With the halfway mark of the NFL season firmly in the rear view, it is time for teams to start to show if they are getting ready for the playoffs or the offseason.
Below are three teams that are not just going to earn a win this week, but they will turn some heads in the process.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
The Packers will roll into Detroit fresh off a bye that followed a four-game win streak. In that streak, their narrowest margin of victory was nine points.
The Lions will roll into this one fresh off a crushing 24-14 defeat to the Minnesota Vikings that knocked them to 4-5. The Lions can ill afford to lose this game, but they must have been telling themselves last week and it didn't help much, and this Packers' offense is a far fiercer beast than the Vikings.
The Lions are playing solid pass defense, but they are slipping. Last week, they allowed Christian Ponder to throw for 221 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, and Ponder had been complete garbage for weeks prior to that performance.
The Packers will be ready to roll off their bye. They will get an early lead, force some turnovers and win comfortably.
Prediction: Packers 31, Lions 20
Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers
The Broncos outscored the Chargers 35-0 in the second half of their Week 6 game and they haven't slowed down since.
Meanwhile, the Chargers have gone 1-2 in that stretch and their lone win was against the terrible Kansas City Chiefs.
Realistically, if the Chargers are going to make a run at the AFC West, they need to win this game. So they will be hitting the Broncos with everything they got. The problem is, this Chargers team, with a dearth of playmakers, just makes mistakes when they press too hard.
The Broncos are having no such problems. They are rolling and they will bury this sinking team.
Prediction: Broncos 38, Chargers 17
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
I'm not going to sit here and say Vick was the problem with the Eagles. The guy was getting hit nearly every time he dropped back.
However, I see a strong-armed quarterback that is not shell shocked going against a weak pass rush and poor pass defense, and I see a chance for the Eagles' offense to explode.
Washington's pass defense is terrible and what is vitally important in this matchup, is it is No. 30 in the league in sack percentage.
This will allow rookie Nick Foles to get comfortable in the pocket and find some guys eager to make plays. I would also expect a heavier workload for LeSean McCoy to help ease things for the rookie. The Eagles will be able to control this game with their offense.
Prediction: Eagles 27, Redskins 23