The 49ers are one big mess. Expected to make a run for the NFC West this year, they have to be a candidate for biggest disappointment in the young season, after a 0-3 start which has cost their offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye his job. In the early game and traveling cross country does not bode well for them as they face a solid Falcons team.
This is a crossroads game for the Jets. Coming off two big division wins, the Jets are in good shape to seize control of the AFC East, as they face the horrendous the Bills. In past years these would lead to inexcusable losses for the “Same Old Jets”. The Bills played well in Foxboro and had nothing to show for it. This week they rewarded while adding to Jets fans torment by getting their first win of the season.
Baseball season is ending in Cleveland and Indians fans have another season of wait til next year, at least they can watch the Browns. Oh yeah, the Browns with dead coach walking, Eric Mangini and a pile of rubbish. Look for the Bengals to continue their North Division mastery as they take round one in the battle of Ohio. Oh well at least Cleveland fans can get excited about the Cavs and LeBron, err nevermind.
The Lions have played better so far this season, but have nothing to show for it. As long as QB Matthew Stafford is sidelined it’s hard to imagine they will go any where. The Packers meanwhile are coming off a bitter Monday Night loss to the rival Bears in which they shot themselves in the foot with penalties. This week at home look for them to make a statement in a blowout.
The Saints are a Garrett Hartley shank away from being 3-0, while the Panthers are 0-3 and looking like an early candidate for the number one overall pick. Look for the Saints to put together a strong performance from start to finish, as they maul the hapless Panthers and roll out a Big Easy win.
At 3-0 the Steelers are entering their final game before the return of QB Ben Roethlisberger. So far their defense has been dominating and their offense good enough as Charlie Batch came in and had a career day against the Buccaneers. However, this will be the toughest test to date as the Ravens defense is just as strong. Look for a tight defensive battle, where Touchdowns will be scarce as the Ravens come up with a big road win.
Which Seahawks team will show up; the won who beat the 49ers and Chargers or the one who was sloppy on the road against the Broncos? The Rams coming off a solid win last week are looking to double their 2009 win total. However, it won’t come that easy as Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll has seen Sam Bradford before and knows what to do to stop him, and get a big road win.
The Titans bounced back of a sloppy performance in Week 2 to earn a strong road win over the Giants. Back home against the Broncos look for more Chris Johnson as the Titans improve to 3-1 by running through the mediocre Broncos defense on the road, while the Titans defense makes QB Kyle Orton look bad.
Last year when the Colts went to Jacksonville, the result was one of the more thrilling games of the year, as the Colts won a back and forth battle. That should not be surprising as these two division rivals typically play close exciting games. Expect much the same this week as Peyton Manning out guns the Jags in another nail bitter decided in the 4th Quarter.
After a disappointing loss in the Lone Star State showdown the Texans hope they can bounce back against the Raiders. Last week the Raiders outplayed the Cardinals, but still found a way to lose. Bad teams do that find a way to lose, and the Raiders have a long way to go before they are a playoff contender again, while the Texans sense their time is now, as they make it to 3-1.
Donovan who? That is the question they are asking in Philadelphia, after the play of Michael Vick has led to two straight wins. Meanwhile the Redskins have continued to frustrate their fans as they followed up a blow lead in Week 2 with an uninspired loss to the Rams. With a hostile crowd and Vick looking like an All-Pro it would be hard to imagine they can end their skid this week.
Last week the Cardinals were trounced by the Raiders, but thanks to three missed Field Goals by Sebastian Janikowski they managed to win at home. On the road against the Chargers they won’t be as fortunate as Phillip Rivers has a big day leading the Chargers to a second home win.
DA Bears are 3-0, and the Giants are giving the fans the blues. In Primetime at the new Meadowlands look for more of the same, as the Giants undersized pass defense will have trouble keeping up with Jay Cutler, while Brian Urlacher and Julius Peppers will cause more nightmares for Eli Manning and the struggling and scuffling Giants offensive line.
Despite being 2-1 there are plenty of warning signs in New England, as the Patriots defense has struggled so far this season. With both teams 2-1, with losses to the Jets, this could be a swing game in the AFC East. Look for the Dolphins line to control the line of scrimmage, as the Dolphins running game and the Pats lack of one will be the difference on Monday Night.