It’s week Nine of the NFL season and it’s time for the T.G.I. Friday’s 5 pack NFL Weekend Preview. This series is brought to you by T.G.I. Fridays where every Sunday means Food, Fun and Football! Hut, hut hut!. This week we are going to focus on five of the most interesting match-ups in the NFL as the playoffs are creeping closer.
San Diego Chargers @ Houston Texans- The San Diego Chargers have notoriously started out slow under head coach Norv Turner and recovered to win the AFC West late in the season. However, the Chargers in past years didn’t have to contend with the upstart Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders in their division. San Diego needs this game to keep pace. On the other side of the ball, the Houston Texans need a win to keep up with the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans, who now suddenly look like serious contenders after acquiring WR Randy Moss.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons- Who would have envisioned at the start of the season in week Nine this game would be for the top spot in the NFC South? Tampa Bay was 3-13 last season and already is 5-2 in 2010. The Buccaneers are riding a five game road winning streak. Tampa Bay second year quarterback Josh Freeman is certainly looking like the franchise quarterback the club thought he might become, tremendous poise at a young age.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders- The last time the Oakland Raiders entered the month of November without a losing record was 2002. The Raiders have produced 92 points of offense in their last two games. Both teams are on two game winning streaks and the last time a match-up between these two teams was this relevant might have been during the Clinton administration.
Indianapolis Colts @ Philadelphia Eagles- The Indianapolis Colts are dealing with a variety of injuries on the offensive side of the ball and Peyton Manning is going to have to carry this team on his shoulder going forward. The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a bye week, and Michael Vick will be making his first start in a month after recovering from a rib injury. Both teams need this game in order to keep pace in their respective divisions.
Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore Ravens- The Miami Dolphins were poised to be a playoff team after acquiring WR Brandon Marshall in the offseason. But a funny thing happened on the way to the stadium, the Dolphins are winless at home and can’t lose on the road. This week, the Dolphins head to Baltimore with a lack of a serious running attack and a team which leads the league in the fewest passes of 20 or more yards down the field.