After a few tasty beverages and some delicious tailgate food, NFL fans across the country will be hoping that their team will put on a winning performance, but a few teams will end up disappointing their supportive crowds.
While home-field advantage does make a difference, it is often not enough to overcome a difficult matchup, and certain fan bases will be painfully reminded of this on Sunday and Monday.
Here are the home teams that will fail to impress this weekend.
Seattle Seahawks over Detroit Lions
The Lions will fall to 2-5 with a loss, and the crowd at Ford Field will go home with frowns on their faces at this end result against the Seahawks.
A Detroit passing attack that appeared unstoppable last season has failed to put up points and turned the ball over far too often this season. Now, it is going against a Seattle secondary that is one of the most talented groups in the NFL.
The tall, physical defensive backs will provide Calvin Johnson with a challenge, and players like Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman will set the tone for a Seattle victory.
Ultimately, Russell Wilson and the offense will put up just enough points to allow the defense to lead a victory on the road.
New England Patriots over St. Louis Rams
New England has faced criticism after blowing a late lead against Seattle and then needing overtime to get past the New York Jets last weekend. But a team as talented as the Patriots will not stay down for long, and Brady will carve up the Rams defense.
Jeff Fisher has St. Louis playing well, but his team is unfortunate to be in the midst of a difficult stretch of games.
The Patriots are simply better than the Rams, and Bill Belichick will ensure that his team plays up to its full potential on Sunday.
New York Giants over Dallas Cowboys
It seems like much longer than seven weeks ago that the Cowboys beat the Giants in the season’s first game. That perception will not change as Dallas will continue to struggle while New York flexes its muscles as the defending champions.
Since their Week 1 win, the Cowboys have gone 2-3, with both victories coming in low-scoring battles against weak teams.
Dallas seems set for another disappointing year, while Eli Manning and the Giants are coming off a dominant victory over the San Francisco 49ers and an impressive comeback against the Washington Redskins.
New York will not slow down on the road, and Cowboys fans will have to watch their team lose on Jerry Jones’ gigantic Jumbotron.
San Francisco 49ers over Arizona Cardinals
The NFC West has surprisingly become one of the most competitive divisions in football, and this game will be a hard-fought defensive battle.
Much like the 49ers game last week against the Seahawks, points will be scarce in this game, and the quarterbacks will spend a significant amount of time on their backs.
But Arizona’s John Skelton will be subject to a brutal beatdown in this Monday Night Football matchup as the Cardinals offensive line is awful. The San Francisco pass rush is still one of the best in the NFL, and it will run wild.
The constant pressure on Skelton will be too much for Arizona to overcome in this game.