The postseason picture is taking shape as the NFL passes the quarter mark of the 2013 regular season. Five weeks in, numerous teams are overachieving, and an equal amount have underwhelmed.
The question is, where can you watch the second quarter of the season commence?
|Date||Time (ET)||Road Team||Home Team||TV|
|Thursday, Oct. 3||8:25 p.m.||Buffalo Bills||Cleveland Browns||NFL Network|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||1:00 p.m.||New Orleans Saints||Chicago Bears||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||1:00 p.m.||Detroit Lions||Green Bay Packers||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||1:00 p.m.||Seattle Seahawks||Indianapolis Colts||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||1:00 p.m.||Philadelphia Eagles||New York Giants||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||1:00 p.m.||New England Patriots||Cincinnati Bengals||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||1:00 p.m.||Kansas City Chiefs||Tennessee Titans||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||1:00 p.m.||Jacksonville Jaguars||St. Louis Rams||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||1:00 p.m.||Baltimore Ravens||Miami Dolphins||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||4:05 p.m.||Carolina Panthers||Arizona Cardinals||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||4:25 p.m.||Denver Broncos||Dallas Cowboys||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||8:30 p.m.||Houston Texans||San Francisco 49ers||NBC|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||11:35 p.m.||San Diego Chargers||Oakland Raiders||NFL Network|
|Monday, Oct. 7||8:30 p.m.||New York Jets||Atlanta Falcons||ESPN/Watch ESPN|
Schedule and TV listings via NFL.com
Detroit Lions (3-1) at Green Bay Packers (1-2)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 6
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
After impatiently waiting through their bye week, the Green Bay Packers are back for a clash with the Detroit Lions. Green Bay, 1-2, will look to pick up ground against a 3-1 Detroit team that has a firm grasp on the NFC North division lead.
Consider this to be a high-stakes affair.
Green Bay defeated the Washington Redskins 38-20 during its lone home game and suffered its two loses by a combined 10 points. Furthermore, the Packers have won 21 of their past 22 games at Lambeau Field.
Seeing as the Lions haven't won in Green Bay since 1991, the odds are stacked against Detroit in this one—seriously, Bovada has them as seven-point underdogs.
With this being established, the Lions are playing some of the best football we've ever seen from the inconsistent organization. Reggie Bush is running and catching the football at an elite level and Matthew Stafford has overcome a shaky start for Calvin Johnson to take over games.
It doesn't hurt that the Lions offensive line has allowed 3.0 total sacks.
Unfortunately, Detroit's pass rush has been almost as poor as its pass protection has been strong, registering 7.0 sacks through four games. With the Lions' inability to put pressure on the quarterback established, Aaron Rodgers should have no trouble picking Detroit apart.
It'll be a close game, but the numbers are stacked heavily in Green Bay's favor.
Houston Texans (2-2) at San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 6
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
The Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers entered the 2013 NFL regular season as favorites to reach the Super Bowl. After four weeks, both the Texans and 49ers are 2-2 with lopsided losses to Super Bowl contenders.
Rather than deciding which team is closer to a dominant run, this game will move one team to 3-2 and the other a sub-.500 record.
The 49ers enter this game with a 34-28 win over the Packers and a 35-11 victory against the St. Louis Rams, creating reason for confidence. In between those wins, however, the Niners lost 29-3 at the Seattle Seahawks and 27-7 during a home game against the Indianapolis Colts.
San Francisco's success and failure can be tied to Colin Kaepernick, who has five passing touchdowns and no interceptions in the two wins and no touchdowns with four interceptions during the losses.
For Houston, the run game and defense has played well throughout the season, but Matt Schaub has been too inconsistent to piece together victories. After throwing six touchdowns during Houston's first two wins, he has two scores and three interceptions during the Texans' two losses.
That includes a costly pick-six during the fourth quarter of the team's loss to the Seahawks.
That will be the key in this game, as the Texans and 49ers' defense and running games cancel each other out. In that time, both Kaepernick and Schaub will be trusted to be the difference for their respective teams.
Whichever quarterback steps up will win.
New York Jets (2-2) at Atlanta Falcons (1-3)
Date: Monday, Oct. 7
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN/Watch ESPN
Geno Smith has taken over for Mark Sanchez as the team's starting quarterback, leading the New York Jets to a 2-2 record through four weeks. The Atlanta Falcons have been playing with an injured star running back in Steven Jackson and are 1-3.
Not too many people expected this to be a high-stakes game, but it is.
Bilal Powell ran for 149 yards on 27 carries in New York's Week 3 win, and Geno Smith came up with multiple key plays during the Jets' Week 1 victory. Prior to a 38-13 Week 4 loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Jets hadn't allowed 20 points in a single game.
During Week 4, New York will look to win its first road game of the season.
The Falcons are 1-3, but all three of their losses have come by seven points or fewer. Those losses happened to come against two 4-0 teams, the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, and the 3-1 Miami Dolphins.
Now, Atlanta will look to avoid a rare two-game home losing streak.
The Falcons are 14-4 at the Georgia Dome since 2011, owning one of the most significant home-field advantages in all of football. The Jets, meanwhile, are 5-13 on the road since 2011, serving as one of the worst teams away from their home stadium.
The numbers favor Atlanta, but we've said that many times before.