A great matchup in Denver between the 49ers and Broncos highlights the NFL schedule. Is San Francisco too banged-up to pull the upset? We shall see.
Two other marquee matchups to keep an eye on: Bengals-Colts and Giants-Cowboys.
Also . . .
Can the Falcons save their season in Baltimore? What do Drew Brees-Sean Payton have up their sleeves after the bye-week? Can the healthy and well-rested Chiefs upset the Chargers?
Let’s dive in the Week Seven action . . .
Atlanta Falcons (2-4) at Baltimore Ravens (4-2)
Huge game for Atlanta. The difference between 3-4 and 2-5 is substantial. The Falcons are look to break a three-game losing streak, and remove coach Mike Smith from the hot seat, at least temporarily.
One factor that could help the struggling Falcons defense? The entire left side of the Ravens’ offensive line is out.
The Falcons need big games from their two starting receivers, Julio Jones and Roddy White, against the Ravens’ 27th-ranked pass defense.
This game could go either way.
Minnesota Vikings (2-4) at Buffalo Bills (3-3)
Vikings rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater showed against Detroit last week he’s not ready to start, throwing three picks against an average secondary. He telegraphed passes.
Bridgewater could use a better running game to help his cause, but that isn’t going to happen this week against the Buffalo run defense, ranked first in the NFL.
This is the kind of game the Bills generally win, against pedestrian opponents, and they should figure out a way to get it done this week.
Miami Dolphins (2-3) at Chicago Bears (3-3)
The only way the Dolphins are going to win this game is if they avoid a shoot-out, because it’s hard for them to win a gun-slinging battle between quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Ryan Tannehill.
The Dolphins boast the 7th-ranked NFL pass defense, so they should be able to do a serviceable job against Cutler and his coterie of weapons.
The Dolphins also need to establish the run to help Tannehill, which might be difficult to do, with RB Knowshon Moreno going on IR with a torn ACL.
The Bears should be able to figure out a way to win this game, but look for Miami to keep this close.
New Orleans Saints (2-3) at Detroit Lions (4-2)
Big question entering this game – which team’s top offensive weapon will play? – Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (shoulder) and Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) are both game-time decisions.
The Lions need to get going on third down, where they have converted just two of 24 attempts the last couple of games.
It’s hard betting against Drew Brees coming off a bye-week, where he and Sean Payton have had two weeks to cook up the mother of all offensive game plans.
Cincinnati Bengals (3-1-1) at Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
With starting wide receivers A.J. Green and Marvin Jones out, the Bengals might be going to a gunfight with a knife against Andrew Luck and the NFL’s #1 offense. Luck leads the NFL with 17 touchdown passes
It’s hard seeing the Bengals keeping up with the Colts, especially with the 28th-ranked defense.
The Colts have won four in a row, and look for them to make it five.
Written by DAN LEBERFELD
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