The New England Patriots are in old England, playing a “road” game in Wembley Stadium against the St. Louis Rams. The Patriots defense has regressed badly again the last few weeks, and so the Rams chances of pulling the upset over the pond depend on Sam Bradford making plays down the field to Chris Givens and keeping the ball from Tom Brady.
The World Series again gives us an imbalanced schedule, with nine early games and only two late afternoon affairs: New York Giants at Dallas and Oakland at Kansas City. Here are the rest of your early Sunday games:
Atlanta at Philadelphia: Atlanta has been off for a week, and two teams that have had time to prepare like it’s a bowl game meet. If Philadelphia wants to end Atlanta’s undefeated run, they will need to reverse the turnover script, something the Falcons have thrived on and the Eagles have not.
Carolina at Chicago: Carolina is changing to a power running attack from the spread in hopes of getting a stagnant running game going. It’s a rough week to try that, where the Bears are leading the league in defense.
Washington at Pittsburgh: Jonathan Dwyer again at running back, but it will be Big Ben and the short passing game that will need to win this game. Pittsburgh will have to get hits on Griffin III and get him out of his own short passing game rhythm.
San Diego at Cleveland: The Chargers look to bounce back on the road, but these conditions are ripe for the home team to take advantage of the team from Southern California.
Seattle at Detroit: Matthew Stafford has been struggling to get the ball to Calvin Johnson, and going against Seattle’s secondary is not a remedy for that.
Jacksonville at Green Bay: Jennings and Nelson both out? No problem, as Randall Cobb, James Jones, and yes, Donald Driver will still make plenty of plays for Aaron Rodgers.
Miami at NY Jets: The Reggie Bush grudge bowl could get nasty.
Indianapolis at Tennessee: The Colts need to give Luck short options and utilize the tight end in this one. The Titans probably have little business being 3-4, but another win today puts them right back in a weak AFC race.
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