NFL Week 4: Expect the Chiefs to Beat the Eagles
By Yong-yi Zhu
ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
A roundup of this week’s NFL play:
Game of the Week: Eagles at Chiefs
The Chiefs were anemic against the Broncos last week, while the Eagles are without their best kicker. This is a long-shot potential Super Bowl match up. If Chiefs RB Priest Holmes and Philly WR Terrell Owens play their best, there should be an offensive explosion. Both teams like to play physical. In the end, the Chiefs will just edge out the Eagles, probably via a missed Philly field goal.
Upset Special: Chargers at Patriots
The Patriots won a potential AFC title game match up last week; they play another this week. The Chargers unleashed fury last game, when RB LaDanian Tomlinson was responsible for four of their six touchdowns. San Diego can stack up against New England — if it weren’t for a botched clock, the Steelers would have beaten the Pats. The Patriots are in the middle of their killer schedule, without a real break until their bye week. I smell an upset brewing.
Bills at Saints: No Takeo Spikes for the Bills means trouble in their pass defense. The Saints are finally home for the first time this season. This should be an emotional game where Saints QB Aaron Brooks and WR Joe Horn will step up and win big. The Bills are going to spiral down to the bottom of the NFL again.
Broncos at Jaguars: Even though Denver played well against the Chiefs last week, QB Jake Plummer passed for only 152 yards. That number will decrease against the Jags, who have the second best passing defense in the league. However, Jags QB Byron Leftwich is hurting as well. The difference will be the Denver running game, which will take over in the second half and down the Jags.
Texans at Bengals: One side has an MVP candidate in Bengals QB Calson Palmer. The other has an MLF (most likely fired) candidate in Coach Dom Capers. Palmer already has eight passing touchdowns this season. He will add several more to that total against an ineffective Houston defense. The Bengals will win by at least two TD’s.
Seahawks at Redskins: This game will pit the running machine (Hawks) against the immovable wall (Skins). I think Hawks RB Shawn Alexander will have a better day than people might expect. This one looks to be an upset.
Vikings at Falcons: This is another candidate for game of the week, especially now that Vikes QB Daunte Culpepper is playing well. Two mobile quarterbacks face off here for a lot of scrambling. But in the end, Falcons QB Mike Vick will be too much for the Viking defense to handle. Culpepper will have a worse game than last week.
Packers at Panthers: If you looked up the word “inconsistent” in the dictionary, you would find a picture of the 2005 Carolina Panthers. Perhaps I’ve lost faith in Packers QB Brett Favre, but I just don’t see the Cheeseheads pulling this one out.
Colts at Titans: This battle between the two co-MVPs from two years ago means nothing now. The Titans are on the decline. The Colts continue to excel week in and week out. That the Colts didn’t score often against the Browns last week is a cause for concern, but Manning should have no trouble dismantling the middle-of-the-pack Titan defense.
49ers at Cardinals: A battle of horrendous teams — the Niners are the more horrendous.
Jets at Ravens: The Jets’ new QB Vinny Testaverde against the Raven defense is a mistake. At least it’s not Brooks Bollinger. Ravens LB Ray Lewis and RB Jamal Lewis will both have field days.
Cowboys at Raiders: The Cowboys barely pulled out their last game against the Niners. Their second game against a California team will be more successful. Cowboys RB Julius Jones can run. The Raiders cannot.
Rams at Giants: Two mediocre teams, one mediocre game. There will be a lot of passing, but in the end, Peyton Jr. will prevail simply because of his poise and confidence in his team. The Giants will win by less than a field goal, though.
Lions at Buccaneers: Bucs RB Cadillac Williams for president, Lions QB Joey Harrington for deportation — that’s how far apart those two young players are. The Bucs will win easily.