Denver at San Diego
The San Diego Chargers didn't expect to be leading the AFC West at this point in the season. And the Denver Broncos probably didn't expect to be
trailing the Chargers in the standings. But that's where the Broncos are, a game behind the NFL's most positive surprise, as they head to San Diego
for Sunday's NFC West showdown. The outcome of Denver at San Diego will go along way to deciding the outcome of the AFC West. Victory for the Chargers
would give them a two game lead with three games against teams with losing records to come. The Broncos are a game back at present, but crucially have
beaten San Diego already this year.
Before the season began, one of the least likely teams seen as play-off material were indeed San Diego Chargers. However, inspired play by QB Drew
Brees, coupled with the running threat of LaDanian Tomlinson has seen one of the most one dimensional offences become one of the most balanced and
this has been reflected in their scoring.
Trying to figure out Denver has not always been the easiest task this season. At times the Broncos have played like the play-off team most expect them
to be, but at others have looked anything but postseason material. Quite how they managed to blow a two score lead at home to Oakland is somewhat of a
mystery. There was also the hammering suffered at home to Atlanta in week 8, as well as the MNF loss in Cincinnati at a time when the Bengals were
LT needs to be back and running if Brees is going to have a good game. Champ Bailey is sure to shut down McCardell but the Broncos don't really have
an answer for Antonio Gates.
N.Y. Giants at Washington
Last week, Eli Manning had as many completions as his brother Peyton had touchdowns (six). It's going to take awhile, folks, and you should take
advantage of that. You should also take advantage of a putrid Redskins offense ranked 30th in the league in yards and dead last in points. Clinton
Portis looks human, and the QB situation looks dire. But the Redskins tough defence should be able to cause plenty of problems for rookie Manning.
Ramsey finally gets a home start and a relatively easier opponent so the Redskin offence should be able to score, and they won't need to score much.
Kansas City at Oakland
Already without Priest Holmes, the Kansas City Chiefs also could be without quarterback Trent Green for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders in a
matchup of bitter AFC West rivals. The Chiefs 34-31 defeat at the hands of San Diego was the first time in four games they failed to go over 400 yards
in offence. But this week they should fare much better. The Raiders had a big win last week but that may have been courtesy of a bad game by the
Broncos. Their poor running game just got even worse with Wheatley's injury. Oakland will rely more on the passing game with Porter and Curry the main
Tennessee at Indianapolis
Go with what works. Why change that philosophy now, especially considering how hot the Peyton Manning phenomenon is at this point. Explain to me how
you don't side with a team that has averaged 39.4 points over its last five games and is even tougher to stop on its home turf? The Titans could be
without RB Chris Brown, who has been slowed by a turf-toe condition, and QB Steve McNair was so frustrated with his injuries and his team's play in
the second half of a loss to Houston last week that he was talking retirement. Advantage: Colts. Too much offense, so little time. Manning has picked
apart almost every single team he has faced this year and the Titans will just be another team on the list.
Minnesota at Chicago: Minnesota
Buffalo at Miami: Buffalo
San Francisco at St. Louis: St Louis
Arizona at Detroit: Detroit
[Edited on 3/12/04 by TRD]