The Dolphins are a gutsy team that never lies down. With both Chads hurt the Dolphins are likely to turn to third string QB Tyler Thigpen on Thursday Night against the Bears. In their win over the Titans, Thigpen played well, and could fit the Dolphins offense better than Henne. I can see him doing that again, as the Dolphins defense gets enough pressure on Jay Cutler to create the big game winning interception.
Nothing delights Terrell Owens more than the misery of his old teams and ex-teammates. With the Bengals season essentially over, this will be his Super Bowl. I expect a big day from TO as the Bengals finally get back in the win column in a match up of teams already arranging vacation plans for January.
When John Fox took over as coach of the Panthers in 2002 they were coming off a 1-15 season. As he prepares his exit the Panthers playing with a struggling rookie quarterback and a running game in shambles appear to be heading that way again. Sun Rise Sun Set Ravens win going away.
The last time the Lions won a road game Jon Kitna was their quarterback. That was October 28, 2007 since that was exactly 3 years 25 days, 96,854,400 seconds, 1,614,240 minutes, 26,904 hours, and 160 weeks. The Lions are hurt, the Cowboys actually looked like a team last week, I don’t expect them to drop Jason Garrett’s home debut after beating up on the Giants.
Some times it is better to be lucky than good. Last week, the Jaguars won in improbable fashion as David Garrad’s Hail Mary prayer was answered, while the Browns saw one lapse at the end of the game ruin a solid effort against the Jets. The Browns are actually building something here and I think they get back on track with a road win in Jacksonville.
After get pasted on the road last week the Chiefs need to get back on track in a hurry. Coming home will help, as the Chiefs are unbeaten in four games at Arrowhead. Playing the Cardinals will also help, as the Red Birds are playing more like the dead birds with the quarterback situation in terrible flux.
When the Packers last played two weeks ago they were opening a can of whoop ass on the Cowboys, which led to the canning of Wade Phillips. This week they face another team that has quit on their coach, Brad Childress may have more free time on his hands as the Holliday’s arrive as the Packers take pleasure driving the last nail in the coffin of the Vikings season, and Brett Favre’s 4th “last season.”
Highs and lows, ebbs and flows are long part of sports. The Jets are coming off the high of two overtime wins on the road, while the Texans are coming off a crushing loss on a Hail Mary which dropped them below .500. Its hard to see the Texans being able to recover especially facing a Jets team with a solid run defense and coming home with a 7-2 record.
The Raiders had three straight wins, and earned a share of first place in the AFC West when last they played. Unfortunately, that was two weeks ago, and when you have a team just learning how to win again, the Bye Week is the worst thing that can happen sometimes. Look for them to take a step backwards as they are forced to play the early game on the road against an angry Steelers team coming off a terrible performance in Sunday Night.
On Monday Night the Redskins were humiliated by the Eagles and Michael Vick. Now they get to face Chris Johnson, Vince Young and Randy Moss. Maybe they can keep it close at halftime. Look for things to continue to degenerate in DC, as even Mike Shanahan can’t overcome the idiotic meddling of Owner Daniel Snyder.
With a Thanksgiving game on the horizon the Saints who are coming off a bye and they are starting to get healthy. When they last played they started to resemble a defending champion for the first time; facing a Seahawks team that struggles on the road expect them to look to put this game away early so they can continue their role from before the bye, while staying healthy for Dallas.
Being the top team in the NFC has not been a good thing this year, as it seems once a team gets that honor they suffer a let down. This week it’s Falcons who are the only 7-2 team in the NFC and coming off a solid win over the Ravens on Thursday Night. The Rams have played well at home all season, and are due for a big win after some tough losses on the road. Look for a big day for Sam Bradford as he faces Matt Ryan for the first time, in this week’s WTF game of the week.
The 49ers may have found a QB in Troy Smith, who has led them to wins in each of his first two games under center. The Buccaneers have been a solid road team, winning three of their first four away from the Pirate Ship, but that west coast trip is a tough one, and the 49ers defense is playing well and should give Josh Freeman headaches all day. Look for the 49ers to get back in the playoff picture in the NFC West.
Familiarity breeds content, and these two teams who meet annually and are among the NFL’s elite year in and year out always seem to play an important game. The Patriots are coming off their best game of the year, beating up the Steelers on Sunday Night, while the Colts are beat up at 6-3. Even if healthy it would be a tall order for Peyton Manning and the Colts to win in Foxboro. This is a game where they will miss Dallas Clark, as the Patriots win by two scores.
You have to forgive Giants fans if they have a foreboding sense of déjà vu. Last year they got off to a 5-0 start, and suffered a 48-27 loss to the Saints, and went into a tailspin, ending the season with an 8-8 record. Heading into last week’s ugly loss against the 1-7 Cowboys, the Giants were 6-2 and flying high. Now they look vulnerable with injuries to the defense, offensive line and receiver core. The Eagles on the other hand scored 59points on Monday and are firing on all cylinders. With first place on the line look for the Eagles to soar, as the Giants continue to make their fans feel sore.
Maybe it’s the laid back California lifestyle, maybe it’s the perfect weather, but whatever it is the Chargers are slow starters. It’s now November and the Chargers are back within one game of first place after two straight wins. They are getting healthier and finding a rhythm, as QB Phillip Rivers is putting up record numbers. Look for them to continue to roll as they get back to 5-5 with an easy win over the Broncos on Monday Night.