Top 5 Games to Watch During Dead Week

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5. Jets vs. Patriots, Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m.

As entertaining as Jets coach Rex Ryan is in press conferences, the better show will take place on the Gillette Stadium turf. Tom Brady is arguably now the best quarterback in the NFL. Even without Randy Moss, perhaps the second best receiver in football history, he's keyed an offense that's been reminiscent of the Pats' title runs. Both teams have 9-2 records, but the Jets are atop the AFC East with three division wins and no losses. If New England's suspect defense can prevent another Mark Sanchez-led comeback, they'll move up to tie in what will be a fantastic playoff preview.

-Jack Wang

4. Memphis vs. Kansas, Dec. 7, 4 p.m.

There's no Derrick Rose and no John Calipari, but this Madison Square Garden match-up between No. 14 Memphis and No. 4 Kansas should be one of the best this early in the college basketball slate. Recruiting prodigy Josh Pastner now helms the Tigers program and has built one of the deeper rosters in the country; nine players average at least 15 minutes per game and eight average at least eight points per game. Kansas, meanwhile, has national title hopes - even if freshman Josh Selby won't play until Dec. 18. He was suspended nine games for receiving improper benefits.

-Jack Wang

3. Cal vs. San Diego State, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Judging by the number of students present at Cal basketball games this season, chances are that you don't have basketball tickets. But this is worth the trip to Haas Pavilion or the trip to your couch. San Diego State is the best team in California. UCLA is in a down year and even though Cal is the returning Pac-10 champion, it's well known that they have lost pretty much everybody that scored the ball last season. Aztecs' coach Steve Fisher is no stranger to success­­-Fisher led the famed "Fab Five" Michigan teams in the early 1990s. This is a San Diego State team that is worth watching.

-Gabriel Baumgaertner

2. Colts vs. Titans, Dec. 9, 5:20 p.m.

Let's call it the battle of the underachievers. Both the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans were supposed to near the top of the AFC South, and while both might make the playoffs, they have certainly disappointed thus far. The Colts have hardly looked like Super Bowl runners-up, especially franchise quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning was picked off an eye-popping four times last week against the San Diego Chargers. The Titans have quarterback problems of their own, having benched starter Vince Young. This game is necessary for each team to get back on track.

-Gabriel Baumgaertner

1. Warriors vs. Heat, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

It's not often that the Bay Area has one of the "hottest tickets in town." That all changes Dec. 10, when the star-studded Miami Heat arrive at the Oracle Arena to take on the Golden State Warriors. Even non-sports fans were aware of "The Decision" when Lebron James opted to "take his talents to South Beach" and join forces with fellow superstars Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Golden State, led by guards Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, will look to add to the Heat's early season woes. The Heat have already lost eight games and rumors of turmoil are burning, much like their nickname.

-Gabriel Baumgaertner

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