A clash of the unbeaten is a must watch along with two key inter divisional games that have huge ramifications for the rest of the season
- Green Bay Packers@ Denver Broncos- This is the most anticipated game of the season thus far for the most obvious of reasons. Both team are undefeated and it is a tale of the unstoppable force against the immovable object. The Packers are one of the best offensive teams this league has seen in years while the Broncos have collected the best defensive players from free agency the last couple of seasons rounding them off in a much needed fashion. Peyton Manning is a shell of the gun slinger he once was but he will do all he can to show he has one last hurrah in the tank. Mean while, Aaron Rodgers is having one of the best seasons of his career (and that’s saying something) and will try to pick apart a defense that has almost singly handedly kept the Broncos out of the loss column. This is a must watch game for any sports fan.
- Miami Dolphins@ New England Patriots- I did not think the Dolphins would be a part of a must watch article but the last two weeks seems to have been a turnaround for Miami. Last week the Dolphins took full advantage of the Texans who are just a hot mess right now. The Patriots need no explanation of how good of a team they are. The one team most are picking to be able to run the table this season. This is not a foregone conclusion that the Patriots win however. Divisional match ups are always a coin toss and the Jets proved last week the Patriots may just be human after all.
- Cincinnati Bengals@ Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers picked up a big win over the Cardinals when Michael Vick went down to keep themselves afloat the wildcard discussion. Now all signs point to Ben Roethlisberger making a return against the toughest team in the division. The Bengals have been trying to stay relevant in the conversation of who’s the best in the league but can’t break away from the pack while four other teams are still undefeated. A big comeback win in Seattle allowed the Bengals to make people respect them more but a win against the Steelers in Pittsburgh might just give Cincinnati the momentum to win the big games down to the road to get at least that allusive playoff win.
- New York Jets@ Oakland Raiders- Both of these teams faced tough division foes last week but only one came away with the victory. The Raiders have exceeded expectations with a strong running game with Latavius Murry finding his grove while Amari Cooper has an almost Marvin Harrison/Peyton Manning type connection with Derek Carr. With San Diego and Kansas City underperforming, it would be no surprise to see Oakland finish second in the division. The Jets on the other hand are playing in a much tougher division than previously thought. I already touched on the Dolphins having a turn around and the Bills have been playing .500 ball for a few seasons now. Both the Jets and Raiders need a win in such a crucial mid season match up, it just depends on who shows up to play.
- New York Giants@ New Orleans Saints- The Saints have won two games in a row which actually puts them within striking distance of the second wildcard spot (the first will go to the second place team in the NFC South). The Giants are still trying to break away from the struggling NFC East which seems to be trading who gets the top spot week after week. From the looks of it, even though the East is so close together, it is the Giants division to lose. When they are able to get the win, it is because of solid game play rather than the other team falling apart. They also did not get blown out the first two games of the season which should be taken into account. The Saints are in the toughest division in the NFC but with Drew Brees under center, it was only a matter of time before his leadership brought this team into a winning record. This is not a game that will decide the season, but it will be a huge stepping stone for one of these teams moving towards the back half of year.
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