Despite all their inconsistencies, the Chargers still have a good chance to win the AFC West, after beating the Chiefs last week. At 7-6 they can not afford another letdown, however as they host the 49ers on Thursday Night. The Chargers are better than their record, and I can see them putting together a strong game against a mediocre 49er team.
Had the ravens actually lost last week, they could be in trouble as the Texans furious 4th Quarter comeback ended with a pick six and a Ravens win. The Saints have been on a roll lately, but coming outdoors against a usually strong defense, with their big game a week forth I see the Saints stumbling here as the Ravens secondary is able to contain the Saints passing game.
If the Panthers are going to win a second game this season, this is it. The Cardinals despite last week’s win over the Broncos have played terrible football, as they have shuffled through quarterbacks like a bum shifting through the dumpster looking for something to eat, both getting the same result nothing but garbage.
Pride; one would like to think every player and every team in the NFL has pride. Sometimes when it comes up to test pride, a team fails. If the Bengals at 2-11 with ten straight losses has any pride what so ever left, this is when they will put forth their best effort and resemble the team that swept the AFC North on the way to a division title last season as they host their Ohio brethren from Cleveland.
With the playoffs out of reach for both, the only thing on the line here is pride and avoiding last place. Since Jason Garrett took over the Cowboys have been playing well winning three of five, and putting forth a great effort even in their two losses. With their final two games on the road I expect a big effort in their final game this season at Jerry World giving their fans something to hold on to for next season.
The AFC South will be on the line as the Colts host the Jaguars. A win for the Jaguars and the division will be clinched, while the Colts still hold their own destiny in their hands if they can avenge a loss earlier in the season. Though he had his shaky stretch, I think in the end Peyton Manning is too good for the Colts to not make the playoffs, as he lead the Colts to victory with a big game.
The Dolphins this season are 6-1 on the road. Ordinarily, that would be great but at home they have been terrible with a 1-5 record. Maybe they should get in an Airplane on Saturday Morning fly around Florida, land back in Miami and sleep in a hotel to pretend they are on the road. Either way they can not afford a loss to the lowly Bills, and I see their defense stepping up to prevent a letdown.
This game is huge, as the winner of this game will likely win the NFC East, as the loser has to fight for playoff survival and the hope of a wildcard berth. The Eagles have dominated the Giants as of late, winning their last five games. The Giants defense is playing at a top level, but the interception troubles of Eli Manning and the loss of WR Steve Smith could be too much to overcome, as the Eagles win another close one in the Meadowlands.
It’s the Show Me State Showdown as the Rams host the Chiefs with both teams in first place despite mediocre records. The Chiefs enter the game with a big question mark over their quarterback as Matt Cassel is just a week and half removed from an appendectomy, while back up Brodie Croyle who played last week and was shutout is 0-10 as a starting QB. Either choice does not look good on the road, as the Rams looking to get to .500 get the win.
The Buccaneers are banged up as their playoff hopes slowly slip away. However, with the youngest team in the NFL, coming off a 3-13 season the season has been nothing short of a success. With a win the Bucs can clinch a winning record, the stats will show they have taken advantage of an easy schedule and the Lions are another team with a losing record. The Lions will keep it close but in the end suffer their 26th straight loss on the road.
Both teams last week showed some spirit despite losing in primetime. The Titans comeback fell two points short, while the Texans suffered another gut wrenching loss in overtime. The Titans still have not won since Randy Moss arrived, but with Kerry Collins playing well last week and the Texans spotty secondary he finally has a big day in Tennessee.
Next week will be the biggest regular season game in the history of the Atlanta Falcons as they face the reigning Super Bowl Champion Saints with the division and home field on the line on Monday Night. The Seahawks may be a mediocre as team could be, but they are a strong team at home with the 12th man. The Seahawks can feel the division in their grasps as they stun the Falcons who are caught looking ahead playing in a tough spot on the road.
When the Raiders last played the Broncos they scored 59 points in Denver, which sent the Broncos reeling. Last week the Broncos were embarrassed by the Cardinals in their first game with new Coach Eric Studesville. The Raiders still have a shot at the division and facing a Broncos team that is a total mess it’s hard to imagine a letdown at the Black Hole.
The New York Jets were flying high into the sky soaring over all in the NFL, even soaring over the giant Mellon head of Coach Rex Ryan. However, after being forced fed humble pie by the Patriots the Jets have been in a nose dive. Look for it to continue this week as their offense again is shutdown in Pittsburgh, a place where the Jets have never won before.
The Packers lost 7-3 last week to the Lions as QB Aaron Rodgers suffered his second concussion of the season. The playoffs may be on the line, but two concussions in six weeks have to be a concern. If Rodgers sits the Packers have no shot, but the way the Patriots are playing it may be a tall order even if he does. The forecast says there is snow in the forecast in Foxboro and when it snows the Pats are unbeatable.
Baby its cold outside is the theme of this game, as the collapse of the Metrodome roof has forced the Vikings outdoors. The game is also going to celebrate the Vikings 50th Anniversary, so playing in the cold is a perfect celebration for the Vikings who spent their first 20 seasons playing in blustery Metropolitan Stadium. Sadly with Quarterbacks Brett Favre , Tarvaris Jackson, and Joe Webb all nicked up, against an angry Bears defense things don’t look good for a win.