Week 6 preview

Steve O Speak

Boy what a difference a year makes. Last year a Tampa Bay-Carolina game or New England-Tennessee game would have been the games of the week. This year the only things to watch is if Tom Brady can hit an open receiver or if Jake Delhomme adds to his league leading interception total. Luckily for football fans, there are other interesting matchups to watch. Two that stand out today are the Minnesota-Baltimore game, and the New Orleans-New York Giants.

Minnesota vs Baltimore: The Ravens defense hasn’t been its dominate self this year, and has their toughest task to date with the potent Vikings offense. The Ravens offense has picked up some of the slack, but Baltimore is coming off two straight losses. For the Ravens to win this their offense will need to move the ball, and keep the Vikings offense off the field. “The Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson Show” has been better than expected in Minnesota. Favre is playing his best football in years, and it is having an impact throughout the team. The Vikings are one of the best teams in the NFC this year, and today they will show their superioity over one of the AFC’s best with a 31-17 win.

Saints vs Giants: Other than Minnesota, there are two other undefeated teams in the NFC, the Saints (4-0) and Giants (5-0). Going into this season, everyone thought the Saints had the second best quarterback in the league in Drew Brees.  But Giants quarterback Eli Manning would have something to say about that, an is chasing his older brother for the top QB spot. Eli has been sensational this year, proving his worth week in, week out. The Giants offense has been spectacular this year, and their passing game is even out producing their powerful running attack. The Giants defense, despite being banged up, has still been a top unit that gets a ton of pressure on the QB. This week they will face the best quarterback they’ve faced all season in Brees. Brees has the Saints playing championship football right now. And unlike years past, their running game is not an afterthought. On defense the Saints have vastly improved, and are showing a toughness that we haven’t seen in years past.  I think Giants win a tough battle on the road and stay undefeated at 31-28.

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