NFL Week 7: 10 Things You Must See
Week 6 saw the return of Ben Roethlisberger, some great come from behind victories, and a few devastating hits that could change the NFL.
Week 7 should have some meaningful divisional matchups, a couple teams still trying to get their first wins and what could be Brett Favre's last game at Lambeau Field.
Here are 10 things you must see in the NFL this week.
The Redskins Vs The Bears
After starting out 3-0 the Bears are starting to come back to the Pack in the NFC North and now stand with a 4-2 record.
The 3-3 Redskins need only one more win to match their total from last year, and are only a game behind the Eagles and Giants in the NFC East.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked another six times this past Sunday by the Seahawks, and the combination of Mike Martz's offensive scheme, a very poor offensive line and the relentless pass rush of Brian Orakpo, could mean a very long day for Cutler.
The Bengals Vs The Falcons
The Bengals are coming off their bye week, and will be trying to erase the memory of a tough last minute loss to the Buccaneers. Quarterback Carson Palmer will need to elevate his game if the Bengals have any hope of contending in the very tough AFC North. Palmer currently has a passer rating of 78.3 and is completing less than 60% of his passes.
The Falcons are coming off a loss to the Eagles, and will be trying to stay in first place in the NFC South. The Falcons have a balanced attack, with a top 10 offense and a defense that ranks in the top five in points allowed.
The 49ers Vs The Panthers
The 49ers and Panthers both have a lot to fight for on Sunday. The 49ers, even at 1-5 still have hopes of winning their division, while the 0-5 Panthers are desperately trying to get their first win of the season.
The good news for the 49ers is that they have a fairly easy schedule from here on out, and only play two teams that are currently above .500, the Seahawks and the Buccaneers.
The Panthers have almost no hope of winning their division, and have decided to go back to Matt Moore at quarterback, a sign the Panthers don't believe that rookie Jimmy Clausen is ready to start in the NFL.
The Rams Vs The Buccaneers
In one of Sundays' early matchups, two of the NFL's most surprising teams faceoff, the 3-3 Rams versus the 3-2 Buccaneers.
The Rams are coming off an upset win over the San Diego Chargers, and continue to get excellent play out of rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, who has started to develop a relationship with his receivers.
The Buccaneers are coming off a blow-out loss to the Saints, but are still only one game back in their division. I have my doubts that the Buccaneers are ready to compete for a playoff spot, but an above .500 record is certainly a possibility with their schedule.
The Eagles Vs The Titans
Kevin Kolb will again get the start at quarterback for the Eagles, and after last weeks performance, the Eagles could have another quarterback controversy on their hands. Kolb went 23 for 29, 326 yards and three touchdowns, in Sundays performance against the Falcons.
If Kolb has another great performance, whether or not to go back to Michael Vick once he is fully healthy, may be a very tough decision for Head Coach Andy Reid to make.
The Titans may also be going with a backup quarterback, Todd Collins, on Sunday, although there is no quarterback controversy in Tennessee. Vince Young will likely be a game-time decision on Sunday after sustaining a knee injury on Monday night.
The Steelers Vs The Dolphins
After his four game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got a warm ovation in his return to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday, but he should expect no such welcome when he plays his first road game in Miami..
The Steelers look like one of the best teams in football and Roethlisberger's return should be a huge boost to a passing game that struggled without him.
The Dolphins are 3-2, which is only good enough for third place in the AFC East, but they are a team that have enough talent to compete with anyone on Sunday.
The Patriots Vs The Chargers
On Sunday, the Patriots pulled out a come from behind win against the team that many feel is the best in football, the Baltimore Ravens. Quarterback Tom Brady again proved why he is one of the most clutch players in the game, rallying the Patriots from a 10 ten point, fourth quarter deficit.
The struggling Chargers lost to the Rams on Sunday, the type of team the Chargers are going to have to start defeating if they hope to win their division or make the playoffs.
With a 2-4 record, the Chargers are still very much alive in the AFC West, however they have two losses within the division already and have a to face the Titans, Texans, Broncos and Colts over the next five weeks.
The Raiders Vs The Broncos
Both teams are only 2-4, but are still very much alive in the wide open AFC West.
The play of quarterback Kyle Orton and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd continue to be a pleasant surprise for the Broncos. Orton is currently second in the league in passing yards, while Lloyd leads the league in receiving yards. Unfortunately for the Broncos, their rushing game ranks dead last in the NFL.
The Raiders were hoping to make a big jump this year with the addition of Jason Campbell at quarterback, but due to inconsistent play, Campbell was benched in favor of Bruce Gradkowski, only to regain his job after an injury to Gradkowski. This week, both Campbell's and Gradkowski's status are uncertain due to injuries, which could mean third string quarterback Kyle Boller could get the start.
The Vikings Vs The Packers
Brett Favre will head back to Lambeau Field to face the Packers for the second time since signing with the Vikings, but the struggles of both teams so far this season overshadows his return.
The Vikings are coming off an important win over the Cowboys, but are still two games behind the division leading Bears, and Favre has not looked like the same quarterback that threw 33 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions last season.
The Packers have been playing well under the level that was expected of them, and devastating injuries have added to their woes. The good news for the Packers is that current NFL sack leader, Clay Matthews, should be recovered enough from a hamstring injury that kept him out of last Sundays game, to play against the Vikings on Sunday night.
The Giants Vs The Cowboys
After losing last weeks "desperation bowl" to the Vikings, the Dallas Cowboys again find themselves in another must win game, this time against the division rival Giants. The Cowboys have the top ranked defense in the league, and on paper, they have one of the most talented offenses, yet have only one win.
After two embarrassing losses to the Colts and Titans, the Giants have looked like one of the best teams in the NFC the past few weeks, going 3-0 and beating the Bears, Texans and Lions.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has insisted Head Coach Wade Phillips job is not in jeopardy, but with a team this talented performing this poorly, much of the blame for the Cowboys performance must be placed squarely on the shoulders of the coaching staff.