The race for the playoffs continue. Finally got a Thursday game right so I’m 1-0 heading to into Sunday’s action. Without further adieu, my picks for this week.
Houston at Cincinnati.
Both teams are right in the thick of the race. A Texans win clinches the AFC South title. However T.J Yates will make his first road start of the season and he won’t have Andre Johnson to throw to. Johnson re-aggrevated his hamstring last week and will miss today’s game. The Texans will rely on their strong running game led by Arian Foster and Ben Tate. The Bengals control their own destiny for a wildcard spot but are coming off their worst loss of the season to Pittsburgh last week. Tough call but I’m starting to believe in Houston so I’m picking the Texans to win.
Indianapolis at Baltimore.
I have to admit, the Colts played pretty well last week at New England and made it interesting. But they’re still going 0-16. Baltimore wins.
Atlanta at Carolina.
The Falcons are battling for a playoff spot while Carolina is looking at next year. Funny thing though, the Panthers aren’t that bad and they might look at this game as a challenge. Upset special. Carolina wins.
Minnesota at Detroit.
The Lions are fighting for their playoff lives. The Lions are fighting with officials. The Lions are fighting with themselves. The Lions are fighting Georges St. Pierre in the octagon. (You get the point.) The Vikings have shown signs they might be good in a couple of years but with distractions of the franchise possibly relocating, it won’t happen today. Detroit wins ugly.
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville.
An in-state battle which may not happen ever again. I still say Jacksonville won’t have an NFL team in two years. Tampa has been a disappointment but they’ll salvage this one. Tampa Bay wins.
Philadelphia at Miami.
The dream team has been a nightmare. Fittingly they’re in a city that is familiar with dream teams letting people down. Give credit to the Dolphins, they’ve been playing hard and are showing signs they might be a team to watch next year. Miami wins and the Andy Reid watch continues.
Kansas City at New York Jets.
The Jets are in a fierce playoff battle in the AFC and need this win bad. The Chiefs upset the Bears last week but I don’t see them doing it two weeks in a row. It won’t be easy but the Jets win.
New Orleans at Tennessee.
The Saints are one of the hottest teams in the NFL, winning 4 in a row and lighting up opposing defences. The Titans are in the thick of the wildcard chase in the AFC and their defence is improving every week. A game to watch. I’m picking New Orleans but I’m hesitant on this one.
New England at Washington.
The Patriot could clinch the AFC East title with a win and a New York Jets loss. However the Patriots defence is a cause for concern as New England nearly blew a 28 point lead against the hapless Colts last week. The Redskins are inconsistent at best and I don’t know which team will show up. I’m taking New England to win.
San Francisco at Arizona.
The 49ers wrapped up the NFC West title and are now searching for a first round bye in the playoffs. The Cardinals have a slim chance at the playoffs but need to run the table and get help in the process. This might be a better game than people think. What the heck. In an upset I’m taking Arizona to win.
Chicago at Denver.
The Broncos are riding Tebow mania and now control their own destiny in the AFC West. The Bears are still starting Caleb Hanie at quarterback despite his awful performance last week against Kansas City. The Bears defence will keep Chicago in this one but in the end, Tim Tebow will find a way yet again. Denver wins.
Oakland at Green Bay.
The Packers are aiming for perfection but are showing holes in their armour. The defence is suspect in the passing game and breakdowns in coverage have irritated the Packers coaching staff. However, Aaron Rodgers is still running the show on offence and has led the Packers to this perfect season so far. The Raiders are coming off a bad loss to Miami and now have to play in the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. No chance. Green Bay wins.
Buffalo at San Diego.
Two teams that see their playoff hopes fade away very quickly. The Bills are on epic collapse mode while the Chargers did win last week and are at home. I’m picking San Diego to win.
New York Giants at Dallas.
The game of the week. A battle for first place in the NFC East. The Cowboys are a game up on the Giants heading into this primetime showdown, and a win for Dallas could very well seal the deal for America’s Team. The Cowboys are coming off a heartbreaking loss to Arizona where coach Jason Garrett ICED HIS OWN KICKER! Simply put, it was one of the dumbest moves I’ve ever seen on a football field. The resiliency of the Cowboys will be tested, and we shall see if they can bounce back from that inexplicable loss. The Giants gave the Packers everything they could handle before finally succumbing on a last second field goal. The Giants have been struggling but did show signs that they are ready for a breakout. Not an easy call but I’m picking the Giants to win but I really don’t know why.
St. Louis at Seattle.
Ugh. This is the Monday Night Game? At least Seattle is playing decent and have an outside chance at the playoffs. Plus it is always fun to see a game from Century Link Field, one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. Seattle wins.
Last week 11-5.
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