Sunday Showdowns: What to watch before Monday Night

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Monday Night will grace us with an NFC East Showdown between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.  For the second week in a row, Redskins fans can sit back and relax on Sunday and watch other teams suffer. With several intriguing match-ups on the docket, here are Sunday’s can’t miss games.

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns 1pm EST:

The New York Jets travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns.  Having started the season resembling a mild mannered scrawny Peter Parker, the Browns now have morphed into the underdog Superhero of the NFL.

After handing out beat-downs to perennial Super Bowl favorites New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots in consecutive weeks, dare I say Cleveland is the most dangerous team in the AFC?

The Jets were one Ndamukong Suh extra point from losing on the road to Detroit last week.  However, good luck tends to follow good teams.  New York is undefeated on the road and Browns running back Peyton Hillis will find out very quickly that yards will be much harder to come by.

Will the Browns continue their dragon slaying streak, or will the Jets ground them back to Earth?

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants 4:15 EST:

Jason Garrett is the new man to don Landry’s Hat as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.  Just a few weeks removed from losing Tony Romo at the hands of the New York Giants, Garrett has to find a way to somehow motivate a Dallas team that may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome after a drubbing from Green Bay.

If Dallas can manage to pull off a win, the Redskins will welcome an extra digit in the loss column for the New York Giants.  If the Cowboys show up as we have seen them the past few weeks, it will be en enjoyable view for Dallas haters everywhere.  This contest is inevitably a win-win game for Washington and a must see.

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20 EST:

Coming off an embarrassing loss to Cleveland a week ago, a victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh would quickly push New England’s power ranking back into the top five.  The Patriots will have a tough time against a Steelers run defense that allows less than sixty yards per game.

The Steelers will try and maintain their momentum going into the second half of the season.  After nearly giving up a big lead in the fourth quarter to the Bengals on Monday Night, they hope to play a more complete game despite a short week.

Finally I long for the day that I witness Troy Polomalu running with the ball as an opponent from behind grabs two big curly handfuls of the Polomalu’s flowing locks and proceeds to toss him to the ground emerging with a giant fuzz ball in each hand.  Troy may very well collect a million dollars in hair insurance, but after all of the Safety’s whining this week, such a Karmic event would be priceless.

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