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September 27th

New week. New games. New predictions. Same odds that we leave out two 20+ point producers in Fantasy Football this week. Yep — as all members of Mint Conditions would attest to, “sometimes it be like that.” Week 4 of the NFL regular season has already begun as the struggling San Francisco 49ers ended their slump by routing the St. Louis Rams 35 to 11. The game was out of control before it could ever be considered remotely in-control. We’re going to guess the Rams missed the Book of Manning made-for-TV documentary that ran this past week. But we digress.

Interestingly enough, our Game of the Week involves a direct descendent from the Book. Peyton Manning, son of Archie, and his Denver Broncos have made a strong case as the best team through three weeks of play. The Philadelphia Eagles have had highs and lows, mainly a reflection of their infamous leader Michael Vick. We’re not saying it’s going to be a close game, like we may have incorrectly concluded about the Broncos and Raiders last week, but it’ll be interesting. Arguably, the best pure quarterback of all time is pitted against a player who redefined the position to be what it is today. We’re taking the Broncos, but pulling for the (fly) Eagles to fly.

What does the rest of the extended weekend have in store for pigskin enthusiasts? Marquee match-ups include the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Minnesota Vikings, the Dallas Cowboys vs. the San Diego Chargers, and the New England Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons. All we know for certain is that we’ll be glued to our TVs until the final flag is thrown on Sunday. And we’ll definitely be ready for some Monday night action with the New Orleans Saints facing off against the Miami Dolphins. Both teams are currently undefeated but after Monday, that’ll be a-changing. Can the Dolphins keep up their surprisingly great play? Possibly. But we’re riding with Mr. Brees until the wheels — or more accurately, his legs — fall off.

What games are you most looking forward to this week? Any shocking upsets you’d like to call that we failed to mention?