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3 other NFL games to watch

The NFL’s Week 6 started off with a bit of a surprise, as the previously undefeated Atlanta Falcons fumbled their way to their first loss, a somewhat embarrassing 31-21 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

You have to wonder which other undefeated teams will be losing that status by the end of the weekend. Who will be the pretenders and who are really contenders?

For this week’s slate of other games to watch besides Green Bay, we have two of those undefeated teams and one other game I think could have some interesting repercussions down the road.

Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks

Do you buy the Carolina Panthers at 4-0? I don’t know that I do. Their four wins consist of Jacksonville, Houston, New Orleans and Tampa Bay – not exactly world beaters. You can only play who they schedule you to play, but it’s enough to make you wonder what happens when they meet a legitimate team.

Which begs the question: can Seattle be that team? They have alternately looked solid and horrible, sometimes in the same quarter of football. Frankly, if the officials did what they were supposed to do, the Seahawks would be 1-4 not 2-3. That batted ball was ridiculous and actually highlights some of the foolish plays this team has executed.

Not to mention trading your best offensive lineman for Jimmy Graham and then using him as a blocker because your offensive line is terrible.

Even if (when?) the Panthers win, I’m not sure we’ll know how ‘legit’ this team is. We’ll see if the Seahawks finally bounce back or if the Panthers continue to find ways to win against struggling opponents.

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts

It looks like Andrew Luck will play, but how long he lasts behind this offensive line is anyone’s guess. Or how effective he’ll be while he’s there.

Honestly, Luck has always been a more flawed quarterback than we admit, and this season those flaws have killed the Colts.

Sure, the lack of a tenable offensive line, poor play-calling and a porous defense have hurt as well, but Luck’s terrible decision making has killed more scoring drives than anything else. Was it because he was hurt? Or is he pressing?

He’s going to have to figure out quick, because you can bet the New England Patriots will push him hard. Tom Brady is definitely playing angry (and effectively), and this team is putting up a lot of points. Which means Luck is going to have to throw and while Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis no longer wear a Pats jersey, the secondary has played OK. So Luck cannot make the same foolish decisions he did prior to his injury.

I think the Pats come out of this game at 5-0, but the Colts have a shot if they can play flawlessly.

Doesn’t sound good, huh?

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

There’s no polite way to say this: The Giants are in charge of the NFC East because they suck the least.

Despite being 2-3, the Eagles are definitely still in this thing. As there is a strong chance no wild Card team comes out of the East, the only playoff team from this division is whoever wins it.

The Giants have muddled along and managed to win almost by accident. They continually collapse in the fourth quarter and have to pull out some wins that way, but it’s not an optimal method.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have largely looked awful, but it seemed as if head coach Chip Kelly made some shrewd changeshttp://www.sportsonearth.com/article/154620572/chip-kelly-sets-aside-ego-eagles-saints-giants to the offense against the Saints. They were effective, so that’s good but they were against the Saints, who looked barely competent even when they were beating Atlanta Thursday.

So will Kelly keep his changes in? Can he keep his ego out of it? And can the Giants avoid beating themselves in the fourth quarter.

It’s only Week 6 and we’re already at a pivotal game in the East.           

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