SCOUT'S HONOR: Dissecting Week 2 matchups

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Carolina at Tampa Bay

KEY QUESTION: What should we expect from in his first start for Carolina? There's no question quarterback Delhomme brings a certain spark to the Carolina offense. But the still rely heavily on to generate a consistent ground game. What the need from Delhomme is the ability to execute plays in the passing game when needed and avoid turnovers. Delhomme made a couple bad decisions with the football in the second half against Jacksonville. Delhomme is the type of quarterback who can't rely on being a gunslinger. Expect the same spark we saw against the , but needs to display more poise and make better decisions. That could be difficult if Tampa Bay generates a lot of pressure upfront this week. Their front four has a definite quickness advantage against the Carolina offensive line.

Washington at Atlanta

KEY QUESTION: Can Steve Spurrier open the season 2-0? That's a very good possibility. I like how ' wideouts and match up against the secondary. Coles has the ability to stretch the ' defense and can get the ball downfield. Coles and Gardner will do a lot of work over the middle of the field and should piece together a solid day through the air for Washington. I can see Spurrier creating a few more opportunities for tight end down the seam. The key for Ramsey is protecting the ball. The will come out aggressively and work to disrupt Ramsey's rhythm in the passing game.

Tennessee at Indianapolis

KEY QUESTION: What must the do to generate more offense? That's a no brainer — give the ball more often. James only rushed the ball 15 times last week against Cleveland. Tom Moore (offensive coordinator) needs to work more balance into their attack. James will be matched up against an active ' front seven that includes linebackers and . At the same time, the have the ability to utilize their multiple options in the passing game and attack Tennessee's depth. But will have to do a better job of locating his open receivers. Tennessee will likely have Sirmon and Bulluck work in zones to cut off open lanes that the like to exploit after the catch.

Houston at New Orleans

KEY QUESTION: Can Houston pull off a victory for the second straight week on the road? A lot of elements favor the here. New Orleans has more talent throughout their roster, but make a lot of mental mistakes and commit too many turnovers. I believe a lot of questions will be answered about the on Sunday. Houston is a fundamentally sound team that can capitalize on their mistakes, especially on the defensive side of the ball. and are very active stopping the run and will focus on . On the offensive side, Houston has enough speed in the passing game with rookie and to give the Texan defense some trouble.

Pittsburgh at Kansas City

KEY QUESTION: Can the rise to the challenge defensively against a flexible ' offense? The have more options in the passing game than San Diego and they¿ll give Kansas City's defense a lot of problems. I expect the to provide Kansas City more of a challenge with their versatile offense. and know how to outplay defenders for the ball. That's what they will do against Kansas City cornerbacks , , and .The did a good job upfront of protecting their secondary and shutting down run lanes. ' offensive line boss Russ Grimm will work to have his troops in gear to open some holes for against a more active ' front seven. ' left tackle will face a challenge from . San Francisco at St. Louis All eyes will be on the Rams' offense — especially at quarterback. But Mike Martz needs to get the ball in the hands of Marshall Faulk. Expect that to happen. 49ers' linebacker Jamie Winborn will shadow Faulk throughout the game. Winborn has the quickness to cover a lot of ground on the field in a short time. Detroit at Green Bay The Lions face more of a challenge this week. Mike McKenzie and Al Harris relish a physical matchup against rookie Charles Rogers. But it's the Lions' defense that could become exposed this week if Brett Favre and company find themselves in the passing game. Denver at San Diego The Chargers' defense faces another tough challenge. They didn't get enough production from their linebackers last week against Priest Holmes. Zeke Moreno was unable to cover enough ground laterally last week and that's something Clinton Portis sure will take advantage of for the Broncos. New England at Philadelphia What mindset will be present for both teams after disappointing games? Both offenses were beat at the line of scrimmage last week. That's something that could play into an advantage for the Eagles. The Eagles like to attack upfield and get after the quarterback. They'll work on getting after Tom Brady and force him to get rid of the ball quickly and create a few turnovers. Dallas at New York Giants Not enough people gave the Giants enough credit last week, but their defense has a new edge to it. Rookie William Joseph gives the new front four some much needed interior quickness. They played aggressively and completely disrupted the timing of the Rams' passing game. They'll get after Quincy Carter and force the Cowboys into turnovers. That was the biggest downfall for Dallas last week.
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