It’s week two of the NFL season, and we’ll see the Arizona Cardinals take on the Baltimore Ravens.
They aren’t two teams expected to be Super Bowl contenders necessarily, but I think this is an important game.
Why? Because both Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson are true dual-threat quarterbacks. Is this the way the NFL is going?
I know we still have our old stars – Tom Brady, Drew Brees, even Aaron Rodgers, who is good with his feet but still an elite thrower.
But is this now the new wave? People seem to think it might be, so let’s see these guys go at each other and see what it looks like.
I think Baltimore will come out on top, because their defence will put a lot of pressure on Kyler Murray that he’s never seen before.
It’ll be interesting to get a look at these two head-to-head regardless and see what that looks like.
We know this is a quarterback-driven league, and the thing about the NFL is, coaching and organisational structure matters.
If you get an organisation that believes in you and builds their roster around your skillset, you can have success. Lamar Jackson is lucky to be in Baltimore, where they’re building an offense around him.
The same can be said of Kyler Murray – they brought in Kliff Kingsbury then drafted someone who knows his system better than anybody.
They’re both committed to their quarterbacks, so that’s going to give them a great chance to succeed and we’ll see what that sort of match-up looks like this weekend.
From prospects to proven performers
From the battle of two rising stars, we go straight into the Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Seattle Seahawks and two of the highest-paid quarterbacks facing off.
Seattle’s defence is struggling, and they need to turn things around.
The Steelers, they need to get back to running the ball. I though they’d do more of that last week in New England, but they never got the run going.
When they had playmakers like Antonio Brown, LeVeon Bell, they had a lot of pass options and explosive guys. Now, they’ve got James Connor at running back, and he’s a good back.
They need to get back to running the ball effectively, behind one of the best O-Line’s in football. They need to use that, and against a defence that struggled last week they should be able to get that going.
Cowboys look dangerous
We’re only one week in, but the Dallas Cowboys look dangerous!
They obviously looked impressive last week against the Giants, and it was amazing what Dak Prescott was able to do.
The one thing, the ongoing theme, is coaching. Kellen Moore, their new offensive co-ordinator, was in the locker room as a player with Dak Prescott. He’s been in the quarterback room with him. He knows him, he understands him and he can communicate with him.
He knows what he’s good at, and what we saw was play-calling tailored to elevate his game as it went on. If you understand a player, you can help him get comfortable and that’s what happened last week.
Prescott was in full command of that offense from beginning to end. It was a great marriage between a playmaker and a play caller on the field.
They’re going into their game with the Redskins high on confidence and I think that can continue.
Let’s see that again!
The New Orleans Saints vs the LA Rams. I think everyone is thinking the same thing – let’s see that again!
Everybody is still talking about the penalty in the play-offs, and the drama we saw at the end of last year.
The teams aren’t worried about that noise, but what I’m watching is two play-off bound teams. Let’s see the match-up, and see what it does for both sides in terms of their confidence early on.
Both teams are talented and have improved their rosters, so it will be a big test to see where they stack up early on. It’s a play-off game, so let’s see who comes out on top.
I give the advantage to the Rams, because the Saints have to travel and they’re on grass, which can effect them as an indoor team.
This is one of those match-ups where you’ll learn a lot about a team early on.
The Rams have to worry that teams are going to use the same game plan the Patriots used to stop them in the Super Bowl, but I want to see them work against that this weekend.