Everything you need to know as we approach kickoff...
Key game-time decisions
All players questionable unless noted
It was assumed that coming off a bye week Graham would be fine. However, he didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday and was limited Friday. His status is one we need to keep a close eye on.
Bowe's status declined all week. After practicing Wednesday he was limited on Thursday and did not participate Friday. That is not a good trend line, but CBS Sports is reporting that Bowe will play Sunday.
Both players were limited this week, but it sounds like they should be able to go against the Detroit Lions.
As much as Spiller wants to play, even he can admit that at some point the rest will do more good than playing.
Amendola said Friday he was "ready to go" after passing concussion protocols. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Saturday, per a source, that Amendola has been cleared and will play. Talib is unlikely to play, according to Breer.
Jones is doubtful, so we don't expect to see him Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings. Perry, on the other hand, is shockingly questionable just two weeks after reportedly breaking his foot.
I add Ware here, not because I believe he will play, but rather because -- given his personality and determination to get on the field at all costs -- I'm afraid of what he might do to me if I define him as out.
Only one game appears to have any weather implications Sunday. It shouldn't shock you that it's the game being played in London.
According to reports, there is supposed to be heavy storms with winds of 70 mph blowing in Sunday night. While it's not supposed to arrive during the game, there always is a chance it starts to blow in early.
Three players to watch
Stafford has played the best back-to-back games of his career. He has been consistent and improved his pocket presence. More importantly, he has spread the ball around better than ever. He'll need to have a big game to keep up with Tony Romo and the Cowboys' offense. If Calvin Johnson gets minimized by Brandon Carr, Stafford will have to show the same faith in other receivers that he has the past two weeks.
Arguably the game's best defensive tackle, Atkins will loom large against the New York Jets. His ability to stuff the run always is notable, but his pressure up the middle could cause real havoc against Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith. If there is a lot of Geno-on-Geno crime, the Bengals should come out on top.
A small percentage of the football fanatic population probably has watched the quarterback of the only undefeated NFL team, so I find it important to point him out. Also, he matches up against a Browns defense that could keep the game close enough that it will come down to one of those long, late-game drives Smith has conducted several times this season.
Did you know?
Through seven weeks, quarterbacks have combined for a league-wide passer rating of 87.1, and a completion percentage of 61.6. If those numbers stay true, both would be the highest in any season in NFL history. Previous records: 85.6 passer rating (2012) and 61.2 completion percentage (2007).
Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick got free on the ground a bit more last week, we'll see -- especially if rain becomes a factor -- if he continues to be the threat with his feet he was late last year. The Brits deserve the most exciting Kap we can provide.
Tom Brady was spotted Saturday with tape on the middle and ring fingers of his throwing hand (see picture to the right). He is listed as probable on the Pats' scouting report with a shoulder injury -- with no mention of a hand injury. It's likely not a big deal, but worth keeping an eye on if they are taped Sunday, given how that could affect his throwing.
No, Jason Pierre-Paulhasn't been himself, but he still can cause havoc against the Eagles' offensive line. JPP will be especially effective if Michael Vick isn't physically able to evade the pressure with his normal slipperiness. We all should expect a heavy dose of LeSean McCoy, for obvious reasons.
Geno Smith is the first rookie QB since at least 1950 with four fourth-quarter/OT game-winning drives in his first seven games. We could be in for another ride on the Geno-coaster in the road game against a division leader.
The Terrelle Pryor Show returns after missing last week due to a league-mandated bye week. Pryor has become -- by FAR -- my favorite player to watch on a mediocre team. I'll stop grinning if the Steelers decapitate him on one of those loco, roll-out, stiff-arm, shimmy-shake runs he tries to pull off.
The Denver Broncos probably are sick of homecomings. This week it's Mike Shanahan's return to Mile High. Unfortunately for Shanny, Peyton Manning doesn't have any skin in this reunion. If Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan don't provide pressure, Manning will have a field day against Washington's secondary.
How much more intrigue does this game have than it appeared two weeks ago? Will Vikings fans boo Christian Ponder? Will a feisty, nothing-to-lose Ponder be a better Ponder? Will he crumble or rise to the occasion, beating the rival Packers in an impeccable performance that forces Leslie Frazier to stick with him the remainder of the season? And we haven't even mentioned Greg Jennings facing the Packers! ... Al Michaels! Cris Collinsworth! It's "Sunday Night Football!"