Chargersgab.com editor Jim Dubenetzky weighs in on some of his thoughts on games taking place over the weekend in the NFL.
Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers
The Panthers are favored by 6.5 points but I have a feeling the Texans will keep this one close. Their run defense looked solid last week against Larry Johnson and the Chiefs so it should be tough for the Panthers to establish the run. Houston QB Matt Schaub looked sharp and if he can play mistake free football the Texans should keep this game close.
Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
Green Bay QB Brett Favre looks to win his 149th career start, which would give him the most all-time wins as a starting Quarterback in the NFL. Despite their injury issues New York is favored by 4 points. It is unsure if QB Eli Manning will play on Sunday, DE Osi Umenyiora is listed as probable while RB Brandon Jacobs will not play. The Giants showed resilience and the ability to come from behind last week against the Cowboys. This game should come down to the last few minutes.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
The Lions are favored by 3 points but that is just because they are the home team. This game is very evenly matched. It will be interesting the see how the Viking defense handles the pass happy Lions, as the Vikings are much better at stopping the run than they are the pass. This game could definitely be classified as a rookie showdown as Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson and Detroit WR Calvin Johnson will both play. Last wek they both played important roles in their teams wins last week. The Lions have lost 10 consecutive games against the Vikings and it might be time for that streak to come to an end.
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San Diego Chargers at New England Patriots
There is controversy in the air surrounding this game. Whether it is the Belichick cheating issue or what happened following the last time these two teams met. The Patriots beat the Chargers in the divisional round of the playoffs 24-21. The Chargers felt the Patriots disrespected their home turf following the game by dancing on the Lightning Bolt that adorns San Diego’s field.
Regardless of the garbage surrounding this game, the only thing that matters is what happens on the field Sunday night. This is a match-up between two of the most talented rosters in the NFL and a possible preview of this year’s AFC Championship. With all of the talent that will be on the field, we can expect to see world-class football filled with crushing hits, big plays and close calls. This one is setting up to be one of the most entertaining games of the season. It is great that this is the Sunday night game so everyone can tune in to see these great teams battle it out.