1. Vikings @ Packers – Detroit leads the NFC North at 3-1 and will look to hold on to their lead at home against the Buffalo. But the division is still wide open as Minnesota, Green Bay and Chicago are all 2-2.
Prior to the Packers’ convincing 38-17 win over the Bears, Aaron Rodgers suggested that Pack fans “relax” and give the team time to get their shizz together. But the best fans in the NFL (according to Forbes) will need a win at home against the Vikings on Thursday Night Football to truly stash their early season worries away.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 21, 2014
2. Texans @ Cowboys – Texas is the unofficial home of football in America and both Houston and Dallas are outperforming expectations three weeks into the season.
While J.J. Watt is more of a pass rusher than a run stopper, he’s the best defensive player in the game right now and it will be interesting to see what he’s got dialed up for Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.
Murray leads the NFL in rushing by a long shot with 534 yards (LeVeon Bell, 378, is second) which puts him on pace to join the 2,000-yard club and perhaps even challenge the all-time record.
In short, if the Dallas O-line can hold up, Murray could easily win the rushing title and vault his team to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
3. Cardinals @ Broncos – Arizona’s win over the Niners at home was huge, but pulling out the upset in Denver would launch this team into a whole new sphere of respect.
Win and they’re 4-0. Lose and they’ll glide gently back to Earth.
To pull out the W they’ll need to get more out of their run game. Andre Ellington has yet to break out this season as predicted – and the Cards are ranked 21st in rushing with just 105.7 yards per game.
4. Bengals @ Patriots – It might seem counterintuitive to put this Pats team in the spotlight one week after they were crushed by the Chiefs, but that’s precisely why this game is interesting.
Should New England hand Cincinnati their first loss of the season we’ll all need to lay off of Brady a bit and all this doom-and-gloom talk in Foxboro.
But should the most consistent team in football make the Patriots look like a Pee-Wee team once again, a lot of people will be talking about this interview:
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 3, 2014
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