Which games can you see on free-to-air TV this week? Check out our complete previews here!Week 1 is in the books, and what a ripper it was! From the Broncos destroying the Ravens, to the Jets eking out a win against Tampa Bay, and even Carolina putting up a fight against the Seahawks, there was plenty of entertainment on offer. You can expect more of that on Channel One this week, as we head into Week 2. Don't forget to check out our complete TV guide here. -
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore RavensWhen and where: Monday September 16, MT&T Bank Stadium, Maryland Coverage: LIVE on Channel One, 3:00 AM AEST Our first matchup of the week takes us into the AFC North division, where the Reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (0-1) will attempt to rebound from their thumping at the hands of the Broncos last week by taking on a Cleveland Browns team which hasn’t seen the playoffs in 11 years. The Ravens were lit up by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in week one, and to be frank, looked completely terrible in the process. Key members of their defence forgot how to cover and tackle properly, and QB Joe Flacco looked a far cry from the "elite” passer who signed a six-year, $120 million contract during the offseason. They have a shot at redemption against what is at this stage an average Browns team, however the whole team will need to lift it’s game in order to achieve that. Cleveland are a team which, on paper, has a lot of potential, however they failed to put in a strong performance in a week one loss to the Miami Dolphins. While the defence put up a solid effort, the offence failed to get going, with QB Brandon Weeden throwing three interceptions to just one touchdown, and RB Trent Richardson only managing 47 yards on 13 carries. Richardson is perhaps the most talented player in their roster, and it will be crucial for their success to get him going. Watch out for: The Ravens’ pass defence was horrendous in week one, and while Weeden is no Peyton Manning, he can still throw a football. Brown’s off season trade acquisition Davone Bess sits atop the depth chart at Wide Receiver, and had a solid performance in week one. Look for him to make a statement this week. Final word and prediction: Maybe the sky is falling for Baltimore, and maybe it’s not; nonetheless, I’m tipping their woes to continue this week, with Cleveland pulling off an upset win on the road. Cleveland win 24-21.
Denver Broncos @ New York GiantsWhen and where: Monday September 16, Metlife Stadium, New York Coverage: LIVE on Channel One, 6:15 AM AEST For your entertainment, our second game of the day is the highly anticipated Manning Bowl! Only the third time Peyton and Eli have met during their careers, Peyton will attempt to make it three from three as his Denver Broncos (1-0) journey to New York to take on the New York Giants (0-1) The Broncos are fresh off a 49-27 drubbing of the Baltimore Ravens, and deservedly sit atop a large percentage of the power rankings that came out of Week 1. QB Peyton Manning was at his best, throwing an NFL record tying seven TD passes, and despite giving up 27 points, Denver’s defence played a fairly strong game. This team is geared to win, and it will be hard for any team to slow them down. The hot and cold New York Giants find themselves off to a slow start to the season after a back and forth loss to the Dallas Cowboys. QB Eli Manning bounced around like a tennis ball, throwing four TD passes and three Interceptions, and the Giants as a whole combined for six turnovers, two of which were returned for touchdowns. They already have their work cut out for them against this high powered Broncos outfit, so turnovers will need to be drastically cut down on if they want any hope of winning. Watch out for: Wes Welker. Again. The new addition to the Broncos receiving corps reeled in 9 catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns last week, and I expect another strong performance this week as well. Final word and prediction: Anything is possible when the Giants are playing, however this Broncos team will be too hard for them to contain. Peyton will go 3-0 in the battle of the brothers. Denver win 35-24.
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle SeahawksHere we have a ripper of a showdown, with two of the league’s best teams going head to head in what will be a tight NFC West contest. The San Francisco 49ers (1-0) got their offence rolling in Week 1, but will have their work cut out for them versus a stingy Seattle Seahawks’ (1-0) defence in Week 2. San Francisco narrowly managed to come out with a win against the Green Bay Packers last week, with an offensive shootout in which QB Colin Kaepernick threw for a personal best 412 yards. Against a patchy Packers defence, Kaepernick’s performance didn’t come as too much of a surprise, however it is unlikely he will enjoy the same success again this week against a very tight Seahawks defence. As for their own Defence, San Francisco will want to get back to the unit that allowed just 273 points (17 .1 PPG) in 2012. The Seahawks had a bumpy game in Week 1, almost going down to a middle of the road Carolina Panthers team before QB Russell Wilson wove a little of his magic and put up a fourth quarter touchdown for the game’s winning score. Defensively, Seattle are looking great, however while Wilson managed good numbers (25/33, 320 yards),12 points is not enough, and their offence will need to turn in a much stronger performance if they want any chance of knocking of the reigning NFC champions this week. Watch out for: San Francisco’s defence will want to atone for giving up 28 points in Week 1, and after notching 1.5 sacks against the Packers, LB Aldon Smith will be on the warpath once again. Look for him to harass Russell Wilson all day, and potentially notch a couple more sacks on the way. Final word and prediction: This will be a very tightly closely contested game, however I think the 49ers are still the stronger team, and will manage to hold the Seahawks off. San Francisco win 21-17. - There you have it, a fantastic line-up of games to kick off the week. How do you think they will go down? Let us know in the comments section below!