Sunday, October 28, 2012

What to Watch, Week 8


Happy Saturday, all! It's a spectacular fall day here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I just put the final finishing touches on our Halloween decorations and the little one is down for her nap so I thought I'd give you a heads up of the games to watch this weekend. Have a great day!

*(Well, it WAS a great Saturday...until I forgot to hit the "post" button when I left the room yesterday. It is now Sunday. Carry on.)

Morning Games:
 Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers: This is a good game even though neither team has a winning record. The Steelers defense isn’t the powerhouse that it used to be so it will be interesting to see what Redskins quarterback RG3 can do. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisburger is always entertaining to watch and I think there should be some good highlights from both teams. 
Players to watch: 
Redskins: quarterback (QB) RG3 and running back (RB) Alfred Morris        
Steelers:QB Ben Roethlisburger and wide receiver (WR) Mike Wallace

 Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles: The Falcons are still undefeated and playing at a very high level. Michael Vick and his Eagles continue to disappoint fans but perhaps letting go of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo (the guy who bosses around the defense) will be the spark to ignite what should be a very high powered offense and defense. This could be a very exciting game…..the Falcons have been forcing a lot of turnovers on defense and Vick leads the league in turnovers so it should be interesting if nothing else. 
Players to watch: 
Eagles: QB Michael Vick, WR Jeremy Maclin and Desean Jackson, RB LeSean “Shady” McCoy.    
Falcons: QB Matt Ryan, WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White, tight end (TE) Tony Gonzalez

New England Patriots vs St Louis Rams: The reason I'm highlighting this game is because it is being played across the pond in England. The NFL has been in talks recently about having a permanent team in the UK one of these days…..I’m not sure if it will happen but the NFL is having at least one game per season in the UK. I think the Patriots should run away with this one but the Rams have been playing decent. 
Players to watch: 
Patriots: QB Tom Brady, WR Wes Welker, TE Rob Gronkowski      
Rams: QB Sam Bradford, RB Steven Jackson


Afternoon Games:
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs: Both of these teams have losing records and aren’t playing up to their potential. With that being said, each team has one of the top running backs in the game with Raiders' Darren McFadden and Chiefs Jammal Charles. Also, AFC West division games are always very hard fought (much like NFC East games). The Chiefs and Raiders have a long standing mutual hatred for each other and it should show with several fights on the field. Who doesn't love a good fight?Heh, heh.
Players to watch: 
Raiders: QB Carson Palmer, RB Darren McFadden    
Chiefs: QB Brady Quinn (who displaced starting QB Matt Cassel) and RB Jammal Charles

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: These two teams opened the season against each other and Dallas won that matchup. The Giants hope to go into Dallas and get a win to continue their dominance over the NFC east division. Again, all NFC east matchups are going to be hard fought games and I expect to see some fighting and inappropriate language on the field. Again, who doesn't like a little rowdiness on a Sunday morning? Dallas starting RB DeMarco Murray is out for the game which hurts Dallas in the running game department so look for Tony Romo (Jessica Simpson's ex) to be throwing the ball to WRs Dez Bryant and Miles Austin (one of the many athletes that Kim Kardashian has dated).  
Players to watch: 
Giants: QB Eli Manning, WR Victor Cruz               
Cowboys: QB Tony Romo, WRs Miles Austin, WR Dez Bryant

Night Game:
New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos: Remember back to the Super Bowl when Payton Manning was on the Colts and he lost to Drew Brees and his Saints……I’m pretty sure Payton will never forget that game. Well he’s on a new team but still playing at a very high level. The Saints have taken awhile to get going but now are playing well and I expect this to be a high scoring game with two of the best QBs facing off. 
Players to watch: 
Broncos: QB Payton Manning            
Saints: QB Drew Brees

Monday Night Game:
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have been a surprise this year, winning their first 4 games of the season. They now have lost 3 in a row and look to bounce back. Unfortunately they will have a very tough time against the 49ers who, aside from losses to the NY Giants and Minnesota Vikings, have been playing some phenomenal football this season. This should be a good primetime game but I think the 49ers defense may be too much for the Cardinals abysmal offensive line (I heard the other day that it was the worst offensive line in football, maybe that’s why they have already lost 2 RBs for the season due to injury). 
Players to watch:
49ers: RB Frank Gore          
Cards:WR Larry Fitzgerald

And there you have it! Until next time...

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