Finally the NFL season is here, starting with the Green Bay Packers vs Seattle Seahawks at Centurylink Field in Seattle. There is a ton of intrigue going into the season, as a lot of teams have gotten better, while the Seattle Seahawks have gotten a little bit worse.
What do I mean by the Seahawks getting worse? For one thing, the NFL is cracking down on contact by DB’s down the field, something the Seahawks cornerbacks lived on last year. Grabbing, holding and clutching past 5 has long been a staple for DB’s, this year the referee’s will be enforcing that rule in spades.
Another reason Seattle has come back to the pack? Loss of defensive line players like Chris Clemons. One of the reasons why Seattle ran over Denver in the Super Bowl last year is that all of their defensive linemen were able to rotate in and out, they were fresh come Super Bowl time, and for the fourth quarter of that game. They will be a lot more thin up front, that is going to cost them points this season.
I want to make one thing clear though, I am still picking the Seattle Seahawks to win the Super Bowl this year, I just don’t think it will be as easy as last year.
Here are the games of the week, get ticket here at SeatHound for less than the cost of a couple of beers –
New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome – One of the teams that will benefit from the new rules will be the New Orleans Saints. Rob Ryan their defensive coordinator, will do things like last year, blitz a lot. Can the Atlanta Falcons offensive line, including the loss of Travis Baker, hold up to allow their super star wide receivers time to get open? I think so. Atlanta is not as bad as they showed last year when they basically gave up on the season. Atlanta rarely loses at home. Falcons tickets start at just $22 for this game.
San Diego Chargers vs Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium – Go ahead and throw out last weeks game, that had to be the most flawed NFL scheduling I have ever seen. The Chargers head to Arizona to take on a very good Cardinals team that just missed the playoffs last year. The Chargers have upgraded significantly in their secondary, adding Brandon Flowers and first round pick Jason Verrett, add the perennial All Pro Eric Weddle into the mix, and the Chargers secondary is no longer a point of weakness. We all know what the Chargers can do on offense led by Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen. Malcom Floyd also returns from a week 2 neck injury that put him on out for the season. The Cardinals on the other hand have gotten a little bit worse under their second year coach, losing Carlos Dansby, along with a couple other key contributors on defense. Carson Palmer will be a little bit better this year having been in the system for over 12 months now. Look for this game to be a shoot out, but I like the Chargers to take this game late. Monday Night Football tickets at University of Phoenix Stadium start at just $34.
So there you have it, the 3 games of the week. Green Bay vs Seattle, Atlanta vs New Orleans, and San Diego vs Arizona. There are plenty of other great games to watch too this week, and NFL tickets are going for as cheap if not cheaper here at SeatHound.
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