Mark Sanchez is the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles for Monday Night Football.
I know, I know: "Next man up."
At least, if he's going to be the Birds' starting quarterback for a while, he's getting a relatively easy start (she says, eyeing the Packers game next week warily).
The Panthers offense is ranked 25th in points per game, which is pretty damn anemic. Meanwhile, their defense, which was their strong suit last year is, um, not. They're also ranked 25th in points allowed. In other words, they're scoring 19 and allowing 26. That is not a winning combination. And it won't be on Monday night either, even with The Sanchize under center.
(PS - Mychal Kendricks? Time to step up, baby.)
In the rest of the matchups:
Browns at Bengals: Bengals. Even when the Browns lose, the entire division will still be above .500. Damn, y'all!
Titans and Ravens: Ravens
Chiefs at Bills: Chiefs
Dolphins at Lions: The Dolphins are, quietly, pretty damn good this year. The Lions, too, but I think, perhaps surprisingly, the Fins have the edge on offense (didn't see that coming, did you?) and I'm going with the Dolphins.
Cowboys at Jaguars: Cowboys (although a Jags upset would be AWESOME, just saying)
49ers at Saints: Two teams who are having difficulties this year, but Dome field advantage says Saints. Also Drew Brees seems to have remembered that he's, you know, DREW BREES.
Steelers at Jets: Big charter plane? Little charter plane? Who gives a shit? The J-E-T-S are B-A-D. Steelers.
Falcons at Buccaneers: Oh Bucs, I had such hope for you this year. Not anymore. Falcons.
Broncos at Raiders: The Raiders have to win sometime - at least in theory - but it's not happening this week. Broncos.
Rams at Cardinals: You know who else is quietly very good? Yup - Cardinals.
Giants at Seahawks: The Giants just can't catch a break. Seahawks.
Packers at Bears: Everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) has the Packers, and divisional games can be wacky (and they're playing in Chicago), and I'm really tempted to pick an upset here, but I just can't. Packers.
On Bye: Chargers, Colts, DC Pats, Texans, Vikings