Mike Mularkey lasted one season as head coach in Jacksonville after going 2-14 in 2012. Now he faces his former team as interim head coach of the Titans, who are 1-1 since he replaced fired Ken Whisenhunt. The Jaguars ended a 13-game road winless streak in Baltimore last week, and they did it with a little luck. A facemask penalty against the Ravens as time expired gave the Jaguars one more play, allowing Jason Myers to kick the winning 53-yard field goal. But the league admitted the game officials missed a false start penalty on the Jaguars that would have prevented Elvis Dumervil’s penalty and ended the game.
This is the third of five and first of back-to-back games that, as far as the Raiders’ internal clocks are concerned, will start at 10 a.m. So far, they are 1-1. The Lions are coming off an improbable road win in Green Bay.
What has happened to the Falcons, who have lost two in a row and three of the past four? That, though, is not nearly as mystifying as what has happened to the Colts, who will be without Andrew Luck for a while.
One team is in position for a division title, the other for a wild-card spot. But it’s not what you think. The Texans are tied for the lead in the AFC South, thanks to a defense that hasn’t allowed a touchdown in 10 quarters.
The Buccaneers are the latest team to pile another loss (seven in a row) on the Cowboys. They will not have as much luck on the road against the Eagles, even without Sam Bradford.
Bears coach John Fox faces his former team, but not his former quarterback. Peyton Manning is out with injuries for the Broncos, who have lost two in a row. The Bears, meantime, have won two in a row and averaged 28.2 points in the past four.
If it wasn’t for Josh Scobee, the Ravens would have the worst record in the league. But, unlike the Steelers, who are 3-0 against the NFC West, the Ravens have yet to beat a team from that division (0-2). They aren’t even getting any help from the officials.
The Cowboys have the longest losing streak in the league (seven in a row) since Tony Romo was injured. The Dolphins ended their two-game losing streak with a victory in Philadelphia and are back home after three consecutive road games.
That the Redskins beat the Saints wasn’t nearly as shocking as them putting up 47 points in the process. That won’t happen against the Panthers, one of three remaining unbeatens. If it does, Cam Newton won’t be dancing.
Don’t look now, but that horse coming on the outside is the Chiefs. They have won three in a row, averaged 32.3 points during that streak, and, along with the Steelers, are the best bets for the AFC wild-card spots.
What has happened to the Pack? They’ve lost three in a row, averaged only 18.3 points in that stretch, and lost for the first time at home to the Lions in 23 years. Ugh. The Vikings have won five in a row and are one of three teams who are unbeaten at home (4-0).
No team has scored fewer points (126) than the 49ers, who managed just a field goal when they played the Seahawks several weeks ago. It might help their psyche to know the Cardinals put up 39 on Seattle at home last week.
Who would have thought the Bengals, who were unbeaten and averaging nearly 30 points per game at home, would be held to two field goals by the Texans at Paul Brown Stadium? Maybe the same people who thought Arizona would score 39 points in a victory in Seattle.