Detroit Lions vs Houston Texans – Wow, what a match up! The zero and five Lions travel to Houston to do battle against the one and four Texans in a game that may well be the Lions best chance for notching a victory for the remainder of the season. Defensively, the lowly Lions played extremely well last week versus the Vikings, but the Texans have a far more diverse offense and figures to put some points on the boards. Andre Johnson, who is widely considered one of the premier receivers in the league, made possibly the best catch of the season in the Texans last winning drive versus of the Dolphins and should pose some real problems for the boys from Motown..
Lions 13 – Texans 27
Indianapolis Colts vs Green Bay Packers – Both clubs need this one badly to keep pace within their respective division. This match up not only pits the top quarterback in the game in Peyton Manning against a developing star in Aaron Rodgers, but also brings together two of the very best receiving tandems in the league. Once again it's hard for me to bet against a Manning led club in a must win ballgame, but it's equally hard for me to figure the Packers losing three consecutive games at Lambeau Field. This one is certainly worth the price of admission and I believe in the end the home team will prevail.
Colts 27 – Packers 31
NY Jets vs Oakland Raiders – The Raiders have little in the way of leadership on the field and lacks direction and purpose off the field. Al Davis who has been the person in command for nearly fifty years, must relinquish control of the day to day operation of the club, if this team is to have any chance of regaining the glory that once belonged to the silver and black, don't hold your breath.
The Bret Favre led Jets need this one on the road on the left coast badly in order to stay within striking range of both the Patriots and Bills. They sure couldn't have picked two better opponents than the Raiders this Sunday and the lowly Chiefs at home next week. Look for Favre to go after disappointing corner DeAngelo Hall, a player who talks a whole lot better than he performs on the football field. I've had a strange feeling about this one all week, but I'm going to go with the visitors from back east in a relatively close contest..
Jets 26 – Raiders 17
Cleveland Browns vs Washington Redskins – The Browns picked up their second win of the season on Monday night at home in front of a National audience, while the Redskins dominated the statistical battle versus the winless Rams, but ultimately dropped their second game of the season. Turnovers played a major role in their loss to the lowly Rams, but don't look for a repeat performance in this weeks contest.
As well as they played against the Giants, I just don't see the Browns as having the defensive personnel to match up offensive combination of Campbell, Portis and Cooley. I look for a competitive battle, but the Skins are not about to drop two in a row in front of the home folks.
Browns 19 – Redskins 26
Seattle Seahawks vs Tampa Bay – Mainly due to a rash of injuries, the 2008 season has been a nightmare for the Seahawks and their retiring head coach Mike Holmgren. The offense has struggled for most of the season, but without veteran starter Matt Hasselbeck at the line up, as was the case last week versus the Packers, has been a total abomination.
The Buccaneers performance to date has far exceeded all expectations, and they are particularly tough in the friendly confines of Raymond James Stadium. It's a long cross country trip from Seattle to Tampa and I don't expect the return to be a festive one for the visiting Seahawks
Seahawks 9 – Buccaneers 27
Denver Broncos vs New England Patriots – The three and two Patriots, losers to the Chargers last week, didn't lose two games all of last year, including the post-season! Much has been made of the offense that has scored better than twenty points in just one contest this season, but what is more surprising is and could prove their undoing this week, is a veteran defensive unit which has given up eighty-nine points over the past three contests!The Broncos have had more success against the Patriots in recent years than any other club in the league and will be airing it out from the time they arrive at Gillette Stadium until their charter flight is airborne over Providence. The Broncos are going to score points, but their big problem over the past two seasons has been rushing the passer and stopping the inside run. It's going to be a shootout, but look for a much improved Patriot defensive effort and a more effective, quick hitting offense philosophy.
Broncos 26 – Patriots 33