Now that we are close to the midway point of the NFL season, we can stop talking about what teams need to change and start talking about what is going to be.
Of course, that is much easier said than done. Look at everything that has happened so far this season, then try to comprehend it all. The Texans were the best team in the NFL through five weeks then they go and give up 42 points to a Green Bay team that was struggling.
The Patriots keep shooting themselves in the foot because Bill Belichick's ego can't let him run the ball when the team has a big lead.
So much drama and intrigue, and we are just getting started. Here is a look ahead to all the action on CBS and Fox this Sunday.
All start times listed in ET
|Washington at New York Giants||1:00 p.m.||Fox||Tom Brennaman, Troy Aikman|
|New Orleans at Tampa Bay||1:00 p.m.||Fox||Dick Stockton, John Lynch|
|Dallas at Carolina||1:00 p.m.||Fox||Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston|
|Green Bay at St. Louis||1:00 p.m.||Fox||Sam Rosen, Brian Billick|
|Arizona at Minnesota||1:00 p.m.||Fox||Chris Myers, Tim Ryan|
|Baltimore at Houston||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf|
|Cleveland at Indianapolis||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots|
|Tennessee at Buffalo||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Marv Albert, Rich Gannon|
|New York Jets at New England||4:25 p.m.||CBS||Jim Nantz, Phil Simms|
|Jacksonville at Cleveland||4:25 p.m.||CBS||Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts|
Matchup of the Week: Baltimore at Houston
Two of the best teams in the AFC, the Ravens and Texans, have a lot of questions to answer in this showdown.
Which team is in more trouble?
For the Ravens, the loss of Ray Lewis and Ladarius Webb for the season leaves a lot of questions about where this defense is at. Haloti Nagata, probably the best defensive player on the team, is also dealing with an MCL injury.
They were already struggling to stop teams from moving the ball on them—they are giving up nearly 391 yards of total offense per game—and when you take away two great defensive player and add an injured star to the mix, things are going to get very interesting.
We keep talking about Joe Flacco needing to evolve into at least a consistent quarterback, if not one of the best in the league. Now is the time for him to take that next step for the Ravens to keep their Super Bowl hopes alive.
On the other side, the Texans are slowly losing key players to injuries. Two weeks ago it was Brian Cushing. Last week it was Tim Jamison, who is not a star but is an important part of the defensive line rotation.
This franchise always seems to get decimated by injuries, so there has to be some worry in Houston right now, especially based on what happened against the Packers last week.
There is more drama in this game than 99 percent of all Hollywood movies that will be released in the next two years.
Underrated Matchup of the Week: Washington Redskins at New York Giants
Perhaps underrated is the wrong term to use to describe this matchup, but I am intrigued by so many things about the Redskins and Giants.
Robert Griffin III had the best game of his NFL career last week against a Minnesota defense that looked like one of the best in the league the first five weeks. He was a one-man wrecking crew, with 320 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.
The Redskins are among a group of four teams in the NFC with a 3-3 record, yet they are just one game behind the Giants for first place in the NFC East.
On the flip side, the Giants had probably their best and most complete game since defeating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl five years ago. They were all over a San Francisco team that some were calling the best in the NFL.
The defensive line was up to its old tricks. Alex Smith played like he did before Jim Harbaugh arrived, throwing three interceptions because he had no time to do anything. The offense continues to show great balance, with Ahmad Bradshaw coming to life the last two weeks.
However, in the past when the Giants win a big game, they tend to come out flat the next week. They look great right now, though, so perhaps that was a turning-point game.