1. 3-1 Texans face 3-1 Cowboys– The Texans were the worst team in football last season. Bill O’Brien has this team sitting at 3-1 atop the AFC South. J.J. Watt has played not only like a defensive MVP candidate, but a league MVP candidate as well. He’s done everything for this Texans team. He’s still the premiere pass rusher in the game today and he’s caught a touchdown pass and intercepted a pass and scored. He’s showing us why he got the extension and has earned every penny. The Cowboys have looked very impressive so far this year. DeMarco Murray has been a very vital piece to the Cowboys offense and the defense is playing much better than expected. It’s the battle of Texas on Sunday at Jerry World
2. Luck and Colts welcome Ravens– The Colts have won two straight games after starting the season 0-2. Luck just climbs the ladder and gets better game by game. The Ravens have won three straight games after a week one defeat from Cincy and the drama surrounding Ray Rice. Flacco has been an improved guy. He hasn’t been sacked since week one and the offensive line is doing their job up front and Steve Smith is becoming his go to guy. This is a match-up of two veteran receivers who are still getting the job done in Reggie Wayne and Steve Smith. This will be a good one between two talented teams in the AFC.
3. Broncos host undefeated Cardinals– The Cardinals are off to one of their best starts in quite some time. They’ve run the ball well and they’ve played good defense. Now they have a true test on their hands: Peyton and the Broncos. I’ve been impressed with the Broncos defense this year. Ware, Ward and Talib have been nothing but solid for them. The Broncos have had a week to fix the problems they had in Seattle and from here on out it’s nothing but football. The key match-up to watch in this one is DeMariyus Thomas against Patrick Peterson. A top ten receiver against one of the best cornerbacks in football today.
4. Patriots look to bounce back on Sunday night against Bengals– Have the Patriots seen their best days? Everything is going wrong for them right now. Brady is struggling and the offensive line isn’t protecting him and the depth at wide receiver is thin. They need a true possession guy. They haven’t had that since the Randy Moss days. Defensively, they look flat in certain aspects of the game. The Bengals on the other hand have been the most complete team in football so far this season. They can balance it out offensively and defensively they are still among one of the top units in the NFL. This is a must win game for the Patriots on Sunday night.
5. Notre Dame welcomes Stanford– One of the best rivalries in the nation is renewed this Saturday. Both Stanford and Notre Dame are mirror images of each other. They can both score when they have the ball. Everett Golson has come back and put his team in great position so far this year. Stanford has one of the best defenses in the country. They do everything right. Notre Dame is out for revenge this year and if they do take this one, they deserve to be mentioned in the conversation for the College Football playoff.
6. Alex Smith returns to San Francisco– For the first time since being traded to Kansas City, Alex Smith will lead his current team against his former team in San Francisco. This is a game he has had circled on his calendar and he will enter with a chip on his shoulder. We can’t forget that Alex had the 49ers a game away from the Super Bowl. 2012, he was putting together another solid season then he got hurt. Kaep then came in and the 49ers decided to stick with him the rest of the way. It’ll be a very emotional one at Levi stadium on Sunday.