They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
Well, I say revenge is a dish best served ... in Week 6!
This week's NFL slate features a delicious assortment of games with potential payback on the menu.
Here are my thoughts -- and predicted winners -- for nine revenge-infused bouts:
1) The genesis of Deflategate
I'm not sure if you are aware, but "Deflategate" was a thing. Something tells me it's top of mind for the Patriots. Yeah, it's going down for real on Sunday night.
Aaah, memories ...
2) The Bruce Arians Bowl
Don't let the spin get in the way: The Steelers fired Bruce Arians as their offensive coordinator following the 2011 campaign. Since then, he's won a pair of Coach of the Year awards.
On Sunday, Arians returns to Heinz Field for his first regular-season game against the team that canned him. I'd say this means something. You know the Pittsburgh heartbreak still stays with Arians. And it should. He's a prideful coach. And honestly, he's become a better coach than Steelers head man Mike Tomlin, the guy who unceremoniously jettisoned him.
3) Remember The Drive? The Fumble??
4) Can Cam and Co. finally nip the 'Hawks?
The Panthers are still smarting from losing two games against the Seahawks last season, including a divisional playoff bout. In fact, the Cam-led Panthers have played Seattle four times and lost four times -- with three of those defeats coming by five points or less. The Panthers can gain revenge and respect with a win.
However, in Seattle, I like the Seahawks to come away with a big win. Sorry, Cam and Co. Maybe next time.
5) Super Bowl XLVII rematch
OK, so Harbaugh v. Tomsula doesn't have the same sizzle as Harbaugh v. Harbaugh. Actually this coaching matchup has zero appeal next to the Super Bowl XLVII showdown. Forget apples and oranges -- it's like comparing apples and Oldsmobiles.
I like Baltimore in this game. Big.
6) Lions ... clowns ... Bears ... Oh my!
7) NFC South venom
On Wednesday, a caller named "Dr. Falcon in Los Angeles" rang into my SiriusXM Radio show, "Schein on Sports." He wanted his team "to put pain into the souls of the Saints."
8) Rex's Hue-bris
Rex Ryan is coaching the Bills. Hue Jackson wanted the job -- and I think he should have received it. Look at what Jackson has done with the Bengals' offense during this undefeated season. Cincy wideout Mohamed Sanu raved about Jackson "putting players in position to succeed while putting pressure on a defense" when he popped on my SiriusXM show.
Rex has swagger, but still struggles to manage the quarterback position. Starting Tyrod Taylor was one thing -- a good thing, to his credit -- but haphazardly trading Matt Cassel was another. This was an easy first guess. You need a reliable backup with Taylor's knack for getting outside of the pocket and general playing style. If Taylor can't go on Sunday, the Bills are stuck with EJ Manuel in a big spot. Oof.
9) Short story
The entire sports world is buzzing! Will Cecil Shorts III get revenge on the Jaguars for letting him go??
OK -- even I can't sell that one. Yeah, think we've just about reached the end of this edition of Schein Nine.
But the stunningly-awful Houston defense is due to rise to the occasion, right?
I can dream, right?