Each week this NFL season there have been one or two games worth circling in red.
This week, the marquee isn’t big enough to handle all the must-see matchups. There are five games pitting winning teams. (Last week, for instance, there were two.)
Among the eye-catching showdowns:
Indianapolis at New England.
Green Bay at Minnesota.
The New York Giants at Philadelphia.
And maybe the most interesting one? Oakland at Pittsburgh — an old-school rivalry renewed; a showdown that wasn’t as eye-catching at the beginning of the season because few people thought the Raiders still would be relevant at this point.
In fact, the Raiders are more than simply relevant. They have won four of five and are in a first-place tie with Kansas City — a team Oakland has beaten — atop the AFC West.
Whereas the Raiders (5-4) are rested after a week off, the Steelers are trying to regroup after a sound beating at home by New England, a game in which Pro Bowl receiver Hines Ward was sidelined by a concussion.