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The Carolina Panthers won their Week 1 game against Tampa Bay despite being without star quarterback Cam Newton. This week, they will have Newton back as they host the 1-0 Detroit Lions (Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern on FOX).
The Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins will meet on Sunday (1 p.m. Eastern on CBS) in an early but important AFC East showdown. Both teams won their opening games and want to build on that momentum. More notably, division wins cannot be understated in the NFL.
The Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals each won their opening week games. However, they both needed late-game rallies to do so. This week, they will face off in Cincinnati (Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern on CBS) in an AFC-NFC match-up.
The Niners won 12 games last year and fell to division rival Seattle in the NFC Title Game. Arizona, playing in the same division as the two best teams in the conference, managed 10 wins but fell short of a playoff birth. More amazing that the two teams 22 combined wins, their equal 10-5-1 marks against the point spread. The Niners beat Arizona 32-20 at home in week six and 23-20 on the road in the final week of the regular season. Both teams were very effective against each other in the passing game during the two contests.
The Rams play in the toughest division in the NFL. The NFC West sent Seattle and San Francisco to the conference title game last year and Arizona won 10 games. That means St. Louis must gets wins out of the division when the opportunity presents itself. The Rams open with four straight games against NFC teams from outside their division. Last year St. Louis went 7-9 including a 6-4 mark against non divisional foes. One of those opponents was the Cowboys. Dallas beat St. Louis 31-7 in Texas during week three.
After reaching the NFC Championship in 2012, the Atlanta Falcons’ 2013 campaign was derailed by a slew of devastating injuries. Consequently, the Falcons finished 4-12, a result no one saw coming.
After another subpar season in Detroit, the Lions fired head coach Jim Schwartz. Jim Caldwell takes the helm, and he will inherit an offense loaded with firepower. But can quarterback Matthew Stafford limit his mistakes? And will the defense be strong enough for this team to reach the postseason?
The Arizona Cardinals had a strong 2013 campaign, finishing 10-6 and just missing the playoffs in the stacked NFC West. In his first year as head coach, Bruce Arians maximized the roster’s talent. The 2014 Cardinals should be better and can make the playoffs even despite the talent in their division.
Both teams were 8-8 last year and now the rivals meet for the first of two matchups in 2014. The last five meetings between Pittsburgh and Baltimore have each been decided by three points or less. Only twice in their last 15 clashes has the margin been over a touchdown (teaser?). Baltimore struggled to run the ball last season. The Ravens recovered four fumbles all of last year. In 2013 Pittsburgh averaged 17.9 points a game during the first seven weeks. Over the final nine weeks they scored 28.2 points a contest.
With the NFL season now here an opportunity to take advantage of changes in the league is upon us. Using the same analysis you had at the end of last season is a way to lose a lot of money. Understanding how teams are different in 2014 will allow you to capitalize on faulty early season lines. Here are three things to keep an eye on.
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Let’s take a first look at what week three in the NFL has in store for us next week with a brief glimpse at each match-up.
The Michigan State Spartans visiting the Oregon Ducks at the Autzen Stadium for the 2014 College Football week two might be the most intriguing game in the lineup this weekend; they will clash Saturday at 6:30 PM ET. Read More