1.Must-Wins For Jets, Falcons, Redskins, Bears, and Texans. I definitely believe the NFC Wild Card is going to be easier to take than the AFC, but the Falcons and Bears have some tough games left on the schedule. The home game against the Rams is a must-win for the Cowboys but there is no way they could lose against a team missing its top three corners. For the record, I think it was mutual pass interference on Monday night – neither so noticeable that it was an egregious non-call – and that Moore still made the right decision. Marshall needs to win jump balls at 6’5″ and the Revis jersey pull (?) didn’t impede him. I base the Redskins’ and Jets’ must-win statuses on the fact that their schedules get a lot harder, not solely on their records.
2.The Quarterbacks Debut. Six quarterbacks make their 2011 debut: Playoff winner A.J. Feeley; Kyle Boller making his first start since 12/6/09; Heisman and National Championship-winner Tim Tebow; John Beck, whose first start since 12/9/07 is today; Charlie Whitehurst who sent the Seahawks to the playoffs last year; and Christian Ponder.
3.Titans-Texans For Virtually Half of the Tostitos. The AFC South is going to come down to the two meetings between the 3-2 Titans and 3-3 Texans. Both teams have talented, young defenses (Houston has 17 sacks, the Titans are 6th in points given up). I don’t see a major bad spell for the Texans if Kubiak is fired but Schaub’s offense is filled with vets who want to win to make sure that doesn’t happen.
4. Losses in Winnable Games For Haley, Shurmur and Sparano Could Increase Their Chances of Being Fired. Check out Coaching Turnover Forecast 10-17.
5. Will Post-Bye Lull Strike Again? Teams back from their week off were 1-5 last week. We’ll see if the Titans, Seahawks, Chiefs, Chargers, Cardinals and Broncos can get wins today.
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