The NFL season has not been particularly dull or predictable. Plot twists seem to emerge each week, so one should be ready to expect the unexpected as another Sunday arrives.
Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints
This is a game that means a lot for both sides on Sunday Night Football. The matchup is a sexy one, with Tony Romo leading the glamorous Cowboys against Drew Brees and the fun-to-watch Saints. However, the attractiveness of the matchup is heightened by its importance. The Cowboys have not been able to shake the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, and as long as Nick Foles can remain healthy, the Eagles might have enough on offense to stay in that race to the end. Dallas needs a win that can change the nature of the NFC East race. New Orleans, for its part, faces a more significant challenge this season after stumbling against the New York Jets. The Saints now have a competitor in the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers, who are just one game back at the midway point of the season.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens
This is a game that Cincinnati can really use; the Bengals lead the AFC North by two games after losing to Miami this past Thursday. They can reassert control over the division by winning here on the road. However, defensive tackle Geno Atkins is out for the season with an injury, so a desperate Baltimore team, at 3-5, might be able to create some more AFC North intrigue by winning here.
Houston Texans @ Arizona Cardinals
This is a game in which the Texans are likely to play hard for head coach Gary Kubiak, whose health is going to be a discussion point all week long. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has plenty of NFL head coaching experience and should be a solid custodian for the team. Houston might be without running back Arian Foster, but it’s too early to tell. Expect a very close game in suburban Phoenix.
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