NFL Games to Watch: Week Five

10/09/2009 § Leave a comment

This week’s slate is a little bare, with only a couple games featuring two good teams and a potential train-wreck with teams who are a combined 1-7.  Meanwhile, if you like watching good teams beat the crap out of terrible teams, this weekend offers a nice triple feature.

Cincinnati @ Baltimore (Sunday, 1:00 ET, CBS)

The surprising Bengals travel to take on the dominant Ravens in a matchup of two 3-1 teams battling for the top of their division.  Cincinnati is 2-0 on the road and Baltimore is 2-0 at home.  The unit that will decide this game is the Cincinnati Bengals Defense.

New England @ Denver (Sunday, 4:15 ET, CBS)

The Broncos have stunned the entire league with their 4-0 start, while the Patriots are performing about as well as expected at 3-1.  The Broncos defense has given up less than a TD per game so far this season, which means that the unit that will decide this game is the New England Patriots Offense.

Cleveland @ Buffalo (Sunday, 1:00 ET, CBS)

The Browns have as many wins as viable quarterbacks (zero) and just traded talented-but-underwhelming receiver Braylon Edwards to the Jets.  Meanwhile, Buffalo’s only win is over winless Tampa Bay and Terrell Owens is on pace to have fewer catches this season than his rookie year.  The unit that will decide this game is Whichever One Produces A Touchdown.

Teams Passing in Opposite Directions:

4-0 Minnesota @ 0-4 St. Louis (Sunday, 1:00 ET, Fox)

4-0 Indianapolis @ 0-4 Tennessee (Sunday, 8:20 ET, NBC)

3-1 New York Jets @ 1-3 Miami (Monday, 8:30 ET, ESPN)

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