No matter what happens with the Bengals this year it is a close game, as they have had dramatic last minute wins over the Steelers and Ravens, while needing overtime to beat the lowly Browns. Expect another close one for the cardiac cats, as the Texans are a good team that often seems to just fall short, as they will again this week.
At 2-2 the Packers need to get going now if they expect to be a factor in the NFC North race, as the Vikings and Bears are both off to solid starts. Off a bye week the Lions provide an excellent springboard. Look for a strong game from Aaron Rodgers as the Packers win easily.
Last week the Jaguars were shredded, dipped in butter and fried by the Seahawks on the road. Coming home this week they get to feast on lamb chops. The Jaguars are struggling to sell tickets at home, as all games may be blacked out. Meanwhile in St. Louis, Rams fans fish they could get all games blacked out even their road games. Expect the Rams to allow at least one defensive touchdown as they get blitzed again.
Last week for the first time in 39 games the Ravens defense allowed someone to rush for 100 yards against them; Adrian Peterson of the Vikings is capable of making it two in a row. However, I expect the Ravens coming off two straight frustrating losses to be out to make a statement. Look for them to key on Brett Favre, and force him to make the big mistake, which allows the Ravens to get a big upset win on the road.
Both teams come in unbeaten and looking like they could have real Super Bowl aspirations. This very well could be a preview of the NFC Championship Game. It’s hard sometimes to find who has the edge when two teams this good meet, often it is decided by who is healthier, and the Saints coming off a bye certainly are that team as Giants QB Eli Manning will have a big test with his plantar fasciitis, while the Giants secondary will also be tested by Drew Brees.
Last week Browns QB Derek Anderson completed just two passes, and some how the Browns still won. Of course they were playing the pathetic Bills. Against the Steelers they won’t be as lucky. Look for another rough day for Anderson, as the Browns best past catcher now plays for the Jets. This should be an easy win for the Steelers who after losing two of their first three games look like they are about to go on a roll.
This may be the last chance for the Buccaneers to win a game this season, as their schedule gets tough the rest of the way. Unfortunately for them the Panthers who are coming off their first win last week can still get back in the playoff mix and provide a tough defense that may be too hard for the Buccaneers anemic offense to solve, no matter who they have in at quarterback.
So far this year the Lions and Panthers have earned their first wins against the Redskins. The Chiefs last week remained winless with a tough overtime loss to the Cowboys, and now they face the Redskins. The Redskins who nearly also lost the Bucs and Rams will suffer another humiliating loss. Its no wonder that Coach Jim Zorn is more unpopular then Congress, as he may be the lamest duck near the Potomac.
Last week the Seahawks took out allot of frustration on the Jaguars as they got a boost from the 12th man and the return of QB Matt Hasslebeck. This week they have a chance to make a big statement in the NFC West as they seek to reclaim their crown which they lost the Cardinals last season. Expect another big day from Hasslebeck as the Seahawks stake their claim for the division title.
Things have got so bad for the Raiders; their logo is putting the patch over the good eye, while their fans are replacing Cable with Direct TV, hoping that Al Davis gets the message in the nursing home. Fans who attend this game may want to get a close look at Michael Vick, since he may be the Raiders Quarterback in 2010, as it is becoming clearer every week that JaMarcus Russell may be one of the worst #1 picks in NFL history.
Where is Leonardo DiCaprio? The Titanic is back. Oh wait that’s just the 2009 Tennessee Titans, who after a 13-3 season last year were finished before Columbus Day this season at 0-5. To quote Michael Ray Richardson, “The Ship be Sinking.” Now they have to go into Foxboro and face the Patriots, who are coming off a loss. In other words 0-6 here they come. Looks like the only drama left this season in Tennessee will be when does Vince Young get the starting QB job back?
Last week the Bills lost to the Browns 6-3 in a game that may have been one of the worst games in NFL history, if the NFL tried to use that game to sell the sport Networks would pull the plug and show infomercials all day. The Jets who were embarrassed by the Dolphins last week will be looking to make a statement at homes, as they seek to get back on track. Expect a big day from the Jets defense, as Bills fans wish they could have the same happy pills T.O. is using to keep quiet.
Since struggling in the Bears Sunday Night opener, QB Jay Cutler has played well leading the Bears to three straight wins. This week he gets a chance at Primetime redemption. However, on the road in Atlanta that might be too much to ask, as the Falcons have many offensive weapons led by QB Matt Ryan and RB Michael Turner. Expect a close game, with the Falcons getting a strong statement win in the NFC battle for playoff positioning.
Call me stubborn but I am not convinced the Broncos are an elite team despite their 5-0 record. This game if they win will go along way in proving me wrong, as it will give them a stranglehold of the AFC West. However, I think the Chargers have something to say about that, as they seek to get their season on track after a 2-2 start. I expect a close game with the Chargers getting a big win at home.