Article posted on Sunday 22 October
Week seven Sunday night NFL football features a Super Bowl rematch between the Atlanta Falcons (3-2) and the New England Patriots (4-2) on October 22nd, with an 8:30 PM EST kickoff at Gillette Stadium. Nothing atones for their Super Bowl loss, but the Atlanta Falcons have the chance to enjoy a bit of revenge with a regular season win that could kick the Patriots out of their perch in the AFC East.
Week seven starts with another crucial matchup - the AFC-leading Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) travel to sunny California to invade the Oakland Raiders (2-4) on Thursday, October 19th, with a kick-off time of 8:25 PM EST at the O.co Coliseum. The Raiders find themselves in desperate need of a win to begin their climb out of the AFC West basement. Kansas City’s the best team in the NFL, hungry for victory after a close loss to the Steelers.
An incredible week six concludes with NFL Monday night football on October 16th, with an 8:30 PM EST kickoff between the Indianapolis Colts (2-3) and the Tennessee Titans (2-3) at Nissan Stadium. It’s been a long time since the Titans last defeated the Colts, and this AFC South matchup determines who stays with the leaders of the division. The condition of Titans QB Marcus Mariota will determine the outcome of this key rivalry.
No one expected the New York Giants (0-5) would represent an easy match for the Denver Broncos (3-1) when the NFL schedule rolled over into week six. The wildcard favorite Broncos welcome the Giants to Mile High on Sunday, October 15, with a kick-off time of 8:30 PM EST. New York will have a hell of a time avoiding a sixth straight loss, which would all but eliminate the Giants from post season contention.
Heading into the 2017 NFL campaign, most experts predicted an easy path to the playoffs for teams like the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks. Now that a third of the season has finished, the NFL standings look nothing like football fans expected. The most surprising trends in the league have greatly changed the odds for NFL Super Bowl futures in 2018.
Monday night football finishes week five on October 9th, with a clash between the Minnesota Vikings (2-2) and the Chicago Bears (1-3). The Vikings raid Soldier Field with an 8:30 PM EST kickoff, looking to leap back into NFC North contention by defeating a weaker, divisional rival. Minnesota shouldn’t expect an easy W - the Bears have been more competitive than expected, beating a strange Steelers squad in the third week of the season.
The Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) ride into NRG Stadium to meet the Houston Texans (2-2) on Sunday, October 8th, with a kickoff time of 8:30 PM EST. This matchup pits two of the best teams in the AFC West and AFC South divisions, with both franchises in the midst of competing for home field advantage in the first round. Will the Chiefs remain the only undefeated team in the NFL?
Will the New England Patriots (2-2) defense hold off the charging Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)? Week five NFL football begins on Thursday, October 5th with an 8:25 PM EST kickoff at Raymond James Stadium. This cross-conference battle pits the preseason favorite Patriots against one of the up and coming challengers from the NFC South. New England will attempt to right their ship against the Bucs after a slow start to the season.
Week four in the NFL starts on September 28th, with a Thursday night kickoff at 8:25 PM EST between the Green Bay Packers (2-1) and the Chicago Bears (1-2). Forecasts call for a cool, wet evening of gridiron at legendary Lambeau Field, which could make field and pigskin slippery to navigate.The Packers barely escaped becoming one of many week three casualties, while the Bears look to repeat their impressive underdog win.
The Dallas Cowboys (1-1) and the Arizona Cardinals (1-1) risk slipping against divisional rivals if they continue their lackluster start to the season. Week three NFL Monday night football starts on September 25th, with a 8:30 PM EST kickoff at the University of Phoenix Stadium. These two teams haven’t met since 2014, when Arizona beat the Cowboys 28-17. Dallas has turned over much of their roster since then, presenting a greater threat to the Cardinals.