Top Matchups NFL 2013 Week One
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos
To open up the NFL season, we have a rematch from the playoffs of 2012, as the Ravens take on the Denver Broncos. This one is interesting. What if the bomb from Flacco never happens in the last year’s game? Does Denver go to the Super Bowl? Joe Flacco could be on another team, and he CERTAINLY wouldn’t have earned the large contract that he received in the offseason. I always talk about how one of two plays can change the outcome of a football game, and this is one of them.
This one marks the debut of Wes Welker working as a tandem with Peyton Manning. Anquan Boldin is no longer with the Ravens, and the Broncos have a new look to their running game without Willis McGahee. Will the Ravens turn into a one hit wonder, that can’t get it done without Ray Lewis and Ed Reed? Or will they begin to take their place amongst the NFL elite? Will Peyton return to form and bring the Broncos back to the top of the AFC? The question begins to be answered on Thursday night.
Take the Broncos to win this one. In the end, Manning is going to be too much for Flacco and the Broncos win a bit of a shootout.
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
Here is a good one on the late slate of games on Sunday afternoon. The perennially high-powered offense of the Green Bay Packers takes on the Colin Kaepernick-led San Francisco 49ers. It’s a battle of the high powered offense against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL.
To me, this is a battle of the old school vs. new school when it applies to offense. You have your dropback quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, and the read-option, new wave quarterback in Colin Kaepernick. I have gone on record saying that the read-option style is a gimmick, a fad, that is not going to work for a long period. The theory is that the defenses are eventually going to catch up.
We will see Sunday afternoon as to whether or not the defenses have come up with some ideas to stop the read option offense.
Look for Green Bay to win a close one here. Despite the fact that the 49ers are at home, the Packers have just too many weapons. Yes, the 49ers added Anquan Boldin, but it won’t be enough.
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
This is an excellent game between two division rivals to start out the 2013 season.
It always makes for a great afternoon to watch two great quarterbacks compete against each other. Matt Ryan vs. Drew Brees brings us just that type of matchup. How can you not enjoy watching Drew Brees and that offense do its job? They just have so many weapons, it’s so hard to stop.
But don’t count out the Falcons either. Matt Ryan is looking to take that next step, to ascend to the level of Drew Brees, and that starts on Sunday. He has a new weapon in Steven Jackson. Julio Jones and Roddy White are as good of a tandem as there is in the business, and Tony Gonzalez is back for another season.
This one will be a doozy. And it will be a doozy that Atlanta wins in an upset. The Falcons were close last season, and they are ready to take that next step. The defense will step up, and the offense will do enough to beat the high-powered Saints.