Coming of a road loss to the Bears, the Eagles get a quick turnaround to get back on track with a Thursday Night game against the Texans. Michael Vick is having a MVP season as the Eagles are atop the NFC East, against the Texans lousy secondary surely he will feast. Look for a big night as Michael Vick again shines in primetime.
At 2-9 the Bengals are the most disappointing team in the NFL, as the defending AFC North Champs have now lost nine straight. You wonder can they show some life, and play the role of spoiler. However, with the problems QB Carson Palmer has had it is hard to see them winning this game, as the Saints defense is made to capitalize on the big mistake.
The Bears are in the old sandwich game coming off a strong win over the Eagles with a game against the Patriots next week. The Lions are in the most game with a chance to win in the 4th Quarter, and in fact nearly beat the Bears in Week 1 on the Calvin Johnson non-catch. With the Bears looking ahead, and division pride on the line, look for the Lions to land the WTF upset.
Coming off a hard fought loss to the Falcons, the Packers are returning home to face the 49ers who are playing on short rest after Monday Night and missing RB Frank Gore who broke his hip. Gore is the best player on a bad Niners offense, and without him it is hard to imagine they will get anything in Lambeau, as the Packers see if the can fire a third coach in four games.
A month ago in Denver when the Broncos beat the Chiefs 49-29, Chiefs Coach Todd Haley confronted his counterpart Josh McDaniels following the game, upset with some perceived rolling up the score. In Arrowhead, it will be Haley and Chiefs who will roll up the score as the bad blood between division rivals gets a little more spice.
The Browns are a team on the move, but one that still has plenty of weaknesses. Against a tough run defense like the Dolphins on the road it will be even tougher. Look for the Dolphins to contain Peyton Hillis, as the Dolphins earn their second home win of the year to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Last week the Vikings responded well to coaching change as the popular Leslie Frazier replaced Brad Childress. The playoffs may be out of reach in Minnesota, but the players want to do well for their new coach and I expect another strong performance. While Bills WR Steve Johnson, continues to feel a smite from God, who responded to his tweet by saying Steve, its not you it’s the Buffalo Bills look at the trick thou played on Scott Norwood.
These are two teams that are the definition of feast or famine, at time the Redskins have looked pathetic this year their Monday Night loss to the Eagles is the prime example, but they have beaten some contenders. The Giants who have not played well late could be vulnerable. However, in the end I think the big blue pass rush will be too much for the Redskins to overcome.
The Titans are hoping to have Kerry Collins under center Sunday when they take on the Jaguars for the second time this season. One thing is for sure Rusty Smith is not a NFL Quarterback, maybe he can find a sand lot team, but he is as bad as they come, and if he starts again the Titans have no shot. Even if Collins plays, the turmoil surrounding the QB situation and Coach Jeff Fisher will make winning another game very difficult.
Earlier in the year the Raiders ended a 13 game losing streak against the Chargers with a solid 35-27 home win. That was in October, now it’s December when the Chargers hardly lose. These same Chargers last week handed the Colts their worst home loss in the Peyton Manning era look for them to rip apart the Raiders as they make their move in the AFC West.
What is it with Monday Night games at Arizona that makes Cardinals personnel snap at reporters? Last week it was Derrick Anderson doing his best Dennis Green impersonation and storming off. This week Anderson will impersonate a quality Quarterback as the Cardinals end their six game losing streak and continue to muck up the NFC West cesspool.
Questions and doubts are surrounding Peyton Manning and the Colts, who have lost three of their last four games especially after an ugly home loss to the Chargers. At 6-5 this one has must win written all over it. I expect to see a strong bounce back game from Manning as the Colts get back on track with an easy win over the Cowboys.
Despair and hopelessness are the two best words to describe the 1-10 Panthers. Backups playing at Running Back, a Rookie at Quarterback and a team that just suffered a gut wrenching loss to the Browns make for a the ultimate pushover for the Seahawks, who seek to get back to .500 while seeking first place in the NFC Worst.
This is the test for the Buccaneers to prove if they are for real or just a young team taking advantage of weak schedule. At 7-4 the Bucs are one of the league’s biggest surprises, but all seven wins are against losing teams, while they are 0-4 against teams with a winning record. The Falcons at 9-2 are the best team in the NFC. Hard to imagine the Buccaneers can slow the Falcons whose goals are a bit loftier than to just make the playoffs.
When these two teams play there are always plenty of hard hits, bad blood and penalties, as offense is often at a premium. Maybe the Steelers were looking ahead last week, but they were fortunate to beat the lowly Bills. If they play as sloppy this week the Ravens will win going away as the first place is on the line in primetime. Expect it to be close throughout, but in the end the Ravens have more weapons and win by a field goal.
One thing that hardly ever happens to the Patriots is losing twice to the same team in the same season. In Week 2 it was the Jets using a strong second half to win in the Meadowlands. Now on Monday Night with the division and possibly home field on the line it would be hard to imagine the Patriots not given their absolute best, which will be hard for the Jets to contain.