Two teams entering a Thursday Night match up struggling badly, as the 49ers after a strong start have lost four in a row, while the Bears defense has been scorched in two of their last three games. Thursday games typically give the home team an advantage and this won’t be any different, as the Bears defense continues to look for answers while the 49ers finally get rewarded for a strong effort.
Typically the Falcons have trouble winning in Carolina. While the Falcons still have a slight chance at the division title and are in good shape for the Wild Card, the Panthers are on playoff life support. The Panthers, who do have a strong pass defense have played better as of late and did lead the Saints in the first half last week, this week they get the job done and keep their faint postseason hopes alive by upsetting the Falcons.
Last week the Buccaneers finally got off the snide with an upset of the Packers at home, wearing their old school creamsickle jerseys. This week they head south and face a Dolphins team that likely needs to run the table to make the playoffs. Despite Josh Freeman’s strong start last week, it will be hard to imagine him winning on the road, while the Dolphins wild cat should be able to confound the young Bucs defense.
The Lions have won 2 of their last 32 games. There is no way to sugarcoat that one. They just plain stink. The Lions actually led 17-0 last week in Seattle, but imploded as Matt Stafford was picked off five times. Against the Vikings who have posted a 7-1 record they have no shot of even keeping it close, look for an easy day for Brett Favre, and the Vikings defense to smother the Lions offense.
The Jets after a strong start have sputtered losing four of their last five games, coming out of a bye week they face a must win as they host the Jaguars. With the struggles of David Garrard the Jags have been a bit one dimensional on offense this season, as Maurice Jones-Drew has had to carry them at times. The Jets defense is strong enough to stop Drew, and their offense should be able to put up enough points for the home win.
In Week 3 the Bengals stunned the Steelers with a last minute win. Since then the Steelers have won five in a row, while the Bengals have been the surprise of the league. Now in Pittsburgh the Central Division is on the line with both teams sitting at 6-2. The spread seems too high, as the Bengals have been in every game this year, but it will be hard to imagine them sweep the champs. Look for the Steelers to have just enough defense to hold off the Bengals this time.
Hide the women and children this one is going to get ugly fast. The Saints defense has scored six touchdowns, the Rams offense is prone to giving up TDs, so the question is not will the Saints score on defense, but how many times. On offense the Saints should be able to solve the Rams defense, and stay unbeaten as the Rams despite their win over the Lions are still a UFL team in a NFL uniform.
The Titans have won two in a row with Vince Young as their Quarterback. Playing the Bills at home they should be able to make it three in a row. The true key to the game is Chris Johnson, who has excelled in the last two weeks. The Bills offense meanwhile leaves allot to be desired, meaning if the Titans keep their mistakes at a minimum it should be an easy win.
The Broncos after a 6-0 start have lost their last two games against two of the strongest defenses in the NFL. The Redskins have a solid defense in their own right, but their offense is among the worst in the NFL, and at times the struggles have hurt the defense. Look for the Broncos to bounce back with a solid road win, as Jim Zorn hears the boos again.
In Week 2 the Raiders won an ugly game in Kansas City. Expect much of the same in the rematch in Oakland, as both teams offenses leave allot to be desired. The Raiders defense does have some solid players and should make the difference in what promises to be an unwatchable game between two teams spinning their wheels.
The Cardinals have struggled at home this season losing three of four in the desert. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are winless on the road and have already been taken to the woodshed once by the Cardinals. If the Cards win this game they could get a strangle hold on the NFC West. They should win it and they will win it, but the Seahawks defense is not that bad and should be able to keep the game in shouting distance.
The Cowboys are flying high coming off a big Sunday Night win that gave them control of the NFC East they seem to be firing on all cylinders. Meanwhile, the Packers are scuffling coming off a horrible loss to the Buccaneers. Easy choice here the Cowboys will win right? Wrong. The Cowboys are due for a stinker, and the Packers need to stop the bleeding. Coming home to Lambeau Field is just the right tonic, as they try to get back on track.
After a slow start the Chargers seem to be hitting their stride as they come home off a dramatic win in the Meadowlands over the Giants. Facing another NFC East powerhouse they have their work cut out for them. However, it may depend what Eagles team shows up. If the one from two weeks ago that slaughtered the same Giants they may have trouble stopping the Eagles offense. In the end playing at home should deliver the Chargers a win in a close exciting game.
The Colts may be undefeated, but they are scuffling. Last week they dodged a bullet as Kris Brown’s Field Goal sailed left. This week on Sunday Night against the Patriots they won’t be as fortunate, as their injuries will finally catch up with them against the Pats. Tom Brady seems to be hitting his stride meanwhile and should be able to take advantage of the Colts banged up secondary.
Monday Night Football is going to have a different feel this week, as HanK Williams Jr. has trouble gathering up enough Rowdy Friends to make his opening. Seems they don’t want to watch this one either. Hopefully, Gruden, Jaws, and Tirico have enough material to keep everyone watching awake, as this game will be as bad as advertised no matter who starts at Quarterback for the Browns.