In keeping with what has become a tradition and finding a theme for each week in the NFL, we are going to name Week 5 "Showcase Sunday."
Some of the games are going to leave a lot to be desired, while others are going to surprise without us even realizing it.
This season has already seen one shocking moment after another. Who would have thought that the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals would be leading their respective divisions?
As is always the case, here is our weekly look at all the matchups being carried by CBS and FOX on Sunday afternoon.
All start times listed are ET
|Miami at Cincinnati||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Marv Albert, Rich Gannon|
|Baltimore at Kansas City||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts|
|Cleveland at New York Giants||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf|
|Green Bay at Indianapolis||1:00 p.m.||FOX||Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick|
|Atlanta at Washington||1:00 p.m.||FOX||Sam Rosen, John Lynch|
|Philadelphia at Pittsburgh||1:00 p.m.||FOX||Joe Buck, Troy Aikman|
|Seattle at Carolina||4:05 p.m.||FOX||Chris Myers, Tim Ryan|
|Chicago at Jacksonville||4:05 p.m.||FOX||Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston|
|Denver at New England||4:25 p.m.||CBS||Jim Nantz, Phil Simms|
|Tennessee at Minnesota||4:25 p.m.||CBS||Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker|
|Buffalo at San Francisco||4:25 p.m.||CBS||Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots|
Matchup of the Week: Denver at New England
They could be 50 years old, unable to throw the ball more than five yards downfield, and we would still always be fascinated by Manning and Brady.
These are the two quarterbacks who helped usher in the current generation of players at the position. Both are sure-fire Hall of Famers from the moment they retire, but have things to take care of before that date.
As a team, the Denver Broncos look like they are starting to gel more as a unit with each passing week. Granted, some of that is based on their destruction of the Oakland Raiders last week, but you have to start somewhere.
Meanwhile, the New England Patriots are still struggling with consistency on defense. However, when you score 45 points in a half against a team, that is flat-out impressive. I don't care who is on the other side of the field.
This game should be a lot of fun, with the quarterback drama only adding to the intrigue and excitement surrounding it.
Underrated Matchup of the Week: Atlanta at Washington
There will be another good quarterback battle going on in D.C., as the undefeated Atlanta Falcons take their show on the road to face the upstart Washington Redskins.
This matchup should get plenty of play on game day, as I think it could be just as exciting as anything that happens up in New England.
The Falcons' defense was exposed quite a bit last week against Cam Newton, a quarterback with the ability to create plays with his arm and legs. They will have to figure out a way to quell Robert Griffin III, who may not be as physically imposing as Newton, but who is every bit as athletic.
Plus, whenever you have Roddy White and Julio Jones going up against one of the worst secondaries in the league, the fireworks will be on display.
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