The New Orleans Saints come into the bye week fresh off their first loss of the 2013 season. It wasn't that they lost, but how they lost that's stuck with Who Dat Nation. Despite the loss, a 5-1 record at the bye is pretty remarkable and speaks to the quality of the Saints in 2013. With the Saints off the schedule this week, we focus on the matchups that can benefit the Saints the most. No Saints game doesn't necessarily mean no intrigue for Saints fans, lets take a look.
Last week I went 9-6, Season record 58-34
Thursday, October 17
Fingers crossed for a Cards upset at home, just not expecting it to happen.
Sunday, October 20th - Early Games
Buccaneers(0-5) at Falcons(1-4)
Tampa's defense has a sizable advantage over Atlanta's injury riddled offense. Atlanta desperately needs this win at home.
Washington isn't nearly as bad as their record indicates, I'm sensing an upset at FedEx Field.
Cowboys(3-3) at Eagles(3-3)
In a battle for
mediocrity supremacy in the NFC East, Philly's ground game makes the difference.
Rex Ryan will be unable to avenge his brother Rob's loss from last week.
Week 7 edition of the "Johnny Footbowl" (for the Bills, really). Miami avoids squandering their hot early season start against Buffalo at home.
San Diego can't lose against Jacksonville, can they?
Rams(3-3) at Panthers(2-3)
St. Louis carries over momentum from their victory in Houston last week. It won't be easy though.
Cincy is going to have to play better than they did last week to pick up a win in Detroit. They've got the defense to do it though.
Sunday, October 20th - Late Games
Titans nearly went the distance in Seattle, they finish the job against the Niners in a home upset.
The lifeless Texans become the next victim to Kansas City's undefeated streak.
Pittsburgh stuns their bitter rival at home on a last second field goal.
Green Bay's offense proves too much for Cleveland to overcome at Lambeau.
Sunday Night Football
One of the toughest games of the season to pick, made easier thanks to Jim Irsay's foolish comments (surprise!). Peyton Manning wins his homecoming game in Indy, which should be a great contest.
Monday, October 21st - Monday Night Football
Vikings(1-4) at Giants(0-6)
After six agonizing weeks, they do it, the Giants finally win their first game of the 2013 season.
That's how I see this Saints-less week of the NFL season shaping up. The bye week always feels so hollow, but we'll make it through together, my friends! Leave us your picks, comments, and insight below.
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