Week five’s NFL match-ups are some of the best of the year. The defending Super bowl champions will fight on the road against an embarrassed Cardinal team. Romo and the Cowboys will get a chance to prove themselves against the Titans. The Raiders will get an opportunity to become an above 500 team when they face the Chargers at home. Brian Cushing will come back for the first time since his suspension against the Giants. The New York Jets, the experts’ favorite to win it all, will face the Vikings to close the weekend’s NFL play.
After a slow start, the Dallas Cowboys have a lot of catching up to do. High expectations in the preseason may have overwhelmed the Cowboys causing them to falter in their opening games. Not to mention, knowing the Super bowl will be played in their stadium may have put too much pressure on the Texas team. Tennessee Titan quarterback Vince Young had a mediocre night against the Denver Broncos and may be looking for redemption against Dallas. However, if Dallas quarterback Tony Romo can find the hands of his receivers, Roy Williams and, rookie, Dez Bryant, the Cowboys should fare well.
The Saints need some wins and Arizona needs redemption. The Cardinals need to bounce back after humiliating loss against the Chargers.
One of the most classic rivalry games of all time, the Oakland Raiders will host the San Diego Chargers next week. The immense hatred shared amongst fans for one another makes the game more intense than any rivalry in the NFL. The Raiders are just a couple of wins away from being an above 500 team. The Raiders lost by just one touchdown against a strong Houston Texans team. Raiders backup quarterback, Bruce Gradkowski, show tremendous poise against the Texans making up for Jason Campbell’s lack of consistency. It will be interesting to see how Gradkowski will fare against Chargers Philip Rivers.
Houston Texans are good this year and with outside linebacker Brian Cushing coming back from his four-game suspension, the Texans will be ready to wreck havoc on the Giants. However, the Giants defense made history last week when they collectively sacked Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler nine times in one half of football. The battle of the defenses will mark the story line for Sunday’s match-up.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre will have to prove himself against a strong defensive team. Favre will face the best defense that he’s played all year, the New York Jets. The Jets will have to maintain stamina and not play into all the Favre hype to remain the experts' favorite to win it all.