Will the Bills and Lions Continue Their Hot Starts? [NFL Week 4 Live Thread]
1:00 PM Games:
Carolina at Chicago: The Bears were in the NFC title game last year, but come into this week one loss away from 1-3. The Cam Newton Show, meantime, was sidetracked by last week's monsoon, but he still got his first career win. The question is, as always, can the Bears protect Jay Cutler, and will Mike Martz remember he has Matt Forte?
Buffalo at Cincinnati: Classic trap game for the Bills after their big win last week. The Bengals are the best defense Buffalo's faced so far this year. Don't assume a blowout.
Tennessee at Cleveland: One of these teams is going to start 3-1. Really.
Detroit at Dallas: Huge road test for the Lions as they go for 4-0. It's a big game for the Cowboys too, as Tony Romo and his bum ribs meet Ndamukong Suh. Despite all the tongue bathing Romo has gotten for Monday's night's game, it must be remembered that Dallas didn't score a touchdown in that game. Miles Austin is inactive.
Minnesota at Kansas City: If this the game you're scheduled to be shown, find a way to watch something else.
Washington at St. Louis: It doesn't feel like the Rams are about to be 0-4, but for the most part they've looked awful. Luckily for the Rams, their division means there's still time to turn in around. That said, if they can't beat Rex Grossman at home, you can probably stick that fork in St. Louis.
San Francisco at Philadelphia: Michael Vick is active, but the Dream Team facade has quickly been crumbling for the 1-2 Eagles. The Niners meanwhile are 2-1, but they haven't particularly looked impressive doing it. Given San Francisco's struggles moving the ball, Philly's defensive issues shouldn't rear their ugly head today.
New Orleans at Jacksonville: Drew Brees vs. Blaine Gabbert doesn't even seem fair, does it?
Pittsburgh at Houston: Huge game for both teams. We truly don't know yet how good the Steelers are, as they have yet to impress this season. Houston, meanwhile, again has a "put up or shut up" game. Last week they couldn't hold on against the Saints. Can they fix their red zone problems this week, or are they a mirage yet again?
2:45 Green Flag:
IZOD IndyCar Series at Kentucky Speedway: OK, that one's for me mainly, but hey, Will Power's only up 11 points on Dario Franchitti in the championship, and Kentucky usually produces great action, so if the early games end up dogs, check it out.
4:00 PM Games:
N.Y. Giants at Arizona: Are the Giants any good or did they just take advantage of a struggling Eagles team? We get closer to finding out today against a Cardinals team that look woeful, particularly Kevin Kolb, who hasn't looked much better than Derek Anderson. If the Giants truly are a good team, they should have no issues with the Cardinals.
Atlanta at Seattle: On paper, this is a blowout, but Atlanta has been disappointing all season so far. If the Falcons don't get it together, they might actually be vulnerable at the always loud Qwest Field.
Denver at Green Bay: On paper, another blowout. However, the Packers have struggled finishing teams off so far this year, and haven't put together a complete game just yet. Since I still hate the Broncos (and John Elway) for Super Bowl XXXII, I hope that complete game happens today.
New England at Oakland: Oakland is coming off a big win against the Jets, while of course the Pats are coming off the tough loss to Buffalo. Tom Brady is 25-2 in his career coming off a loss. That's probably an omen, but watch to see if the Pats' maligned secondary can handle Denarius Moore.
Miami at San Diego: Miami will try to avoid an 0-4 start. The fact that they're playing the Chargers early in the season instead of late gives them a punchers chance.
Sunday Night Game:
N.Y. Jets at Baltimore: Rex Ryan returns to Baltimore in a big game for both teams. The loser will drop to 2-2 and have significant questions to answer.
Q it up here all day as Week 4 unfolds.