Will the Giants actually show up for their divisional game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday?
Washington (3-3) at NY Giants (4-2):
A big divisional game pits the Redskins (3-3) against the Giants (4-2). Washington beat New York twice last year and just seemed to have their number. In the past, a home game against a “lesser” team was a recipe for disaster in New York. The Giants have been known to take games off from time to time, but it would be a fatal error to take Washington and RGIII lightly.
This match-up is the perfect opportunity for the Giants to separate themselves from the rest of the division, and prove they are focused and ready to defend their Super Bowl title.
Baltimore (5-1) at Houston (5-1):
After Ray Lewis and Lardaruis Webb were injured for the year last week against the Cowboys, the Ravens have been considered a dead team walking. A win against the Texans would earn a lot of respect for Joe Flacco and the offense. The Ravens have slowly gotten better on the other side of the ball as Flacco has matured in a solid QB-- but is he ready to lead his team deep into the playoffs without a defensive cushion?
Houston on the other hand is coming off an embarrassing blow out to Greenbay and while a loss to the high octane Packers offense is nothing to be ashamed of, the Texans didn’t even bother to show up. Houston is a legitimate Super Bowl contender and a loss to the banged up Ravens would be a really set back.
NY Jets (3-3) at New England (3-3):
As messy and dysfunctional as the New York Jets have been this season they are still in the AFC East divisional hunt. The Patriots are a 10.5 point favorite heading into Sunday’s game at Foxborough, but these divisional rivalry games are usually closer than what most people expect. This game is a chance for the Jets to possible turn their season around and get a full game lead on the Pats.
New England on the other hand is facing a bleak situation. If they lose to the Jets this will be the second time this season that they fall below .500, after going nine years without doing so. A Pats loss would not be horrific, but it would continue to set off red flags about this Patriots team.
Detroit (2-3) at Chicago (4-1):
This is another game with huge divisional ramifications. The Bears sit alone atop the NFC North but need to a victory over the inconsistent and underachieving Lions if they want to fend off the rest of the surging division. Chicago’s season has felt like a rollercoaster of highs and lows, but they still sit with a 4-1 record.
For Detroit this game is a chance to get to .500 and reassert themselves as players in the NFC North. This is a division that can be won with a 10-6 record, so Detroit is still in the thick of things and a victory of the Bears would go along way.