2009 Week Seven NFL Football Game Previews
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Sunday, October 25th, 2009
Green Bay Packers (3-2) @ Cleveland Browns (1-5)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Green Bay - 7
Preview: The Green Bay Packers will look to win their second straight game on Sunday when they invade Cleveland to take on the Browns. Green Bay has yet to win two straight this season, starting 3-2. The Packers and Bears are tied, behind the Vikings at the top of the NFC North. Green Bay is scoring 30 points per game this season behind quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has thrown for 1456 yards and rushed for 113, while combining for 9 touchdowns. The Packers are coming off a 26-0 blanking of the Detroit Lions. For Cleveland, despite hanging in, the Browns were 27-13 losers at the hands of defending champion Steelers. The Steelers have one win on the season, coming on October 11th, a 6-3 decision over Buffalo. That win was picked up for Cleveland, despite Derek Anderson, the starting quarterback for the Browns, throwing for just 23 passing yards. In the five Cleveland losses, the Browns are averaging just 12.5 points per game.
San Diego Chargers (2-3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (1-5)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: San Diego - 5
Preview: For the second straight year, the San Diego Chargers have a lot of work to do. The Chargers lost a key opportunity to gain ground on the AFC West leading Denver Broncos on Monday night. The Chargers could not stop the Denver offense, and Phillip Rivers was unable to lead a comeback against the vaunted Denver defense. The Chargers are now 2-3 overall, and have lost two straight games. The Chargers are being outscored 136 - 124 on the season. The Kansas City Chiefs will come into this home game, after their 14-6 upset win over the Washington Redskins. In the win, quarterback Matt Cassell threw for 186 yards, with 109 of them going to Dwyane Bowe. Bowe leads the team with 3 touchdown catches. The win was the first for head coach Todd Haley. The Chiefs have scored just 98 points in six games played this season.
Indianapolis Colts (5-0) @ St. Louis Rams (0-6)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Indianapolis - 13
Preview: In a game pitting an undefeated team against a winless team; two dome teams will meet up Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. The Indianapolis Colts, fresh off their bye will look to add to their AFC South leading 5-0 record. The Colts are scoring 27.5 points per game, but more impressively the Colts defense is allowing just 14 points per game. Peyton Manning looks to be the early season MVP, passing for 1645 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Colts have already won three road games in 2009. For St. Louis, the Rams are coming off their most competitive affair of the season, in a season that has started with six straight losses. Steve Spagnulo, coming over from New York has saw his team allow 169 points, while scoring just 54 on the season. The Rams top running back Steven Jackson has yet to find the end zone, despite running for a team high 501 yards.
Minnesota Vikings (6-0) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Pittsburgh - 4
Preview: In what appears, on paper, to be one of the best games in week seven, the undefeated Minnesota Vikings will invade the defending Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Minnesota, fresh off their 33-31 home win over the Baltimore Ravens are riding the coat tails of running back Adrian Peterson and veteran quarterback Brett Favre. Peterson has helped an offense that has scored 189 points in six games, by rushing for 624 yards and 7 touchdowns to start the season. Favre, who signed after training camp started this summer has thrown 12 touchdown passes, two to Sidney Rice and 2 to Percy Harvin, while tight end Vishante Shiancoe leading the team. The Steelers seemingly have gotten back on track. After starting the season 1-2 on the season, Pittsburgh has rolled off three straight games. The Steelers picked up home wins over San Diego and Cleveland and a road victory at Detroit. Running back out of Illinois, Rashard Mendenhall has taken over the top position for Mike Tomlin’s squad, and rushed for just under 300 yards in the last 3 games.
New England Patriots (4-2) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: New England - 14.5
Preview: The New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take it oversees to London and face off in front of the European fans. The Patriots are coming off one of the best performances in franchise history, pouring on 59 points against the Tennessee Titans. Tampa Bay comes into this game, winless, coming up just a touchdown short on Sunday, at home, against Carolina. The Buccaneers are getting outscored by an average of 12 points per game thus far, while the Patriots have outscored opponents 163 - 91. The fans in London will get to see one of the top quarterbacks in the game; Tom Brady. Brady threw for 380 yards and six touchdowns against Tennessee, and on the season he has thrown for 1724 yards and 12 touchdowns. Randy Moss leads the team in receiving touchdowns with four, including 2 on Sunday. The Patriots lead the AFC East, while the Buccaneers are at the bottom of the NFC South, under new head coach Raheem Morris.
San Francisco 49ers (3-2) @ Houston Texans (3-3)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Houston - 3
Preview: The San Francisco 49ers, coming off their bye week, will look to avoid falling to .500 when they take on the Houston Texans. The 49ers are 3-2 overall, tied with Arizona at the top of the NFC West. Currently, the 49ers lead, due to the tiebreaker, as the 49ers beat the Cardinals head to head. The 49ers may be without their top pick in the 2009 draft Michael Crabtree who is likely to start. This will be Crabtree’s first game in the NFL. The 49ers top running back Frank Gore is probable for this game. If Gore cannot play, back-up Glen Coffee will get the nod. Houston looks to get over .500 for the first time this season. The Texans have won two straight games, and made their way into contention for a playoff position in the AFC. The Texans received 392 passing yards from Matt Schaub in their 28-17 upset win over Cincinnati. Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels have both caught 4 of Schaub’s 14 touchdown passes on the season.
Buffalo Bills (2-4) @ Carolina Panthers (2-3)
Time: 4:05pm EST
Preview: The Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers will both enter this Sunday afternoon game coming off wins. Buffalo picked up a divisional win over the New York Jets in overtime, while the Panthers beat divisional foe Tampa Bay 28-21. The Bills are 2-4 overall, while the Panthers are 2-3. Buffalo has had all sorts of problems scoring points, putting up just 93 in five games. The Bills quarterback Trent Edwards suffered his second concussion in the win on Sunday, so his status is questionable for Sunday. Receiver Terrell Owens has caught just one touchdown since coming over from Dallas to Buffalo. For the Panthers, after an 0-3 start, they have won two straight games. DeAngelo Williams has started to catch fire for Carolina, rushing for 150+ yards and 2 touchdowns in Sunday’s win. The Panthers will look to win their third straight game, before a stretch of tough games coming up. The Panthers have been out scored by a total of 40 points through their first five games.
New York Jets (3-3) @ Oakland Raiders (2-4)
Time: 4:05pm ET
Spread: NY Jets - 6
Preview: The New York Jets will look to snap their three game losing streak when they head to the Bay to take on the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are coming off a very surprising 13-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Jets, after starting 3-0 have fallen to second place in the AFC East. Quarterback Mark Sanchez threw a career hight five interceptions in the overtime loss to Buffalo in week six. Running back Thomas Jones has been effective for the Jets this season scampering for a team high 481 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Jets have allowed just 104 points in their six games they have played this season. For Oakland, JaMarcus Russell has not always been sharp, but he continues to lead Tom Cable’s offense attack. Without running back Darren McFadden, Justin Fargas and Michael Bush have combined for 4 rushing touchdowns. The Raiders are 2-4 overall, and in third place in the AFC East. Oakland trails divisional leading Denver, and second place San Diego.
Atlanta Falcons (4-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (3-2)
Time: 4:15pm ET
Spread: Dallas - 4
Preview: The Atlanta Falcons will continue to try to emerge as one of the best teams in the NFC when they head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. For Dallas, this game is another in a series of games that are very important for their playoff chase. The Cowboys have lost twice already this season, with their most recent game - a squeak by effort win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Part of the Cowboys problem this season has been their offense. The offense that is loaded with weapons has scored just 122 points in five games. Tony Romo, the quarterback of the offense has thrown for just six touchdowns, with three of them to Miles Austin. Marion Barber leads the rushing attack, with 297 yards and four touchdowns. The Falcons are coming off their 28-21 win at home over the Chicago Bears. The win for the Falcons pushed them to 4-1 overall, just a game behind divisional leading New Orleans. Atlanta’s lone loss in 2009 came at the hands of the New England Patriots. Matt Ryan has completed 101 of 156 passes for the Falcons, for 1162 yards and 9 touchdowns. Atlanta has outscored opponents by a total of 46 points in their five games. Running back Michael Turner and wide receiver Roddy White, who emerged as a top 1-2 combo in 2008 have combined for 10 touchdowns on the season.
Chicago Bears (3-2) @ Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)
Time: 4:15pm ET
Spread: Cincinnati - 1.5
Preview: A pair of teams coming off week six losses will meet in Cincinnati. The Chicago Bears, who were unable to score in the final seconds to tie Atlanta on Sunday night will invade Cincinnati, who had their four game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Houston Texans. Both teams appear to be fighting for a play-off position as the season progresses. The Bengals are 4-2, tied at the top of the AFC North, while the Bears are tied in second place in the NFC North, trailing undefeated Minnesota. Jay Cutler, coming over from Denver has led a Bears offense to 119 points in five games. Cutler has thrown for 1201 yards and 10 touchdowns. With Cutler’s emergence, one aspect that has been down for the Chicago offense has been the rushing of second year running back Matt Forte. Forte has ran for just 294 yards and a touchdown. Forte fumbled the ball twice in a row late in the game, losing possession on one. For the Bengals, their loss to Houston, forced them into a tie with the defending champion Steelers. Cincinnati was not able to slow down Matt Schaub and the Texans offense, as they scored 28 points. The Bengals have scored 118 and allowed 118 points on the season.
New Orleans Saints (5-0) @ Miami Dolphins (2-3)
Time: 4:15pm ET
Spread: New Orleans - 6
Preview: The National Football League’s top scoring team will head to South Florida to take on the Miami Dolphins. New Orleans, coming off their home blowout win over the New York Giants are one of four teams without a loss in the NFL. The Saints, led by Drew Brees and his 1400 yards and 13 touchdowns have scored 192 points in 5 games. Pierre Thomas leads the ground game with just under 300 yards on 48 carries, along with 3 touchdowns. Brees has had a solid receiving core, led by Marquis Colston and his 4 touchdown catches. The Saints lead the NFC South by just a game, over the 4-1 Atlanta Falcons. Miami has won two straight games since dropping their first three. The Dolphins latest win was a thrilling 31-27 win over the New York Jets. The wildcat offense helped Ronnie Brown run for 115 yards in the win against Buffalo, and 74 more against the Jets. The Dolphins are not only looking to climb back to .500 for the first time this season, but also keep pace with the New England Patriots at the top of the AFC East.
Arizona Cardinals (3-2) @ New York Giants (5-1)
Time: 8:20pm EST
Spread: NY Giants - 7
Preview: The defending NFC Champion will travel east and take on the 2008 NFC Champion. The Arizona Cardinals take their 3-2 mark on the road to New York to take on the 5-1 New York Giants. Arizona has won two straight games, and sit in a first place tie with San Francisco. The Giants won their first five games, before getting blown out in New Orleans on Sunday. Arizona, led by the right arm of Kurt Warner has scored 112 points in five games, while the Giants have put up the third most points in the NFC with 178. Eli Manning, who has been battling a foot injury has completed 101 of 166 passes for 1390 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. Rookie Mario Manningham is tied with Steve Smith for the team lead in touchdown catches with four. Manningham has been listed questionable for this game with an undisclosed injury. Ahmad Bradshaw leads the ground game for the Giants, rushing 68 times for 423 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Monday, October 26th, 2009
Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) @ Washington Redskins (2-4)
Time: 8:30pm ET
Spread: Philadelphia - 7
Preview: Monday Night Football will feature two teams within the NFC East, both coming off a loss in week six. The Philadelphia Eagles were completely shut out of the end zone in their 13-9 loss to Oakland, while the Redskins struggles continued in a 14-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Eagles are tied with Dallas in second place in the NFC East standings, while Washington sits at the bottom with their 2-4 record. Washington will once again be playing for their head coach Jim Zorn’s job. Zorn has been noted on the hot seat for several weeks after their slow start. This will be the first game played by Washington against a team with a win. The Redskins have scored just 79 points in their first six games, led by quarterback Jason Campbell. Zorn has noted that Campbell will make the start in this game. Philadelphia put up solid yardage, and succeeded in not turning the ball over, but were somehow shut out of the end zone on the west coast. The Eagles have scored 139 points on the year, while allowing 99.