How 'bout them Cowboys?
There are 3 immutable rules to football, played at any level.
1) No matter how good you look on paper, you still have to play the game.
2) The game isn't over until it's over.
3) A win is a win.
The Seahawks just ran face-first into rule number 1. The Bengals just shook hands with rule number 2. And several teams got a healthy reminder concerning rule number 3, for better or worse. The Broncos played their (offensively) worst game of the season, and still pulled the win. Aaron Rodgers was absolutely spectacular in the last minutes against Miami. David Carr looked like Rookie of the Year, but for Oakland, a loss is still a loss. And How 'bout them Cowboys?
The NFL entertainment machine is already positing 'if the playoffs began today', and questioning whether Dallas might be the team to beat in the NFC. No. It's still way too early in the season for that, but you can't deny that they thoroughly schooled the Seahawks in controlling both lines of scrimmage. Jerry's team may indeed ride that confidence to a number one seed, but the Giants aren't a pushover (despite Philly having thrashed them.) The rollercoaster in New York never seems to afford the same mental mistakes 2 weeks in a row, so I would pick New York at Dallas as the game of the week to watch.
For my beloved Broncos, the next 3 weeks represent the worst part of their schedule, possibly the worst any team must face in that short a period all year. They host the rejuvinated San Fransisco 49ers on Sunday night. Four short days later, they play again with San Diego coming to town for a Thursday night matchup. Then, on November 2nd, they travel to Foxborough to face arch-rival, the New England Patriots. I shouldn't have to clarify to any NFL fan that the Broncos have a rather dismal history in Prime Time games, and Peyton Manning has had little luck in eastern Massachusetts. The Chargers are on a roll, the Patriots are dangerously putting things together offensively, and of course the 'Niners have a steller and agile defense. If the Broncos can win 2 of those 3 games, they wiull still be sitting pretty in the AFC, as long as one of those games is the Thursday game against the Chargers.
New Yorks Jets (1-5) at New England (4-2) - Patriots (25-27, Pats)
Atlanta (2-4) at Baltimore (4-2) - Ravens (7-29, Ravens)
Tennessee (2-4) at Washington (1-5) - Washington (17-19, Washington)
Seattle (3-2) at St. Louis (1-4) - Seahawks (26-28, Rams)
Cleveland (3-2) at Jacksonville (0-6) - Browns (6-24, Jaguars)
Cincinnati (3-1-1) at Indianapolis (4-2) - Colts (0-27, Colts)
Minnesota (2-4) at Buffalo (3-3) - Bills (16-17, Bills)
Miami (2-3) at Chicago (3-3) - Bears (27-14, Dolphins)
New Orleans (2-3) at Detroit (4-2) - Lions (23-24, Lions)
Carolina (3-2-1) at Green Bay (4-2) - Packers (17-38, Packers)
Kansas City (2-3) at San Diego (5-1) - Chargers (23-20, Chiefs)
Arizona (4-1) at Oakland (0-5) - Cardinals (24-13, Cardinals)
New York Giants (3-3) at Dallas (5-1) - Cowboys (21-31, Cowboys)
San Fransisco (4-2) at Denver (4-1) - Broncos (17-42, Broncos)
Houston (3-3) at Pittsburgh (3-3) - Steelers (23-30, Steelers)
Byes: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay
Last Week's Score: 11 - 4, 73% Overall: 58 - 33, 64%