5 NFL Games Worth Watching In Week 7
The Big Game
New York Jets (4-1) at New England (5-0) – Sunday, October 25th 1:00 PM ET
Who would have guessed the New York Jets would be challenging New England for top spot in the AFC East? Ryan Fitzpatrick has been more than capable subbing in for injured QB Geno Smith and Todd Bowles has his defense playing superb football holding opponents to 15 points-per-game. Keeping that paltry total undamaged will be a herculean task on Sunday considering that New England (a nine point home favourite) have scored 183 points so far this season. Shutting down Tom Brady and Gronk won’t be easy, but ex-Pat Darrelle Revis might have some insight from the secondary’s perspective. It should be a fascinating game to soak in.
Four More To Watch
Oakland (2-3) at San Diego (2-4) – Sunday, October 25th 1:00 PM ET
The records aren’t exactly major selling points, but there’s loads of sex appeal to a Raiders/Chargers game that might actually mean something. Both clubs are coming off painful losses versus undefeated teams which might have Oakland and San Diego coming out swinging to ensure they’re playoff window doesn’t get smaller. The Bolts will need to get more out of rookie running back Melvin Gordon if they’re going to be a threat in 2015. The team’s been putting up an underwhelming 86.7 yards-per-game on the ground and that’s had Phillip Rivers throwing 500 yard games to keep the offense afloat. Oakland’s running game hasn’t been too great either and that could mean Rivers is in line for a Sunday shootout with Derek Carr. By the way, the Chargers are favoured by four.
New Orleans (2-4) at Indianapolis (3-3) – Sunday, October 25th 1:00 PM ET
The Colts are trying to get into a good groove in 2015 as they battle to stay atop of the AFC South. Indianapolis, a four point home favourite, looked not bad as they put up a valiant late effort against New England. They’ll take on a New Orleans squad that came across fairly menacing in their Week 6 triumph over previously undefeated Atlanta. Essentially, you’re being treated to Brees vs. Luck with the Saints and Colts trying to claw their way into a less precarious position in the standings.
Philadelphia (3-3) at Carolina (5-0) – Sunday, October 25th 8:30 PM ET
Analysts have been watching the Eagles like a hawk to see if Chip Kelly’s big lineup overhaul is starting to gel. The Eagles showed some progress last week when they topped the Giants 27-7 and showed they’re at their most effective when the rush game is on point. The Eagles are clocking in at 150+ rushing yards an outing in their wins, but shrivel up to 52.3 ground yards when they lose. The undefeated Panthers (who are favoured by a field goal) will do everything they can to make Charlotte inhospitable for DeMarco Murray, although they’re currently middle of the pack in defending against the run. Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly recorded 14 tackles in his return from injury on Sunday so that definitely make Eagles pivot Sam Bradford extra nervous. By the way, the last time Carolina started 5-0 it ended in a Super Bowl appearance.
Baltimore (1-5) at Arizona (4-2) – Monday, October 26th 8:30 PM ET
Who are the real Arizona Cardinals. Carson Palmer’s NFC West leading club has lost its steamroller status after losing two of their last three contests and they’ll look for a return to their previous form courtesy of this Monday Night Football matchup. Baltimore’s been off to an ugly start and will need to recover in a big way if they have any flicker of postseason hope in their hearts. A loss to Arizona would likely KO any hope of a playoff spot for the Ravens. Arizona are favoured by 7.5 in this primetime affair.
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