There is no place like road if you are the Miami Dolphins, as they have won all three road games, while losing three at home in the first part of the season. The Bengals come in with three straight losses as they appear to be a team completely out of sync. I don’t expect the Bengals to get on track this week, as the Dolphins defense should be able to limit Bengals.
This poem sums up the Cowboys season and Wade Phillips tenure in Dallas: Day is done, gone the sun, From the lake, from the hills, from the sky. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Fading light, dims the sight, And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright. From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. Thanks and praise, for our days, ‘Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars, neath the sky. As we go, this we know, God is nigh. Sun has set, shadows come, Time has fled, we must go to our rest. Always true to the promises we’ve made. Fading light, dims the sight, And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright. From afar, drawing nigh, Falls the night.
The Lions last year when they won their first game in two years did so against the Redskins. Though this year’s Redskins team with a better QB and a better coach are improved, so are the Lions despite their 1-5 record. Playing at home the Lions get a second win, as Shaun Hill has played well in place of Matthew Stafford, while RB Jahvid Best is a budding star.
The Chiefs got back on track last week with a thumping of the Jaguars at Arrowhead, while the Bills played their best game of the season and still left winless. Back in KC this week the Chiefs will use their home field to their advantage to put some space in between their division rivals by beating up upon the worst team in football.
The test for the Jets this week is how well they can play coming off the bye week. Playing at home should help, but against a solid Packers team they can not afford a let up. With the Jets however, defense is their best unit and they usually are better off coming of byes, especially Darrelle Revis who may be finally getting into All-Pro shape again, if he is that is bad news for Aaron Rogers and the rest of the Pack.
For the young Rams this is a true test, bouncing back after a gut wrenching loss last week in Tampa. The Rams should have won last week, but struggled in the second half before losing in the final minutes. This week they are back home and facing a Panthers team that was fortunate to get their first win last week. I expect a strong game from Sam Bradford and the Rams as they continue to win in the dome.
The NFL is playing a regular season game in London for the fourth straight season with a matchup that will drive fans to watch a Bridge Tournament between the Queen and Lady Marmalade. Desperate the 49ers are turning to Troy Smith at QB. Maybe this is what they need, as Troy Smith is a Heisman winner whose mobility may be able to spark some life in the team especially playing a Broncos team that allowed 59 points last week at home.
The Chargers have released these new lyrics to their fight song. San Diego Stupor Chargers, We’re stumbling your way, We’re gonna befuddle you with our dumbass play. The time has come, You know we’re shooting ourselves in the foot. With turnovers and penalties, we’ll make the win every time; we’ll give another half-assed effort, when the stupor Chargers barely try. The only bright spot for Charger fans is the coming house cleaning in the off-season.
It’s a well known fact; Pirate Ships have trouble in the desert. The Cardinals on the other hand are quite comfortable in their nest, having won both games at home this season. The Cards still have a strong enough defense and a decent running game which will help them as the Bucs who are still a young team are due for a bad performance on the road.
The Vikings are a mess and if Brett Favre does not get it through his thick head that he is hurting the team by playing the Vikings will implode. It is apparent he had Brad Childress don’t see eye to eye, but the coach is too scared to bench him for some reason that is beyond explanation. Even Favre was healthy he would have a tough time winning here, but with a hairline fracture on the ankle he will be a sitting duck, as the Patriots looking to punish Randy Moss will role up the score and do all they can to embarrass the Vikings.
Last week the Raiders may have found the key to success in their 59-14 win over the Broncos on the road. Coming home I expect another solid performance as they take down the Seahawks. Look for another strong day from Darren McFadden, who may be finally realizing the potential he has that made him the second overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
The past two Super Bowl Champions meet in a primetime showdown on Halloween. The Steelers have looked every bit a contender again for the Lombardi trophy, while the Saints led by Drew Brees have been disguised as the vagabonds that were nicknamed Aints. This game would seem to be easy to call a win for the Steelers, but I think the Saints will have a few tricks up their sleeves, as they treat their fans to a win, with Brees bouncing back off a bad performance.
It is not often the Colts lose twice to the same team in the same season. The Colts are coming off a bye week and are banged up, losing Dallas Clark for the season. However, if anyone can adjust it’s QB Peyton Manning. The game is also on Monday Night, where as Jon Gruden calls him the Sheriff hardly ever loses. This will be a big game for the Colts as a loss here means 0-3 in the division. With all those factors I see Peyton at his best and the Colts winning by two Touchdowns.