Week 2 in the National Football League has several key games on tap, but none quite as big as the contest in Philadelphia where Michael Vick and the Eagles welcome the Baltimore Ravens. “Welcome” might be a strong word for that Philly crowd, nobody’s welcome in the Eagles Nest. This is the marquee game of the week with the ferocious Ravens defense led by the anchor Ray Lewis against the explosive Philly offense that has yet to explode. With Vick taking punishing hits in the preseason, the Eagles had to sit him down for the regular season, and on Sunday, those hits may keep on coming.
Other big games this weekend include the Dallas Cowboys visiting the Seattle Seahawks. With Richmond native Russell Wilson now at the helm in Seattle, the Cowboys and DeMarcus Ware will certainly test the rookie as Dallas seeks to find considtency in it’s play, something that lacked in the 2011 campaign. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers, not accustomed to being 0 – 1, or 0 and anything for that matter, will entertain the New York Jets, who played superbly in their opener against Buffalo after a frustrating preseason. Pittsburgh was beaten on the road at Denver by Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
While it may not be considered a BIG game, it is for the Washington Redskins, who want to prove that the resurgence of their team is real and not just one lucky outstanding performance by rookie QB Robert Griffin III when they line up against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Interesting game involving the two teams who collaborated to get RG – 3 to DC, as the Rams traded their No. 2 pick to the Redskins in exchange for two first-round draft picks the next two years, setting St. Louis up with four first-round picks overall in 2013 and 2014. Was it worth the price? So far, I would have to say yes. Griffin appears to be the real deal!