After watching eight matchups earlier today, we're settling in for another three games of NFL football.
In Oakland, two second-year QBs are battling, with Teddy Bridgewater having seemingly recovered from his concussion to start the game against Derek Carr. The Vikings are 6-2 and tied for the NFC North lead with the Packers. The Raiders are surprising everyone at 4-4, good for second in the AFC West after the Broncos. These two franchises may have found their franchise QBs, while we're here rolling out stopgap after stopgap.
The Chiefs are in Denver expecting to be destroyed by the Broncos. Peyton Manning is not himself, but his team is winning despite that fact, due to good game-planning by Gary Kubiak and Wade Phillips' defense. The Broncos sit atop the AFC West at 7-1, with the Chiefs sitting at third at 3-5. The Chiefs lost Jamaal Charles to a torn ACL a while ago, which has put even more pressure on an underwhelming Alex Smith. Andy Reid continues to back his beleaguered QB and will be trying everything he can to erase the embarrassment inflicted upon his squad by the Broncos earlier this season. It won't be enough, though.
Tom Brady is taking his revenge tour to Met Life Stadium to face Eli Manning. On paper, this should be the Patriots all the way, but the Giants have twice ruined Brady's day with all the marbles at stake, so Tom Coughlin may be able to muster something up to frustrate Brady once again. Jason Pierre-Paul returned last week, and his limitations and poor play were the subject of a discussion on one of the sports shows this week due to his inability to tackle and break free of linemen. If he's still tentative about using what's left of that hand, this is going to be a long day for him and the Giants.
These are your late afternoon match-ups. We'll have a fresh thread for Sunday Night Football at 7:15 p.m. Enjoy!
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