Week 9 Preview

UK TV Schedule:

Sun, 6pm kick-off: Arizona @ Dallas (Sky Sports 2)

Sun, 9:25pm kick-off: Denver @ New England (Sky Sports 2)

Mon, 1:30am kick-off: Baltimore @ Pittsburgh (C4)

Tues, 1:30am kick-off: Indianapolis @ New York Giants (Eurosport 2)

Can you believe we’re more than half way through the regular season? Gaps are starting to appear as teams prepare themselves for their assault on the play-offs.

There are two big games with play-off implications tonight. In the AFC, New England host Denver in the battle of two of the league’s greatest signal-callers. Manning vs Brady, the winner of whom is likely to get top seeding come January.

Then we head over to the Lone Star State for Arizona vs Dallas. Is it too early to consider these two as major contenders? They keep grinding out results, so they must be taken seriously. A lot of tonight’s game will depend on whether Romo plays. The Cowboys’ QB has suffered two fractures in his back, but he still might feature. Dr (Jerry) Jones will no doubt do all he can to get his main man on the field – you would too if your other option was Brandon Weeden! If America’s Team can halt Andre Ellington then they could go a long way to getting the result.

We might see fewer fantasy points on the board this weekend because a lot of the big scorers are on bye weeks. The Bears, Bills, Falcons, Lions, Packers and Titans all have a week off and many teams have a core of players from those franchises. The likes of Rodgers, Forte and Stafford, regular 20+ scorers, are going to be big misses.

Elsewhere, life doesn’t get any easier for Jets fans. They’ll soon be starting their own form of “Suck for Luck” campaign to give any light to their season from hell. Today they travel to the Mid-West to try and stop a Chiefs side who are on an impressive little run. Kansas know they’ll need to keep their winning streak going to stay in the race in the AFC West. It looks like Denver are walking it, but the Chargers have lost their last two and they have a tricky trip across the country to Miami.

49ers fans were hoping to see Aldon Smith make a welcomed early return from suspension this week for good behaviour, but they’re going to have to wait a bit longer. San Francisco have a divisional game against the Rams in The Bay. It’s a game even the most loyal St Louis fan will mark as a home win.

There will also be implications in the huge AFC North clash between the Ravens and Steelers. The C4 game could be a tasty one with Big Ben coming off that huge game last week. Both teams are 5&3, but the Steelers have a losing record in the division. They need a win tonight to maintain any real hope of making it into January.

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