The Buffalo Bills are off enjoying their bye week, which means that most Bills fans are free to either enjoy a weekend of football in which their heart rates won't reach danger levels (that's my choice), or forego football altogether. This thread is for any of Sunday's goings-on that you feel like discussing, as there are plenty of intriguing games going on in the NFL today.
Speaking of intriguing, it's going to be an intriguing day in the AFC East. Obviously, the Bills, at 4-1, hold the division lead at the moment, but things could change dramatically today. By day's end, it's completely conceivable that every team in the division could have three wins. Here are the games that I'll be paying attention to today:
Miami Dolphins (2-2) at Houston Texans (0-4)
- The Dolphins have reeled off two straight wins - over the Patriots and Chargers, no less - and a win over the winless Texans would pull Miami to within a game of the AFC East lead. Fathom that. Houston played the Colts tough last week but found a way to lose; let's hope that the Texans get their first win today. Stopping Ronnie Brown would go a long way toward pulling that off.
Cincinnati Bengals (0-5) at New York Jets (2-2)
- The only non-silver lining of the Bills playing a weak schedule this year is that the rest of their division plays a weak schedule as well. The Jets are coming off of their bye week, and like the Dolphins, they're playing a winless team today. The Bengals will be without Carson Palmer, also. Cincinnati's played some close games (see: 3-point loss to the Giants and 9-point loss to the Cowboys, both on the road), but without Palmer, their chances of a win suffer.
New England Patriots (3-1) at San Diego Chargers (2-3)
- This is going to be a tough one for the Pats. They weren't overly impressive in a 9-point win over the 49ers last week, and they've spent the week out on the left coast in preparation for their second straight game three time zones away. That approach didn't help the Arizona Cardinals in a recent trip east, and against a pretty desperate and very talented Chargers team, it might not help, either. Still, you can never count the Pats out; this Sunday night contest should be a fun one to watch. (Go Chargers.)
Other games I'll be watching: Jaguars at Broncos; Cowboys at Cardinals
That's it. Keep an eye out on these AFC East matchups, and don't forget to set your fantasy lineups. I'll drop in from time to time, but I, like the Bills, will by and large be taking a bye week. Enjoy a relaxing Sunday of NFL football, folks.