Two teams that have gotten off to strong starts, thanks to their defense; at 4-0 the Titans have won with a back up QB in Kerry Collins while the 2-1 Ravens coming off an overtime loss in Pittsburgh have looked solid behind rookie QB Joe Flacco. Look for Flacco to rise up again as the Ravens returning home will have just enough to end the Titans winning streak.
I don’t know what the Chiefs drank before last week’s win over the Broncos, but I suspect its not available in Carolina. The Chiefs are a rebuilding team and despite breaking through last week, the way they played in their first three weeks is more of the reality then they did in beating the Broncos at Arrowhead. While the Panthers are a solid team that should contend for the playoffs.
Their was much rejoicing in old Detroit during the bye week as Lions fans celebrated like it was 1999 (the last time the Motor City Kitty Cats made the playoffs), as General Manager Matt Millen was finally fired after years of incompetence. Will that make the Lions magically a good team? No of course not the players Millen picked are still on the field and will get hammered by the Bears.
The Packers are limping into this one after losing two in a row, while QB Aaron Rodgers is a bit shaken up. The Falcons have played well at home, but on the road have looked like a team just in phase one of a rebuilding plan. Look for that trend to continue as the Packers return home and get back on track by beating the young Falcons.
The off week is just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Colts, who without their 4th Quarter comeback in Minnesota would be 0-3. That rough start has a lot to do with injuries and the lack of playing time Peyton Manning had in the preseason. An off week can get them settled and get them in sync as they should come out flying to easily beat the Texans on the road.
The Chargers better not sleep on this one or they will be feeling the same pain the Patriots did two weeks ago when they were stunned at home by the Dolphins. The Dolphins looked good in that game, but a bye week for them came at a bad time, as a young team off a win like that need to keep up the momentum. However, if Ronnie Brown has another strong game they can win, and they should at least cover the spread.
The Giants have historically struggled coming off the bye week. This time around they face another team coming off a bye, and a team that is flying west to east. Despite playing without the suspended Plaxico Burress the Giants can still win this game, but it will be a struggle all the way, and they may need overtime again to win by the slimmest of margins, against a Seahawk team that needs to find its groove.
After stumbling in Chicago last week, this game is almost a must win for the Eagles as they host the Redskins. The Redskins have looked sharp so far, especially with a win in Dallas last week. However, winning two tough division games on the road two weeks in row are very tough for even the best teams. Look for the Eagles to fly high.
After an awful loss in Kansas City, last week the Broncos return home and need to make a statement. Facing the Bucs they will do it as playing in Denver is tough for teams that play their once a year, but for the Buccaneers who have not been a mile high in years, it will be nearly impossible to expect them to win this one.
There must be something about the Bills, at 4-0 there last two wins which were both fourth quarter comebacks, came against teams that have since fired their head coach. No Ken Whisenhunt is not in trouble, but after two road losses on the east coast the Cardinals are glad to be back home in the desert where they will get back on track and upend the Bills erasing them from the list of unbeatens.
To quote Ralph Kramden, Chad Johnson has a Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig Mouth!! At 0-4 the Bengals should not be talking at all, especially as they get ready to play an angry Cowboys team coming off a loss. Old Ocho Cinco says he will kiss the Cowboys star if he scores a TD, he may get to kiss the Cowboys star, but the Cowboys will kick the Bengals ass and win in a blow out.
Coming off a rare loss and a bye week, expect the Patriots to be extra sharp as they fly out to San Francisco and take on the 49ers. Without Tom Brady this game will not be a blowout, but it will be hard to imagine the Patriots dropping two in a row to weaker teams in the NFL. Look for their defense to make the difference in this one.
The Steelers despite being 3-1 have looked out of sync, their running game is banged up and Ben Roethlisberger is being thrown around like he was still riding a motorcycle without a helmet. Look for that to continue as they face the Jaguars on the road on Sunday Night. Last year the Jags won twice in Pittsburgh so they know how to beat the Steelers and they will do it again.
The Saints pass defense is their weakness, while the Vikings passing game is theirs. Meanwhile the Vikings pass defense is not much better, but the Saints passing game behind Drew Brees is one of the best. Look for the Vikings frustrations to continue as Adrian Peterson is unable to dominate again, with the Vikings continuingly playing from behind, without a reliable quarterback to run the offense.