– This will be the first time for the new Thursday Night Football package on CBS & the NFL Network. The first game on the lineup will be the Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the Baltimore Ravens. Many insiders believe that this will be the start of a rebirth of the Thursday night package & by having many games on CBS, bring more credibility to the Thursday schedule & more viewers.
– Week 2 is not filled with a bunch of sexy matchups from top to bottom, which we will get to later on. Out of all of the weeks so far in the NFL regular season, week 2 is looking like the week where there may be the least amount of buzz going on.
Here are some of the big games that we will be keeping our eye on though for Week 2 –
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens – Thursday Night Football – CBS – 8:30
The Pittsburgh Steelers & Baltimore Ravens have had one of the most heated & intense rivalries for many years, through the majority of the 2000s. Both teams pride themselves on great defenses with great attitude & swagger.
The Ravens offense has always been the question for whether they can win consistently or not. QB Joe Flacco, after receiving a $100 million contract earlier this season, will need to show his offensive skill with Torrey Smith & newly added Steve Smith from the Carolina Panthers to bolster an offensive unit that has always been up & down for basically the history of the Ravens franchise.
The Steelers will be coming in with their usual strong offensive & defensive units, but QB Ben Roethlisberger must have a bounce back season. The team came together well at the end of the regular season, but dug themselves too deep a hole to make the playoffs in the last week of the season.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos – CBS – 4:25 p.m.
The Chiefs & Broncos will renew one of the longest rivalries in the NFL in week 2. The Chiefs will be looking to put past the debacle in Indianapolis last season in the AFC Wildcard Playoffs, after having a massive lead. Alex Smith will have another year under the coaching of Andy Reid & Jamaal Charles will look to have another big season, rising up to becoming one of the elite RBs in the game.
The Broncos have been well advertised with their changes & of course, they have Peyton Manning. Sometimes, that’s all you need to hype up a matchup.
Chicago Bears @ San Francisco 49ers – 8:30 p.m., Sunday Night Football – NBC
The Chicago Bears lost to the Green Bay Packers in the last game of the season to decide the NFC North championship, & will now look to bounce back against the 49ers at the first game in the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
The Bears will be coming in with a new Jay Cutler contract, his offense in the best situation it has been in in a long time with Brandon Marshall & Alshon Jeffery on the outside & Matt Forte hopefully being healthy & ready to rock & roll.
The 49ers have all of their weapons back in place with the usual names – Kaepernick, Willis, Gore, Boldin. The main piece that is missing is Navarro Bowman. This should still end up being a strong game with one of the best offenses in the league against one of the best defenses in the league.