(Pro Football Focus)
A divisional rivalry between Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick is just what the NFL needs.
The new bad blood between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks has led to law enforcement officials in Seattle to pose as Niners fans to quell violence in the stadium.
As for on the field, two of the NFL’s best young quarterbacks in Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson will attempt to give their respective team a 2-0 start. It’s a potentially great rivalry brewing in arguably the NFL’s best division. Tonight’s game also features two of the game’s most physical defensive units.
Sunday September 15, 2013 1:00 pm:
St. Louis Rams (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (0-1) – Take the over on this one. Are the Rams a potent offense or is the Falcons defense just that bad.
Rams 24 – Falcons 23
San Diego Chargers (0-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) – Probably the most anticipated home opener in Philly since Terrell Owens’ debut in Midnight Green. What has happened to Phillip Rivers?
Eagles 29 – Chargers 17
Dallas Cowboys (1-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) – Andy Reid is 17-12 against the Cowboys (including the playoffs), I believe that may count for something today. It looks like a go for Dez Bryant (foot).
Chiefs 24 – Cowboys 21
Miami Dolphins (1-0) at Indianapolis Colts (1-0) – The Dolphins rushed for 20 yards last week while the Colts defense chased Terrelle Pryor all over the field. Ryan Tannehill will feel the pressure today.
Colts 28 – Dolphins 20
Tennessee Titans (1-0) at Houston Texans (1-0) – The Titans were impressive last week against the Steelers. Will a spirited comeback on a short week hinder the Texans?
Texans 23 – Titans 17
Washington Redskins (0-1) at Green Bay Packers (0-1) – Robert Griffin grew stronger as the game progressed Monday night and could have pulled it out for Washington if there was more time. Green Bay has to rebound quickly after last week’s tough loss.
Packers 24 – Redskins 21
Cleveland Browns (0-1) at Baltimore Ravens (0-1) – The Super Bowl Champs were disrespected on and off the field last week. Cleveland Browns, welcome to Baltimore.
Ravens 31 – Browns 14
Carolina Panthers (0-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-1) – Both teams had frustrating openers. The Panthers defense continues to improve.
Panthers 23 – Bills 20
Minnesota Vikings (0-1) at Chicago Bears (1-0) – Another great performance by Adrian Peterson will be wasted.
Bears 27 – Vikings 13
Games beginning at 4:05 pm or later:
New Orleans Saints (1-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) – Hard to believe Bucs coach Greg Schiano threw quarterback Josh Freeman out there in the press last week. Freeman will play well today and get Tampa a needed victory.
Buccaneers 31 – Saints 28
Detroit Lions (1-0) at Arizona Cardinals (0-1) – Two budding teams here. One of today’s more entertaining contests.
Cardinals 27 – Lions 23
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-1) – Terrelle Pryor makes the Black Hole fans his own today.
Raiders 25 – Jaguars 9
Denver Broncos (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1) – Brandon Jacobs is back with Big Blue — it won’t matter against the already hot Broncos.
Broncos 34 – Giants 21
Sunday Night Football 8:30 pm:
San Francisco 49ers (1-0) at Seattle Seahawks (1-0) – You’ll see more mobility from Colin Kaepernick this week. Frank Gore could be in line for 20-25 carries. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense has to get going ASAP.
Niners 22 – Seahawks 17
Monday September 16, 2013 8:40 pm:
Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) – Too much panic in the Steel City over last week’s loss. The injury to Maurkice Pouncey will impact the offense immensely. Mike Tomlin has to go back to relying on the defense again.
Bengals 20 – Steelers 16
Patriots 13 – Jets 10
Last Week: 12-4
2013 Season: 12-4