All three division rivals are in action this week in some intriguing match-ups, including one contest against the Giants' opponents for next week, the San Fransisco 49ers. Washington will look to continue their hot streak against the lowly St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia will take on San Fran and attempt to right the ship after losing two in a row, and in another late game, two high-powered offenses square off in the desert as the Cowboys and Cardinals clash in Arizona.
ST. LOUIS RAMS @ WASHINGTON REDSKINS
The Redskins are the hottest team in the league right now having won four games in a row in impressive fashion, including two huge wins on the road against division rivals Dallas and Philadelphia. QB Jason Campbell has looked impressive, having not committed a turnover so far this season. His supporting cast, led by RB Clinton Portis, is also coming into its own in Jim Zorn's offense. The only question about the outcome of this game will be how much the Redskins win by.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES @ SAN FRANSISCO 49ERS
Donovan McNabb stated this week he is "embarrassed" by his play and his team's play after losing two games in a row. After a hot start the Eagles are struggling, and to make matters worse they will be without the centerpiece of their offense this week, Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook, who is out with broken ribs. Thankfully, they're playing a mediocre San Fransisco team, which leads the league in sacks allowed. Against the potent pass rush of Jim Johnson's defense, I expect San Fran will struggle to find their offensive rhythm. Philadelphia should get back in the win column this week and avoid falling further in the NFC East standings.
DALLAS COWBOYS @ ARIZONA CARDINALS
The #1 scoring offense takes on the #4 scoring offense in what promises to be an exciting showdown in Arizona. Dallas has been dealing with a lot of off the field issues in the past few weeks and speculation is running wild about the status of their locker room. I think this team could be another loss away from unraveling. I also think that that loss could come today against the prolific passing attack of Kurt Warner and the Cardinals. Granted, Arizona will be without star Anquan Boldin, but Dallas has struggled against the deep ball...and that's where the Cardinals excel. If Arizona's defense can limit the Dallas running attack, then I expect we'll see an upset in the desert this week.
Enjoy the games everybody. I'll be back with a preview of the Giants game shortly.