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NFL Preseason Schedule 2013: Breaking Down Best Matchups of Week 2

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 9: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens passes as he is hit by Sean Weatherspoon #56 of the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on August 9, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2013

Week 2 of the 213 NFL preseason is approaching fast, and the excitement surrounding the schedule of entertaining games has hardcore and casual football fans ready for action.

All of the following matchups will make this week every interesting and prepare NFL fans for the regular season that is approaching fast.

 

Full Week 2 Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 15TIME (ET)TV
Detroit at Cleveland7:30 p.m. 
Carolina at Philadelphia7:30 p.m. 
Atlanta at Baltimore7:30 p.m. 
San Diego at Chicago8:00 p.m.ESPN
Friday, Aug. 16TIME (ET)TV
Minnesota at Buffalo7:00 p.m. 
San Francisco at Kansas City8:00 p.m. 
Tampa Bay at New England8:00 p.m.FOX
Oakland at New Orleans8:00 p.m. 
Saturday, Aug. 17TIME (ET)TV
Dallas at Arizona4:30 p.m. 
Tennessee at Cincinnati7:00 p.m. 
Jacksonville at NY Jets7:30 p.m.NFL Network
Green Bay at St. Louis8:00 p.m. 
Miami at Houston8:00 p.m. 
Denver at Seattle10:00 p.m. 
Sunday, Aug. 18TIME (ET)TV
Indianapolis at NY Giants7:00 p.m. 
Monday, Aug. 19TIME (ET)TV
Pittsburgh at Washington8:00 p.m.ESPN

Schedule via NFL.com.

 

Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens

Thursday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET

The Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens are two of the most respected and talented teams in their respective conferences. With both trying to prepare for a Super Bowl run this season, Thursday’s game will be a great gauge for their readiness.

While these two teams faced very different fates in Week 1—Atlanta was blown out by the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-10, and Baltimore destroyed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 44-16—each will be allowing their starters to play a few more series than before.

That will result in a much more interesting first half.

Things will undoubtedly get out of hand once the second half starts and the backups take over, but for the first two quarters on Thursday, NFL fans could be treated to a Super Bowl preview between two serious championship contenders.

Prediction: Baltimore 17, Atlanta 16

 

Green Bay Packers at St. Louis Rams

Saturday, August 17 at 8 p.m. ET

The Green Bay Packers have an incredible amount of talent, but will have a hard time working the kinks out of the offense and defense as the team faces off against the vastly improved St. Louis Rams on Saturday night.

Green Bay is looking to get the Aaron Rodgers-led offensive unit playing well before the season starts, and competing against the tough defensive unit of the Rams will be the kind of test the franchise needs.

With an improved offensive line (signed free-agent Jake Long) and quarterback Sam Bradford developing into a star in the NFL, the Rams and Packers Week 2 battle is setting up to be a great game.

Prediction: Green Bay 27, St. Louis 24

 

Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins

Monday, August 19 at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

It has been far too long since the fans were treated to Monday Night Football, but fear not; it is officially back this week as the Pittsburgh Steelers square off against the Washington Redskins under the bright lights of national television.

The Steelers will be looking to get the new players acclimated to the team while finding the right fit for the positions where the team lost talent this offseason. With turnover on both sides of the ball, how QB Ben Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh play in Week 2 should be a good gauge of where the franchise is in terms of contending for a Super Bowl.

Washington has the same obstacles ahead of them, but won’t have the luxury of having top star and No. 2 overall pick last season Robert Griffin III on the field this preseason as he continues to recover from his knee injury.

While this won’t be the best game of the week, the fact that this meeting happens on a Monday night and every fan with cable can watch will make this one of the most talked about preseason games of 2013.

Prediction: Pittsburgh 24, Washington 17

 

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