NFL Matchups: Arizona Cardinals-Denver Broncos Must See
By Scott Allen
Sep 21, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) fires up Arizona Cardinals defenders and fans against the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Cardinals are squarely in the national spotlight this weekend when they go to Denver to face the Denver Broncos. The game will be on Fox Sports with their number one broadcasting crew of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on hand. It is one of a couple of five-star games this weekend.
Five Star Games:
Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos: So many story lines to this one. Arizona is undefeated at 3-0. Denver’s only loss is to Seattle in overtime. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning needs one touchdown to reach 500 in his career. Arizona will most likely be without starting quarterback Carson Palmer this week again. Drew Stanton will get the start in his place. Both teams should be well rested coming off the bye. This one should be a fun one to watch. As an NFL fan, this is the one can’t miss game of the week.
Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys: This game is not only huge for the state of Texas, it also means one of these teams will be 4-1 and in control of their division. No one could have imagined either one of these teams being 4-1, especially after the whipping the Cowboys took in week one at home to the San Francisco 49ers or Houston’s loss at the New York Giants.
Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers: Both teams have a chance to get to 3-2. If either one of these teams fall to 2-3, it might mean not making the playoffs this season.
Four Star Games:
Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots: Pats are in a decline. They can’t do anything offensively and their once reliant defense looked vulnerable against Kansas City. The 3-0 Bengals could be on their way to 4-0. That’s something else.
Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts: Neither team starter fast out of the gate but both are coming off impressive blow out wins. Ravens coach John Harbaugh earlier this week accused the Colts of piping in crowd noise. Bulletin board material anyone?
Three Star Games:
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants: Can’t figure out the Falcons yet. The Giants look better than most expected them too. They’ve also had 10 days rest by the time they play on Sunday.
New York Jets at San Diego Chargers: The Chargers schedule has set up nicely for them. After pounding Jacksonville at home last week, they get to see the Jets and see if Geno Smith can play a better game away from Metlife Stadium
Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers: Both teams are still playoff contenders but this game could go a long way in breaking a tiebreaker down the road. Neither team looks good right now
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins: Seahawks make this a three star game since they are on the road for the first time since losing to San Diego. Not the same team on the road but they are at Washington, who just gave up 45 to the Giants at home last Thursday.