After the NFL lockout, defenses will continue to be playing catchup to opposing offenses over the coming weeks. The second week of the NFL season should see some defenses struggle once again as they are over-matched by the offensive firepower lining up across from them.
Here are a few defenses that will really struggle to cope in Week 2:
The loss of Jon Beason for the season is huge for the Panthers. Dan Connor is solid, but not anywhere near on the level of Beason. This significantly hurts the Panthers as their front seven was already in trouble after losing Ron Edwards in preseason.
The Panthers linebacking corp will still be good but without a stronger pass rush, they will get destroyed by the Green Bay Packers. Most elite defenses will struggle to cope with the Packers. The Panthers defense isn't even elite so the outcome could be difficult to watch.
Kansas City Chiefs
After being blown out at home against the Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs travel to face the Detroit Lions this week. The Lions had a great day offensively against the Buccaneers last week. Matthew Stafford had a big day without relying on Calvin Johnson completely.
Stafford showed that he could bring his tight ends into the game as well as proving he and Nate Burleson have a connection. Expect huge games from Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew with Eric Berry out for the season and the Chiefs' pass rush looking non-existent.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking to make a statement this week after taking such a serious beating last week. The Ravens forced seven turnovers and limited the Steelers to seven total points. However, the Seahawks don't have the talent that the Ravens have.
With Tarvaris Jackson likely struggling to sustain drives and giving up a few turnovers to an angry defense; The Seahawks defense will spend a lot of time on the field in poor positions. It's unlikely that the Steelers produce so little two weeks in a row.