Brady Quinn it’s your turn. After two years on the bench, the first round pick in 2007 out of Notre Dame finally gets his chance to start for the Browns. The Broncos provide the perfect foil for Quinn, as the Denver secondary has struggled all year. Look for Quinn’s debut in primetime Thursday to be a success as the Broncos slip below .500.
This one has shoot out written all over it. Drew Brees is having a MVP type year with the Saints, while Matt Ryan is an early favorite for Rookie of the Year in Atlanta. Look for another big game by both quarterbacks, as the Saints secondary is their Achilles heel, costing them a crucial game on the road.
The Titans may be 8-0, but most of those wins have been in very close games. They are due for a loss, and going into Chicago that loss will come this week. Look for it to be a defensive battle, with the Bears defense holding the Titans running game in check, as the Bears nip the Titans by a field goal.
The Jaguars from the start of the season have been ravaged by injuries, as high expectations have fizzled. Last week the Jaguars were the first team this year to lose to the Bengals. This week they become the first team to lose to the Lions. Look for Daunte Culpepper to see some action as the Lions look toward 2009 with a new QB.
The game that was originally supposed to be played in Week 2 finally gets played with the Texans sitting in better shape then they did in September. Look for the Texans to play the home dog well, beating the Ravens.
After a 1-15 season last year, the Dolphins are a win away from climbing above .500, and a game out of first in the AFC East. The turnaround has in a single word been stunning, as they have beaten some good teams along the way. This week its a beat up team in the Seahawks who never play good coming in East, expect the Seahawks to feel jet lagged again as the Dolphin get their fifth win.
This is a rematch of an opening week match up, in which Aaron Rogers has a successful debut for Green Bay. This rivalry tends to be a home and home series, with the home team winning each game. With this week’s game in Minnesota, look for the Vikings to come up the winner in a crucial game between 4-4 teams.
After losing to the Dolphins and Jets the last two weeks, the Bills face a must win in Foxboro. The Pats themselves also need the game as they sit in a three-way jumble for first place in the AFC East. Look for a big game from Trent Edwards against the Patriots soft secondary as the Bills get back on track.
With a showdown with the Patriots in four days, the Jets have to be on the look out for a let down against the Rams. Look for the game to be a struggle as the Rams give the Jets a fight. However, in the end gang green will find a way to win the game with a late field goal.
Last week against the Falcons at home, the Raiders laid a big rotten egg, as they were not only shut out; they were able to get just two first downs. Look for the Panthers another NFC South team come into Oakland and deliver a similar beat on the silver and black.
At 4-4 the Colts have been out of sync all year, needing two big comebacks just to hold a .500 record at the season’s midpoint. One of these weeks this team will find itself, and I have a feeling it will happen it Pittsburgh as the Steelers may be without Ben Roethlisberger.
The Chiefs are horrendous, blowing an 18-point lead last week against the Buccaneers at home. However a 15 point underdog against an underachieving Chargers team? Are you kidding me? This spread is too big to pass up, look for the Chargers to win but the Chiefs to cover the ridiculous spread.
The Eagles have a chance to get right in the middle of the race for the NFC Eastern Division with a win against the first place Giants. If the Giants win, big blue can get a stranglehold of the division. Look for the Eagles to use the home field advantage and get the win, as the Giants though a good road team, face an almost impossible situation going down to Philadelphia on Sunday Night.
At 5-3 the Cardinals are far in front of a bad flock of teams in the NFC West. If things break right they could grow that lead even more. Look a big game by Kurt Warner as Arizona hosts Monday Night Football with a first place team. Meanwhile Mike Singletarry seeing dropping his pants dose not work tries to see if removing his short at halftime works.