(6-0) COLTS AT (4-2) PANTHERS
Carolina's won 3 of 4, and is coming off a bye week. They'll try to be the first team to pin a loss on the undefeated Colts, who may be without WR Marvin Harrison for this game. Carolina's opting to start Vinny Testaverde at QB again this week, which should tell you a lot about the other option, David Carr.
Indy will win.
Both Peyton Manning and Vinny Testaverde are playing like Vinny Testaverde. The Colts went ahead late in the first half on a Joseph Addai TD run, and they lead 10-7. DeShaun Foster has the Panthers' score.
Carolina frustrated Manning early, but that just made him angry. He completed only 14 passes , but that was good for 254 yards and 2 TDs as the Colts roll to 7-0 with a 31-7 win. Reggie Wayne had 168 yards and a score in the absence of Marvin Harrison, and Joseph Addai had 100 rushing yards, and 3 scores.
(4-2) LIONS AT (3-4) BEARS
The Bears are 3-4, but they've also faced a really difficult schedule, with 5 of their 7 games coming against teams with winning records. DT Tommie Harris says the Bears aren't leaving without a win this week. The Lions are all like, "Oh no you di'nt."
Detroit will win.
Bears booed off the field as they are laying their third straight egg at home. Kevin Jones has 46 yards rushing and a TD, and the Lions are up 13-0.
The Lions take advantage of a brutal performance by the Bears to pick up a huge 16-7 road win. Brian Griese was picked off 4 times, and Kevin Jones ran for 105 yards and the Lions only TD.
(4-2) STEELERS AT (2-4) BENGALS
The Steelers have looked a little wobbly of late, but they are far from the dysfunctional mess the Bengals have become. The Steelers have won 6 in a row at Cincy.
Pittsburgh will win.
The Bengals' disintegration continues. The Steelers are all over them 21-6 thanks to 2 Big Ben TD passes to Hines Ward. Willie Parker has 79 yards and a score.
Hines Ward lives! 88 yards and 2 TDs helps back 126 yards from Willie Parker as the Steelers stick the fork in the Bengals 24-13. Chad Johnson held to only 51 yards.
(5-2) GIANTS AT (0-7) DOLPHINS
Tally-ho! This is the first regular season NFL game played in England. The Dolphins probably don't have a chance unless they get to use the giant robot Jason Taylor that's been used to promote the game.
NYG will win.
Big Blue is rolling on the other side of the pond. Brandon Jacobs has rumbled for 66 yards, and Eli Manning has run for a TD as the Giants are up 13-0.
It was as ugly as brain and kidney pie, but the Giants hold on for a 13-10 win despite only 59 yards passing from Eli. Brandon Jacobs ran for a career high 131 yards.
(2-4) EAGLES AT (2-4) VIKINGS
The Eagles unfathomable collapse on the final drive in last week's loss to the Bears makes this game a mandatory win if they're to avoid oblivion. Minnesota's been playing well of late, and there's a possibility they may not be weighted down by having Tarvaris Jackson on the field today.
Minnesota will win.
Donovan McNabb's been on fire. He already has 200 passing yards and a TD toss to Brian Westbrook. Kelly Holcomb is at QB for the Vikings today, and he's hooked up with Visanthe Shiancoe for a score, but the Eagles lead 17-10.
McNabb finishes with 333 yards and the Eagles avoid death with a 23-16 win. Kelly Holcomb left the game after taking a nasty smash on the noggin.
(3-3) BROWNS AT (0-7) RAMS
I'm soooo happy I loaded up on Browns at my fantasy draft. It seemed retarded at the time, but I ask you, who's retarded NOW???
Clevleand will win.
St. Louis has all their offensive skill players back, and they look much better on that side of the ball. Tory Holt has 72 yards and a TD, and Stephen Jackson 41 rushing yards and a score. The defense still sucks though, and Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow have gotten in to keep the Browns even at 17.
Jackson gets injured again and the Rams lose again, 27-20. 117 yards and 2 TDs for Braylon Edwards tops 110 and 1 TD for Holt.
(2-4) RAIDERS AT (4-2) TITANS
Vince Young is back under center for the Titans this week. After they hung 38 points on the Texans with Kerry Collins last week, not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing for the Titans.
Tennessee will win.
The Raiders have been in total control. Vince Young has completed only 2 passes for 16 yards, and Oakland leads 9-3. Could we be seeing any Kerry Collins today? Mmmmm???
VY 6 of 14 for 42 yards, but the Titans win 13-9 thanks to 133 yards from LenDale White.
(2-4) BILLS AT (1-6) JETS
The Bills have played some spirited ball of late, and last week it paid off with a win. The Jets have been terrible. Nothing is at stake in this game, except of course, Chad Pennington's career.
Buffalo will win.
This game is just flying by without any offense. We're halfway thru Q4, and the Bills are clinging to a 6-3 lead. I think Losman might be on for Edwards right now.
Losman completes 3 passes for 113 yards, and the Bills put it away 13-3 on an 85 yard TD reception by Lee Evans. Kellen Clemens goes 5 of 12 with 2 interceptions, so I guess benching Chad Pennington didn't fix everything.
(3-4) TEXANS AT (3-3) CHARGERS
Football hasn't been on anyone's mind in the San Diego area this week, but this is still a very important game for the Chargers. The Texans have done a faceplant since a 2-0 start.
SD will win.
Chargers destroying Houston 35-3. Antonio Gates has a pair of scores, and Chris Chambers has his first TD as a member of the Chargers. Schaub is out and Sage Rosenfels is in for the Texans who are on their way to their 5th loss in 6 games.
Both teams pretty much forgo second half. Chargers cruise to a 35-10 win.
(4-2) JAGUARS AT (4-3) BUCS
Two teams who are going to be in the thick of the playoff hunt, but still have a lot to prove. The Jags got stomped on Monday Night by the Colts last week, and the Bucs are not playing all that well either. Huge game for both teams, but Jacksonville will have to win it with Quinn Gray at QB.
TB will win.
A back and forth game has the Bucs up 20-17 on a 19 yard TD run by Michael Bennett. Joey Galloway's caught a 58 yard TD pass in the first half, and Aaron Glenn has taken a pick back for a score for the Jags. Gray is 3 of 10 for 44 yards.
Matt Jones makes an acrobatic catch in the corner of the end zone to give the Jags a 24-23 lead, and they hold on for a big win despite completing only 7 forward passes the whole afternoon.
(2-4) SAINTS AT (2-4) NINERS
Both of these teams were expected to be playoff contenders, but this is a loser leaves town match. NOLA has won 2 straight after an 0-4 start, and they'd like nothing better than to continue clawing out of their hole.
NO will win.
The Saints are up 24-0 and look like they are firing on all cylinders again. 3 TD passes for Drew Brees, 2 to Marques Colston and 1 to Terrance Copper. David Patten has 109 receiving yards, and Reggie Bush has 100 yards from scrimmage.
Drew Brees is back in all his glory, completing 31 of 39 for 336 yards and 4 TDs, 3 to Colston, as the Saints stomp the Niners 34-10.
(4-2) REDSKINS AT (7-0) PATRIOTS
Tom Brady faces what is probably the best pass defense he's seen all year. Will that be enough for the Skins to stay competitive against a team that has left a path of destruction in its wake this year?
New England will win.
We're late in the third quarter and New England's up 38-0. Brady's run for 2 scores and passed for 2 more. Randy Moss has been held to 1 catch for 6 yards, but it was good for a TD.
The Pats put the boot to the throat as only they can, emasculating the Redskins 52-7. 13 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and a TD reception for LB Mike Vrabel.
I'll be back with halftime updates when these teams are back in the locker room sucking on oranges. Until then have a great morning!