THIS WEEK’S top game is one we all look forward to each season — Colts-Pats … Brady-Manning.
It’s on Sunday Nigh Football, and it’s this week’s WATCH IT FOR THE FOOTBALL. The Colts-Pats game could easily be the “go see it in person” or “have the guys over,” but we’ll understand if you want to hunker down and just watch this one alone and soak up the football goodness.
GO SEE IT IN PERSON: Philadelphia at San Diego; First, there’s the weather in San Diego. Then there’s the fact that both teams are 5-3. Both teams are also trying to stay alive in their respective playoff races.
HAVE THE GUYS OVER: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh; with both teams coming in with 6-2 records, this is a real power struggle in the AFC. So many two-loss teams (these guys, and also the Pats and Broncos), that second seed behind the Colts is up for grabs. The winner of this game will also have a large upper hand in the AFC North.
SURPRISE THRILLER: Atlanda at Carolina; This game has no bearing on the NFC South race, as the Panthers and Bucs are well out of it. But the Falcons and Panthers have always played close games, and this one should be no different. It might not look as sexy as some of this week’s other matchups, but if it’s the only game on in your market, you probably won’t be asleep by halftime.
THE SNOOZER: Tampa Bay at Miami; You WILL be asleep by halftime.
UPSET ALERT: Buffalo at Tennessee: It’s tough to really call it an upset, but when a team starts 0-6 like the Titans did, can one really call them the favorite in any game there on out? We like the Titans to continue their turnaround with a in over the Bills.
THE LOCK: Detroit at Minnesota; Brett Favre dominated the Lions as a Packer, and he’ll continue to do it as a Viking.
How’d we do last week?
GO SEE IT IN PERSON: Dallas at Philadelphia; The Cowboys were down 3 going into the fourth quarter, and tied it up shortly thereafter. A Dallas touchdown gave the ‘Boys a 7-point lead with 8:04 to go. Then, get this, the Eagles kick a 52-yard field goal with about 5 minutes to go to cut the lead to 4. They cut the lead to 4, instead of going for it on fourth down. Philly never saw the ball again, likely leaving Eagles fans left wondering W-T-F.
HAVE THE GUYS OVER: Pittsburgh at Denver; This is the game that has really made things interesting in the AFC. Denver is now a two-loss team, right along with a bunch of others. It was close going into the fourth quarter, with the Steelers pulling away late.
WATCH IT FOR THE FOOTBALL: Baltimore at Cincinnati; As expected, the Ravens’ defense slowed the Bengals. But Baltimore’s offense didn’t do shit. We’ll take an ‘L’ on this one.
SURPRISE THRILLER: Tennessee at San Francisco; After finally winning their first game of the season last week, the Titans shocked Niners’ fans in this back-and-forth 34-27 thriller.
THE SNOOZER: Arizona at Chicago; Not even two late Bears’ touchdowns could make this 41-21 Cards’ win interesting.
UPSET ALERT: Carolina at New Orleans; The Panthers were oh-so-close, even holding a 17-3 lead over the Saints. The upset just wasn’t meant to be, as the Saints did what dey do … won.
THE LOCK: Miami at New England; With quarter scores of 7, 9, 8 and 3, the Pats were their usual methodic selves.
Last week’s record: 5-2