The Tampa Bay Buccaneers turn to rookie quarterback Mike Glennon today versus the Arizona Cardinals, having benched Josh Freeman. According to Darrelle Revis, the new quarterback looks like Napoleon Dynamite and should be wearing a “Vote For Pedro” shirt.
Well, it just so happens that Glennon can play along, and Revis is not the first to have the idea. Last October, he dressed up as Napoleon Dynamite for a Halloween party.
Today, the Buccaneers will hope he is more Uncle Rico in terms of arm strength and accuracy. Freeman was completing less than 50% of his passes, and the Buccaneers lost two close games because the offense could not get going. Glennon will hope that Vincent Jackson, dealing with a painful rib injury, can contribute.
The other early games feature Seattle traveling to Houston in the marquee cross-conference matchup. The AFC has gone 11-3 despite being an underdog ten times, and we will see if that continues today. Seattle is a road favorite. The NY Giants travel to Kansas City in another AFC-NFC clash, this one between two teams at the opposite end of the turnover spectrum. The Chiefs have yet to commit a turnover in starting 3-0, while the Giants are tied for worst in the league. The other team at the bottom of the turnover margin list is across the pond. Congratulations, London, on drawing 0-3 Pittsburgh vs. 0-3 Minnesota.
Baltimore goes to Buffalo in a game where we see how good Buffalo is. They have defeated Carolina, which looks like it could be a very good win after what the Panthers did to the Giants (and their other loss is a close game to Seattle). They were competitive against New England. C.J. Spiller has been a disappointment so far. The Bills will need him to get going today.
The last three early games are all divisional matchups. The Bears and Lions are playing for first place at the quarter pole. Cleveland hosts Cincinnati in the battle of Ohio, and Indianapolis gets a game that they have to claim in pursuit of the playoffs, on the road at Jacksonville with Blaine Gabbert returning to action this week.