The Houston Texans are off to their best start in franchise history with a 7-3 record. Monday, Houston was dealt a big blow when it was announced that quarterback Matt Schaub may be out for the season with a foot injury. This is bad news for a team that's already been hit by the injury bug.
Star defensive lineman Mario Williams is on the IR with a chest injury and All-Pro WR Andre Johnson has missed several weeks with a pulled hamstring.
The Texans will turn to backup quarterback Matt Leinart to replace Schaub. Leinart will get the call after this week’s bye. The Texans game at Jacksonville will mark Leinart’s first start since week 12 of the 2009 season, when the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner was with the Cardinals.
Monday night, the Packers host the Vikings at Lambeau Field. The defending champion Packers are flying high with an 8-0 record and are winners of 14 overall, dating back to last season. The Vikings are on the opposite end of the spectrum, coming in with a 2-6 record so far this season.
This game represents one of football’s biggest rivalries. no matter the circumstances. It's always a big game for both the teams, as well as the fans in the bordering states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The Packers are favored by a 14-point margin, one of the widest spreads ever posted in a game involving these two franchises. Green Bay holds the edge in the all-time series 52-48-1.
Sunday in San Francisco, the 7-1 49ers and the 6-2 Giants renew an old rivalry in a big NFC contest. These teams have had some classic battles by the Bay, including the 1990 NFC Championship Game, which the Giants won 15-13 and the 2002 Wild Card game, where the 49ers erased a 24-point second half deficit to beat New York 39-38.
The 49ers have been down for the better part of a decade. The NFL owes much of its popularity to iconic names like Montana, Rice, Young and Walsh, so it is nice to see San Francisco once again playing in a significant regular season game against a historical foe like the Giants.
The only thing missing are the voices of Pat Summerall and John Madden from the press box at Candlestick Park.
Saturday night, 9-0 Stanford hosts 8-1 Oregon in a huge Pac-12 showdown. Stanford is 9-0 for the first time since 1951. This will not be an easy game for the Cardinal, as Oregon has beaten them four of their last five meetings. This game should determine which Pac-12 team goes to the Rose Bowl.
If Stanford wins and is able to run the table, they have a solid chance of playing in the BCS National Championship Game, particularly if Oklahoma State loses to Oklahoma on December 3.
Highland Park High School is a prominent public institution, located in the wealthy Dallas neighborhood of University Park, five miles north of downtown Dallas. The school is known as an athletic power that has produced several professional athletes. The tennis team alone has won 12 state championships and in 2005, Sports Illustrated named it the best sports program in Texas.
Cretin-Derham Hall is a Catholic high school located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Nationally, it's not very well known, but in the state of Minnesota, it's an undisputed athletic powerhouse. The school has won 24 state championships in all sports, including 11 in baseball.
As a result of all the athletic success Cretin has had over the years, they have produced several notable alumni. The most prominent are 2004 MLB Hall of Fame inductee Paul Molitor and current Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer.
Molitor, who graduated in 1974, was all-state in both baseball and basketball. Following a three-year stint at the University of Minnesota, Molitor played professionally for the Brewers, Blue Jays and Twins, collecting more than 3,000 hits and winning the 1993 World Series with the Blue Jays.
Sunday, when the Patriots host the Giants, it will be the first time these teams have played since Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Arizona.
The 2008 Big Game was nothing less than epic, with Eli Manning throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with less than a minute to play, as the Giants took down the previously 18-0 Patriots 17-14.
Of course this game will not have the same significance, but anytime a Boston team plays a franchise from New York, it always has meaning, as well as bragging rights for the fans.
Sunday, the 6-1 49ers visit the Redskins in Landover, Maryland. San Francisco’s 6-1 start is one of the NFL's biggest surprises this season. Not since 1998 have the Niners posted such a strong record after seven games. If they improve to 7-1 on Sunday, it will be the first time since 1997 that the 49ers have accomplished this feat.
The '97 season was also the last time the 49ers played in an NFC Championship game, losing to Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers.
During Saturday night’s big matchup between SEC rivals, No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama, there is an additional rivalry to consider, involving the two men roaming the sidelines.
Alabama coach Nick Saban is coaching against his former team LSU, who is of course coached by Les Miles. Saban had an excellent run at LSU from 2000-2004, winning a share of the BCS championship in 2003, along with USC.
Saban was revered in Baton Rouge, before leaving to coach the Miami Dolphins in 2005. After only two seasons in the pros, Saban returned to college to lead bitter SEC rival Alabama. Since then, the LSU faithful has despised Saban, even though LSU has been very successful under Miles, winning the 2007 BCS championship.
Saturday night, No.2 Alabama hosts No.1 LSU in a rare regular season game involving the nation’s top two teams. This will only be the eleventh time in NCAA football history that this kind of game has occurred.
The last regular season No.1 vs. No.2 game was in 2006, when Ohio State hosted Michigan. Ohio State won that game 42-39, helping them reach the BCS Championship game, where they would ultimately lose to Florida 41-14.