Back to 16 games this week (Yay!), so a lot of games to watch. There’s also a lot of games that could go either way. So I expect to do pretty badly (again). From last week, these are the ones I got wrong. Jets, Dolphins, Broncos, Ravens, Cardinals & Giants. Let’s get it awn!
Oakland at San Diego: The Chargers and Raiders kick off this year’s Thursday Night Football games with a rather overrated and tough to call match-up. The Chargers rallied back against the Packers last week, but still came up quite short, with Phillip Rivers continuing to throw interceptions. The Raiders lost to the Broncos (stupid Raiders), because the Broncos had decided to completely change to a spread offense to help Tebow succeed. It worked for one week, but we’re yet to find out what happens when a team can plan for it. The Raiders are still without Darren McFadden, as well, so it makes this test all the more harder. I think San Diego can win this in a close one, but I’m 49% sure the Raiders will win in the end.
Prediction: San Diego 28, Raiders 24
New Orleans at Atlanta: I think a lot of people would’ve marked this game down as a possible early decider for the NFC South title. Alas, the Falcons have stunk all year (well, sporadically, anyway) and it’s tough to see them topping the Saints. Both of these teams won last week (Atlanta beat Indianapolis by 24 (Which is less than double of what the Saints put on them) & New Orleans split the series with the Buccaneers), and I do think this game could be tougher to call than people think. Atlanta’s offense is at full strength with Julio Jones coming back and taking a lot of pressure off White, while making good plays himself. I believe the Saints will win here, but, again, an upset wouldn’t shock me.
Prediction: New Orleans 27, Atlanta 14
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati: Pittsburgh lost to Baltimore the second time this season, although this game was a lot closer. The Bengals pulled off a victory over the Titans, even with a late push by Tennessee. I’m actually picking the Bengals in this game. I don’t think their 6-2 record is a joke, and I believe their D is for real.
Prediction: Cincinnati 21, Pittsburgh 13
St. Louis at Cleveland: The Rams probably lost in the worst way possible last week. They allowed a 99 yard punt return TD by Patrick Peterson in overtime. Cleveland on the other hand sucked again (what a shocker…) against the Texans. I think the Rams can win this game, but, yet again, I’m not that confident.
Prediction: St. Louis 34, Cleveland 24
Buffalo at Dallas: Why must the NFL have so many tough games to decide this weekend? The Bills floundered against the Jets, while the Cowboys got past the Seahawks, but not very convincingly. I’m tipping Dallas, but I honestly have no fucking idea!
Prediction: Dallas 24, Buffalo 17
Jacksonville at Indianapolis: This is the most crucial game in the Suck for Luck Sweepstakes. Indianapolis are the only winless team remaining and they could actually WIN, yes, WIN this weekend against Jacksonville. The Colts were quite non-existent against the Falcons last week, while the Jaguars sat back in their chairs and watched the games. I’m just gonna say the Colts win, who cares?
Prediction: Indianapolis 20, Jacksonville 14
Denver at Kansas City: Kansas City surrendered the Dolphins first win of the season last weekend, while the Broncos overpowered the up and down Raiders. The Chiefs have a shot in this game, but they have to stop the run effectively to pull out the victory. On the other hand, Tebow has to make sure the few throws he makes aren’t intercepted and taken back to the hizzy. I think KC will win, but that might just be my deep hatred for Tebow talking.
Prediction: Kansas City 16, Denver 7
Washington at Miami: The ‘Fins come in with their heads held high, while the Redskins come in after a 4th straight loss. Miami is favoured in this game, but you really have to wonder if last week was just a complete fluke or not. What isn’t a fluke is the Redskins shitty playing. They can’t get much going in the right direction at the moment. I’ll give a very slight nod to Miami.
Prediction: Miami 14, Washington 10
Arizona at Philadelphia: One of 3 (almost) sure bets of this weekend. The Eagles come in after a tough loss to the Bears. While Arizona come in after Patrick Peterson’s superb punt return TD in overtime to beat the Rams.
– Play of the year type stuff there.
Despite the Cardinals win, they’re still a poor team on both sides of the ball. The Eagles should be able to beat them handily, but that’s what people said Baltimore would do, too. Barely won.
Prediction: Philadelphia 30, Arizona 21
Houston at Tampa Bay: Houston are coming into this after having won the last 3 games. Tampa Bay are coming in after losing to the Saints last week. The last time the Buccaneers got beaten fairly badly they shocked the Saints the following week. I can’t see this happening with or without Andre Johnson playing for the Texans. Foster should be able to keep up his great form and put the Texans over the line.
Prediction: Houston 35, Tampa Bay 17
Tennessee at Carolina: If Chris Johnson has broken out of his slump this week, then it could go bad for Carolina. They’ve had trouble stopping the rush all year. I think Chris Johnson’s definitely getting to where he was, but a lot of his running depends on his O-Line’s performance. If the Panthers can take it to the Titans O-Line, then they should take the victory.
Prediction: Carolina 24, Tennessee 20
Baltimore at Seattle: Here’s game 2 of the (almost) sure bets of the weekend. Baltimore’s playing inconsistent football at the moment, but they’re playing more consistently than Seattle, who can’t get anything good going for them. I think Baltimore shut down whatever offense Seattle tries to produce and wins it easy.
Prediction: Baltimore 30, Seattle 3
Detroit at Chicago: I’m worried about this one. I just don’t see how the Lions can stop the Bears both offensively and defensively to win the game. The Lions are off the bye, but still won’t have Jahvid Best. They should have Nick Fairley, but I’d say more in a limited role again. The Bears beat the Eagles, but it wasn’t some impressive miracle. Just a hard-fought game. If the Lions can make Forte fumble the ball like he did on Sunday Night, then they’ve got a good chance. But, I honestly can’t see the Lions winning. I hope I’m wrong.
Prediction: Chicago 24, Detroit 21
New York at San Francisco: The Giants got a last second win over the Patriots last week, while the 49ers unconvincingly beat the Redskins. The Giants performances this year have been extremely inconsistent and this is a real tough test for them. I think the 49ers can shut down the Giants offense and run the ball effectively enough to win.
Prediction: San Francisco 19, New York 13
And then there were two…
New England at New York: This game is usually a pretty good one, as these two rivals face off in week 10. The Patriots lost by 4 on a last second TD by Eli Manning and the Giants, while the Jets rolled the Bills. The Patriots defense is absolutely horrible. They can’t rush the passer, nor can they stop the pass. I guess they’re lucky that the Jets can’t really throw the ball, then. While on the other hand, the Jets pass D is very good, with Revis patrolling the field and keeping a lock of the best WR. I’m tipping the Patriots, but not confident.
Prediction: New England 21, New York 18
Minnesota at Green Bay: We finish this week off with a bit of a stinker and the guaranteed win of the week. The Packers are undefeated and looking like a real possibility to go undefeated the whole way. The Vikings are coming off the bye, so their chances are probably less than 1%. I know they took it to the Packers in their first meeting, but the Packers have only improved since then. Packers win it easy.
Prediction: Green Bay 40, Minnesota 21
Thanks folks! Hopefully you have a better week than Joe Paterno and Penn State University!