Yeah…these games are kind of a big deal.
49ERS 21, GIANTS 17 – New York begins a rough stretch of games starting in San Francisco, where they edged out the 49ers to win the NFC title last January. One of New York’s primary reasons for victory last January stemmed from their defensive line. They sacked Alex Smith three times in their last meeting. Through five weeks of the 2012 season, defensive linemen Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, and Osi Umenyiora netted just 3.5 sacks between the trio. If Hakeem Nicks can’t contribute (he is listed as questionable), scoring points will be difficult for New York. Give me the Niners to earn a measure of revenge.
TEXANS 27, PACKERS 17 – There are two things about the Houston Texans that I abhor right now. First, they still have not played a good team. Dolphins, Jaguars, Broncos, Titans, and Jets. Sorry but that’s not top-notch opposition. Secondly, Arian Foster is on pace to rush 418 times during the regular season. Just so you know, that’s an awful idea. Speaking of awful, Green Bay blew an 18-point halftime lead to Indianapolis last week. Not only is Green Bay trying to catch Chicago but Minnesota as well. Clearly, they need this game. However…no Greg Jennings…no significant rushing attack…plenty of JJ Watt. Green Bay is in trouble.
BRONCOS 31, CHARGERS 27 – As much as people would like to think differently, the Denver Broncos are not a good football team. While the final score tells a different story, their losses to Atlanta, Houston, and New England weren’t awe-inspiring. Peyton Manning and company trailed by double-digits in all three losses until they forged a furious fourth quarter comeback. They will not be denied in this go-around.
LAST WEEK: 3-0