Tally ho maties, the Buccaneers are back in Jolly old England for another spot of tea, and a rumble on ye old grind iron with the Bears. The Bears are coming off a solid Sunday Night beat down of the Vikings, while the Bucs stunned the Saints. This is a very even match up and could go either way, but by playing in London two years the Buccaneers have the experience factor on their side, as they will win a close one to improve to 5-2.
Cam Newton has been better than anyone could have imagined, but has nothing to show for it as the Panthers are 1-5. The Redskins last week after a 3-1 start came off the bye week flat as Rex Grossman was picked off four times. Now John Beck is getting the starting spot and the lack of a stable reliable quarterback could come back to haunt the Redskins. Look for Cam to get win number two at home this week.
Two weeks ago the Seahawks ended a long losing streak in 1:00 eastern starts when they stunned the Giants at the Meadowlands. The Browns have not played well as of late and the health of Peyton Hillis is a big question, the Seahawks can win this game but it hard to imagine them winning on the road again. Look for a big game from Colt McCoy as the Browns find away to win at home.
The Falcons have to end the string of alternating wins and losses, and while winning in Detroit is a tall order the Lions have to be concerned about the loss of Jahvid Best. The Falcons have a good balanced offense with Michael Turner and Matt Ryan that could help keep the Lions aggressive defense off balance. Look for a strong game from Michael Turner as the Falcons win on the road.
The Dolphins are brutal the Broncos are handing the starting reigns over to Tim Tebow, while trading away their best receiver Brandon Lloyd. The Dolphins coming of a hideous performance on Monday Night are clearly the front runners in the Suck for Luck sweeps. Tebow will be honored before the game and will show some of that Gator magic as the Dolphins are simply incapable of winning a game with Matt Moore as Quarterback.
The Jets looked a little less than impressive in their win over the pitiful Dolphins. The Chargers could be a tough opponent for them as they look to get rolling and back above .500 at home. Off the bye the Chargers who despite their 4-1 record have had their share of ugly wins have the tough west to east game, playing a team that usually gives them fits. Look for a solid game from Mark Sanchez as the Jets get their best win of the season to date.
The Colts are in the Luck Sweepstakes without Peyton Manning, the Jaguars are terrible leaving these two teams with their own warts left to fend for the AFC South. The Titans with a win at home can pull into the driver’s seat. Coming off a bye they are in better shape with Chris Johnson finally appearing to be getting on track. The Texans will be without Mario Williams who would be key at stopping the run, with Andre Johnson also out the Texans are doomed for a third straight loss.
Kevin Kolb has been nothing short of a disappointment so far in Arizona as the Cardinals have gotten off to a 1-4 start. Coming off a bye they host the Steelers in a must win rematch of Super Bowl XLIII. Despite their 4-2 record the Steelers have not quite played Steeler football particularly on the road. Needing this game I expect a big day from Larry Fitzgerald as the Cardinals get the win as a home dog.
The Raiders made the bold move of acquiring QB Carson Palmer from the Bengals this week to replace the injured Jason Campbell. After spending two potential first round picks, you have to suspect that Palmer will be starting in Oakland sooner rather than later, and will be likely their long term. This week they can start just about anyone as Darren McFadden will carry the load in an easy win over the Chiefs at home.
The Rams have been the NFL’s sacrificial lambs in the earliest part of the season with a schedule that even the unbeaten Packers would have tough time with. The Cowboys have been up and down riding the Tony Romocoaster. With two straight losses around the bye week you feel the Romocoaster is due for an upswing as Dallas fans can watch their Cowboys win against Rams than do a Texas two step across the street to watch the Rangers take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
The Packers are the last of the unbeatens in the NFL, and looking like a good bet to win a second straight Super Bowl. The Vikings who have been an unmitigated disaster in the second half turn to Rookie Christian Ponder at quarterback. If Ponder is able to get a win it will be the biggest upset of the season so far. This is a task too tall for just about anyone as well as the Packers are playing. I expect a blow out at the dome.
The pains of Payton and Peyton are the story of the Sunday Night game. The Colts are still without a win and without Peyton Manning head into a rematch of Super Bowl XLV looking to just avoid being embarrassed on a weekly basis. The Saints meanwhile could be without their head coach Sean Payton who suffered a serious leg injury on the sideline of last week’s loss to the Buccaneers. The Saints offense looked a little lost without him but a week to prepare they should bounce back for an easy home win.
If it was possible to score negative points the Jaguars may be in danger of doing so this week. Rookie Quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been terrible so far and the Jaguars offense has been trapped in neutral. The Ravens defense should have a field day with this one, as they feast on the struggling Jaguars and get a Monday Night shutout.