Game of the Week: In a battle of surprise Division Leaders in the NFC expect the Panthers to have the upper hand with their tough defense, goes against a Cowboys offense has sputtered over the past 4 games.
The Problem: A Vikings team that has lost 4 straight after a 6-0 start. The Cure: Facing a Lions team that has lost 21 consecutive road games at the Metrodome. The Lions may keep it close but in the end the Vikings stop their streak, while the Lions close in on a dubious record.
After a 2-0 start the Bills are reeling as QB Drew Bledsoe is struggling badly. Facing the 8-2 Colts wont help as the Bills playoffs hopes crash and burn as they lose for the 6th time in 7 games.
Stinker of the Week: Despite a less then stellar record of 1-3 the Jets have played pretty well since the return of QB Chad Pennington. Facing a rebuilding Jaguars squad at home they will not need to settle for a moral victory as they get rewarded for their improved play with a win.
The Patriots continue to roll facing a depleted Texans team playing with a back up QB. Expect the Patriots defense to shut down the Texans all day as they complete the Texas two-step and improve to 9-2.
The Eagles have soared lately and found themselves in a first place tie, as Donovan McNabb is starting to salvage what started out as a lost season. However along the way every game has been close and a struggle and that will continue as they win on a FG in overtime.
The Browns found their offense last week as they exploded for 44 points against the Cardinals. In their first meeting against the Steelers, the Browns scored 33 points in Pittsburgh. This week they will add 5 more as they complete the sweep and burry the Steelers in last place.
Facing another elimination game the Packers finally stand strong at home as the climb above .500 behind the running of Ahman Green, against a 49ers team that historically has trouble at Lambeau.
The Seahawks have struggled on the road, but facing the Ravens who are trying to win without a QB, they should be able to win this won easily behind their defense, as the Ravens, will have trouble scoring again.
For the second week in a row the Broncos who are getting healthier each week have an easy opponent to practice against at home as they hardly break a sweat beating the hapless Bears.
In a classy move last week Kurt Warner told Coach Mike Martz to stick with Marc Bulger when the QB was struggling early Bulger rallied the Rams and adverted a QB Controversy. There will be no worries this week as the Rams win easily.
Upset of the Week: A week after upsetting the previously unbeaten Chiefs at home for their biggest win in 13 years, the Bengals suffer the natural let down losing to one of the worst teams in the NFL on the road where they have struggled all year.
A week after suffering their first loss the Chiefs should easily be able to bounce back in a big way by rolling over the Raiders, who have had to deal with a steroid scandal involving 4 players all week.
When this game first appeared on the schedule it was a highly anticipated battle among top premier teams. However with the injury to Michael Vick the Falcons season fell apart while the Titans have been as good as promised. Expect and easy win for the Titans.
For once wearing your sunglasses at night will not be considered strange, as the Dolphins break out their orange uniforms for the first time blinding the Redskins and enabling them to win their second straight.
In a battle of teams suffering disappointing 4-6 season expect the Buccaneers to respond well after the shocking release of Keyshawn Johnson by beating up on a Giants team that looks like it has all but given up on the season and their coach.