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Petyon Hopes to Rebound, As Ravens Seek Redemption

Dear 2012 NFL season,
Slow down. I’m trying to savor you here.
Week two of the NFL is in the books and what a two weeks it has been.  I feel two things  have to be acknowledged: Chris Johnson has less rushing yards than his quarterback Jake Locker (who doesn’t have a whole lot himself), and Tim Tebow and I are tied in passing attempts currently.
All is right with the world.

HOUSTON TEXANS (2-0) @ DENVER BRONCOS (1-1)
After finishing 2011 on a sour note in the AFC divisional playoff game with T.J. Yates at quarterback against the Baltimore Ravens, the Texans look once again like a force to be reckoned with in the AFC with a healthy Matt Schaub back at the helm and, more importantly, a healthy Andre Johnson. They haven’t really been tested so far, however, as they beat up on the less than threatening Dolphins and Jaguars teams in weeks one and two by a combined 50 points.
As for the Broncos, a home victory against a tough Pittsburgh Steelers team in week one had more people riled up than karaoke night at Applebees. But week two brought the Broncos, and Peyton Manning for that matter, back to reality after losing to a much more balanced Atlanta Falcons team on Monday night. Manning’s three interceptions in the first quarter alone indicated as much and had everyone squinting hard at their television screens wondering if Brady Quinn snuck into Peyton’s uniform.  He’s still Peyton Manning, but that won’t be enough to sway me in what should be an electrifying match up.
Texans 31, Broncos 27

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-1) @ BALTIMORE RAVENS (1-1)
The Ravens carved up the Cincinnati Bengals defense in week one with a high powered offense. There is still one thing holding them back from the promise land, however. His name is Joe Flacco. Probably one of the most overrated quarterbacks in the NFL, Flacco was kind enough to blame the referees after the game rather than his subpar play (four turnovers.) It doesn’t get any easier in week three for Flacco and the Ravens.
You know that saying Any Given Sunday? Well, that’s what happened to the New England Patriots in week two of the NFL season against the Kevin Kolb-led Arizona Cardinals. There were a lot of things going in the Pats favor in this game. Home opener, playing Kevin Kolb, Beanie Wells, playing Kevin Kolb (I felt it needed to be repeated). Some things just can’t be explained. If the allure of an AFC Championship rematch doesn’t get Belichick’s juices flowing, I don’t know what will. I tend to think it will.
Patriots 38, Ravens 24
Shawn Ferris can be reached at sferris@spartans.ut.edu

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