Sunday, September 25, 2011

Week 3

Alright, one more week written by Mike...he goes a little more in depth than I usually do, so enjoy his extra insight while it lasts! Have a great Sunday!

Week 3 things to watch for:

Cam Newton
Blaine Gabbert
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers host the Jacksonville Jaguars. This doesn't seem like an important game but Jacksonville is starting their rookie quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, after cutting last year's starting QB in the offseason and last weeks' starting QB Luke McCown throwing 4 interceptions in the 32-3 loss to the Jets. Gabbert was picked 10th overall in this years draft so it should be exciting to see these two rookie QBs, the futures of both franchises, facing off on Sunday. (Note from Molly: I'm gonna check out this Gabbert guy because I cannot tell what he looks like from his internet pics. In some he looks really cute and others he has this long stringy hair and looks hideous. Hey, at least I'll be watching!)

NY Giants at Philadelphia Eagles. NFC East battles are always exciting. With both teams having records of 1-1 it is an important game for each team, both of which hope to win the division this year. Eagles QB Michael Vick suffered a concussion in last weeks loss to Atlanta and people are wondering if he will be 100%. Vick says he is ready to go.

Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints. This should be a high scoring offensive showdown. Houston hasn't lost yet and would like to continue to stay undefeated and at the top of the AFC South Division. The Texans want to take advantage of Payton Manning being injured and gain a large lead over the Colts, who have won the division the past few years. Drew Brees and the Saints would like a win here as they are trying to gain some of their swagger back from two years ago when they won the Superbowl.

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills. Both of these teams are undefeated...this is normal for Tom Brady and the Patriots but everybody is surprised at how well the Buffalo Bills are playing this season. Running back Fred Jackson leads the league in rushing after two weeks. Patriots Tom Brady has an astounding 940 yards passing in two games. This should be a great game to watch and if the Bills win they will establish themselves as a playoff contender.

NY Jets at Oakland Raiders. The Raiders suffered a tough loss last week in the final minutes of the game against the Bills but the Raiders are showing promise. Running Back Darren McFadden is showing why he is considered one of the best RBs in the league. The Jets haven't lost and their defense is looking as tough as ever. This should be a very hard fought battle and I wouldn't be surprised if a few fights break out on the could turn into a very dirty game on both sides of the ball.

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears. Green Bay won the Superbowl last year but the Bears won the division. The Packers beat the Bears 21-14 in the playoffs to get into the Superbowl and don't think the Bears have forgotten this fact. Look for Aaron Rodgers to come out firing but Chicago's defense will be tough to score on.

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both of these teams won last week and would like to gain some momentum. The Falcons have one of the best offenses in the game, lead by QB Matt Ryan but the Bucs are always in contention when it comes to playoff time. This should be another great game to watch but could be low scoring.

--Due to one injury the Sunday night game, which would have been a fantastic game, will most likely be a blowout. If Payton Manning were playing for the Colts, they would have a good chance of beating the Pittsburgh Steelers. But since he is out for at least a few months, Ben Roethlisburger and the Steelers will most likely crush the Colts, who will be starting 0-3 for the first time in years with a loss on Sunday night.

--The Monday Night game is another NFC East matchup with the Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo is expecting to play on monday after suffering a broken rib and punctured lung in the win against the 49ers last week. The Redskins are 2-0 and will give the Cowboys a tough time, especially with Romo not being 100% and wide receiver Miles Austin not in the game. Look for Redskins RB Tim Hightower to take over the game.

(Until next time!)

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