Another week of NFL football is upon us. Are we excited? Amped up? Ready to strap on our chinstrap and run out of the tunnel?
Noontime Sports is ready, especially since our predictions from last week ended in a 2-1 record. Of course, as a side note, there is a lot to work on from our end that needs to be improved, especially if we want our blog Super Bowl bound, but in the meantime, here are our three games to watch on Sunday.
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals – 1:00pm: The Ravens are coming off an interesting victory on Monday Night against the Jets, 10-9. Yet, their offense seems almost too powerful for a Bengals secondary that allowed 38 points against the Patriots in week one.
How does the Bengals secondary stop a three-headed attack of Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh? The Jets did somewhat of a decent job, holding them in check all game, but in the end, the Ravens offense recorded 282 total yards of offense
Carson Palmer had a decent outing against the Patriots, throwing for only two touchdowns and one interception. Despite the loss, Palmer recorded 345 yards through the air, which needs to happen again. The Jets had some success against the Ravens secondary, but Palmer will need to rely heavily on the 10 other offensive players to be successful.
Look for both teams to establish the running game early, especially the Bengals because Cedric Benson tallied 237 yards on the ground and two touchdowns against the Ravens in ’09. Benson will be a major benefactor in this game if he receives the correct blocking schemes, as well as uses his vision to find holes in the Ravens defense. Prediction: Bengals 27 – Ravens 23
New England Patriots at New York Jets – 4:15pm: Rex Ryan seems to be rather hungry for a victory, especially since all Patriots fans know now that his favorite saying is “Let’s go eat a goddamn snack!” That is plenty of bulletin board material for coach Bill Belichick.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez wasn’t impressive in his week one affair against the Ravens, especially since he threw for a total of 74 yards. Although, against a Patriots defense that isn’t so great, Sanchez and his receivers, Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards, along with tight end Dustin Keller, should put more points on their brand new scoreboard at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
The defense will miss nose tackle Kris Jenkins, who was excellent at clogging the middle, but don’t think that Ryan is too worried about his defense providing pressure for Justin Bieber look alike, Tom Brady.
Brady and his offense looked like a mirror image of their ’07 squad last Sunday, which put points on the board ever so easily. Although against a Jets team that has been talking all week long about covering Randy Moss, expect cornerback Darrelle Revis to receive a great deal of attention from Brady.
This matchup should be much closer than expected, so don’t assume any blowouts, but in the end, the Patriots will walk away with a victory and 2-0 record. Prediction: Patriots 23 – Jets 16
New York Giants at Indianapolis 8:20pm: Are you excited for the Manning Bowl? It is game two of Eli versus Peyton and I am almost certain that the Manning family circled this game on their calendars when the 2010 schedule was released.
Last time the two brothers met was opening night of the ’06 season and Peyton Manning not only led the Colts to victory in New York, but also, he guided them toward a Super Bowl championship too.
As for the game itself, it features two teams headed in completely different directions. The Colts looked dumbfounded against the Texans, especially when it came to stopping the run. Texans running back Arian Foster ran all over the Colts defense for 231 yards, along with three touchdowns too. The Giants won’t beat their opponent by running, but instead, airing it out to Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham or Steve Smith. Currently, the Giants rank fourth in points, but it will be somewhat challenging for Eli Manning to lead his offense to score more than 31 points.
Expect a possible shootout in Indianapolis, but once the final whistle is blown, the winner should be the home team. Prediction: Colts 31 – Giants 17