Ladies and Gentlemen, it is Thursday which means it is time to kick off another glorious week of the NFL and preview what’s ahead for the former Cats in Week Two.
There are no NFL Cats in primetime this week, with every game being played in the 1-4 p.m. window on Sunday. However, 10 of the 12 former Wildcats will be playing at home Sunday which should bode well, especially after the majority of Wildcats struggled in Week One.
Here is your Cats in the NFL schedule for Week 2:
Let’s get to it.
Danny Trevathan will try to look better in his second game back after his season-ending elbow injury, this time against premier rusher Saquaon Barkley. The no good, terrible, very bad Giants offensive line only allowed Barkley to reach six yards in Week One, so this should be a game for Trevathan and the stout Bears defense to bounce back against one of the league’s best running backs. I like the Bears to improve to 2-0 in this one.
We don’t need to dwell over Mike Edwards play in Week One, however, I would consider it a success to see him on the field and make a play or two against the Panthers in their home opener.
It is unclear if Avery Williamson will see the field on Sunday. He was on IR last week with a hamstring injury and is still listed as questionable as of right now. If Williamson is able to go on Sunday, that would be paramount for the Jets defense as they try to stop a prolific 49er rushing attack.
Benny Snell and Bud Dupree
The two stars of Week One belong to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Benny Snell outperformed Melvin Gordon, Saquon Barkley, and Derrick Henry in Week One while breaking out as quite possibly the best running back in the Steeler backfield. Bud Dupree wreaked havoc on that poor O-line of the Giants. I expect Dupree to have just as much of an impact against a Bronco team that struggled to muster points against Tennessee in Week One, and he’s going to be facing Drew Lock. If there are two things I’ve learned, a quarterback should fear an edge rusher in a contract year, and Kentucky players own Drew Lock.
Conversely, I am still all in on the Benny Snell sweepstakes, but this might not be the week from him. He goes up against a Denver defense that held last season’s rushing leader, Derrick Henry, to 3.7 yards a carry and stopped him on the goal line three times in Week One. Not to mention, since the start of 2019 the Broncos defense has only allowed seven touchdowns which is tied for the fourth fewest.
But, Benny Snell is good at proving people wrong, so I hope he proves me wrong and solidifies himself as the top guy in the Steel City.
Josh Allen and Minshewmania roll on into the Music City in Week Two after upsetting the Colts. Everyone pegged the Jaguars to be dead last in the league in 2020, but they can get frisky against the AFC runner-ups. It’s a divisional opponent that struggled against the Broncos in Week One, so if the Jags want to get sneaky here they absolutely can, but I still like Tennessee here.
This game will be a big test for Josh Allen and the Jaguars defense as they go up against Derrick Henry, who has traditionally TORCHED the Jaguars defense.
If Josh Allen can get in that backfield on Sunday, it will quite literally be an unstoppable force against an immovable object. I’m so excited just thinking about it.
I expect yet another big week from Big Z, this time I think it shows up in the box score. They typically struggle against the run, but I don’t see a threat in the Lions backfield to worry about, and I believe Za’Darius and that pass rush gets home for a few sacks.
The Packers are on their revenge tour; they roll in Week One.
I doubt we will see any time from Stenberg who was on IR in Week One. He is still in question for Sunday.
Lynn Bowden Jr.
The same is true for Lynn Bowden, expect his playing time is not contingent on a personal injury. With no preseason and only two weeks with the Dolphins offense, it could be a considerable amount of time before we see Bowden get legitimate action. Luckily for Bowden, Devante Parker is out with a minor injury, so he will move up the depth chart at least a spot against the Bills.
Don’t sleep on the Arizona Cardinals in 2020. They take on the Washington Football team Sunday, which bodes well for Arizona. I expect the Cardinals to move into 2-0 to start the season in the brutal NFC West.
Randall Cobb and Lonnie Johnson
It was a lackluster Week One for both of our Wildcats down in H-town. Lonnie Johnson split time in the secondary and Cobb was only targeted three times on the Thursday night opener. They will take on one of the best teams in the AFC in the Baltimore Ravens. It will be interesting to see how Cobb, Johnson, and the Texans respond after a flat opener.
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