A game to give one team the right to keep talking like they just might be the best happens in week 2 of the NFL season between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown stadium at 1 pm, on Sunday September 14. The game can be watched online via live stream below (free with subscription), or on the Fox Television network.
Devin Hester, the return man for the Falcons, and Adam Jones, the return man for the Bengals, have already started spouting off about who is the best, so no doubt, both of them will come ready to do their best. Both are talented athletes and have the potential to change the game.
Really, the two teams are very solid, and this may turn into one of the season's best games. The likeness may have started with the kick returners, but it continues in other positions, as well. Julio Jones for the Falcons and A.J. Green for the Bengals, are two of the best receivers in the league. And at quarterback, Matt Ryan threw for 448 yards against the Saints last week, going 31 for 43, while Andy Dalton threw for 301 yards, going 25-38.
On the defensive side of the ball, Cincinnati's Vontaze Burfict is a beast. He led the league in tackles last year, and last Sunday he stripped the ball away from Bernard Pierce and was instrumental in limiting the Raven's offense. Jones, who is not just a kick returner, must do work at his cornerback position, too, and how he handles the Falcons stellar receiving core will be fundamental. Also, If safety Reggie Nelson has a big game, then the Bengals just might have a shot to win.
For Atlanta's defense, they are going to need to keep coming up with forced turnovers, like William Moore provided in overtime of the opener. He forced a fumble and it led to the game-winning field goal. The Falcons will also be leaning on their coverage guys on defense, as they have not been able to generate a lot of pass rush so far. Cornerback Desmond Trufant will have to pull out all the stops, because he is matched up with Green, and will need to shut down the Bengals' star receiver if the Falcons are going to win.
To catch the game online, you can check out NFL Sunday Ticket. If you want to listen on the radio, the Falcons broadcast on ESPN 790 AM and the Bengal broadcast on ESPN 1530 AM. The game will be on the Fox Television Network with a 1 pm EST kickoff.