Chiefs (3-0) at Colts (2-2), Lucas Oil Stadium
Sunday, October 10, 1:00pm
The only undefeated team in the AFC squares off against a team that is struggling to find their rhythm. It sounds about right, and this time last season the Colts would’ve been in the ranks of the undefeated and the Chiefs would’ve been the team struggling. That isn’t quite the case this season. The Chiefs are the surprise of 2010 so far, but will get a real test this Sunday when they go into Indianapolis to face Peyton Manning and the Colts. And it’s definitely not going to be a cake walk for either team, as the Chiefs will have their hands full trying to stop Manning, and the Colts will have to figure out a way to keep the young, quick Chiefs’ offense in check. Chiefs’ defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel is doing a great job with his young talent so far this season, and was able to hold the No. 1 offense of the Chargers to just 14 points in Week 1. But I’m anxious to see how good the Chiefs really are. I think they have a lot of young talent, but something tells me they are going to be like the Broncos were last season. I hope I’m wrong because I want to see them surprise some people, but Manning and his Colts should be one hell of a pretender indicator for them this Sunday.
Eagles (2-2) at 49ers (0-4), Candlestick Park
Sunday, October 10, 8:20pm
This game may not have even been on my radar if it wasn’t for what transpired for both teams last Sunday. The Eagles lost their new starting quarterback Michael Vick to broken ribs and the 49ers squandered yet another late lead, lowering their record to 0-4. Kevin Kolb, the opening day starter, looked lost when he came into the game against the Redskins. He wasn’t going through his progressions and couldn’t seem to read the defense, which was evident by him checking down to running back LeSean McCoy what seemed like every snap. The result was a stagnant offense that failed to move the ball and put points on the board. The Eagles may be getting a break this week, though, as they face a 49ers offense that has had their own problems scoring and rank 31st in the league in scoring (13 points per game) and 23rd in yards (298.2 per game). Their defense has kept them in two of the four games they have lost, but mental mistakes at the end of those games have hurt them. The have some talented players and one hell of a head coach in Mike Singletary, but have yet to put it all together and translate it into wins. Maybe this is the week they can finally catch a break, especially with the Eagles not having their playmaker Vick under center.
Vikings (1-2) at Jets (3-1), New Meadowlands Stadium
Monday, October 11, 8:30pm
Do I really need to explain why this game is on the list? Randy Moss is playing in his first game with the Vikings since 2004, Brett Favre is facing his former team for the first time after coming out of retirement, the first time, and Rex Ryan is smiling about it all. Moss hopes to bring an added dimension to a Vikings offense that has had its fair share of problems so far this season. Favre is struggling (two touchdowns, six interceptions, 597 yards in three games), which may have something to do with his age or his lack of weapons. Adrian Peterson has been brilliant so far this season, but will have his hands full with a very stingy Jets defense that is only allowing 74.8 rushing yards per game. This means that Favre and Moss better find some chemistry, and quick. The Vikings can’t afford to lose this one and fall to 1-3 in a division with the Packers and Bears. The Jets, on the other hand, have outscored their opponents 97-51 in their past three games and are clicking in all three aspects of the game. Mark Sanchez has finally seemed to find his rhythm and LaDanian Tomlinson is running like he did five years ago, which isn’t a good combination if you’re the Vikings. But no matter what the outcome of this game is, there shouldn’t be many boring moments.
Submitted by Steve Giles