5 Story Lines To Keep An Eye On
1. Ben Roethlisberger makes his return to the Steelers after serving his four-game suspension and will start against Cleveland this week.
2. Brett Favre says he is bothered by tendinitis in his right elbow and may consider sitting out a game or two this season to take care of it.
3. Aaron Rodgers returns to practice after suffering a concussion in last week’s game, although it is unclear if he will play this weekend.
4. Darrelle Revis and Calvin Pace look to be game time decisions as the Jets travel west to take on the Broncos.
5. Browns rookie QB Colt McCoy will make his first NFL start against the rival Steelers and their vaunted defense.
Top 5 Games Of The Weekend
1. Ravens (4-1) at Patriots (3-1), 1:00 PM, CBS
Another huge road game for Baltimore; they’ve already won at the Jets and Steelers; can they make it three?
2. Falcons (4-1) at Eagles (3-2), 1:00 PM, FOX
The early favorite in the NFC faces a tough challenge on the road in Philadelphia.
3. Saints (3-2) at Buccaneers (3-1), 1:00 PM, FOX
New Orleans might be reeling a bit after losing last week; can Tampa Bay take advantage in the division?
4. Chiefs (3-1) at Texans (3-2), 1:00 PM, CBS
Two teams trying to define themselves; how does KC respond after a loss and can Houston find consistency?
5. Colts (3-2) at Redskins (3-2), 8:20 PM, NBC
An interesting challenge for Peyton Manning going up against a tough Washington defense.
5 Worst Games Of The Weekend
1. Browns (1-4) at Steelers (3-1), 1:00 PM, CBS
With Cleveland starting rookie Colt McCoy at QB, the potential for “look out” blocks is immense.
2. Raiders (2-3) at 49ers (0-5), 4:00 PM, CBS
The battle of the Bay Area features two teams that each have a myriad of issues coming into this week.
3. Cowboys (1-3) at Vikings (1-3), 4:15 PM, FOX
Dubbed the “Panic Bowl”, the winner of this one might be who makes the least amount of mistakes.
4. Seahawks (2-2) at Bears (4-1), 1:00 PM, FOX
Seattle has been horrendous in two road games and now travels to Chicago to face the Bears defense.
5. Chargers (2-3) at Rams (2-3), 1:00 PM, CBS
Both teams are coming off bad losses last week and are looking for something positive this week.
5 Players To Watch This Weekend
1. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers QB vs. Cleveland
Playing his first game this season, how much rust will he have and how much will it matter against the Browns?
2. Brandon Tate, Patriots WR vs. Baltimore
While he won’t replace Randy Moss, he does need to be a reliable second target for Tom Brady against the Ravens.
3. Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers RB vs. New Orleans
The leading rusher and receiver for Tampa Bay must have a solid game to take the pressure off of Josh Freeman.
4. Vince Young, Titans QB vs. Jacksonville, Monday
In the tightest division in the league, Young must continue to manage the Tennessee offense and not make mistakes in a big division game.
5. Antonio Cromartie, Jets CB vs. Denver
With no Darrelle Revis possible, Cromartie has to set the tone for the secondary against the pass happy Broncos.
5 Teams That Have To Have A Big Week
1. Vikings (1-3) Hosting Dallas
Minnesota’s season might be on the line this week, and this is probably as much of a must-win that you can have at this point of the season.
2. Jaguars (3-3) Hosting Tennessee, Monday
Jacksonville has surprised a lot of people thus far and getting a big division win on a national stage could do a lot for their confidence.
3. Saints (3-2) Visiting Tampa Bay
Despite all of their injuries, they need to keep winning and not lose any ground to Atlanta in the NFC South.
4. Chargers (2-3) Visiting St. Louis
San Diego has been horrendous on the road so far this season, but this week is definitely winnable and a good chance to right the ship.
5. Packers (3-2) Hosting Miami
Regardless of who’s playing QB, Green Bay needs to get a home win to stay right behind Chicago in the NFC North.