As I looked at the six division rivary games that will take place this weekend, I thought of some of the images from these games. Here’s one that I think slipped through the cracks. The Charles Martin hit on Jim MacMahon in this 1986 contest ended Jimmy Mac’s season and derailed the Bears chances for a repeat as Super Bowl Champions. It isn’t called the Black and Blue Division for nothing.
Peep the hit list on Martin’s towel and whose number is at the top of the list – think this would fly in todays NFL?
Sunday September 25,2011
Games beginning at 1pm:
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) at Carolina Panthers (0-2) - The Panthers backs have to get some production in order for this team to make strides. Cam Newton needs a win more than another big game, how about he gives the Carolina fans the best of both worlds today.
Panthers 31 - Jaguars 23
Houston Texans (2-0) at New Orleans Saints (1-1) – It would be wise for the Texans not to get into a track meet with the Saints who will be looking to control the Houston ground attack.
Saints 35 – Texans 31
New England Patriots (2-0) at Buffalo Bills (2-0) - The Bills have beaten the Chiefs and the rebounding Raiders, they’ve lost 15 straight to the Patriots, it has to end at some point – not tomorrow.
Patriots 27 – Bills 23
Miami Dolphins (0-2) at Cleveland Browns (1-1) – Falling to 0-3 in a divison where at least one team will be 3-0 at the end of Sunday could all but doom the ‘Phins season.
Dolphins 24 – Browns 14
Denver Broncos (1-1) at Tennessee Titans (1-1) – So far the Titans are keeping pace in the wide open AFC South and Matt Hasselbeck is playing well. Didn’t think either would be the case even, after Week 2.
Titans 23 – Broncos 10
New York Giants (1-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) – Two things you can count on in this game, all injuries will be real and the will be no direct punts to DeSean Jackson. The Giants receiving corps is depleted, the Eagles secondary plays big but the linebackers are tested with Brandon Jacobs and Ahman Bradshaw.
Eagles 27 – Giants 16
Detroit Lions (2-0) at Minnesota Vikings (0-2) - The last time Donovan McNabb faced the Lions he was benched, if things don’t go well on Sunday he may suffer the same fate.
San Francisco 49′ers (1-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) - This may be Frank Gore’s break out game, with key receivers out with injuries expect a multi-dimensional Gore.
Niners 26 – Bengals 13
Games beginning at 4pm:
New York Jets (2-0) at Oakland Raiders (1-1) - I have a good feeling about the Raiders this week who should be 2-0. The Jets will miss center Nick Mangold.
Raiders 23 – Jets 20 (ot)
Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) at San Diego Chargers (1-1) – You have to feel for the Chiefs who are without Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles for the season. Who will step up in the KC offense? Paging Dwayne Bowe.
Chargers 35 – Chiefs 6
Baltimore Ravens (1-1) at St. Louis Rams (0-2) - The Ravens have been on both ends of blowouts this season, I think that Flacco struggles against the Rams, but the defense forces some key turnovers to give them the edge.
Ravens 20 – Rams 10
Green Bay Packers (2-0) at Chicago Bears (1-1) - The offensive line was embarrassed last week in New Orleans, if Jay Cutler goes down this week there will be no second guessing. The Pack are looking just as good as the Patriots – maybe better.
Arizona Cardinals (1-1) at Seattle Seahawks (0-2) – One of the few games this season where the Seahawks have a legit shot.
Seahawks 21 – Cardinals 17
Atlanta Falcons (1-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) – If the Bucs can control the Falcons run and keep it close, I’m banking on Josh Freeman in the end.
Buccaneers 27 – Falcons 21
Sunday Night 8:20pm:
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at Indianapolis Colts (0-2) - Someone will be blowing up David Garrard’s phone by halftime.
Steelers 35 – Colts 10
Monday September 26, 2011 8:30pm:
Washington Redskins (2-0) at Dallas Cowboys (1-1) – Tony Romo’s “legend” grew with a gutsy performance in last Sunday’s win against San Francisco. I’m curious to see how Rex Grossman handles the Cowboys pass rush.
Redskins 24 – Cowboys 20
Last Week 10-6
2011 Season 19-13