This week, the NFL started its Thursday Night Football series. Which means my Friday Weekly NFL Preview column will include a quick Thursday recap. It’s like two columns for the price of one!
DEN 34 @ CLE 30
There’s no way to pussy-foot around this, so I’m just going to say it. The Broncos’ defense is a complete and utter embarrassment. If you’re a team, like Cleveland, who wants to start a new “franchise” quarterback off on the right foot, there’s no better team to start him against.
The Broncos' defense is terrible. Awful. Horrifying.
Also, someone please inform the Cleveland Browns that NFL games are, in fact, four quarters long.
NYG @ PHI
The second best team in the NFL against the second best team in the NFC. The Eagles are playing extremely well right now, and are about due to beat one of the elite NFL teams. The Giants are playing better than anyone in the NFL not from Tennessee.
Something has to give.
Eli Manning has been much, much better this season. But he’s still Eli Manning. The Eagles’ defense can get after the opposing quarterback as well as any team in the NFL, and when you pressure Eli, he throws picks. McNabb, on the other hand, has the ability to thrive against pressure because of his elusiveness.
The Giants may be the better team, but on Sunday, the Eagles will win. They need it more, they’re at home, and the entire city of Philadelphia is on an unstoppable roll right now.
BUF @ NE
The winner of this game will be in position to win the AFC East. Yes, both teams are somehow tied with the Jets. But let’s be honest. Nobody respects the Jets. They’re awful. We don’t understand how they’re winning games, but we’re pretty sure they’re not going to continue doing it.
The Patriots have their issues, but in my humble opinion they’re still the better team.
(If you’re interested, you can check out my Bills-Who-are-the-real-Beast-of-the-East">Examiner.com Pats-Bills preview here.)
GB @ MIN
The Packers will have trouble running against the stout Vikings’ defense. But they should be able to throw the ball all over the field. As long as Rodgers doesn’t pull a “dome-Favre” and throw the game away, the Packers should win this game handily.
SEA @ MIA
Is anyone else concerned that the Dolphins are about to go 5-4? I heard it’s also raining in the desert, pigs were seen flying in Kansas, and a couple of demons were having a snowball fight in hell.
NO @ ATL
The Saints won in England, then had a week off, now get their crack at the NFC South’s very own Cinderella. Matt Ryan and the Falcons are significantly better than anyone thought they’d be, but it’s getting to be time that the men separate themselves from the boys.
My NFC Super Bowl pick starts its run this week by thrashing the Falcons.
TEN @ CHI
Tennessee defense, meet Rex Grossman.
Kyle Orton, please get well soon.
BAL @ HOU
Matt Schaub is going to miss about a month, which may be a blessing in disguise for the Texans. Sage Rosenfels may be the best backup quarterback in the NFL. He may be the best quarterback on the Houston Texans. The Ravens have won three games in a row, but their beat up secondary is going to have some serious issues with Andre Johnson.
I think Houston pulls the upset here.
JAC @ DET
Jacksonville is looking to pull off a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in the NFL since…maybe ever. They’re going to try to be the only team to lose to either the Bengals or the Lions in the same season. On consecutive weeks, no less. It’s a tough task, but if they put their mind to it….
…who am I kidding? Nobody’s going to lose to the Lions this season. Sorry Jacksonville!
STL @ NYJ
I’ve seen enough of the Jets to know they’re a deceptively bad team. They’ve somehow managed to steal five wins. I’m as shocked as you are.
The Rams are pretty bad, but they’re good enough to play the Jets tough. Plus, the Jets can stay in first place with a win against the Rams. If history has taught us anything, it’s that the Jets will fold under pressure.
CAR @ OAK
This game isn’t even worth talking about. The Raiders are going to get killed. In front of their fans, in their home stadium. It’s sad, really.
IND @ PIT
Ben Roethlisberger looks like he’s going to start this weekend, even though he hasn’t practiced yet this week because of a shoulder injury.
If he doesn’t play, the Colts may get away with stacking everyone at the line of scrimmage and selling out to stop the run.
So, Ben plays, Steelers win big. Ben doesn’t play, Steelers lose a close game.
KC @ SD
SF @ ARI
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