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This is a terrible matchup for the Broncos, who have a hobbled secondary. Manning must be frothing in anticipation.
So might be DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, who had two sacks apiece against the Giants and know the Broncos' pass protection has been shaky.
Tennessee (1-1) at New York Giants (1-1)
Vince Young gets benched and there's barely a peep out of him. Maybe the quarterback knew Titans coach Jeff Fisher would reinsert him as the starter this week -- Young led a sensational comeback in 2006 against New York.
Instead, it's the normally reserved Giants who have public tumult. RB Brandon Jacobs, upset about being a second-stringer, showed some of his frustration by unintentionally flinging his helmet into the Indianapolis crowd last Sunday night. He was fined $10,000.
Then safety Antrel Rolle, new to the Giants, blasted the team for a lack of leadership and for accepting defeat too easily.
Philadelphia (1-1) at Jacksonville (1-1)
So the QB job is Michael Vick's -- for now. He certainly earned it, and the Jaguars are vulnerable in all aspects of defense. WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are off to good starts for Philly, but the Eagles already have surrendered 12 sacks.
If Jacksonville doesn't shore up its secondary, this could be another ugly week. A weak pass defense in the AFC South is a recipe for a last-place finish.
San Diego (1-1) at Seattle (1-1)
Each of these teams has been ridiculously inconsistent through two games. Or maybe ridiculously consistent.
Both have won in routs at home, lost in pedestrian (or worse) showings on the road.
That should favor Seattle, but the Seahawks are vulnerable through the air. Chargers QB Philip Rivers has been rolling, with 15 straight games in which he's thrown a touchdown pass. One of his key helpers, rookie RB Ryan Mathews, has been bothered by a high ankle sprain.
Oakland (1-1) at Arizona (1-1)
Nowhere is the quarterback flux in the NFL more prevalent than with these teams. Two weeks into the season, newcomer Jason Campbell, who was compared to Jim Plunkett by Raiders owner Al Davis, has been benched for Bruce Gradkowski. In Arizona, Cardinals fans spoiled by the success of the last two years are combing the desert looking for Kurt Warner. Try "Dancing With The Stars," folks.
Cleveland (0-2) at Baltimore (1-1)
The Ravens rank second in total defense, not a good omen for the Browns, whose 20 points scored are third lowest in the NFL. Baltimore's offense can't find its rhythm, particularly QB Joe Flacco, who comes off a wretched four-interception performance, and RB Ray Rice, who has gained only 179 yards overall. That rhythm figures to come soon, perhaps this week.
Meanwhile, Ray Lewis and his defensive buddies are holding strong, although they've yet to grab an interception.
Cincinnati (1-1) at Carolina (0-2)
Few places have a bigger mess than Carolina, where coach John Fox is in the last season of his contract, he's switched from Matt Moore to rookie Jimmy Clausen at quarterback, and his vaunted two-pronged running game of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart ranks just 16th and has no TDs.
Cincinnati's offense hasn't exactly set the world atwitter, regardless of how much wideout buddies Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens tweet about their dynamism. Revitalized kicker Mike Nugent saved the Bengals last week with five field goals.
San Francisco (0-2) at Kansas City (2-0)
The Niners probably should have beaten the defending champion Saints last Monday night. Turnovers ruined them, including losing the ball inside the New Orleans 30 three times. That negated a pretty good effort by the defense, led by LB Patrick Willis, who is a force all over the field.
Now the 49ers get opportunistic Kansas City, which has been surprisingly staunch on run defense and, as expected, strong while running the ball with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones.
Washington (1-1) at St. Louis (0-2)
After losing close games to Arizona and Oakland, the Rams should feel frisky enough to test the Redskins. St. Louis faces the NFL's lowest-ranked defense, which is allowing nearly 390 yards through the air per week. Can top overall draft pick Sam Bradford find his unheralded receivers often enough to get a win?
And could Redskins QB Donovan McNabb be looking ahead to next Sunday's road game -- in Philadelphia?
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