There are some BIG games today, but let's just enjoy Tennessee's win a little more, has anyone checked on Smyth recently?:
Byes - Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints
6PM SKY SPORTS,
DETROIT LIONS (1-3) @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-2)
Philly, somehow, almost by default of being in a hilariously over-hyped division, are top of the NFC East. The Lions are bottom of the NFC North, but given the way both these teams have played, you wouldn't know it. The Lions need this more than the Eagles, particuarly as their reside in an extremely tough division this year (most years) and given how inconsistent the Eagles are, this is their best chance. The Eagles will be after revenge from losing the battle of Penn State last week, and have been stronger at home, but aren't infallible. (Lions by 3)
9:25pm, Sky Sports
New York Giants (3-2) @ San Francisco 49ers (4-1)
Very excited about this one. This was an absolute classic last year (which initially I ignored because it was straight after the Ravens crashed out, but this game just kept on going) which had just about everything. The Niners (like the Ravens two weeks ago) still feel haunted by the costly mistakes that left them out of the superbowl against the eventual champion Giants, but it won't be easy to exorcise. Though San Fran have looked insanely dominant in all but away to Minnie, The Giants have this weird ability of being great on the road, even on the west coast, with half their starters out injured. That is the case today, and yet you still can't quite count out the Giants. Anyway, this should be fun because its two real hard-hitting teams with playoff (and more) aspirations, head however says SF by 3.
Green Bay Packers (2-3) @ Houston Texans (5-0)
Now here's an interesting one. If results go a certain way Green Bay could be bottom of their division by the time this one comes around, Whereas Houston have no threat to their dominant throne on the AFC South. It would be an understatement then to say the Packers need this one more, but the Texans aren't likely to give up their perfect season mantle easily, one the Packers looked so sure of until a bizarre game against Tampa which has plagued them ever since. Texans have been fantastic on both sides of the ball so far, looking rather like the champion Packers of last year (until that aforementioned game) but the Packers still look dangerous, despite being riddled with injury to Greg Jennings and Cedric Benson. Though it seems strange betting against the Packers, its quite hard to ignore the noise coming from Houston right now (by 4-5).
Monday/Tuesday 1:30am, BBC Red Button
Denver Broncos (2-3) @ San Diego Chargers (3-2)
The maddeningly inconsistent AFC West does battle for supremacy again in a game that probably won't have much effect because both these teams will lose to Jacksonville or something silly later on. Both these teams are coming off losses against bigger Quarterbacks, so this is a fairly relevant meeting of two often under-performing QBs. So far, Rivers has looked more solid than Manning, but there's not really any telling where this will end up, with the Broncos' strong defence but Chargers' home-field dominance. (Bolts by 3)
Oakland (1-3) @ Atlanta (5-0) - Atlanta wobbled slightly last week and were only saved by an RGIII Concussion. They should be back to normal at home against this lot however (by 7)
Dallas (2-2) @ Baltimore (4-1) - Excited about this one. Last week @ KC, was one of the worst games I've ever witnessed, and yet we still game away with the win. So I'm far more confident about facing sir fumble-a-lot at home. (by 4-5)
Cincinnati (3-2) @ Cleveland (0-5) - The grossly colour schemed Ohio derby takes another historically irrelevant chapter. At this point you have to wonder when Cleveland start gunning for no.1 pick next year. (Cincy by 7)
St. Louis (3-2) @ Miami (2-3) - St. Louis in positive percentage WHAT. But here we are. The two nice surprise packages of the year go at it, but given the nature of these teams they'll probably cancel each other out (also, no armendola) Miami by 3.
Indianapolis (2-2) @ New York (2-3) - Oh the jets, you are the complete opposite of the thrilling comeback the Andrew Luck led Colts took to honour their leukaemia diagnosed coach. Expect Tebow's usage to rise, while Andrew Luck shrugs and wonders why the Jets keep getting gimmicks to throw for them. (Colts by 4-5)
Kansas City (1-4) @ Tampa Bay (1-3) - OH DEAR GOD WHO CARES. MAYBE MORE FANS WILL CHEER INJURIES DUE TO THE LACK OF FOOTBALL. (Nope, tie or something)
Buffalo (2-3) @ Arizona (4-1) - Buffalo stay West Coast after the beatdown handed to them by the Niners. Can't really see much improvement here against a strong Zona D (by 4-5)
New England (3-2) @ Seattle (3-2) - Here's an interesting little match-up. The Patriots aren't their usual selves and their heading into the most hostile stadium in the land, against the young upstart Seahawks. My head says don't be silly, it's Tom Brady, but my heart would really love a Pats shutdown. (SEA by 3)
Minnesota (4-1) @ Washington (2-3) - RGIII Practiced after his scary injury last week, but isn't confirmed to play just yet. Bit difficult to say without knowing. If he plays, the Skins have a decent chance, if not, the Vikes shouldn't have too much trouble. (by 4-5)