Who's pumped for some Week 7 action in the NFL? Our free-to-air previews will have you sorted.
Hello football fans, and welcome to Week 7 of the 2013 NFL season! It’s been an exciting and unpredictable ride up until this point, and things are sure to get crazier each and every week. Once again, Channel One as chosen to only broadcast two games Monday morning, but don’t let that phase you; there's still plenty of cracking action that is well worth tuning in for.
Cleveland Browns @ Green Bay Packers
When and where: Monday October 21, Lambeau Field, Green BayCoverage: LIVE on Channel One, 7:15 AM AEST Opening up the action for your Monday morning is the Cleveland Browns (3-3) who travel to ‘Title Town’, taking on the Green Bay Packers (3-2). Both teams have faced some adversity to start their seasons, and should deliver an entertaining contest. Cleveland has been one of the pleasantly surprising teams this season, compiling three wins through six weeks after only managing five all of last season. Much of this success can be attributed to an improved defence under new DC Ray Horton, which is averaging just 20.8 points allowed per game. The offence however, lead by second-year QB Brandon Weeden, has struggled and will need to minimise its mistakes (especially plays like this) in order to continue Cleveland's improved start to the season. The Packers enter the game on the back of a solid start to the year, with QB Aaron Rodgers in superb form. Green Bay is very banged up however, with multiple injuries on both sides of the ball. The most notable of these is to the linebacking corps, with three starters ruled out (and a backup listed as questionable), including perennial All-Pro OLB Clay Matthews. Green Bay also has injuries to deal with at WR, and with the defence likely to struggle, it will fall on Rodgers, RB Eddie Lacy and its backup receivers to get the job done this week. Watch out for: Packers WR Jarrett Boykin suddenly finds himself in place as the No. 2 pass catcher on the team. We know Rodgers loves to share the ball around, so look for Boykin to reel in some big-time catches including one or two touchdowns. Final word and prediction: While the Browns are improved and the Packers are dealing with a heap of injuries, I still feel Rodgers and Lacy will be too much for Cleveland to deal with. The Browns will put up a good fight, but ultimately fall short. Green Bay wins 31-28.
Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis ColtsWhen and where: Monday October 21, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Coverage: LIVE on Channel One, 11:20 AM AEST Once again we see Peyton Manning on our screens, as the Denver Broncos (6-0) head to Manning’s old stomping ground to take on the Indianapolis Colts (4-2). This will be the first time Manning takes on his old team and replacement in Colts QB Andrew Luck, and emotions are sure to run high in this blockbuster clash on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. The Broncos are arguably the best team in the NFL at the moment, entering this game undefeated and averaging a whopping 44.2 points per game, a direct result of Manning’s ridiculously strong play. Their defence is still suspect however, as evidenced when they game up 48 points to the Dallas Cowboys alongside big scores to various other good offences -- it could be this team’s undoing. Nonetheless, the Broncos cannot be considered anything other than one of the best teams in the league. The Colts' strong start to the season has certainly been a team effort. Luck has been efficient with the football (good for an 89.6 QB rating), while the defence has been very stingy ranked fourth in the league in allowing just 16.3 points per game. In a week where the defence will be truly tested, Luck and the offence will need to take their game to the next level in order to knock off the red-hot Broncos. While Denver has been superb, don’t write the Colts off yet; this young team may be the biggest test the Broncos have faced to date. Watch out for: Against a weak Broncos defence, expect the passing game to get going. Luck will be dropping bombs to none other than his favourite target, WR Reggie Wayne. Wayne may only have two TDs on the season thus far, but look for that number to double (perhaps more) in this high-octane clash. Final word and prediction: I can’t see this game turning into anything other than a shootout. The score will go back and forth, but I think this is the week the Broncos finally get knocked off. Indianapolis wins 44-38 (OT). These two games are looking like they'll be superb displays of American football entertainment. How do you think they'll turn out? Can the Packers overcome all of their injuries, and do the Colts have what it takes to defeat the hottest team in the league? Hit us up.