NFL Week 2: 5 Must See Games, Lions vs. 49ers and Ravens vs. Eagles Top List

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Sep 14, 2012 04:40 PM EDT
Alex Smith vs. Lions
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith throws to his receiver during the second half of their NFL football game against the Lions in Detroit"

This week already say a great matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears as the NFL had its olds rivalry in action on Thursday. This game has set the precedent for a Week 2 that should be packed with interesting matchups. 

It is almost impossible to place these games in order by most captivating or exciting as they have playoff potential written all over them. If your team plays at a later time or if it is getting too painful to watch, there are the matches you should tune to, beginning with the meeting of two NFC power houses. 

Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers
Fans will definitely have the opportunity to watch this game as it is set to take place at 8:20 p.m. ET/5:20 p.m. PT for this week's segment of Sunday Night Football. It will be Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson and the high powered Lions' offense going up against one of the NFL's best defenses as Patrick Willis looks to take down another NFC North opponent. Enough cannot be said about the weapons Alex Smith has in San Francisco now. Both teams have what it takes to inflate the score. It will come down to what each defense can do. 

Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles
This game has potential Super Bowl matchup written all over it. It will also be the battle of the birds as the Ravens will visit Philadelphia to face the Eagles. The Ravens are coming off of a dominant win over the Cincinnati Bengals, but the Eagles are not the Bengals. The Ravens defense will be tested as Michael Vick will look to improve on his 317 yard and two touchdown performance. He will also have to avoid throwing four interceptions if the Eagles are to win this one. The game starts at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT.

Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons
This matchup features two quarterbacks people questioned coming into the season. Peyton Manning was injured, so it is understandable, but Matt Ryan and the Falcons were simply expected to fold after another disappointing playoff performance. Ryan was not affected as Falcons defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 40-24. Manning helped the Broncos defeat the Steelers in Week 1 31-19 and Tracy Porter helped him out with a pick six. Both teams have dynamic offenses and similar to the Lions vs. 49ers, this match will come down to which defense can make the most stops. Fans will have to be patient as this game will be played on this week's segment of Monday Night Football at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Cowboys impressed everybody with their Week 1 win over the New York Giants. If they get past the Seahawks, who have a great defense and young quarterback Russell Wilson has potential to lead the offense, they could establish themselves as a team to beat in the NFC. It will be a good test for the Cowboys just to see where their level of focus lies. This game kicks off at 4:05 p.m. ET/1:05 PT.

New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 
This matchup will be a good measuring stick for the Jets. The Steelers are searching for their first victory and the Jets are looking to feed off of their 2012 debut and continue rolling. The Jets will be without Darrelle Revis and Dustin Keller. The Steelers are expected to defeat the Jets, but nobody expected the Jets to score 48 in Week 1. Nobody knows what could happen in this one. It will be their first meeting since the Steelers stole the 2011 AFC Championship game from the Jets. Kickoff is set at 4:25 p.m. ET/3:25 p.m. CT.

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