In this addition of MNF we actually have TWO games instead of the usual one game slate.
Let’s take a look at both games tonight.
New Orleans (1-0) @ Carolina (0-1) 7:15 PM EST
The first game of the evening features two teams in very different stages of their development.
For the Saints, they are in “win now” mode following the acquisition of Derek Carr, and boast the oldest team in the league in terms of average age.
For tonight’s game New Orleans is a -3 favorite.
That is in large part due to Carolina having a rookie QB in Bryce Young who is making his home debut.
The future of the franchise rest on Young’s shoulders and he will look to play better in week two after a sloppy week one performance.
Luckily for Carolina they do not lack talent on the defensive side of the ball, which should ensure this game remains competitive.
After that the major question will be if Bryce Young and company can put up enough points to give their team a chance.
Cleveland (1-0) @ Pittsburgh (0-1) 8:15 PM EST
Game number two features a rivalry with plenty of bad blood between the two teams.
Cleveland and Pittsburgh have had their fair share of battles in recent years, so expect more of the same tonight.
Cleveland comes in as -1.5 favorites following their strong win over Cincinnati in week one.
Cleveland has a defense that is among the best in the NFL and is led by Myles Garrett.
They will look to exploit a Steelers team with a reshaped offensive line and a young QB in Kenny Pickett.
This is the same Steelers team that got curb stomped in week one by the San Francisco 49ers to the tune of 30-7.
Pittsburgh will look to regroup following that embarrassing week one loss, and similar to the Panthers above they will have to rely on their defense.
Pittsburgh’s has a potent pass rush with T.J. Watt as the star player.
If they can limit Cleveland’s attack of Deshaun Watson and Nick Chubb then the Steelers may be able to pull off the upset.