The first of this weeks live games sees the struggling Philadelphia dream team travel to Buffalo to take on a resurgent Bills outfit.
The Bills are very unlucky not to be unbeaten after a surprising loss last week to the Bengals. Philadelphia have been awful so far this season and have stumbled to a pathetic 1-3 start. Big things were expected in Philly this year and perhaps there was an element of complacency in how they have started. You get the impression that the Eagles felt they only had to turn up to win but have come in for a rude awakening with defeats to New York, San Francisco and Atlanta. This is a must win game for the Eagles if they are to have any chance of progressing to the playoffs and justifying the premature dream team tag. There is no doubting the talent the Eagles possess going forward with Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy but if they can’t stop the run then they are going to keep on losing. Andy Reid is an excellent coach and I am confident he can address Philly’s defensive frailities in time to save their season. The Eagles to get a much needed win to move to 2-3.
The second game on skysports sees another renewal of the grudge match between the Jets and the Patriots. Both of these sides have playoff berths as the absolute minimum expectation this year and both have looked a tad inconsistent so far. Brady has been his usual imperious self to start the season but the jury is still out on New Englans defence. Brady’s telepathic understanding with Wes Welker and his dynamic young tight ends Gronkowski and Hernandez has proven far too much for most teams over the past few years but the Jets are certainly a strong defensive unit. Antonio Cromardie has been mouthing off during the week challenging Brady to throw it in his direction. Brady has a lot of history with this team and their outspoken coach Rex Ryan so Cromardie might just get his wish and should probably shut his mouth as he is likely to struggle againt Welker and new recruit Chad Ochocinco. I expect Brady and his offense to yet again prove too good for the Jets.
The late game on channel 4 sees Green Bay trevel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. The reigning champions have handled everything thrown at them this season with ease and have looked seriously impressive. Right now they are the standout team in the league and Arron Rogers has really taken that step up and is now rightly considered an elite QB worthy of mention alongside the likes of Brady and Peyton Manning. I don’t think they are quite good enough to go unbeaten all year and of all their games this looks one of their toughest assignments. Matt Ryan has been hugely impressive since joining the Falcons and their home record over the last few seasons has been imperious. The Falcons were dumped out of the playoffs the last time these sides met and I fancy the upset in this one. The Falcons traded up to secure Julio Jones in the draft in the hope that he could ease the burden on Roddy White at wide reciever. These two along with future hall of fame tight end Tony Gonzales should help Matt Ryan announce they are serious contenders by handing The Packers their first defeat of the season.
Monday night football on ESPN gives us the opportunity to see the up and coming Detroit Lions for the second week in a row. They shocked the Cowboys last week with a phenomenal second half come back and this was certainly no fluke. They have come back from large deficits a few times this season and one shudders to think what sort of margins they would be winning by if they played any sort of football in the first half of their games. They are a young dynamic side and with Matt Stafford pulling the strings at QB they look poised to go pretty far this season. Chicago are nothing special this year and tend to struggle away from home. The Lions should stroll to victory and continue their phenomenal start to what looks like a playoff destined season.