By Peter King
November 04, 2010
NFL Week 9
Sunday, Nov. 7
1 p.m. ET (CBS) New England Patriots (6-1) at Cleveland Browns (2-5)
In his first three NFL starts, Colt McCoy has faced the best team in football, Week 6 version (Steelers, at Pittsburgh); the defending Super Bowl champion (Saints, at New Orleans;, and the best team in football, Week 9 version (Patriots, at home). That'd be like Colt, the ex-Texas QB, opening his college career at Alabama, at Oregon and home to Oklahoma. Brutal. If he comes out of it even 1-2 and completing 63-ish percent, the Browns have to give him the rest of the year to see if he might be the answer.
1 p.m. ET (Fox) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) at Atlanta Falcons (5-2)
Record of five teams Tampa's beaten: 12-24. Record of two teams Tampa's lost to: 10-5. Atlanta's record: 5-2. The guys getting their hair cut in the barbershops of Tampa-St. Pete are all saying the same thing this weekend: We need you to beat somebody before we believe ... someone like Atlanta.
1 p.m. ET (CBS) Miami Dolphins (4-3) at Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
Four more field goals for Dan Carpenter, but I can't think of a worse time for a team to face Baltimore -- coming off its bye, getting some bruises healed, and Miami having to find a way to cover three veteran receivers who've had ample time to work on chemistry with Joe Flacco.
1 p.m. ET (Fox) Chicago Bears (4-3) at Buffalo Bills (0-7) in Toronto
Oh Canada, their home and native land ... Toronto sees the Bills get off the schneid. And in Chicago, Lovie and Jerry may not want to read the papers Monday morning.
1 p.m. ET (Fox) New Orleans Saints (5-3) at Carolina Panthers (1-6)
Last week's physical throttling of the Steelers is the way the Saints need to play -- seven hits of Ben Roethlisberger, 279 Steelers yards, one Pittsburgh drive longer than 45 yards. With a New Orleans secondary in such injured disarray, let the front seven tattoo Carolina quarterback Matt Moore.
1 p.m. ET (CBS) New York Jets (5-2) at Detroit Lions (2-5)
Ndamukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch are playing as well in tandem as any other DT-DE combination in the league. It's essential that LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene take the heat off Mark Sanchez, or the Leos could pull the upset of the weekend.
1 p.m. ET (CBS) San Diego Chargers (3-5) at Houston Texans (4-3)
The euphoria of September gives way to reality of November: The Texans can't play defense -- 34, 31 and 30 points allowed the past three weeks should tell that tale. And Philip Rivers and the most potent offense in the league come to town Sunday. Houston's only hope is that the brutal plantar-fasciitis Antonio Gates suffered last week keeps him out of the game, or limits him severely.
1 p.m. ET (Fox) Arizona Cardinals (3-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-5)
The Vikings have become the NFL's TMZ Team. But can we talk football for a moment? The strength of this team was supposed to be the defensive front. In the past four weeks, the Vikings have allowed 27 points a game, and in seven games, Jared Allen, Ray Edwards and Kevin and Pat Williams have sacked the quarterback 3.5 times. They used to sack the quarterback 3.5 times in some halves. Something is rotten in Eden Prairie. Good thing the toothless Cards are in town Sunday.
4:05 p.m. ET (Fox) New York Giants (5-2) at Seattle Seahawks (4-3)
There's something about Qwest Field, like there was something about the Kingdome. Teams traveling six hours to get there often have a tough time winning, and this will be tougher than the G-men hoped. Ahmad Bradshaw will be big late in this game, icing it.
4:15 p.m. ET (CBS) Indianapolis Colts (5-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-3)
Very interesting game. Eagles are 11-0 under Andy Reid coming off the bye, which might be coincidental (maybe it was Donovan McNabb improving his cardiovascular endurance in all those off-weeks) and maybe not. Peyton Manning's first trip ever to the Linc -- he hasn't played in Philly since 2002, and may not play there again 'til he's 42, if he's still playing. This one will be a cool Manning-Mike Vick matchup. Look for a lot of Manning-to-Jacob Tamme.
4:15 p.m. ET (CBS) Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) at Oakland Raiders (4-4)
Covered this league for a long time. Not sure I've ever seen a team go from losing to weaklings Arizona and San Francisco in the midst of a 1-3 stretch, then beat two teams by a combined 75 points. I tend to think the Raiders might be for real. The Chiefs' hope rests on Matt Cassel, who must take advantage of either the absence of Nnamdi Asomugha or Asomugha playing at 80 percent because of a bum ankle. Gut feeling: I doubt Nnamdi plays.
8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) Dallas Cowboys (1-6) at Green Bay Packers (5-3)
I see no reason to expect Dallas to start showing up now.
Monday, Nov. 8
8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN) Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-5)
Steelers are 8-1 in their last nine on the (lower) banks of the Ohio, but that one came last year, in the Bengals' 6-0 whitewash of the AFC North. That seems like a long time ago. Unless Carson Palmer starts throwing with better accuracy, Cincinnati's looking an awful lot like a 5-11 team.

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