The Bengals have actually played well despite their 1-4 record with close road losses to the Raiders, and Bills. While the Ravens 3-2 record has come against the weak underbelly of the NFL, which the Bengals are no longer part of, as a win Sunday will be a sign of improvement.
Upset of the Week: All of a sudden the Cowboys are the media’s darling off to a surprising 4-1 start. However there is still along way to go before they are for real as they are stunned by the Lions, who have beaten the Cowboys each of the past 2 years for 2 of their 6 wins since the start of the2001 season.
Vikings starting QB Daunte Culpepper returns to the starting line up while Broncos starter Jake Plummer misses his second straight game. Without Plummer the Broncos will not have a chance as the Vikings grab a stranglehold on the NFC North by improving to 6-0.
Even without Marshall Faulk the Rams offense is firing on all cylinders, while the Packers defense is looking very slow. Against the Rams quick receivers the Packers don’t have a chance as Mark Bulger passes close to 400 yards in an easy Rams win.
Even with the Marlins in the World Series this will be viewed as the big game this weekend in South Florida, as the Patriots hardly ever win in Miami and this year things won’t be any different as the Dolphins slide firmly into the driver’s seat of the race for first place in the AFC East.
Falcons backup QB Doug Johnson was unable to keep the team afloat while Mike Vick healed from a preseason leg injury, losing 5 straight games, so he was benched for third stringer Kurt Kitner. Kitner could not do any worse, and in fact does the job well as the Falcons beat the struggling Saints.
With the 2 preseason favorites in the NFC East struggling at 2-3 this game almost sets up as an elimination game. Despite losing last week the Eagles have shown signs of improvement while the Giants appear to be in real trouble as they can not hold on to the ball at all.
The Chargers continue to confound Coach Marty Schottenheimer as they fall to 0-6. However, they should be able to keep it close through out, and cover the spread against a mediocre Browns team.
Game of the Week: All good runs must come to an end eventually as for the Panthers the time is now as they suffer their first loss of the season, against a Titans team that looks like it is starting to hit is stride.
In a battle of two team that have lost 3 out of their last 4 games after 2-0 starts look for the Bills to keep their heads above .500 by beating the Redskins at home, as Bills legend Bruce Smith returns home for what will likely be his final game in Orchard Park with the Redskins.
Stinker of the Week: Coming off a solid win against the Bills last week, with QB Chad Pennington possibly return next week the Jets are in position to make another stunning comeback, and playing the Texans helps as the Jets win their 2nd straight.
With tears still streaming down Chicago fans’ faces the Bears don’t provide any relief as they are slaughtered in Seattle, with Chris Chandler taking over at QB for Kordell Stewart and not doing any better, as the combined total of the score will equal 58, the number of years since Cubs last World Series.
T.O. will stand for ticked off as the Buccaneers smothering defense frustrates the 49ers passing game all day in a blow out by the bay, following the game Owens will launch into another tirade blaming his teammates for his dropped passes and fumbles, saying he can’t do everything.
When these two rivals meet you can throw out the records, and for the Raiders you almost have to, as a loss here will likely finish the defending AFC Champions. However at home on Monday Night things are set up perfectly for the Raiders to hand the Chiefs their first loss.