That collective groan you heard on Sunday afternoon after the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-9 was from all the survival pool fanatics who thought the Steelers were a sure thing.
Pittsburgh was a heavy favorite and the game wasn’t even close. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a career-high five interceptions. The Steelers’ only points came from three field goals. Afterward, in the heat of the moment, the passionate 35-year-old quarterback questioned whether his career was over.
It’s the NFL, where surprises await after each kickoff. You might think quarterbacks like New England’s Tom Brady and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers are infallible, but you would be wrong. Anything can happen — just ask Ben Roethlisberger.
It doesn’t get easier this week for the Steelers who will be travelling to Kansas City to face the undefeated Chiefs (5-0) on Sunday.
Usually, Thursday night NFL matchups are not exactly must-see TV, but this week is an exception. A pair of 4-1 teams face off as the Philadelphia Eagles play at Carolina. The Panthers are favored in what could be one of the better games of the weekend.
When the season started, not many had the New England Patriots at New York Jets as a big game. Many probably still don’t. While Brady and the Pats are the favorites, quarterback Josh McCown and the Jets have won three straight. New England is 3-2 and was lucky to pull out a win in Tampa Bay last Sunday.
Rodgers and the Packers (4-1) are a slight favorite in a big NFC North matchup on Sunday in Minneapolis against the Vikings (3-2), who seemingly can win with any quarterback on their roster.
While week 5 once again proved that nothing is certain in football, careful consideration of the factors that give teams an edge makes predicting weekly games much better than guesswork.
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