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Sunday, November 21, 2004 

Games of the Day

What a week. First the folks on Monday Night Football stir up a (mostly) fake controversy, then the NBA has the worst brawl I can remember on Friday night. Let's hope next week is a little more peaceful as we head toward Thanksgiving. As for this week's slate of NFL games, they're mostly turkeys (sorry...) as only one game matches two teams with above .500 records. You know it could be a long weekend when the opponents of the three 8-1 teams have won a total of 10 games between them. At least all 32 teams are back in action this week (no byes).

Early Games

The Jets-Browns game should be entertaining, but the best game should be the Steelers at the Bengals. Cincinnati has won two in a row against weak NFC East teams (Dallas and Washington) as QB Carson Palmer has been just good enough. Of course, no one is hotter than Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. Jerome Bettis has run for 252 yards the last two weeks in place of the injured Duce Staley, who will likely miss another game today. It's hard to see Cincinnati winning this game.

Late Games

Who would have thought that Atlanta at the Giants would be the game of the day? Eli Manning's debut raises my interest level, but I also want to see Michael Vick against another "quality" defense. The Falcons have just two good wins this year, against the Chargers and Broncos. Beating up on the NFC South doesn't impress me, but a win today will.

Prime Time

While New England at Kansas City is the sexy game, Green Bay at Houston should be more competitive. The Packers are fighting for their playoff lives and the Texans are one loss away from losing theirs. Houston got torn apart by Peyton Manning last week (18-27-2-320 with 5 TDs), and Brett Favre will try to do the same tonight.

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