ESPN has a full list of results and highlights of last weeks games. Here is a breakdown of the scores from Sunday and Mondays games. The Bears feast on Buffalo when they beat the Bills 41-9, the Chiefs circle the Browns wagons and beat them 37-21. The Dolphins did a deep dive on the Jets and came up victorious 6-13, the Vikings brought a hoard of problems for the Lions beating them 9-24.
The Falcons fly out of DC with a win over the Redskins 38-14, the Panthers leave the Buccaneers with a black eye to match their patch beating them 28-42. The Steelers pluck the feathers of the Ravens beating them 23-16, the Texans break the Broncos spirit winning 19-17 in Denver. The Chargers light up the Seahawks by winning 25-17, while the Saints show the Rams how they do it in the Big Easy beating the undefeated Rams 45-35.
The Patriots send the Packers packing back to Wisconsin, beating them 17-31 in Boston, which I predicted as the Game of the week on Sunday night. On Monday Night Football the Titans marched into the Cowboys home town of Dallas and defeated the Boys 28-14.
There was a shake up in the NFL rankings this weekend with some teams falling off and other teams showing strength in the latter half of the season. This week we see the Saints jump from 3rd to take the throne as the number one team to beat. The Saints beat the previously undefeated Rams in New Orleans solidifying their place atop the heap.
In second place sit the Patriots. With their win over the Chiefs earlier in the year, they showed they can still beat some of the best teams in the NFL. Even without their stars R. Gronkowski TE and RB S. Michel they still managed to win out over the Packers this last weekend.
The Kansas City Chiefs hold fast at third in the power rankings this week. The Chiefs are still the highest scoring team in the league averaging over 33 points per game. In a couple weeks they will face their biggest test since the Patriots, when they take on the Rams on Monday night from Mexico City.
The Rams take a tumble this week to 4 after being atop the rankings for the last several weeks. Make no mistake the Rams are still a power house team that average more them 30 points per game. They do however need to shore up the defensive side of the ball as they have given up 27+ points to teams 4 out of the last 6 games.
In sixth place sit the Los Angles Chargers. The Chargers have been on a roll for the past few weeks. Their running game is one of the best in the league and Rivers is playing at a very high level. Rivers 200th start came with a W this last week when the Bolts went into hostile territory to face the Seahawks. The next 3 weeks the Chargers face teams with a combined 6 wins so far this season. The should not lose any spots in the ranking during this time.
This Thursday night we will see the Panthers face off against the Steelers at Heinz Field. The Panthers are 6-2 and 1-2 when playing away. The Steelers are 5-2-1 and 2-2 when playing at home.
ESPN’s players to watch in this match are QB B. Roethlisberger, RB J. Conner and WR J. Smith-Schuster all from the Steelers. The Panthers have a plethora of talent also, QB C. Newton and RB C. McCaffrey are just a couple.
Weather should be favorable for both teams, partly cloudy and 48 degrees at game time. Both teams are coming off wins and the Steelers are the leaders in the AFC North while the Panthers are second to the Saints in the NFC South. This should be a great game between two teams that seem to be hitting on all cylinders.