redskins battle to avoid being a 2012 playoff team that comes out of the gates with two straight losses. There might be a decent defense between the two of them, so expect the over in that one, unless it takes RGIII another half to shake off the rust like it did against the Eagles. The Ravens and Falcons look to avoid that fate as well and fortunately for them, they’re at home hosting teams you would assume they can handle.
And because I’ve been thinking about this for a while – how hilarious would it be for Chip Kelly’s team to respond to their hype-building win over Washington on the road only to completely shit the bed at home against San Diego? Not likely, but I like the idea of the narrative explosion that would cause.
Your early game slate, as rated by KSK’s not-at-all subjective, rigorously scientificated five-star system:
St. Louis at Atlanta ***
Cleveland at Baltimore **
Carolina at Buffalo **
Minnesota at Chicago **
Washington at Green Bay ***
Tennessee at Houston **
Miami at Indianapolis ***
Dallas at Kansas City ***
San Diego at Philadelphia **