New York Giants (4-3) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3)
The Eagles-Giants rivalry is arguably the best rivalry in professional football, providing some of the most iconic moments the sports’ history from Chuck Bednarik’s famous hit on Frank Gifford, to the Miracle at the Meadowlands one and two. The Philadelphia Eagles have won the past 4 games in this rivalry. The Eagles offense ranks 17th in rushing yards, despite their leading rusher, Ryan Mathews, averaging a laughable 38.9 yards per game. The Giants are surrendering 20.1 points per game, while averaging 19 points per game themselves, yet they have mustered a winning record. The key to this game will be the human highlight reel Odell Beckham Jr., who is averaging 5.7 receptions and 90 yards per game, and has scored 3 touchdowns. When the two highly combustible elements that are New York and Philadelphia football, there will be hard hits, dirty plays, and if we are lucky we will see the Miracle at the Meadowlands III.
Green Bay Packers (4-3) vs. Indianapolis Colts (3-5)
The season hasn’t started off the way the Indianapolis Colts expected as they are currently sitting at 3-5, and haven’t been able to win consecutive games. Despite their undesirable record, they are still in contention for the divisional title and playoff birth. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the number one overall draft pick in 2012, signed a historic contract over the offseason. Luck’s monster deal is for 5 years, and $122,970,000. Despite his money and his name sake, Luck has been relatively unfortunate this season as he is currently the most sacked quarterback in the league. Colts owner James Irsay attributes the offensive line struggles to Luck’s contract, saying that the massive amount of money that Luck is receiving is preventing the team from signing quality free agents or make sufficient trades. The Colts are 9th in points scored, and 28th in points allowed, the Packers are a bit more even. The Packers rank 11th in points scored and 15th in points allowed. Packers runningback Eddie Lacy was on track for his best statistical season since his rookie year, but his season has come to an end as he was placed on injured reserve. Along with Lacy, the Packers will be without many other key players such as Jared Cook, James Starks, Sam Shields, and Demarious Randall. This game will show whether the Colts can overcome Luck’s contract, and whether the Packers have lost a step in a season where they have shown uncharacteristic, albeit few and far between, signs of mediocrity.
Seattle Seahawks (4-2-1) vs. Buffalo Bills (4-4)
The Seahawks and Bills will faceoff this Monday night for the first time since 2012, when the Seahawks whipped the Bills 50-17. Many of the players who competed in that game are either on different teams, or no longer in the league. For example, none of the runningbacks who played in that game are still on either team. While the Bills couldn’t get it done with then-quarterback Ryan “The Amish Rifle” Fitzpatrick, they are now being led by the electric signal caller Tyrod Taylor. In one of my earlier articles I called Taylor, “A poor man’s Russell Wilson”, and in this game he will be competing against Wilson. These are two of the most fun quarterbacks to watch in the NFL, they are small in stature, yet play a big game. They are quick, elusive in the pocket, and extremely efficient throwing the football. Taylor has completed 58.7% of his passes, for 9 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and has rushed for 319 yards and 3 touchdowns. Wilson has completed 65.6% of his passes for 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, but has rushed for only 44 yards and zero touchdowns. Throughout 2012 to 2015 Wilson has averaged 38 rushing yards per game, but this year he has only averaged 6.3 yards per game. No matter the score, this game will be exciting and plenty of fun to watch.