Breaking down this week’s “must-watch” games. These are the games I think are worth fully tuning into rather than just watching Red Zone. Not many on the slate this week stand out, but here are a few worth watching closely in my opinion.
Thursday Night Football
Eagles @ Giants
- The 2-3 Eagles visiting the 1-4 Giants doesn’t appear to be a “must-watch” game from the naked eye but considering the importance and history, I think it’s a solid Thursday nighter. The Eagles have struggled this season and the Giants, despite being 1-4, aren’t out of the race in the NFC East by any means. This is a legitimately big game for both teams who are desperate to get back on track. It’s obviously more important for the Giants; there’s been so much outside noise and they lost in devastating fashion last week, I’m excited to see if they lay down and let the Eagles officially bury them or get back on track before a trip to a struggling Falcons team on a 10-day rest.
Steelers @ Bengals
- The Bengals are in sole possession of the AFC North at 4-1 and this is a tremendous opportunity for them to prove they are for real at home against a Pitt team fighting to get back on track. Pitt’s currently 4th in the division at 2-2-1 and a loss would cement that spot moving forward. I don’t care what the records are, these two teams always beat each other up and it’s typically a hard-fought game no matter what.
Jags @ Cowboys
- Both teams are coming off unimpressive weeks but I still believe in the Jags and CBS will hype this game up like Dallas is a contender. Nonetheless, it’s the best 4pm game on a rough 3-game slate and it’s better than watching Titans-Ravens or Rams-Broncos in my opinion.
Sunday Night Football
Chiefs @ Patriots
- A game that saves the rest of the slate completely, this is a fun matchup. The Chiefs are the most exciting team in football at 5-0 and the Patriots are just getting back on track with two straight wins. Off a 10-day rest, they should be well-prepared for Mahomes and company and I’m excited to see if they’re the team that can slow him down, especially considering the Chiefs will presumably have to score a ton to keep up with the Pats.