At 6-0 the Broncos are the unquestioned surprise of the league, as many experts felt they would struggle to win five games all season. Coming off a bye they face another test, as they have to get the engines started up facing a Ravens team coming off three straight tough losses. Look for it to be a tight defensive struggled with the Ravens getting back on track led by a strong game from Ray Rice who is starting to take over the role as the Ravens star in the backfield.
The Texans are starting to look like playoff contenders with strong performances in the last two games. In most years traveling to Buffalo would be a tough task, but the Bills are hardly a strong team despite winning their last two games on the road. Expect the Bills modest two game winning streak to end as Matt Schaub stays hot in Buffalo by avoiding the interception problems of Sanchez and Delhomme.
Last week the Bears got stomped in Cincinnati as they had an embarrassing effort on both sides of the ball. This week they face a Browns team that is well that gives embarrassing efforts on both sides of the ball every week. Look for the Bears to get an easy win, but it won’t be as impressive as their fans would like.
Last week the Cowboys scored an impressive home win over the Falcons. Facing the Seahawks coming off a bye they look to stay hot. However, the Cowboys tend to lay an egg whenever it seems they are about to go on a roll. The Cowboys should win this one easily, but the Seahawks have a decent defense, and should be able to keep it close enough that Dallas fans are sweating it out all the way.
You have heard of the Super Bowl and now here is the Toilet Bowl, as the Lions who last year went 0-16 and recently ended a 19-game losing streak face the Rams who have that 0-16 look and are on a 17 game losing streak. Singing the National Anthem will be William Hung, as the fans at home will want to hang themselves, as the Rams cough another one up with the winning score coming on another errant pass by Marc Bulger.
The Colts have been sharp all season, with Peyton Manning getting 300 yards or more in five of the Colts six games. Coming off a bye he should be sharp again, as they face a 49ers team playing their second straight early game on the road, as Alex Smith gets his second chance to lead the 49ers.
The Dolphins wild cat had the Jets dazed and confused three weeks ago in Miami, that Jets team had a healthy Kris Jenkins on defense. Now that Jenkins is on IR the Jets may have an even bigger problem stopping the Dolphins, who come in desperately seeking a win after last week’s collapse. It could be another close one as the Dolphins defense seems incapable of stopping anybody.
It’s a New York-Philadelphia Double Header as the Eagles and Giants tussle before Game 4 of the World Series. The Giants are coming in playing terrible football in their last two games, while the Eagles are coming off a Monday Night win over the Redskins. The Giants should get back on track eventually but on the road in Philly that’s a tough task even if they were playing well.
Week 1 saw the Raiders hang with the Chargers in Oakland, as several Chargers limped off the field. Since then the Raiders have brought a roll of stamps to mail it in. Who can blame them when they have JaMarcus Russell heaving the ball in all directions. Look for the Chargers to make statement and embarrass the Raiders. Actually scratch that you have to have pride to be embarrassed and the Raiders don’t have any pride.
Sorry Jeff Fisher, but you can not start Peyton Manning, I know you put on the Manning jersey and that did not go over well with your fans. I hear your owner wants you to start Vince Young, take my advice you don’t want to get him mad, because he is the one who write your check. Young starts Titans win, but the ship still be sinking.
Last year in the NFC Divisional Playoffs the Cardinals intercepted Jake Delhomme five times. Since then Delhomme has become plagued with an acute case of INTitis. So far this season he has been picked off 13 times. Look for that trend to continue as the Cardinals coming off a solid road win over the Giants, crush the Panthers at home.
Earlier in the year Brett Favre had a field day against his former team, throwing three touchdown passes in a Monday Night win at the Metrodome. Now Favre comes into Lambeau Field as public enemy number one. Look for the crowd to be hostile and the Packers to be on the attack as they look to avoid a second loss to their former teammate, while getting back in the NFC North race.
Folks the Saints are the real deal at 7-0 they have looked like the best team in the NFL as they head into a Monday Night match up with the Falcons. The Falcons are strong team as well and could give the Saints problems especially if Matt Ryan is able to solve their defense. This is also a rivalry game so records could go out the window. In the end it will be a close one but the Saints will pull it out with a fired up home crowd firmly behind them.