It is a special day in the world. It is 10-10-10 day, which means anything can happen on the gridiron. Last week, I went a whooping 1-2, which barely keeps me above .500 on the year, but here are our Noontime Sports – 3 Games to Watch in Week 5 of the NFL.
Kansas City [3-0] at Indianapolis [2-2]: The Kansas City Chiefs are the only undefeated team remaining, but can they make it a perfect, 4-0, especially against the Colts? The Colts have seesawed this season, winning and losing, but in front of their home crowd, how can one not pick them in this contest? Coming off a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, which probably still stings, they will look to rebound against a physical Kansas City defense. The Chiefs are second in the league in points allowed, as well as rank fifth in defending the rush. Although, their weakness has been stopping the air attack. Quarterback Peyton Manning could have a field day if running back Joseph Addai struggles on the ground. The Colts have averaged through four games 29.2 points, which is second in the league behind the New England Patriots. Expect the Colts to pile up a great deal of yards through the air en route to their third victory of the season.
Prediction: Colts 31 – Chiefs 17
Philadelphia [2-2] at San Francisco [0-4]: This may not appear as a “BIG GAME,” but for both teams, this contest could dictate the direction they are headed in for the remainder of the season. The Philadelphia Eagles played horrendous last Sunday against the Washington Redskins. It wasn’t just that Donovan McNabb returned to stick a fork in his former team, but quarterback Michael Vick suffered a serious rib injury and Kevin Kolb struggled against a mediocre pass rush. Yet, the 49ers weren’t too impressive either. Despite Mike Singletary forgetting to shake Mike Smith’s hand and Alex Smith explaining to the media that this winless start is on his shoulder, as well as blowing a 14-0 lead, it certainly is possible for 49ers to begin their 2010 campaign [0-5]. Although, the 49ers need this win more and if their pass rush continues from last week, then Kolb and his offense could be in for a long evening.
Prediction: 49ers 24 – Eagles 21
Minnesota [1-2] at New York Jets [3-1]: This week has been chaotic for the Minnesota Vikings. First, they reacquire their 1998 first round draft pick, Randy Moss and then discover the most inappropriate stories involving their quarterback, Brett Favre. Although, pushing everything aside, Monday Night Football should be an exciting one this week, especially since Favre will return to another former team, the New York Jets. The Jets have taken off to a [3-1] record and looking for their fourth victory of the season, but it won’t be an easy one. Against the Buffalo Bills, the Jets had their way, yet when they face the Vikings defense, things could be different. The “Purple People Eaters” have recorded four sacks through three games and will certainly cause issues for second year quarterback Mark Sanchez. Although, if the Jets offense can run the ball successfully like they did against the Bills and allow newcomer Santonio Holmes to have a good first game after his suspension, then consider it a long night for the Vikings.
Prediction: Jets 26 – Vikings 20