So you want to watch some sports this week but don’t know what you should keep your eye on? Well here is the Sports To Watch Series!
This week is a football week, in more ways than one. But we don’t just mean the gridiron. Here are our top five things you should watch this week!
1. The U.S. Women’s National Team takes on Haiti
Time: Thursday, September 17 at 7p.m.
Channel: Fox Sports 1
While a majority of people expect the U.S. Women’s National Team, a team that is coming off a third World Cup Championship, to run roughshod over the Haiti National Team, this game will be good regardless. This game is also worth mentioning because it is in my hometown of Detroit, so yeah I’m being a bit of a homer. Sorry.
2. The NFL second week of football kicks off with an AFC West rivalry clash
Time: Thursday September 17 at 8:25p.m.
Channel: NFL Network/CBS
While I would say this game is important because of the fact that Denver is coming into a divisional rival’s home and face a very game Kansas City Chiefs team, and a Denver loss could mean more in the division, the situation could be so much more. I hate being so definite in the second week of a new season, but Denver needs this game badly. Denver barely got past a very good Baltimore Ravens team, and the biggest thing we all saw was that Denver was under a lot of pressure and Peyton Manning, a touchdown machine, did not throw one touchdown. If Kansas City repeats what they did in Houston against Denver in the Chiefs home opener, then the Broncos and Peyton Manning are going to have a tough season.
3. The third week of College Football contains big rivalry games including a California battle
Time: Thursday, Sept. 17- Sept. 19
Channel: ABC, CBS, ESPN, and Fox Sports 1
Last weekend we had some great games. Michigan got its first win in the Harbaugh Era against Oregon State, Michigan State beat Oregon to help complete the “State of Oregon Sweep” and Virginia pushed Notre Dame to the absolute brink. This week we get some good games as a hurt but powerful Notre Dame plays Georgia Tech. Can the Fighting Irish bounce back after losing Malik Zaire for the season against a game Georgia Tech? We also have Louisville, as they start conference play as they take on No. 11 Clemson. Will Louisville shock the ACC conference by beating the Clemson Tigers or will Clemson give Louisville its third loss this season? We also have Nebraska playing its out of conference rival in Miami. These two programs have produced great draft talent, so it’ll be interesting see who shines in this game.
Two big games take place in the SEC as Auburn plays LSU and Alabama takes on Ole Miss. These two games are important as Auburn looks to bounce back after beating Jacksonville State by the skin of their teeth, and Alabama is trying to avoid a upset against a Ole Miss team using the blowout of the 2015 Peach Bowl as motivation. Our big game of the week is USC vs Stanford, as a determined USC looks to beat one of their in-state rivals while trying to crack into the top 4 in the College Football Playoff.
4. The second Sunday of the NFL season is filled with four big rivalry games
Time: Sunday, September 20 from 1:00 to 7:00p.m.
Channel: Fox and CBS (coverage depends on game in your area)
While last Sunday was filled with great games, this deserves not one but two spots on the things to watch this week( stay tuned). This Sunday we have multiple rivalry matches in the NFL, and thats before we get to the Sunday Night Football game.
First, we have an NFC South rivalry game as Tampa Bay heads to the Crescent City to take on the New Orleans Saints. Both teams are looking to bounce back after disappointing losses. Will Jameis Winston prove why he was drafted number one overall or will the “Who-Dat” Nation see there boys bring a win in their home opener.
Next, we have the Detroit Lions taking on bitter NFC North rival Minnesota in Minnesota. Both teams are looking to bounce back after disappointing losses, and want a win so that they can not only keep up with division leading Green Bay, but make the claim that they are a future Wild Card Playoff team.
Heading East, we have not one but two big games in the Eastern divisions of both conferences. In the AFC side of the east, Buffalo, a team that dismantled a Super Bowl favorite Indianapolis Colts look to keep that momentum going when reigning Super Bowl champions New England Patriots come into Buffalo. The NFC side will not be without its rivalry as Dallas comes to the city of brotherly love and take on the Philadelphia Eagles. After the disappointing loss to Atlanta on Monday Night Football, will Chip Kelly be able to bounce back against a Cowboys team that is without star receiver Dez Bryant?
5. The Second NFL Sunday ends with a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship
Time: Sunday, September 20 at 8:30p.m.
While this game isn’t the Monday Night Football game of the week, it deserves to be. This game could, for all intents and purposes, be the deciding factor of the NFC as both teams are picked to make it to the conference game. Can Seattle bounce back after losing an overtime game to St. Louis or will Green Bay finally exact some revenge on the Seahawks after losing to the 12th man not once, but twice last season? Both teams are looking to not only control their respective divisions but the entire conference.
Well those are the top 5 of this week, enjoy the sports and remember to come back next Tuesday to see what you should be checking out for next week!