Week 2 was rather uneventful for WVUPros. Bruce Irvin notched his first sack of the season, and Don Barclay got the start for the Green Bay Packers in a Mountaineer showdown in prime-time on Sunday night.
Besides that, there was not much noise for the Mountaineers. Monday night saw Ryan Fitzpatrick put a firm grip on the New York Jets Quarterback job, leading to Jets head coach Todd Bowles announcing that Geno Smith would be the backup upon his return.
With two weeks of the NFL season in the books, we are getting a feel for how teams will use their players. Now, it’s time to look ahead to Week 3.
1. Rams vs. Steelers
This match-up will include four WVUPros, with Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey suiting up for the Rams, and Will Johnson and Terrence Garvin representing the Steelers on Sunday at 1:00 PM ET (CBS).
The Rams will look to bounce back after a poor showing against the Redskins last week. St. Louis should look to Austin, their play maker, early to bust open a big play and get the Rams going.
With news that Todd Gurley hopes to play, he could take a few touches away from the two players, ad the Rams look to pound the ball more often.
For Pittsburgh, Will Johnson continue his role as the lead blocker for Pittsburgh’s abundance of backs. Garvin will play a key role in the Steelers special teams, and could look to help out on defense when his number is called.
2. JT Thomas
Arguably the most overlooked WVUPro, Thomas starts at linebacker for the New York Giants tonight in a prime-time match-up with the Washington Redskins on Thursday night (8:25 ET CBS/NFL Network).
Thomas has totaled 12 tackles in his first two games with the Giants, and will look to stop a potent Washington ground attack.
The Redskins have dominated teams up front and controlled the line of scrimmage in their first two games, so Thomas can expect to have his nose in on a lot of tackles.
If the Redskins continue their domination of line scrimmage, it will be up to the Giants linebackers to stop the Washington ground game.
3. Bruuuuuce Watch
With Kam Chancellor returning to the Seahawks, Bruce and the Seattle defense will play with an extra chip on their shoulders this week to avoid an 0-3 start.
The Seattle defense will play fast and fly all over the field against a Chicago offense that will be missing Jay Cutler, and Jimmy Clausen is a lower-tier backup quarterback. The former Notre Dame star is not the most fleet of foot, so he could make for easy prey for Irvin.
The Seahawks will be playing their first game at home, and Irvin will be all over the field playing for one of the best defenses in the game.
The Seattle defense should return to their dominant play, and Irvin will be a key cog in their scheme.
Kickoff for this game is at 4:25 ET on Sunday (CBS).