1. Undefeated Panthers host MVP and Packers– For the first time in franchise history, the Carolina Panthers are 7-0 and they had to grind a win out against the Colts on Monday night. Cam is playing very well with what he has around him. The Packers looked terrible in every phase of the game on Sunday night in Denver and were handed their first loss of the season. They faced one elite defense in Denver last week and will face another one in Carolina on Sunday night. This is a big game and will have heavy playoff picture implications. The winner of this one could possibly have home-field advantage in the NFC.
2. DeMarco Murray returns to Dallas– After a career year with the Cowboys in 2014, they decided not to bring DeMarco Murray back. He became a free agent and signed with a team all too familiar to the Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles and it hasn’t been the start he’d hope for but after demanding the football more and to have a bigger role in the offense, we’ve seen somewhat of a spike in his numbers. For the first time since signing with the Eagles, Murray will return to face the Cowboys. Dallas hasn’t won a game since week two and you see how important Romo is to that offense. It’s an NFC East showdown on Sunday night.
3. Peyton returns to Indianapolis for the second time– I remember when Peyton returned to Indianapolis to face the team he put on the map for years and he received a thunderous ovation. The game wasn’t so nice to him though. the Broncos hosted the Colts last year in Denver and Peyton became the second quarterback ever to defeat all 32 teams in the NFL. They would later meet in the playoffs and Andrew Luck led the Colts past Denver. For the second time, Peyton will return to the house known as the “house that Peyton built” to face a Colts team that’s been a disappointment.
4. Rivals collide in Tuscaloosa– LSU and Alabama have given us some memorable moments over the years. The title game when Bama shut down the Tigers and whenever they face each other, it’s always a close game with a lot on the line. LSU has played great ball all season long and are a favorite to make the College Football Playoff this year. This is a huge game for Bama and crew. They need to win out in order to even think about winning a playoff spot come January. It’s another chapter of this rivalry.
5. Steelers look to bounce back against Raiders– Old school rivals will meet in Pittsburgh and the Raiders have really impressed me in these last two games. Derek Carr is the best quarterback from his draft class and the Raiders have their franchise quarterback. It was a win-win for both parties. The Steelers will begin life without Le’Veon Bell for the rest of the season and this will be Ben’s second game back from his knee injury. I see this one being a very close game throughout.