After a great week last week, in which I only had one game wrong, I start this week getting smoked on the Thursday night game. (Thanks Vikings) So my celebrations were short-lived and now my resume of horrible picks will continue. Let’s roll.
Miami at New York Jets
Hmmm. Not an easy game to pick. Largely due to the fact, we have no idea which team shows up. Both are inconsistent and erratic. However the Dolphins seem to have less drama in their camp, while the Jets are always filled with soap opera storylines. Will Mark Sanchez start? Should Tim Tebow start? Does it really matter in the end? Miami wins.
San Diego at Cleveland
This won’t be a pretty game. The Chargers have struggled with turnover issues, as Philip Rivers has been very generous to opposing defences the last couple of weeks. Even though Cleveland is 1-6, they have been competitive in the last several weeks. The Chargers have tried everything, even stickum to help them win games. It hasn’t worked. Calling an upset here. Cleveland wins.
Seattle at Detroit
If you like to play over/under, take the under on this one. Both teams have stern, hard-hitting defences so expect a low scoring physical game. The Seahawks have been better than most people expected, while the Lions have been a disappointment to most this year. If the Lions can’t adjust to safeties dropping back into cover-two, thus taking away the big play, their struggles will continue. Seattle wins.
Jacksonville at Green Bay
Yikes. I smell blowout. The Packers are starting to find their game, winning their last two games while sneaking up in the NFC North. The Jaguars are quite simply the worst team in the NFL right now. Green Bay wins.
Carolina at Chicago
The Bears are red-hot right now, winning 4 in a row, while playing stifling defence that would make those legendary Bear teams proud. The Panthers are struggling, losers of their last 4 while Cam Newton has gone to the media asking for suggestions on how to turn it around. That’s a bad sign for Carolina. Chicago wins.
Atlanta at Philadelphia
Both teams are coming off a bye week and will be hungry. The Falcons are the only perfect team left in the NFL, sporting a 6-0 record. The Eagles are 3-3 but are going through major distractions. After their loss to Detroit 2 weeks ago, many fans in The City of Brotherly Love wanted coach Andy Reid to be fired. Reid did release defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and replaced him with secondary coach Todd Bowles. One stat about Reid. His record in games after the bye week is 13-0. Plus Reid’s teams always seem to come through when he’s embattled. I also think Atlanta is due for a loss. Philadelphia wins.
Washington at Pittsburgh
The Redskins have shown promise throughout the year, but still struggle to finish games. The Steelers haven’t been great, but have found ways to win games at the end. The Redskins do have Robert Griffin III, who will look to confound a solid, but aging Steelers defence. The Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger who just knows how to win. Taking the veteran over the rookie. Pittsburgh wins.
New England vs. St Louis
I admit, I hate neutral site games. At least in the regular season. This one will be played at Wembley Stadium in London. The Patriots are coming off a narrow victory over the New York Jets. The Rams are coming off a tough loss to Green Bay. The big question will be which team can handle the time difference and get over the jet lag? The Rams are decent, but the Patriots are a little better right now. New England wins.
Indianapolis at Tennessee
With the AFC being somewhat mediocre this season, this game all of a sudden has playoff implications. The Colts are 3-3 and are coming off a win over Cleveland last week. The Titans have won two in a row and got a huge boost from Chris Johnson’s 195 yards on the ground last week. This is a tough one to call. I do like what Andrew Luck has brought to the Colts, but winning on the road in the NFL is never easy. Call it a hunch. Tennessee wins.
Oakland at Kansas City
Ugh! This was, at one time of the best rivalries in the NFL. They still don’t like each other but neither team is very good. I hope someday this game means something again. Oakland wins.
New York Giants at Dallas
Big game in the NFC East. The Giants are 5-2 and sit atop of the division. The Cowboys are 3-3 but did defeat the Giants in Week 1 at MetLife Stadium. There are many storylines to this matchup. Whether it be Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan trash talking the Giants or Sean Lee’s injury that could keep him out for the season, this game is very intriguing. Usually being at home helps, but the Giants have never lost at Jerry World. I have a feeling that trend continues. New York Giants wins.
New Orleans at Denver
An epic quarterback battle. Drew Brees vs. Peyton Manning. Some numbers for comparison. Brees has completed 60.8% of his passes for 2.097 yards 18 touchdowns to 7 interceptions for a 96.1 rating. Manning has completed 67.8% of his passes for 1,808 yards, 14 touchdowns and 4 interceptions for a rating of 105.0. With that said, I trust the Broncos defence and their home field more than I trust the Saints. Denver wins.
San Francisco at Arizona
Key matchup in the NFC West. The 49ers are 5-2 and are in first place in the division. The Cardinals started 4-0, but have lost their last 3 games. The 49ers will rely on a nasty defence while the Cardinals are hoping the defence can reclaim their early form. This won’t be a pretty game to say the least. San Francisco wins.
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