This is the big one on the early slate with a compelling NFC North battle at the front of things.
The Pack want to build off of last week’s thrilling win over the Dallas Cowboys with a road win here before a two-game home stand to set them up for a comfortable run toward playoff standings and a potential bye.
The Vikes are trying to take advantage of this three-game home stand despite more QB injury issues with Sam Braford’s knee ailing while Teddy Bridgewater nears a potential return.
The Falcons are overwhelming favorites here, and it’s easy to understand why. Coming off of a disappointing loss against the Buffalo Bills in Week 4 prior to their bye week last week, they’re certain to be motivated to get back to winning ways at home. Should they do so and get to 4-1 atop the NFC South, they’ll set up two very strong contests against the Carolina Panthers in Weeks 9 and 17.
Miami on the other hand is sitting just slightly at the back of the disappointing AFC East. The Bills, New York Jets and New England Patriots are all 3-2. It’s easy to assume the Patriots right the ship at some point and get back to the top of the division, but perhaps these early games have shown us the beginning of the end for the Pats’ dynasty. That would leave the window open for the other three to begin their ascendancy, a window that the Dolphins would no doubt feel compelled to open further themselves.
The 0-2 Saints bounced back to get back to .500 and now with three out of four at home are trying to bulk up before heading into November.
Meanwhile, Detroit has two primetime games coming up after this one against the Pittsburgh Steelers and then the Packers. With those two huge games looming, does focus perhaps lapse today in the Big Easy?
New England Patriots (3-2) at New York Jets (3-2)
This one sets up to be either a boring confirmation game for the Pats or a wild shocker for the Jets. If New England wins this one, it could be the most boring game on the schedule. If the Jets hold home field, they become the most unlikely 4-2 team in the NFL.
Similar setup to the Patriots-Jets game.
It’s still just mid-October, but looking ahead to the 2018 NFL Draft, is any team as certain to take a QB #1 overall as the Niners?
Meh. Perhaps there is some interest here in seeing the Mitch Trubisky era continue.
Is there a better 2-3 team than the Deshaun Watson-led Texans?