What would have happened, on February 2 in MetLife Stadium, had the Seattle Seahawks not made the fastest-scoring start to any Super Bowl ever? If the Denver Broncos hadn’t allowed Percy Harvin to strut the second half’s kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown? If Super Bowl XLVIII was just closer in general?
Well as quick as week three of the new NFL season some of those questions may well be answered as the pair square off in a rematch.
Find out which way we think it’ll swing in our run down of the weekend’s televised action:
Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions
The two leading receivers of the season will share Ford Field, as the Packers’ Jordy Nelson (292 receiving yards) visits the Lions and Calvin Johnson (247).
Of the two it’s Johnson who is more likely to score, considering he has 12 touchdowns in as many outings against the Packers and has two through the opening two weeks of 2014.
Bet: Johnson to score at anytime @ 2/5
Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks
This will be the sixth time that Super Bowl participants will meet in the following regular season. So far the team that won the “Big One” also leads the rematch mini-series 3-2.
Seattle are a force wherever they play, but at home they are almost irrepressible. In their last 19 home games the Seahawks have lost just one and thrashed the well-fancied Packers last time they were there.
Bet: Seahawks to win @ 3/7
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Carolina Panthers
Without defensive end Greg Hardy, who is one of the many NFL players currently experiencing legal predicaments, Carolina coped superbly last week. They forced three turnovers for the second consecutive outing on their way to a 2-0 record.
With the ball, the Panthers’ QB Cam Newton is unlikely to lose it. Not only are the Black Cats one of four teams yet to commit a turnover, but they face one of three yet to force one.
Bet: Panthers (-3.5) to win @ 19/20