1. Colts stun the Packers– This was the second career meeting between Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck. I’ll never forget the first battle. It was in 2012, Luck’s rookie year and this game were the first since coach Pagano was diagnosed with Leukemia. The Colts won an emotional game. Four years later, both teams met up at Lambeau and the Colts struck early and never looked back. I’ve never seen Green Bay look as sluggish as they have this season and even with the Minnesota Vikings losing, the Packers couldn’t capitalize and gain any type of ground in the NFC North. They are in trouble and I’ll elaborate more in a few. The Colts saved their season last night with a huge win on the road at Lambeau Field.
2. Alabama wins a defensive struggle– Heading into this one, I knew we were in for a true classic. These two teams know each so well. Last year when they met, Bama did a great job at shutting down Fournette and they did the same thing once again on Saturday night in Baton Rouge. This was my type of football that we saw. Through the first three-quarters, there was no score. It was smash mouth and physical football. Someone would have to score eventually, right? Even a follower on Twitter said to me that he didn’t see anyone scoring more than three points and literally after that, the Tide scored. Another week, another win and it’s another victory over LSU for the sixth straight season.
3. Ravens snap four-game losing streak– It’s been a rough few weeks for both Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Whenever these two meet up, there’s no love found at all. Ben Roethlisberger came back after tearing his meniscus in his knee and the Ravens were looking to snap a four-game skid. You would think the Steelers would get a jolt of energy with Ben back under center. Wrong. Completely wrong. Ben rushed back too soon and everything that could go wrong did go wrong for him and the offense. The Ravens finally got back on track and the AFC North just got very interesting at the top.
4. Raiders defeat Broncos– For the first time in 15 years, the national spotlight was on the Oakland Raiders and they didn’t disappoint. The Broncos had been running the AFC West for so many years now and the Raiders are on the up moving forward. They outplayed, outcoached and outperformed the Broncos in every aspect of the game. Denver truly misses C.J. Anderson and they couldn’t get anything going on offense. The Raiders are now 7-2 and in control of the AFC West.
5. Giants hold off the Eagles– Coming into this one, I said this would determine who was a contender in the division and who was a pretender. When the Giants have everything going for them on offense and defense, they will win football games. Eli threw four touchdown passes and the Eagles almost came back after Eli threw a pick but the Giants held on for the win.