1. 6-0 Broncos host 6-0 Packers on Sunday night– When I saw this matchup on the schedule this spring, it was one of the few games I had circled on the calendar. It’s one of the nineteen Super Bowl rematches and when they faced off all those years ago, two legendary quarterbacks were featured in that one: Brett Favre and John Elway. Let’s look at now and we have Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning who will be squaring off against one another for just the second time ever. The Packers offense hasn’t seen a defense like the Broncos all year-long and the Broncos defense hasn’t faced a quarterback as dynamic as Aaron Rodgers either. 6-0? Two future hall of fame quarterbacks and a primetime game? It gets no better than this. I’m pumped up for this one.
2. Steelers welcome Bengals to town– The Steelers struggled to get anything going in Kansas City on Sunday. The offense showed why Ben Roethlisberger is so vital to them winning going forward and he’s expected to return from his leg injury which will give them a boost of confidence. The Bengals are off to one of their best starts in years behind Andy Dalton who’s playing the best football of his career. The division will come down to these two and whenever they play each other, it’s a hard-fought and physical battle. I’m expecting the same on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.
3. Temple hosts Notre Dame at the Linc– Notre Dame is in the spotlight once again and on the road. They’ve quietly have gone about their business since that loss at Clemson a few weeks ago. Temple has surprised us all this year and this will be their biggest game of the season and one of their biggest games in quite some time. Lincoln Financial Field will be rocking on Saturday night.
4. Patriots host Dolphins on Thursday night– New England survived the Jets hard-fought effort on Sunday and improved to 6-0 this season. I’m still very concerned about the Patriots defense because they don’t make enough stops consistently and that bend, don’t break mentality will sometimes hurt you in the end. After firing Joe Philbin, the Dolphins have looked like a much different team. Dan Campbell has turned them into the team we expected to be this season. A physical, hard-hitting football team. The offense has woken up and the defense has improved in some major areas. This is exactly why Miami signed Ndamukong Suh this off-season and that’s for games with the Patriots.
5. Andrew Luck and Cam Newton meet in a battle of number one picks– The Colts have struggled immensely this year. The offensive line has been terrible, they are struggling to run the football and defensively, they give up on plays and don’t pressure the quarterback. Carolina is one team to really watch out for moving forward. After that win in Seattle, they feel they can beat anybody, anywhere and you have to love that confidence. Two men selected first overall in their respected draft classes will meet for the first time.