The NFL schedule-making Thans love us. They've gifted us with three matchups where at least we get to see teams that have committed to their quarterbacks.
Cam Newton is taking Luke Kuechly, Greg Olsen and not much more across the country to hang out with Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor as the Panthers take on the Seahawks. Carolina's sitting at 4-0, good for first in the NFC South, while the Hawks are wallowing at 2-3, third-best in the NFC West.
Philip Rivers got Antonio Gates back from suspension last week against the Steelers, but still lost in a contest that's not been without controversy over game clock shenanigans from a now-suspended side judge. This week won't be any easier (hopefully) because the Chargers are taking their talents to Lambeau to challenge Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Richard Rodgers, Julius Peppers, and Clay Matthews in a battle of franchise QBs. Rodgers (the QB, that is) had a rare WTF? game last week where he was responsible for three turnovers, including two interceptions within eight passes. Green Bay is that good, though; they still won the game and sit at 5-0 atop the NFC North. Rivers will be looking to turn things around and improve upon the team's 2-3 start that has them falling behind the Broncos, but tied with the Raiders for second in the AFC West.
The Field of Jeans will see a battle of also-rans today. Joe Flacco is leading the 1-4 Ravens against Colin Kaepernick and the 1-4 49ers in a game that promises to be ugly. We expected the 49ers to go through the fire this season due to the number of losses they suffered on both sides of the ball, but I don't think anyone expected Baltimore to be this bad this season.
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