14. Oakland Raiders (2-4) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-5)
Why Watch: Many viewers that do not have the fortunate ability to watch the NFL Network’s version of the Redzone or DirecTV’s own, you may be forced to watch this game alongside the Cowboys-Giants. Plus, outside of that NFC East heavyweight battle this would be the only other matchup at the 4 p.m. hour. Whichever team loses this game may end up getting the top pick in the NFL Draft as Matt Barkley may be getting a call from one of these two down the road.
Danny V’s Pick: Chiefs 21, Raiders 19
13. San Diego Chargers (3-3) at Cleveland Browns (1-6)
Why Watch: The Brownies had several chances to upset the slightly favored Colts last week and they failed miserably once again. Still, they are taking on a well rested Chargers team that has done nothing to impress anybody on this face of the earth. I mean Philip Rivers has gone from a Pro Bowler to a mediocre at best signal-caller these days through six games. He simply has been the AFC version of Michael Vick, which is not a complement.
Danny V’s Pick: Chargers 27, Browns 23
12. Indianapolis Colts (3-3) at Tennessee Titans (3-4)
Why Watch: This is a critical AFC South battle to decide who will likely finish in second place way behind the Texans. Plus, if the winner of this game can catch any momentum perhaps Houston will not clinch before Thanksgiving. While this may be considered the worst division in all of football by a landslide (NFC South), at least these teams have a pulse compared to another division (AFC West) where they just don’t seem to even care these days. Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck are giving us hope that this matchup may not be half as bad as most imagine it to be.
Danny V’s Pick: Titans 24, Colts 20
11. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) at Green Bay Packers (4-3)
Why Watch: How bad are the Jaguars? Well, they are second to last on my power rankings list which means it is possible to get worse sadly. Blaine Gabbert is practicing after some thought he would be a lock to miss some time after injuring his non-throwing shoulder. The struggles continue to get worse with Chad Henne playing like he is lost, so technically we have found a QB who has been less productive than Gabbert. This entire Jags offense is abysmal and it may truly get worse for them as they head Lambeau 2 TD ‘dogs. The Packers are college football’s version of Oklahoma since they are en fuego and nothing is stopping them for embarrassing a few opponents down the road. Aaron Rodgers may throw for 400 yards and 5 TD in this game, that is if they want to.
Danny V’s Pick: Packers 34, Jaguars 13
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) at Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
Why Watch: Who would have predicted the Vikings to be 5-2 heading into the end of October? If they can find a way to escape from Tampa with a victory and go 6-2, then all of a sudden they would just need to play .500 ball to likely secure a wild card spot. Hell, if they can find a way to upset the Packers or Bears down the road then they will likely be playing in January in some vital games. Christian Ponder has been teetering with inconsistent performances the last few weeks. It will not matter if Adrian Peterson runs for 100 yards, unless he goes bonkers this offense will not be able to keep up with an improving offense. Josh Freeman, Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams and Doug Martin look like they are capable of pulling this mini- shocking upset.
Danny V’s Pick: Bucs 20, Vikings 17