After two straight losses the Falcons need to get back on track if they are to keep in shouting distance of the Saints. This week they get the perfect opponent to get back on track in the Redskins. Look for a big game from Matt Ryan as the Falcons come home and add to the misery of the Redskins.
The Cardinals are a mystery wrapped in an enigma this season as they followed up a solid road win against the Giants, with an error filled loss at home against the Panthers. Heading into Chicago it’s hard to figure them out, and the same is true with the Bears who have at times looked awful, but for most part they have been strong at home, and will be again this week as they beat the red birds.
The Bengals already beat the Ravens in Baltimore, in one of the most stunning results of the season so far. I can’t imagine it happening again. The Bengals have played well, but the Ravens are the overall better team, and with their defense focusing on Curtis Benson this time around should be able to hold the Bengals offense in check.
The Texans defense has been soft at times this season, facing the Colts is not the cure for their ills. Fortunately, for them their offense led by Matt Schaub has been solid as of late. I expect the Texans offense to be sharp again, but the Colts offense will be sharp too, and with the home edge will get the win in a shoot out.
The Jaguars are struggling at the gate, all eight games at home will likely be blacked out, but they are not an awful team. The Chiefs on the other hand are terrible, and against the running of Maurice Jones-Drew will likely get flattened again, as the Jags improve to 4-4 even though fans locally won’t see it in Northern Florida.
Last season the Dolphins got the Patriots by surprise in Foxboro in the game they introduced the Wildcat, this year they won’t be as fortunate as the Patriots will be on guard, and will be looking to make a statement coming off a bye week. The Dolphins secondary also continues to struggle which spells nothing but bad news when facing Tom Brady.
The Buccaneers are the last remaining winless team in the NFL, and with a rough schedule ahead they may not win any time soon. These Bucs can’t find a QB to throw and can’t stop good offenses, which usually mean a blow out and even at home they can’t stop the misery from continuing against the Packers.
The Saints have that Super Bowl look as they continued to remain unbeaten in a win against the Falcons on Monday Night. Facing the Panthers at home they should make it to 8-0 as there offense is too strong for the Panthers defense to stop, while their defense has been solid forcing opposing Quarterbacks into key interceptions that lead to points, bad news for interception prone Jake Delhomme.
The Lions are back, and that is not a good thing, as last week’s lost against the Rams at home shows, they are still beyond awful and incapable of winning. Look for the Lions to have yet another embarrassing performance as they face a Seahawks team on the road looking to get back in the playoff race.
Coming off three straight losses the Giants are in desperate need of a win. Fortunately they will be home, even though they are facing a solid Chargers team. The Chargers don’t travel well when coming to the East Coast, and last I looked New Jersey borders the Atlantic Ocean. Look for a solid game by Eli Manning as the Giants get back on track with a hard fought win.
Last week the Titans finally figured out how to get their first win, by utilizing Chris Johnson’s lawbreaking speed. But the sheriff is in town and his name is Mike Singletarry and with the 49ers who have a solid defense that held the Colts under 20 points last week on the road, Johnson will be stuck in reverse as the Titans winning streak ends at one.
The winner of this game will gain control of the NFC East. In Philadelphia last season with a playoff spot on the line the Eagles crushed the Cowboys 44-6. It won’t be as easy this time around, but the way the Eagles are playing they should be able to take the home field edge as use it as they beat the Cowboys, who still have to prove they can win the big game in a primetime showdown.
Coming off their first loss last week, the Broncos will be out to prove their 6-0 start was not a fluke as they host the reigning champs on Monday Night Football. The Steelers rely on their passing game, more than their running game these days, and against the Broncos secondary that could spell bad news. Look for the Broncos to squeak out another close one.