The NFL has three weekly games in prime time, and while this offers a fantastic opportunity for teams to gain exposure, it can also lead to a franchise being embarrassed on national television.
That will be the case in all three marquee games in Week 9. These contests all feature struggling teams going on the road, and this journey will end in disaster.
Here is why each of the three prime-time games will end in a blowout.
Thursday, Nov. 1: San Diego Chargers over Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs quarterback carousel has continued turning, and that does not bode well for the team.
Brady Quinn took over for an injured Matt Cassel during the team’s Week 5 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He was then handed the starting job against the Raiders, before having to leave the game due to a head injury.
The Chiefs are left with two struggling quarterbacks on the roster, one of which has already been benched this season. This is not a recipe for success.
Admittedly, the Chargers are coming off an embarrassing loss themselves to the Cleveland Browns. Still, San Diego will be playing at home and will be desperate for a victory. Philip Rivers is still an extremely talented passer, and he will prove that as he leads his team to a dominant victory over the lowly Chiefs.
Sunday, Nov. 4: Atlanta Falcons over Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have continually found ways to lose games. Their primary mode for doing this has been turning the ball over, and their 19 giveaways is the second-highest total in the NFL.
In contrast, the Atlanta Falcons have been able to come out with a win, despite several close contests this year. Matt Ryan has come through multiple times in crucial situations.
During this Sunday night contest, the Cowboys will not need to help the red-hot Falcons at all, although they certainly may do just that.
Expect Atlanta’s aggressive defense to cause Tony Romo and Dallas all sorts of problems, and this game will get out of hand early.
Monday, Nov. 5: New Orleans Saints over Philadelphia Eagles
As much as the Saints have struggled this year, not one word has been uttered in favor of taking Drew Brees out of the game.
On Thursday, the Chiefs will start to prove how debilitating uncertainty at the quarterback position can be to a team, and the Eagles will add another piece of convincing evidence on Monday night.
Howard Eskin of Fox 29 in Philadelphia reported via Twitter that the Eagles will likely start rookie quarterback Nick Foles in this matchup.
Putting a rookie QB behind a struggling offensive line for his first career start on Monday Night Football will not fix Philadelphia’s problems. Even if the team sticks with Michael Vick, this saga will surely have an effect on his confidence, and the Saints will take advantage of the debacle by recording an impressive victory in front of their elated fans.