Thoughts from Hispandrix
CAR@TB: Seriously, spare yourself from watching this. Despite this being a divisional clash, it should be fairly one-sided. Tampa has shown little to suggest that they can win a game. When your team hasn’t scored at least triple digits at this point (like the Jaguars), you’re in trouble. Panthers are playing far superior, and should win. Wonder if we get to see the ‘Fire Schiano’ Billboard.
DAL@DET: This game becomes much more important now that the Packers sit on top of the division with the Lions loss & Packers win last week. Enter the Cowboys, a team who is happily enjoying their back to back wins against divisional foes (Redskins, Eagles). Perhaps the most interesting part of this game is Megatron vs. Dez Bryant. Let’s not forget the 2011 game, where the Lions rallied back from 27-3 down (that’s not a typo) to win the game in the final 2 minutes 34-30. I’m liking the Lions to show up this Sunday, and throw the Cowboys off.
SF@JAC: Do I even have to? 49ers.
CLE@KC: Brandon Weeden, out. Jason Campbell, in. Horrible way to get back into things, facing the undefeated Chiefs at home. Their sack machine on defense should make it a horrible day for the Browns, and help KC move to 8-0.
MIA@NE: This potentially had the makings of a huge AFC East clash, but it’s not actually the Dolphins who are in strong contention to take the division this year (see the Jets). The Dolphins have been in a tailspin since starting the season 3-0, and now have to take on a Patriots team who just came off a bad loss that they are still going to be bitter about even after this game. The Pats have won the last 6 meetings against the Dolphins, and have only lost 2 out of the last 12 meetings overall. I wouldn’t want to be the Dolphins.
BUF@NO: As always, look for the Keys to the Game!
NYG@PHI: Philly had a golden opportunity to sit on top of the NFC East last week, but failed to produce anything that resembled an offense against Dallas last week. The Giants won their sloppy affair against the Vikings on Monday Night Football, and earned their first win of the season. Is it time to say the Giants are coming back? Not seeing it. The last time these two met a few short weeks ago, the Eagles handled them accordingly, as they won 36-21. Michael Vick left that game due to injury, and Nick Foles finished things out. It’s virtually a stalemate, as the Giants have lost 8 in a row on the road, and the Eagles have lost 9 in a row at home. Vick is poised to play, so I see the Eagles finally breaking their skid.
NYJ@CIN: This one got more interesting, as both of these teams were able to win last week by field goals. The Jets (4-3) travel to the Bengals (5-2). Geno Smith & the Jets look good one game, and struggle the next. while I’d like to think it should be fairly entertaining, I believe the Bengals will pull this one out, and if you don’t buy any of that, the Bengals are 3-0 at home. Plus, fill in the missing variable on the Jets track history: W, L, W, L, W, L, W.
PIT@OAK: Buy or sell? The Steelers have won back to back games over the Jets (who just beat the Patriots), and division rival Ravens. The Raiders had a bye, and all they did before that was beat the Chargers. I like the fact that the Steelers are feeding the ball to Le’veon Bell more, and with their sudden run attack, it makes them better. The defense is also looking much better. There’s little to say about the Raiders, even with Terrelle Pryor, I like Steelers here.
ATL@ARI: The Falcons won over the Bucs, and let one of the league’s lowest scoring teams put up 23 points on them. Something tells me that John Abraham may just haunt the Falcons all day. My upset senses are tingling.
WSH@DEN: Broncos just lost, and despite Manning’s ‘injury’, they’ll return to form against a dismal Washington defense.
GB@MIN: Josh Freeman starts, gets hurts, and turns the reigns back over the Christian Ponder. Adrian Peterson is questionable with a hamstring injury. What more do you need to suggest that Vikings have little chance in this 106th meeting? Packers won the previous matchup this season 24-10.
SEA@STL: When your front office thinks it’s a good idea to call up 44-year old retired Brett Favre to play quarterback for you, it means you are beyond desperate. It won’t matter who the Rams start, if it’s a divisional game, or primetime. This will be another snoozer on Monday Night Football. Seahawks.