NFL Week 2 Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers and 5 Teams That Need a Bounce-Back Win
Week One of the 2011 NFL season is over and we saw plenty of teams that came out and failed to live up to big expectations.
We saw four playoff teams from 2010 lose by 18 points or more. Is it time to worry for these teams? Probably not, unless you're the Indianapolis Colts.
We are only in Week Two with a lot of football to still be played. Here are the five teams that are in desperate need of a bounce-back win in Week Two.
5) Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys all but had a big Sunday night football win in the bag against the New York Jets prior to Tony Romo's two late turnovers and a punt block.
The Cowboys were the most impressive team on this list in Week One, as they lost on the road to a very tough Jets team by only three points.
In Week Two the Cowboys are on the road once again. They play at San Francisco, who won their opening game 33-17 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Expect the 49ers to play hungry while the Cowboys have to prove they can finish games out.
4) Kansas City Chiefs
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Kansas City got absolutely blown out in Week One at home against the Buffalo Bills 41-7.
After winning the AFC West in 2010, expectations were high for the Chiefs. According to espn.com, it was the Chiefs worst opening loss in team history.
The Chiefs could be higher on the list, but a Week Two victory in Detroit will be one heck of a task for the Chiefs.
To add insult to injury, starting safety Eric Berry has been lost for the season. Berry led the Chiefs in interceptions in 2010 and was second in tackles.
3) New Orleans Saints
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Drew Brees did nearly everything in his power to lead the Saints to a win against the Packers in Week One. In the end, the Packers walked away with a 42-34 win.
In Week Two, the Saints get yet another challenge in Chicago. The Bears are coming off a big win over Atlanta at home and have a lot to prove.
There are two concerns for the Saints in Week Two. Wide receiver Marques Colston will be out for the game against the Bears, which could be a big factor.
Another concern should be the Saints defense that got carved up by Aaron Rodgers. A lot of credit should go to Rodgers, but there are still some questions facing the Saints defense.
2) Atlanta Falcons
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Following a 13-3 season in 2010, expectations were through the roof for the Atlanta Falcons in 2011.
The Falcons were absolutely dominated by the Bears in Week One as they fell 30-12 on the road.
Chicago is a very talented team, but Atlanta simply was unable to do anything passing-wise until the game was out of hand.
Things only get tougher for the Falcons in Week Two as they face off against "The Dream Team" Philadelphia Eagles.
Luckily for the Falcons, the game is at home. Nonetheless, a bounce-back win in Week Two will be very difficult for the Falcons.
1) Pittsburgh Steelers
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After recording the same amount of turnovers as points (7) in Week One, a lot of focus will be on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week Two.
In what was supposed to be a close game with AFC North division rivals Baltimore, the Steelers were blown out 35-7.
Baltimore simply came out and played a much better game than the Steelers. Any time you turn the ball over seven times, you are shooting yourself in the foot and asking to lose.
The Steelers get what should be an easy Week Two matchup with the Seattle Seahawks at home. Seattle is coming off a 33-17 loss at San Francisco in Week Two.
Expect the Steelers to come out and take out some frustration on the Seattle Seahawks, who may be without both Robert Gallery and Sidney Rice.