Colts Fan Viewing Guide: The Best of the Rest

THE game starts at 1:00 in Indianapolis when the Colts host the Texans. But there are other games of importance to Colts fans as well. ColtPower gives you a crisp, quick primer of the top games that you should care about -- and tells you why -- out of this week's slate of games.

COLTPOWER'S GAMEDAY VIEWING GUIDE 

#1:  PITTSBURGH (1-0) at JACKSONVILLE (1-0)

KICKOFF:
Monday, 8:30 ET

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
Because the Jags play Indy next weekend, and who wants those guys boasting and bragging all week (again) even though they haven't won an AFC South title since the division was formed? It's undoubtedly going to cause you some angst to root for the Steelers, but since the Colts won't see them at least until playoff time, you might as well pull for them this week to help Indy wrap up the AFC South a little earlier this year.


PREDICTION: Steelers 17-16

KEYS TO THE GAME
It's the defense on both sides of the ball. Jacksonville will miss defensive end Reggie Hayward's pass-rushing ability due to his season-ending injury, but they'll have to be just as concerned about the Steelers' running game. Jacksonville put on a better offensive showing than many expected, with Fred Taylor turning in a strong rushing effort, and the Jags' young receivers stepping up to get the job done last week without retired receiver Jimmy Smith. Both teams rely heavily on their defenses, and Monday night will be no different.

INSIDER NOTES
Steelers: Are 0-3 in Jacksonville in the month of September ...QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to play after missing last weekend's action due to emergency appendix surgery...
Coach Bill Cowher is 8-9 against Jacksonville, one of only three losing records he has against teams he has faced at least five times...RB Najeh Davenport, signed last Friday after being released by Green Bay, appears to be ready for action this Monday. He should see some spot duty and could even by used in goal-line situations.

Jaguars: Running back Fred Taylor
has averaged 5.3 yards per carry in five career games on Monday nights...DT Marcus Stroud, MLB Mike Peterson and DE Paul Spicer are all listed as questionable. Although they are likely to see at least part-time action, they could be limited in what they can get done by their injuries while on the field.


#2: 
TENNESSEE (0-1) at SAN DIEGO (1-0)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
Because this is a "no lose" situation for Colts fans. A Tennessee loss will likely result in the Titans starting to wonder if they'll have a top five pick in the draft for the second consecutive year. If they should pull off the upset, it would be some sweet justice since it was the Bolts who ended the Colts' winning streak last year. And they'll likely be hitting the playoffs again, so a loss would help drop them in the pecking order for home field advantage. 


PREDICTION: Chargers 27-6

KEYS TO THE GAME
The Titans defense will be mightily challenged by Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson. They'll likely take their chances focusing on him and daring the Chargers to rely on
QB Philip Rivers. He only attempted 11 passes last weekend against the Raiders. It could be a long night for Titans QB Kerry Collins if Tennessee doesn't get their running game, powered by Chris Brown, working early.

INSIDER NOTES
Titans: Rookie RB Lendale White will likely make his first game appearance in the regular season in spot duty as Travis Henry is not expected to play in this contest due to a toe injury...The Titans secondary gave up over 300 receiving yards and two touchdown passes against the Jets last weekend.

Chargers:
San Diego has won the last three meetings between these two teams...There continues to be rumors flying that Titans' reserve QB Billy Volek might stay behind Sunday night if the Chargers can work out a trade.


#3: 
NEW ENGLAND (1-0) at NEW YORK JETS (1-0)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
Because you should be tired of watching the Patriots squeak out a win by a mere safety and then dusting off the "a win's a win" quote. 


PREDICTION:  I honestly think the Patriots will win, but I can't bring myself to say so. Jets 23-20. 

KEYS TO THE GAME
The Jets offensive line will need to be sharp against a blitzing New England defense or New York could become one-dimensional in this game. The Patriots need more productivity out of their receivers, but finished last week ranked fourth in rushing offense with the tandem of Corey Dillon and Laurence Maroney.

INSIDER NOTES
Patriots: Have beaten the Jets the last six times they've played...QB Tom Brady is 8-1 all-time against the Jets, 5-0 at the Meadowlands.

Jets: For Chad Pennington, there's no place like home. He's 15-6 (.714) as a starter in his own stadium. 


TWO MORE TO KEEP AN EYE ON...


KANSAS CITY (0-1) at DENVER (0-1)
Kickoff: Sunday, 4:15 ET
Both teams are playoff contenders, although you wouldn't know it from their starts last weekend. Either way, the Colts benefit from one of these teams taking another hit in the "L" column this week. So as much as we like to tell you who to root for, you get to make up your own mind on this one.

CLEVELAND (0-1) at CINCINNATI (1-0)
Kickoff: Sunday, 1:00 ET
While you should pull for the Browns in this one simply because you don't want any AFC team to be undefeated other than Indy, maybe you'll want to root for the Browns simply because they are decided underdogs. Or maybe you'll just want to see if Browns quarterback Charlie Frye can come out of this one alive. He was sacked five times last week while the Bengals defense was tuning up for him with a seven-sack performance against Kansas City last week. If you like watching NASCAR (because you know you only watch it for the wrecks, be honest), don't miss this game.


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