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Go For Two: NFL Week 17 Games To Watch

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I'd like to see some of this Sunday

Despite it being my team, really, the game of the week is the Lions at the Packers. It has huge implications, which I will get into below.

The NFL picked the Bengals at Steelers to be the game of the week and flexed it to the Sunday Night Football spot on NBC. This game, too, has similar implications -- winning the division title. However, unlike the Lions/Packers game, it is a lot harder for the Bengals to get a first round bye. The Lions/Packers game has much more significance because the winner will get a first round bye. Plus, in the entire NFL, home field means more for the Hawks and the Packers than it does for any other team. No one wants to go through Seattle or Green Bay. Green Bay won every single game at home this year.

Lions at Packers 4:25PM EST: Holy crap, this is for all the marbles. Lions versus Packers for the second seed and NFC North champs. This is huge for the Lions (I don't care, Go Pack!). The Lions have not won the division in 21 years. Does that even compute? Twenty-one years. The Lions haven't even won in Wisconsin since 1991. What? How is that even possible? Man, tough break, Lions.

An even tougher break is losing your center, Raiola, because your team is a bunch of idiots. Honestly, why even stomp on the guy's leg? What does that prove? How does that serve your team? You were playing the Bears, come on! However, to me, that wasn't even the worst. The helmet-to-helmet by Detroit Lions defensive end Ansah to Jimmy Clausen was too much. Ansah clearly is leading with his helmet, plus, his hands and arms aren't even in the equation. It was a kill shot.

One of the reasons I don't like the Lions is because they are dirty, dirty players. People don't want to root for your team because no one likes a bully. I thought Jim Caldwell had stopped this narrative from taking place. Apparently, not. I'd love to see what kind of facial reaction he had in regards to the suspension of Raiola. Does Caldwell even have an expression outside of no expression? I'm not even sure why he has a headset on during the games. He barely talks into the damn thing.

The complete opposite of the Lions, personality wise, are the Green Bay Packers. Everyone likes Aaron Rodgers. He's competitive, but not a jerk. Jordy Nelson? A farmer from Kansas. He shakes hands with his team after he gets a touchdown. Eddie Lacy? Buys his parents a house after hurricane Katrina. Ah, that's why the Packers are one of the most-liked teams in the NFL. Sorry, Cowboys, you are not America's team anymore. The difference between the Cowboys and other teams is this. If you are not a Chiefs fan, you don't hate the Chiefs. As for the Cowboys, if you aren't a fan, you hate them. To reiterate, I'm not a Raiders fan ... but I don't hate them. I HATE the Cowboys. Someone should do a stat on that. (Proof can be found in the latest out of Dallas. Dallas is pushing for Romo to be the MVP. Cowboys, THAT'S WHY WE HATE YOU!)

I'm just making the case for our win based on a popularity contest. Look, I don't care how we get the win, I just want the win.

Panthers at Falcons 4:25PM EST: Despite these two teams being sub par, there is nothing like win and you're in. I would put this game above others. I mean, (shrug), the Bengals are in. I don't really care if they move around in seeding. Seeding, to me, doesn't seem as important in the AFC. Yet, win or go home, now that has HUGE implications! As long as you can make it in, you always have a chance. Look at that happened for Green Bay in 2010? They made it in as a wild card and then went on to win the Super Bowl. That's why this game is so important! The most critical thing is just getting in. I certainly wouldn't rule out the Falcons being able to squeak a win out in the playoffs if they get in. The Cardinals with their 3rd string QB are now beatable. The Cowboys? I'm not sold on them. They are beatable.

I'm rooting for the Falcons. I like Julio Jones. I like Fitzgerald. I like Matt Ryan, but, apparently, who doesn't?

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Good lucks Falcons.

Other important games are the Chargers at the Chiefs, and the Browns at the Ravens. For a more detailed account of what it will take for the Chargers or Ravens to get into the playoffs click this NFL.com link. It makes my head hurt, so thanks NFL for doing it for me.

Go For Two: NFL Week 11 Games To Watch

This what Bears, Steelers, and Saints fans looked like. Even Packer fans started to feel a bit bad for the Bears.

Week 10 had some amazing outcomes! Teams won, and lost, in spectacular fashion. Some, like my Green Bay Packers, demolished a terrible Bears team that, at one point, just started to make everyone uneasy -- much like the Eagles over the Panthers. Congrats to the NFL for another shitty Monday Night Football game. Lions are annoying us GBP fans by continually winning games this year in the final moments of the game that the Lions of yesteryear would have lost. Steelers keep doing there wow yay (!) and wow huh (?) routine -- winning by huge numbers against the Colts (score 51-34) and Ravens (score 43-23), then losing to the Jets (score 13-20)? The Jets? A 1-8, now 2-8 team? Saints versus Niners did not end the way I wanted it to, and that absolutely pisses me off. Drew Brees was not making the best decisions during that game, at one point throwing into triple coverage. Drew, baby, you're not 24 anymore. You may have, I know this is hard to hear, lost a little, a little ... not much! But, buddy, we all get older, we all lose a step or two. You gotta adjust. You're still great! Just ... adjust my friend.

 

 

Now, week 11. What games should you watch?

There are some big games this week:

Buffalo Bills (5-4) at Miami Dolphins (5-4): Big division game. Yes the Patriots lead the AFC East division at 7-2, but the wildcard seems to be wide open. There is still a lot of season left to be played, and no one can tell the future. Just ask the Patriots at the beginning of the season when they were supposedly finished. The Chiefs, Brown, and Bengals are all over the place with who they beat and who they don't. Therefore, big game for both Buffalo and Miami. Miami's loses were really, really close games. The games against the Lions and the Packers especially. If the Dolphins can just tweak their play a little bit, they could be in the playoffs.

Also, I'm kind of loving Tannehill. Did you see him chase down the Lions after the interception? Yeah, I know, he threw an interception, but that kid has some wheels .. and some guts! He was a total baller on the play. Too bad he is going into the divisional game with a bad knee and shoulder. Get well, Tannehill, I like what I'm seeing.

However, I can only care about this game so much as I don't get NFL Network.

Not this year

Lions (7-2) at Cardinals (8-1): Why, oh why Carson Palmer did you have to get hurt! I'm still a girl, and it makes me happy that so many fans, even Settle and Niners, are wishing him well. Too often fans get kind of ugly when it comes to injuries. Great job fans. Plus, it's a testament to how much everyone likes Carson Palmer. Good guy.

I'm a little worried about poor Drew Stanton against big, bad, awesome Suh. Suh has cleaned up his act this year and it shows. The decrease in Suh's penalties have really helped his team. The team overall has fewer penalties, which has led to more wins. This Lions defense is very, very good. It's ranked number one. Last week's win against the Dolphins was a statement win. Before that, the Lions had only played one team with a winning record. The win over the Dolphins proved the Lions legitimacy. Now, with two more games to go in the hard stretch of their schedule, they need to eek out another win. I believe a win against the Cardinals is much more likely that against the Patriots. Let's see how they do.

On a personal note, please, please, please Arizona win this game!

Eagles (7-2) at Packers (6-3): Big favor request here, can the Eagles be tired from the Monday night game? I guess that's a fool's wish as how could they be? The game was too easy against the Panthers.

Green Bay's defense sucks. Don't let the game against the Bears fool you. The Bears are terrible. We have not fixed our defense yet. An explosive team in the Philadelphia Eagles could really have their way with us. LeSean McCoy could have a huge game against us. Also, our special teams is also terrible. Please Green Bay, do NOT kick it to Darren Sproles. Just don't. Honestly, are you listening? Just DO. NOT. DO.IT.

Hopefully Mark Sanchez is too full of all that Philly Cheesesteak to move well in the pocket and Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers can have a huge day against the quarterback.

On our offense, we really need to get our run game going. We need to keep a high-powered offense like the Eagles off the field. Eddie Lacy seems to be having trouble this season. I don't know if the offensive line isn't creating enough holes for him, if Eddie is being too patient for holes to open up or what? He just seems to get stuffed real fast.

In my opinion, if Eddie Lacy can get the run game going, and our defense can stop the Eagles run game, Packers win.

This is a must win for both teams, as the Lions (7-2) and the Cowboys (7-3) are ahead in each respective division. Green Bay is only one game behind, but can not afford to be two. I know, obviously, but still. As of right now, the season really could come down to the last game for the Lions and Packers, as they play each other the final game of the season at Lambeau. What absolute craziness. As for the Eagles, they are neck-and-neck. This year, i would not want to leave my chances up to the wildcard in the NFC. The NFC is a madhouse this year.

 

 

Finally, wow. What another spectacularly bad MNF game. Steelers (6-4) at Titans (2-7). Who scheduled these games?

Go For Two: NFL Week 10 Games To Watch

Week 10! I feel like the season is going by so fast!

Week 9 had some interesting games. That does not mean that they were necessarily good games, just interesting.

First off, to the San Francisco 49ers ...

 

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You guys got beat by the St. Louis Rams -- couldn't have happened to a more deserving team of douchebags. Kaepernick walked off the field like he wanted to kill someone for not simply allowing his team win. What a pompous tool.

4-4. God, I love it.

As for the rest of the week, meh. Nothing really stood out.

Monday Night Football?

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Absolutely boring. ... again. They really, really need to do something about that. They need to start flexing the Monday night football games.

There was the fact that San Diego got their asses handed to them, which is always exciting.

Then there was the game of the week, Denver versus New England. That ended up being so one sided I turned the game off. I didn't want to see my beloved Peyton Manning lose in that fashion. It was hard to watch.

That's about it for week 9. A bit lack luster.

Now for week 10.

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Go For two: Week 9 NFL Games To Watch

Week 9! I can't hardly wait! First though, a very small recap of week 8.

Week 8 had entirely too much football on Sunday. Waking up to a Lions game at the brink of dawn on the west coast was a bit daunting. However, it wasn't as daunting as watching the Falcons blow at 21-0 lead at the half. It was mind-numbing to watch a missed field goal by Prater, turn into a delay of game penalty (replay shows time did not, in fact, expire), and ultimately a game winning field goal. I needed the Lions to lose that game. The Lions were graciously complying with my request until the Falcons and the refs decided to actively participate in helping the Lions win. The Lions fan base thanks you.

Atlanta Falcons coach, Mike Smith, it was nice seeing you on the sidelines, but your days are numbered. You deserve to be fired. I'm not even a Falcons fan, but that shit was crazy.

Don't be worried though, you won't be alone. Sexy-Rexy will be your new best bud as you two watch next season from your seats at the bar, and not the sidelines.

Then there is everyone's favorite lost soul. Oh, Jay Cutler. The best thing to happen to the GBP.

Thank you for being you, Jay cutler. Thank you.

Now on to week 9.

What a week it will be. It seems the entire NFC North division (save for the Vikings, but we all know that they don't count) is on hiatus this week. I'm thankful for this as it gives me a bit of a reprieve. I needed a mental rest from the absurdity of some of these Lions wins as of late. Plus Green Bay's offense needs the rest if they are going to have to keep putting up massive amounts of points to counter what our defense keeps giving up.

Saints (3-4) at Panthers (3-4-1): I love that this division is still wide open because they all have shitty, shitty records. All the teams in the NFC South should be better than they are, well, except for the Buccaneers. The Bucs are really just that bad. The Panthers, Saints, and Falcons show glimpses of being good from time-to-time and it makes us want to believe they can be winners -- but they just aren't.

Saints beating up on the Packers? Don't get too excited Saints.

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We had the second to worst run defense, and now, thanks to you guys, we have the worst. Our defense couldn't stop my 4-year-old niece if she ran the ball toward the end zone -- even when she stops to pick some of the grass. We had some monumental bad play calling. Davante Adams, while getting in the mix, had a bad turnover when he just flat out stopped running his route.

What I'm saying is, while the Saints looked good Sunday night, there is a reason they have a 3-4 record. The Saints have all four losses when they don't play in their dome. Well, welcome to Carolina.

Cardinals (6-1) at Cowboys (6-2):

Ha ha Cowboys! You lost to Washington!

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However, Cowboys will be going to the playoffs because have you seen their schedule! It's so ridiculously easy they would have to seriously fuck up to not go 6-2 for the rest of the season.

I wonder how the Cowboys will play against a legitimate team, like the Cardinals? It will be interesting to watch.

And watch I will. It's time I start checking out this Arizona team.

Broncos (6-1) at Patriots (6-2):

The hype of the Peyton vs Brady game will be overwhelming. Enough already. This game is legitimate on its own merits. Two great coaches in John Fox and Belichick. Two great quarterbacks, no matter what those morons said about Brady in the beginning of the season.

I'm honestly excited for this game.

Ravens (5-3) at Steelers (5-3):

When did the Steelers get a 5-3 record? I feel like the Steelers cheated on some test. There is no way this team has a 5-3 record. Division match. A game from a gone era. Still completely watchable.

On a side note, I think there needs to be a shout-out to my favorite defensive coordinator Dom Capers! Congratulations!

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You now are in charge of the worst run defense in the league! How does it feel to be the main reason the Packers are losing games! Hats off to you, sir, hats off to you.

Go For Two: Week 7 Games To Watch

What a week 6! Cowboys beat the Seahawks? God, now the Cowboys will never stop being the game of the week, or the game picked to be shown on regular television when the Niners or Raiders aren't on. Blech.

Some things we learned, Patriots were counted out too early. Joe Flacco had a huge week. The Falcons are on a downward slide, and the Browns are a legit, winning football team? Well, let's not get a head of ourselves, but they are 3-2 and are at .600.

Who's the best in the NFC East? Well, the Eagles made fast work of the Giants, so they aren't going to be too keen on all the gory going to the Cowboys.

Thank you Joe, thank you.

The week had some very, very thrilling games. Green Bay Packers versus the Miami Dolphins goes without saying. It came down to the last 3 minutes and Green Bay needed a lot of heroics to win that game. A Rodgers fumble actually almost ended the game with only 1:37 remaining, but a head's up play by Lang occurred when he quickly fell on the ball. In all actuality, it really came down to the last six seconds. The play before went to a rookie, Adams, on a fake snap and the last play to a backup now starter (?) tight end in Quarless.

The Bengals and the Panthers went into overtime but came out of the whole football battle STILL tied. San Diego and Oakland was a close game, but I didn't see it, as I don't give two craps about either of those teams.

This all begs the question, what surprises will come during week 7?

Week 7 games:

Bengals (3-1-1) at Colts (4-2): This should be a good game. The leads in the AFC North and AFC South will battle it out. It was a big disappointment when Cincinnati did not get a win against the Panthers. They had every opportunity. The kicker missed the big one, and that was that. The Bengals and the Colts have good offenses, but where this battle will be fought is on the Bengals defense, which is ranked 28th overall. Andrew Luck and company have the potential to put up big numbers and this Bengals defense is going to have it's hands full. It could be a shootout, but if the Bengals defense doesn't step it up, the Colts might do a repeat of the Jaguars, or the Titans, and the game will be a blowout.

Panthers (3-1-1) at Packers (4-2): This is a tough game. Even our Eligible Receiver writers can't decide to get on, or off, the Panthers bandwagon. One week they look great, the next week, not so much. What will they bring against the Packers?

The Packers are obviously coming off a huge high from their last drive-for-a-win against the Miami Dolphins. The thing is, on paper, the GBP look like crap. 26th overall offense, 19th on overall defense. I get the offense because Eddie Lacy keeps shitting eggs every week, save for that one game against the vikings, but really? Does that even count? I know this not only because the GBP are my favorite team, but I have him on my fantasy team and his ass is getting benched. If he improves later in the year, I'll give him the start, but right now, come on dude -- get it together.

A little more surprising is that the GBP are 20th in passing. Can it be true that the great Aaron Rodgers isn't high in the stats? That's concerning. We've been missing this season a great third receiver option. Perhaps after last week in Miami, Davante Adams, the rookie who had the head's up play of the game by catching Rodgers faked spike, will now fulfill that role left vacant by James Jones from last year, and two years ago from Greg Jennings. (FYI, I always get a little happy when receivers leave a team for more money and then they wind-up on shitty-shitty teams. You're welcome to the money Raiders James Jones and Minnesota Vikings Greg Jennings.)

49ers (4-2) at Broncos (4-1): These two teams are pretty evenly matched, save for the Broncos poor showing at the run. It will be interesting to see how the Niners do against the Broncos. Niners have won against two good teams, Dallas and Eagles, but were a little too close for comfort against the Rams who had to get their quarterback off the street and was actually released from the team at one point. One of their two losses was to Chicago, which is still trying to determine it's identity. The Cardinals are also a mixed bag, as they are a good team with a lot of injuries. The Broncos will prove to be their hardest challenge yet.

As for the Broncos, they have handily beat all the teams they won against. Their only loss was to Seattle, in Seattle. I feel as if, much like the GBP Achilles heel is the Niners, the Achilles heel for the Broncos is Seattle.

Therefore, the Niners will be a great challenge for Denver.

I look forward to this game. I do believe it is the game of the week.

Side notes:

Are you thinking I left out the Saints at the Lions. No, no I did not.

Also, as is the tradition this year, yet another horrible Monday night game. Honestly? Who picks these? Yes, Monday's game between the Rams and the Niners ended up being better than we thought, but still, come on. That wound-up being a good turn-of-luck. This week, ughh. Steelers at home against the Texans. Why? Seriously, why?

Side, side notes:

Get better Sam Shields and Tramon Williams, we need our starting cornerbacks healthy and ready to go!

Go For Two: NFL week 6 games to watch

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3rd Lions kicker this season

I can not believe that we are already in week 6!

What?!

I'm still coming off the high that is a Green Bay win and a week of Lions and Bears losses. Ah. I really don't want to go into next week. I want to bask in the glory of it all cause you know it ain't gonna be pretty like that every week. Ask the Falcons (come on guys? Why couldn't you just beat the Giants!). The Browns want week 5 to live on forever as well, as they had the best 25 point comeback ever. What about semi-pro hair model Brady, who showed the world he wasn't done yet. Well, that's what week 6 is for. To take winners and make them losers, and losers and make them winners. Well, everyone except the Jaguars and the Raiders, they are just losers and I feel bad for them. Seriously. Real bad.

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Go For Two: What to watch NFL week 2

I'm not fat anymore!

First let me say I don't know what is going on in a world where the Packers and the Bears are 0-1 and the Vikings and the Lions are 1-0.

This world is topsy-turvy.

Week 2 is a little early in the season to decide what "big" games to watch. It's still anyone's season, no matter what they tell you. However, some are still very intriguing.

What games should you keep your eye on for week 2 of the NFL?

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Go For Two: Game of the Week - Packers versus Bears

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I am so excited for this Sunday's game! Of course I would make this the game of the week!

Packers versus Bears! Sunday 4:25pm EST. Win and your in! It's the best way to end the season. This is exactly what the NFL was hoping for when they scheduled all division games at the end of the season.

The rivalry began in 1921. It is the most played in all of the league with 187 regular and post season games between them (the longest rivalry is Pack/Lions). When Lovie Smith first got the head coaching gig at the Bears, he stated his first goal was to beat the Packers.

That's exciting football if you ask me.

I know my team isn't the best right now. However, I adore my team. There doesn't seem to be an asshole in the bunch. Eddie Lacy, Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, B.J. Raji -- I love them all.

Look at the Happy Holidays video posted on their website.

I hate the Bears.

Really? Jay Cutler? Honestly, I would hate it if he was my quarterback. He is such a douchepod. How can you a cheer a team on with him as your leader?

The Bears didn't have a Happy Holidays video for their fans. Hmm. Doesn't surprise me.

All their website had was a trailer for the upcoming game. I'm only sharing it here because I get to see Aaron Rodgers in the clip, and we all know we haven't seen much of him lately.

Ok, enough of my diatribe about why I hate the Bears -- but, truly ... a Packer's fan hating the Bears is kind of what makes the rivalry great.

The other win and your in game is the Cowboys versus Eagles. However, this game is not nearly as exciting with Romo on the bench due to a herniated disc.

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Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com.

Go For Two: Game of the Week

Who knew he was so hot?

This is an impossible post to write. There are so many games this week with so many implications. It is too hard to pick. I mean, look at the NFC North. If Green Bay wins out, they go to the playoffs. They must win this game. The same goes for Chicago. They have to win if Green Bay wins. Lions have to hope for a total catastrophe on both the Packers and the Bears.

As for the NFC East -- Philadelphia and Dallas are in hot pursuit of the division title. The next two weeks are must wins. It's interesting how these two divisions, NFC North and East were pitted against each other this year and windup having the same necessities to go to the playoffs. Only the divisional winners will get in. Neither division will see wildcards come out of their divisions. This is what make December football great.

Staying with the NFC, probably the game of the week, although I am biased, is the Saints versus the Panthers. This game will decide who is the divisional winners and most definitely seeding in the NFC playoff race. I'm pretty pumped!

On to the AFC, the Patriots/Ravens game will be very interesting. The Patriots underperformed last week without Gronkowski. This is definitely not the time of year to be figuring out your game plan. You need to be playing your best football, not trying to come up with workarounds. I have been impressed with the Ravens as of late. My favorite part of the game the Ravens played against the Lions was when the kicker, Justin Tucker, kicked his 61 yard field goal, but not for the reasons you would think. It cracked me up to watch Joe Flacco wander around with his water in his hand, as if he didn't have a care in the world. Like he had just got himself a nice afternoon coffee, and ho-hum, glances over his shoulder to find out if the kicker made the 3 points. As if it was an afterthought.

Kansas City against the Colts will be interesting too. The outcome could shake up the seeding. Now that I look at it again, if Miami beats the Bengals, and Baltimore loses, there could be a wildcard shake-up too.

See what I mean! It makes my head spin!

All I have to say is Go Green Bay! Matt Flynn ... win one more for us so there can be a final showdown the following week against the Bears with Cobb and Rodgers back. That would be one for the ages! All we have to do is win this one!

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Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com.

Go For Two: Games of the week

Games to watch:

Lions at Bears:  With Aaron Rodgers breaking his collarbone it definitely adds intensity to this game. We don't know how well Seneca Wallace will do. However, with all of the injuries and how high the competition is in this division, Green Bay can ill afford to fall behind even a game, certainly not two. Therefore, the stakes are high with this divisional game. Any chance the Lions or the Bears have in taking a lead will be critical to winning this division.

Eagles at Packers:  All eyes will be on Seneca Wallace. He performed poorly against the Bears. However, the defense didn't do much to help limit the bleeding. The Packers put up 20 points without Rodgers ... if the defense could have limited the scoring of a backup quarterback, they would have gotten the "W". So this game against the Eagles isn't just about losing Rodgers -- it's about the defense being able to help out what will inevitably be a struggling offense trying to figure out life after Rodgers.

Honorable mentions:

Panthers at 49ers: I like that Carolina fans have something to get behind this year. I really do. However, in the immortal words of Aretha Franklin "Ain't No Way." Seriously, Ain't No Way the Panthers beat the San Francisco 49ers, in San Francisco, with the Niners coming off a bye. R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Cam Newton and Steve Smith, but, it's a "W" in the 49ers column.

Broncos at Chargers: I get it. Divisional game. So maybe some people will want to see this. However, it's a 7-1 team against a Rivers led 4-4 team. Question for some will be how the team gets along without Fox. I think they will be just fine -- especially with Peyton as quarterback.