Dallas Cowboys @ Houston Texans
Redskins fans know how good the Texans are, at least on offense. They can run the ball with TB Arian Foster, but if you try to take that away QB Matt Schaub will light you up through the air by passing to targets like WR Andre Johnson, WR Kevin Walters and TE Owen Daniels. The Cowboys are reeling after an 0-2 start and need to establish something on the ground. The offense is mistake-prone and can't get anything going on the ground, which is preventing the team from finishing drives in the red zone. Dallas' offense goes up and down the field, but can't score enough touchdowns. OLB Demarcus Ware must take advantage of the absence of Houston's starting left tackle [suspended for steroid use]. This should be a high-flying and high-scoring game. The Cowboys are desperate, but they'll be playing in front of what is sure to be an absolutely crazed Houston crowd. I like the Texans over Cowboys 34-27.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Eagles travel south to play a Jacksonville Jaguars team that looks bad on paper -- and on film. At least, on the road. The Jags are one of the NFL's worst teams on the road, but they give visitors all they can handle when playing home on Florida's northeastern coast. The Jags have won 12 of their last 14 home games against the NFC under Head Coach Jack Del Rio. Jaguars TB Maurice Jones-Drew is fairly healthy and will play Sunday, but he's been held in check this year by defenses stacking the line of scrimmage to stop him. Jags QB David Garrard threw 4 INT last week, but he's a different, much better quarterback at home. Michael Vick gets the start and he's played unusually well for the last 6 quarters. Philly playmakers WR Desean Jackson, WR Jeremy Maclin and TB Lesean McCoy have more firepower than the Jags can muster. I think Philly will upend recent history here, so I'll take Eagles over Jaguars 17-13.
Tennessee Titans @ New York Giants
Vince Young and Chris Johnson were held in check last week [Young actually benched] by the Steelers defense and they will look to bounce back Sunday in the Meadowlands. The Giants don't have Pittsburgh's stifling defense, but they can get after the quarterback and a very mobile Vince Young must make good adjustments and reads. Eli Manning is committing too many turnovers for the Giants, but he's also making big plays, particularly to WR Hakeem Nicks [4 TD catches] and WR Mario Manningham [20 yards per catch]. Meanwhile, TB Ahmad Bradshaw is averaging 4.5 yards per carry while carrying his load of the offense. This game will come down to whether or not Chris Johnson can have his way with the Giants defense. If Johnson rushes for more than 120 yards, the Titans should win. If not, they should have no chance. I like the home team here so I'll take the Giants over the Titans 24-20.
Washington Redskins @ St. Louis Rams
See my game preview for a thorough look at the game as well as my final score prediction.