Saturday, October 24, 2009
NFL FOOTBALL- Week Seven Previews
The 2009 NFL season is well into it now as six teams get their "bye" weeks in late October and the standings are taking shape. However, nothing has been certain this season, just look at the current standings for proof of that.
A rundown of the games this weekend ...
Chargers at Chiefs- San Diego has been disappointing, getting off to another slow start this year... so this (and every game for them) is a must-win with Denver being 6-0... the Chiefs won their first game of the season last week against the Redskins.
Vikings at Steelers- Easily the "Game of the Day" between these two teams. Vikings riding high with Adrian Peterson and Brett Favre and are 6-0 heading to Western PA to face the Steelers, winners of three in a row after a 1-2 start. Should be a great game between two defensive minded teams.
Patriots at Buccaneers- Since when is Tampa, FL located in the UK?
These two teams do the nonsense this year and fly over to London in the middle of the season to play a football game. The NFL needs to drop this stunt as it disrupts the flow of a team and there isn't that much interest in "American football" over seas... don't believe the hype as the professional football world tries to "expand" over seas.
49ers at Texans- The Niners were crushed heading into their bye week while the Texans cooled off the red-hot Cincinnati Bengals on the road last week behind solid defense and four TD passes from QB Matt Schaub.
Jets at Raiders- Will the real New York Jets please stand up?
The Raiders are breathing easier knowing they will have Head Coach Tom Cable on the sidelines and not behind bars after the DA announced they would not press charges on Cable after he allegedly punched out an assistant coach in August.
Bills at Panthers- Both teams coming off thrilling last-minute wins last weekend.
Saints at Dolphins- The Saints are rolling and are on pace to shatter the NFL single-season scoring record established by the 2007 Patriots... Dolphins are getting it going after a slow start and the high school offense known as the "Wildcat" has been effective for them... they will need it to be so once again to keep Drew Brees and Co. off the field so they don't score 40+ points as they did against the Giants last week.
Bears at Bengals- Cedric Benson is the third leading rusher in the NFL this season and the Bears have to be wondering where was this when he was a member of the Chicago franchise his first three years in the NFL? Should be a hard-hitting game.
Colts at Rams- Why bother?
Packers at Browns- Green Bay has a knack for taking opponents like the Cleveland Browns lightly and if they do that this week, it could cost them... they better be ready to play because the Browns are improving, somewhat.
Falcons at Cowboys- This game could go down to the wire if the Cowboys defense shows up and can limit Michael Turner on the ground. Dallas stopping the Atlanta ground attack is the KEY to this one.
Cardinals at Giants- The Sunday Night Game features two teams that have been questioned recently, especially the Giants after they were throttled last Sunday in New Orleans... The Red Birds rolled against Seattle on the road and now Kurt Warner brings the air attack to the Big Apple to face a ticked-off Giants defense.
Eagles at Redskins- The Monday Night Football game has the Redskins hosting the Eagles. Both teams layed an egg last week as the Redskins lost to the winless K.C. Chiefs in D.C. while the Eagles couldn't score a TD against Oakland in a 13-9 loss. This game could be a stinker.
Here goes another week of prognostication for games of Week Seven...
(HOME TEAMS are listed in BOLD)
San Diego over Kansas City
Pittsburgh over Minnesota
New England over Tampa Bay
Houston over San Francisco
NY Jets over Oakland
Chicago over Cincinnati
Green Bay over Cleveland
Indianapolis over St. Louis
Atlanta over Dallas
Carolina over Buffalo
Miami over New Orleans
NY Giants over Arizona
Philadelphia over Washington
Last week's record: 8-6
SEASON RECORD: 58-32