1. Colts @ Texans – I promised myself that I’d lay off recommending Thursday night Prime Time games until at least one of them winds up being competitive.
But rules are made to be broken.
Don’t skip out on watching Indy battle Houston for first place in the AFC South.
Andrew Luck has thrown for 300+ yards in every single game this season, but JJ Watt and the Houston defense are holding teams to an average of just over 250 yards through the air.
Watt has got the rare ability to win games by himself on the defensive side of the ball; any game that involves #99 between now and his retirement is worthy of three hours of your time.
2. Patriots @ Bills – Six weeks into the season, Buffalo has a shot to seize sole possession of first place in the AFC East. All they’ve got to do is beat the New England Patriots at home.
From 2010 to present, New England leads the series seven games to one, but these are not your father’s Bills.
Actually, your father’s Bills were led by a host of Hall-of-Famers and played in four straight Super Bowls, so let’s use another analogy: these are not your older brother’s Bills.
The results of this week’s contest will give us some real insight into how successful the Kyle Orton “dust off a veteran QB” experiment might pan out in Buffalo.
3. Cowboys @ Seahawks – Thus far in 2014, Seattle has looked very beatable on the road and borderline unstoppable at home.
It will be interesting to see how the league’s leading rusher fares against Seattle’s #1 defense against the run (62.2 YPG). This team will go as far as DeMarco Murray can carry them. Should he hit 100 yards on the ground, the ‘Boys might find themselves in a position to pull off an upset and keep the train rolling.
4. Giants @ Eagles – The G-Men are one of the biggest surprises of 2014 and while much of their success can be attributed to the resurgence of Eli Manning (1,174 yards, 11 TDs, 5 INTs), Rashad Jennings is fourth in the NFL in rushing with 396 yards.
Look for Tom Coughlin to pound the rock in Philly to try and keep the potent Eagles offense off the field.
Expect this NFC East battle to get chippy, as Jeremy Maclin and Antrel Rolle have spent much of the week exchanging trash talk:
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