There is not much good that can be said for the Buccaneers there offense is inconsistent and their defense is terrible, especially with Aquib Talib serving a four game suspension. The Vikings at 5-2 are one of the big surprises of the NFL this season, and they have played well on both sides of the ball. Look for another big game from Adrian Peterson, while the Vikings pass rush makes life miserable for Josh Freeman at the Metrodome.
Panthers QB Cam Newton has been a real disappointment in the first half of the season. Coming off a one of the greatest rookie seasons in NFL history, Newton has been anything but magical in his sophomore season. The Bears come in with a defense that is the best in the NFL and with the Panthers line struggling and Newton’s frustrations boiling over, I see an easy win for the Bears at Soldier Field, as the Panthers will have trouble scoring.
The Chargers coming off a bye must get the bad taste out of their mouth from their last two games, as they lost to the Saints and blew a 24 point lead against the Broncos in their last two games. On the road and playing in the early game could mean trouble, but playing the Browns should cancel it out. Gone already is Mike Holmgren and the sense in Cleveland is that the whole team will be blown up as they start from scratch with new owners, and possibly the first overall pick.
Despite losing on Monday Night, the Lions played well in Chicago. Thus far they have not had many home games this year and hosting the Seahawks with at 2-4, the Lions can’t afford to lose if they hope to stay in the playoff chase. The Seahawks don’t play well on the road, and this game should be a tight one as the Lions defense will prove to be tough for Rookie QB Russell Wilson as the Lions edge the Seahawks as their fans focus is divided between this game and World Series Game 3 across the street later that night.
The Packers are back winning their last two games on the road, and now coming home to Lambeau Field they look to carry on the momentum. This one should be as easy as pie for the Packers as the Jaguars offense is terrible, even with Maurice Jones-Drew. Now without their lone star, and with QB Blaine Gabbert also hurt the Jaguars will have a tough time scoring. The Packers should be able to take quick advantage and cruise to a third straight win.
The Dolphins at 3-3 this season have played well, and have been in nearly every game, with two of three losses coming in overtime. One of those losses was against the Jets in Miami, and before Reggie Bush missed the second half with a knee sprain the Dolphins looked to be on the way to an easy win. Even with this game in the Meadowlands, I sense the Jets about to hit the skids, as QB Mark Sanchez has been simply awful. The Dolphins front seven will continue to frustrate the Jets as fans frustration begins to turn home field into a disadvantage.
When they last played two weeks ago, the unbeaten Falcons appeared to be a team due for a loss as they played sloppy football at home and managed to win against the woeful Raiders. The Eagles since their last game fired their defensive coordinator and battened down the hatches as fans have begun to turn on Coach Andy Reid and QB Michael Vick. This game is in Philadelphia and I see the Eagles defense responding well to the change as they come off the bye week with a strong effort to knock the Falcons off the list of unbeatens.
Despite losing in the Meadowlands last week, the Redskins played solid football. Now they face another tough test on the road against the Steelers. Despite a road win in Cincinnati, the Steelers have loads of problems. QB Ben Roethlisberger is clashing with Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley and the running game and defense is still beat up. Look for a big day for Robert Griffin III, as he is able to tire out and run circles around the Steelers aging defense.
There is something not right with the Patriots this season, they are 4-3 and they could easily be worse. Tom Brady thus far has not taken off, as the Pats line has looked weak and their secondary has been exposed. The Rams could give them fits if James Laurinaitis and Chris Long are able to get to Brady early and often. However, in the end the Rams who don’t play well on the road will fall just a little short in a “home game” in London.
After a slow start the Titans are finding their grove, with wins in their last two games. One of the reasons for their recent surge is that Chris Johnson is finally playing like an All-Pro. Hosting the young Colts who have yet to play well on the road it should be a third straight win for the Titans. Expect to see another bug day from CJ2K, as the Colts offense simply will not be able to keep up.
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn, this game has the chance to bore everyone into a deep slumber. Both teams have decent defense and offenses that are simply offensive. Brady Quinn gets a chance to start and fans at Arrowhead, as Chiefs fans wonder if booing Matt Cassell was too harsh. Jamal Charles should be able to get enough yards and enough offense to earn the Chiefs a win at home, in a game that will be soon forgotten.
In recent years the Giants have played better against the Cowboys in Dallas, as they have yet to lose a game at Jerry’s World. The Cowboys have been beaten up in recent weeks, losing Sean Lee for the season, while RB Demarco Murray remains questionable. The Cowboys may have won the season opener by catching the Giants sleeping. However, that won’t happen this time. Look for a big game from Eli Manning as the Cowboys continue to frustrate their fans.
This one promises to be a high scoring affair as the Saints coming off two straight wins travel to Denver for a Sunday Night Showdown. The Saints offense is on track with QB Drew Brees coming off back to back wins, while Peyton Manning after his comeback in San Diego appears to be finding his groove. I see this as one of those games; where possibly the team that has the ball last wins. In the end the Saints defense just does not have a chance to stop Manning as the Broncos gallop their way to victory.
Wow begotten the Arizona Cardinals, as their 4-0 start seems like a distant memory, as they have lost three straight and begin to fade away fast. Things won’t get any better as they host the 49ers on Monday Night Football. The Cardinals offensive line is getting their quarterbacks beaten to a pulp as John Skelton is back under center with Kevin Kolb injured. The 49ers defense is physical and intimidating and they could have Skelton joining Kolb in street clothes if the line continues to play awful football. Either way the Cardinals will have a tough time moving the ball as the 49ers win going away.