10/16/2009 § Leave a comment
It looks like another thin week as far as exciting matchups are concerned. One thing we’ll get out of this week (along with the next couple) is a better idea of who’s good and who’s bad out of the teams currently huddled up in the middle.
Baltimore @ Minnesota (Sunday, 1:00 ET, CBS)
The Ravens are coming off a heartbreaking loss to division foes Cincinnati and desperately want to revive a suddenly stagnant offense, while the Vikings are trying to stay unbeaten before two consecutive tough road trips to Pittsburgh and Green Bay. The unit that will decide this game is the Baltimore Ravens Offense. « Read the rest of this entry »
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. « Read the rest of this entry »
10/02/2009 § Leave a comment
Green Bay @ Minnesota (Monday, 8:30 ET, ESPN)
There are other games on this week, but who cares? You’re not going to find this kind of intrigue anywhere else this weekend, except maybe Zombieland. Two years ago, Brett Favre retired from the Packers, but later revealed he felt he was being forced out because he was no longer effective. Comments about Favre’s future viability may or may not have been made by Packers GM Ted Thompson.
After an unsuccessful attempt to join the Vikings last year, Favre signed with the New York Jets and started off 7-4 before a suffering a shoulder injury that may have contributed to a five-game losing streak to end the season.
Favre retired again last off-season, and this one appeared to be sticking, as Favre remained unsigned and adamant that he would not playing in 2009. Still, the situation was suspect from the get-go as many believed Favre still had a desire to play for the Vikings under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who previously worked with Favre as a QB coach in Green Bay. « Read the rest of this entry »
09/25/2009 § Leave a comment
Washington @ Detroit (Sunday, 1:00 ET, Fox)
Last week, Washington looked unimpressive in a 9-7 win over the Rams. Fans are fuming over the lack of offensive production. Meanwhile, Lions fans would be happy with a 0-0 tie at the end of overtime. Will Skins backers get their karmic comeuppance in the form of a loss to Detroit? Watch for about ten minutes until it becomes clear that the answer is “no.”
Tennessee @ New York Jets (Sunday, 1:00 ET, CBS)
The Jets shocked the Patriots last week, and QB Mark Sanchez looks like the real deal. Handing the pre-season darling Titans their third consecutive loss would add to the youngster’s impressive start.
Kansas City @ Philadelphia (Sunday, 1:00 ET, CBS)
Michael Vick is officially reinstated, and just in time as the Eagles may need him to fill in for Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, and DeSean Jackson, all of whom could miss this game with injuries. Meanwhile, Matt Cassel continues his contract-justification quest. « Read the rest of this entry »
09/18/2009 § Leave a comment
Carolina @ Atlanta (Sunday, 1:00 ET, Fox)
Tune in to see how many interceptions Jake Delhomme has to throw before freshly-signed A.J. Feeley takes the field. Don’t count out the Panthers in this one though, especially if they manage to kidnap and brainwash Falcons QB Matt Ryan during halftime.
Minnesota @ Detroit (Sunday, 1:00 ET, Fox)
Call it The Handoff Standoff. After rumbling his way to 180 yards and 3 scores against the Browns last week, Vikings back Adrian Peterson should expect to carry the ball often against a suspect Lions D. Meanwhile, Lions QB Matt Stafford threw three picks last week and Detroit’s only hope is to try to establish a ground game. Good luck with that.
Cincinnati @ Green Bay (Sunday, 1:00 ET, CBS)
Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco has vowed to attempt a Lambeau Leap if he scores against the Packers this week. « Read the rest of this entry »
09/09/2009 § Leave a comment
Tennessee @ Pittsburgh (Thursday, 8:30 ET, NBC)
How many reasons do you need? It’s the first game of the season and could easily be an AFC championship preview. Your other viewing choices include some show about vampires and Big Brother 11 (ELEVEN!? Really?).
Miami @ Atlanta (Sunday, 1:00 ET, CBS)
Matt Ryan went 22-29 for 234 yards, 2 TDs and no INTs in the preseason and will be looking to improve on a successful performance last year. Meanwhile, Miami will almost certainly use rookie QB Pat White in the league’s premiere Wildcat offense. And you know that’s going to be awesome.
Minnesota @ Cleveland (Sunday, 1:00 ET, Fox)
Tune in early to see who Eric Mangini has selected as his starting QB, a secret so closely-guarded that it took master spy Terrell Owens to sniff it out. Stick around to see how Brett Favre looks in his third uniform in as many years. « Read the rest of this entry »
08/04/2009 § Leave a comment
Defense Wins Championships. It is perhaps the most enduring football cliché, repeated to the point that it has lost its opening act (the quote is “Offense sells the tickets, but defense wins the championships.”) and its context (it’s actually about basketball), but if there’s any truth to it, expect to see a whole lot of grinning Gators come January. « Read the rest of this entry »