The football Thans have blessed us with four games this afternoon. We get the opportunity to see such NFL stars as Philip Rivers, Kenny Britt, Demaryius Thomas, and the vaunted Josh McCown. We also get to see Aaron Rodgers against Colin Kaepernick in what has to be the greatest mismatch of franchise QBs (like it or not, Kaep is a franchise QB for the 49ers) as Green Bay rolls into the City by the Bay to take advantage of the corpse of a once-proud franchise.
The Browns currently sit at 1-2, good enough for third in the AFCN, above the lowly Ravens. Cleveland fans are the most loyal fanbase in the NFL and they gladly turn up and root for what was one of the strongest franchises before their initial demise. The reincarnation of the Browns is a shell of what they once were, but the Dawg Pound turn out week after week, season after season, to root for their franchise. They have travelled to San Diego, where another fanbase is facing the prospect of losing their team to another city, to challenge the Chargers, who are still missing Antonio Gates due to his suspension. San Diego is currently 1-2, tied with the Chiefs for last in the AFCW, so both teams are battling to not end up tied for worst in their division.
The Rams are visiting the Cardinals in the desert in what promises to be an amazing defensive matchup. The Cardinals are currently 3-0, good for first in the NFCW, and Carson Palmer has completed 56 of his 88 passes, for 803 yards and nine touchdowns. On the other side, the Rams traded quarterbacks with the Eagles, swapping the oft-injured Sam Bradford for the underwhelming Nick Foles in a move that, thus far, hasn't appeared to work out for either side of the trade. St. Louis fans are among the three fanbases (along with the aforementioned Chargers and the Raiders) that are facing the loss of their franchise to L.A. Their Rams are currently in a three-way tie with the Seahawks and 49ers at 1-2 for last place in the division.
Teddy Bridgewater is taking Adrian Peterson, Kyle Rudolph, and his talents to Denver to challenge the Gary Kubiak-led Broncos, who boast Peyton Manning, Emmanuel Sanders, Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, and Owen Daniels. The Broncos are currently leading the AFCW at 3-0, while the Vikings are 2-1, good for second in the NFCN. This promises to be a challenging matchup for the Vikes, since Manning is still playing well enough to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and Wade Phillips has the Broncos' defense playing excellent football.
While Peyton Manning is one of the best quarterbacks in the league today, the Packers benefit from having the best in the game today in Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers will lead Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, and Eddie Lacey into the Field of Jeans to take on the 49ers. Colin Kaepernick is still a struggling quarterback, and his team essentially imploded over the offseason with the retirements of Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Chris Borland, and the departures of Jim Harbaugh, Frank Gore, and Michael Crabtree. Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin and Carlos Hyde will try to ensure a victory for the 49ers, but they're hopelessly overmatched.
Well folks, those are your late afternoon games. Discuss them below.