NFL Tips: Week 9 – Sunday And Monday Games.

Denver at Cincinnati – Prediction: Denver 35, Cincinnati 20

Baltimore at Cleveland – Prediction: Baltimore 27, Cleveland 19

Arizona at Green Bay – Prediction: Green Bay 40, Arizona 17

Chicago at Tennessee – Prediction: Chicago 30, Tennessee 10

Miami at Indianapolis – Prediction: Miami 21, Indianapolis 13

Carolina at Washington – Prediction: Washington 35, Carolina 27

Detroit at Jacksonville – Prediction: Detroit 48, Jacksonville 10

Buffalo at Houston – Prediction: Houston 28, Buffalo 0

Tampa Bay at Oakland – Prediction: Tampa Bay 31, Oakland 26

Minnesota at Seattle – Prediction: Seattle 21, Minnesota 7

Pittsburgh at New York (Giants) – Prediction: New York 26, Pittsburgh 20

And then there were two…

Dallas at Atlanta – Prediction: Atlanta 26, Dallas 16

Philadelphia at New Orleans – Prediction: Philadelphia 33, New Orleans 21

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NFL Tips: Week 8 – Monday and Sunday Games

Carolina at Chicago – Prediction: Chicago 31, Carolina 7

San Diego at Cleveland – Prediction: San Diego 28, Cleveland 17

Seattle at Detroit – Prediction: Detroit 24, Seattle 13

Jacksonville at Green Bay – Prediction: Green Bay 48, Jacksonville 20

Indianapolis at Tennessee – Prediction: Tennessee 26, Indianapolis 21

New England vs. St. Louis in England – Prediction: New England 17, St. Louis 13

Miami at New York – Prediction: Miami 27, New York 24

Atlanta at Philadelphia – Prediction: Atlanta 31, Philadelphia 26

Washington at Pittsburgh – Prediction: Washing 28, Pittsburgh 27

Oakland at Kansas City – Prediction: Oakland 30, Kansas City 17

New York at Dallas – Prediction: New York 29, Dallas 26

And then there were two…

New Orleans at Denver – Prediction: Denver 45, New Orleans 38

San Francisco at Arizona– Prediction: San Francisco 24, Arizona 0

Have a good weekend, everyone.

NFL Tips: Week 7 – Sunday and Monday Games

Tennessee at Buffalo – Prediction: Buffalo 24, Tennessee 20

Cleveland at Indianapolis – Prediction: Indianapolis 31, Cleveland 26

Green Bay at St. Louis – Prediction: Green Bay 28, St. Louis 17

Arizona at Minnesota – Prediction: Minnesota 21, Arizona 14

Washington at New York – Prediction: New York 35, Washington 28

New Orleans at Tampa Bay – Prediction: New Orleans 40, Tampa Bay 30

Dallas at Carolina – Prediction: Dallas 28, Carolina 3

Baltimore at Houston – Prediction: Houston 19, Baltimore 14

Jacksonville at Oakland – Prediction: Oakland 24, Jacksonville 17

New York at New England – Prediction: New England 27, New York 16

And then there were two…

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati – Prediction: Pittsburgh 31, Cincinnati 23

Detroit at Chicago – Prediction: Chicago 23, Detroit 20

Enjoy your weekend and the games, everyone. :)

NFL Tips: Week 5 – Coming Into Their Own

I think it’s fair to say that Week 5 is around the time where team’s identities are starting to be a lot more solidified than before. It was great to see the proper refs back, and obviously they made some mistakes, like always, but everything was smoother and cleaner. Except for the massive hike in PI calls. Seriously, they need to fix that stupid rule. Anyhow, onto another fantastic bye-week schedule.

Thursday Night Football

Arizona at St. Louis: This week gets underway with a division battle between the Rams and Cardinals. Two teams who can both hold their own in the NFL these days. With the Cardinals being 4-0, it would seem like a bit of a gimme for them, but don’t underestimate the Rams. Their defense is underrated and division games are always more high-stakes and closer than other games. I do think Arizona will triumph, but it should be a good test and game.

Prediction: Arizona 21, St. Louis 16
Sorry, but gotta do quick-fire for the rest.
Miami at Cincinnati – Prediction: Cincinnati 27, Miami 17

Green Bay at Indianapolis – Prediction: Green Bay 30, Indianapolis 24

Baltimore at Kansas City – Prediction: Baltimore 45, Kansas City 20

Cleveland at New York – Prediction: New York 31, Cleveland 20

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh – Prediction: Pittsburgh 21, Philadelphia 19

Atlanta at Washington– Prediction: Atlanta 28, Washington 24

Seattle at Carolina – Prediction: Seattle 17, Carolina 6

Chicago at Jacksonville – Prediction: Chicago 40, Jacksonville 13

Tennessee at Minnesota – Prediction: Minnesota 30, Tennessee 10

Denver at New England – Prediction: New England 31, Denver 30

Buffalo at San Francisco – Prediction: San Francisco 24, Buffalo 7

And then there were two…

San Diego at New Orleans– Prediction: San Diego 28, New Orleans 27

Houston at New York Jets – Prediction: Houston 27, New York 0

Have a great weekend and good luck!

NFL Tips: Week 3 – Final Week of 16.

First off, I’d just like to reiterate Sam’s comments about Steve Sabol. It’s an unbelievably great loss to the NFL and the Sports world as a whole, and it’d be nice if other sporting codes could take his vision(s) and apply them to their respective sport. So, RIP Steve Sabol, you’ll be truly missed.

So here we are in week 3, and this marks the final week of a 16 game schedule until week 11, amazingly. Week 4 only has 1 less game, but I’m still technically correct. Anyhow, let’s get on with the tipping.

New York at Carolina: This week’s Thursday Night Football gives us the intriguing match-up of the Giants vs. the Panthers, this storie…OK, so this game is somewhat of a rarity, but it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable or intriguing. And I’m definitely looking forward to watching it. Based on last week’s results, Eli’s arm didn’t fall off and Brees arm didn’t really work too well. The Panthers fought out a gutsy and convincing win over NFC South foes, the Saints. The other end was the Giants beating the Buccaneers, but still having a cry, anyway. Stupid East teams, right? Anyhow, I think Carolina’s Pass D has definitely improved this season, and if they can limit the Giants to a respectable rushing total, they could far alright. The Giants are off to a pretty poor start, despite being 1-1. They lost to the Cowboys, without really threatening and they barely got over the line in the touchdown for touchdown battle with the boys from Tampa. The Giants can still be lethal if they put it all together, but if the Panthers defensive backfield can keep it together, then I think the Panthers will, too. I’m actually going to give Carolina the slight edge, even though I think this will be a very tight contest, and either result wouldn’t surprise me.

Prediction: Carolina 30, New York 27

Unfortunately, I’ve left this a tad late, so will only give predictions.

St. Louis at Chicago –Prediction: Chicago 30, St. Louis 17

Buffalo at Cleveland – Prediction: Buffalo 27, Cleveland 24

Tampa Bay at Dallas – Prediction: Dallas 38, Tampa Bay 24

Detroit at Tennessee –Prediction: Detroit 45, Tennessee 17

Jacksonville at IndianapolisPrediction: Indianapolis 21, Jacksonville 18

New York at Miami – Prediction: New York 27, Miami 21

San Francisco at Minnesota – Prediction: San Francisco 24, Minnesota 10

Kansas City at New Orleans –Prediction: New Orleans 30, Kansas City 27

Cincinnati at Washington –Prediction: Cincinnati 20, Washington 16

Philadelphia at Arizona –Prediction: Arizona 24, Philadelphia 17

Atlanta at San Diego – Prediction: Atlanta 30, San Diego 26

Houston at Denver – Prediction: Houston 17, Denver 6

Pittsburgh at Oakland –Prediction: Pittsburgh 37, Oakland 14

And then there were two…

New England at Baltimore – Prediction: Baltimore 26, New England 21

Green Bay at Seattle –Prediction: Green Bay 24, Seattle 13
Have a great week of Football. :)

NFL Tips: Week 1 – Let’s Get It Started!

Oh, hello. I didn’t see you there. Well, guess what time it is? That’s right! 9pm! No, seriously, it’s the start of the fabled NFL season. It just feels like it’ll never get here. And this year, some people might have wished it didn’t after watching the Zebras in the preseason games. But I’m not here to slam the replacement officials, I’m here to slam crappy teams (and horrible overrated ones)! So, let’s go, shall we?’

Wednesday Game

Dallas at New York: The 2012 season kicks off in typical TV fashion with a NFC East showdown between the Giants & Cowboys. The Giants had quite a run to the Super Bowl last year, going through the Packers & 49ers, before beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs again, and as usual, will be heavily overrated. But I expect the Giants to put them in their place to start out the NFL season.

Prediction: New York 24, Dallas 20

Sunday & Monday Games

Indianapolis at Chicago: With the Colts ending up as the worst team in Football last season; thanks Peyton, they got the #1 overall pick and without hesitation, they drafted the best scouted QB since the aforementioned Manning. Unfortunately, Indianapolis’ offense won’t be able to help the D when the reformed tandem of Culter and Marshall are on the field, ripping their DB’s to shreds. Chicago are big favourites to be the threat to not only the Lions Wild Card spot, but the Packers NFC North domination. I don’t see how this will happen with such an inept offensive line, but that shouldn’t be too much of an issue in week 1.

Prediction: Chicago 35, Indianapolis 17

Philadelphia at Cleveland: Cleveland’s draft class is an extremely promising one, despite the drafting of one of the oldest players in draft history with Brandon Weeden late in the 1st round. They got the best RB since Adrian Peterson in Trent Richardson and picked up what seems to be a gem in the supplemental draft with Josh Gordon. All that probably won’t get them over the top against Vick & co. The Eagles had a pretty poor season by their standards last season. Vick had injury problems again and the Defense didn’t live up to their ridiculous expectations (no surprise). I think a full offseason will be extremely beneficial for the whole Eagles team over a lot of teams. And I think they start off their season with a good win.

Prediction: Philadelphia 28, Cleveland 20

St. Louis at Detroit: Jeff Fisher took over the hopeless Rams after last year’s disaster. Sam Bradford is finally back fully healthy and Steven Jackson had a full season for the first time in a while. Unfortunately for the Rams, their WR corps didn’t improve a lot in the break and their first round pick Michael Brockers is out with an ankle sprain for 2 or 3 weeks. The Lions finally made the playoffs last season and will look to improve (they’ve improved by 4 games the past 2 seasons) yet again. The Lions’ problem has changed, either. Their defensive backfield is still at 6’s and 7’s. They may be without their defensive leader in Louis Delmas for this game, also. Fortunately for the Lions, the best connection in Football is still around. Stafford to Johnson. And I assume that’ll be heard a lot again this season and possibly a couple of times in this game. The Lions offense is just too powerful and the Rams isn’t good enough to keep up.

Prediction: Detroit 30, St. Louis 14

New England at Tennesse: After not winning a playoff game since their last Super Bowl victory, the Patriots made it all the way to the big dance, only to fall short to the Cinderella Giants team. Tough luck, Pats. Tennessee were in a bit of a rebuilding mode last season, trying to find a true identity at QB and they’ve settled on the young gunslinger who’s got some legs on him for good measure. Tennessee could be a sneaky team this season, but I don’t think they’ll have their way against Bieber Brady in week 1.

Prediction: New England 38, Tennessee 28

Atlanta at Kansas City: If you’ve been following the Falcons during the off-season by any chance, it sounds like they’re going to be the best team in Football. Well, maybe not THAT good, but the best team in the NFC South, which isn’t too far off. I still think their D is a bit suspect. Especially after losing their leader in Curtis Lofton. But their WR corps is crazy good, with the already anointed best WR in Julio Jones, along with the always consistent Roddy White. The Chiefs’ biggest scalp last year was beating the Packers at home. But don’t think their D can’t repeat that feat each week. With drafting Dontari Poe, they added another big cog in the middle of their 3-4 system. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Tamba Hali will be suspended for this game and Brandon Flowers status is up in the air, too. Fortunately, however they get back the most promising RB in Football, Jamaal Charles. In the end, though I don’t the Chiefs can keep the Falcons out of the endzone, nor keep up with them.

Prediction: Atlanta 24, Chiefs 13

Jacksonville at Minnesota: There aren’t A LOT of thrilling games on the week 1 schedule, but this one is likely placed right at the bottom. Two of the worst teams from last season meet in Minnesota for week 1 pride. That’s right, one of these teams will be equal with the super powers of the NFL in wins. Amazingly, two of the best RB’s in football will likely play sparingly with Adrian Peterson coming back from an ACL tear (a lot quicker than most) and Maurice Jones-Drew coming back from his off-season long hold out. These teams picked 5 and 4, respectively in the 2012 draft. And both teams picked a critical position of need. The Vikings got the best LT prospect (Matt Kalil) and the Jaguars got the best WR prospect (Justin Blackmon). When you hear the headline of Ponder vs. Gabbert, your underwear magically tightens up in excitement, right? OK, maybe excrement…Anyway. I’m giving the edge in this one to Minnesota based on their home field advantage and fake crowd noise. But I wouldn’t count out Jacksonville’s D.

Prediction: Minnesota 17, Jacksonville 13

Washington at New Orleans: Washington has finally got their QB saviour in Robert Griffin III, trading up to the #2 spot to draft him. While the Saints have lost their Head Coaching saviour, Sean Payton thanks to bountygate. Along with Mr. Payton, the Saints also lost LB Jonathon Vilma and Will Smith. However they seemed to sign every LB possible, singing both Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne and eventually trading for Barrett Ruud, though Ruud isn’t starting yet. The Saints defense shouldn’t lose a step, and neither should their offense, with Drew Brees being close enough to a Head Coach, that no Sean Payton shouldn’t trouble the new leader in Passing Yards in a Season. I don’t see the Redskins being terribly competitive for the beginning of the year. I don’t think the Saints should have a lot of trouble in this game.

Prediction: New Orleans 31, Washington 14

Buffalo at New York: The Bills D has been so heavily talked up, it sounds like they’re already in the top 5. Although on the other end the Jets D is probably a lot closer to being a top 5 D. I guess this game will come down to how poorly the Jets offense plays, because if the preseason is any indication (heh) they’re going to struggle badly. Until of course Mr. Saviour comes in, throws for a 30% completion rate and somehow wins them the game. The Bills offense is buoyed by the return or Fred Jackson and having a great tandem in the backfield, along with CJ Spiller. Along with Fitzpatrick being fully healthy to start the year, the Bills may end up putting up more points than most people expect. I’ll temper my expectations for the first game, but the Jets have no offense so far. And there isn’t much else to go on right now.

Prediction: Buffalo 20, New York 7

Miami at Houston: I’ll just start by saying that the Texans are my Super Bowl pick. OK, now that that’s out of the way, I’ll be quick. The Dolphins offense has no viable WR out of Davone Bess, a slot receiver and their best TE  blocks. Their defense isn’t fantastic either. Houston has the best running game in the league and defense. Matt Schaub to Andre Johnson is likely to be popular connection this season. Houston shut out Tannehill and co.

Prediction: Houston 28, Miami 0

San Francisco at Green Bay: Easily considered the best game of the week, San Francisco’s defense goes to visit Green Bay’s offense. What a great match-up. The 49ers got so close to the Super Bowl under first year head coach Jim Harbaugh. And the Packers met the Giants and got embarrassed in the first half. But with clean slates and spectacular teams, this game should be fantastic. It’s a hard game to pick, but 49ers offense just can’t keep up with Rodgers and the Packers, no matter how many times he gets sacked/intercepted etc. he’s just too good.

Prediction: Green Bay 24, San Francisco 17

Arizona at Seattle: I’m partially on the Seahawks bandwagon this year. Specifically the defensive part. Their defense has so much potential, it’s crazy. A top 5 finish is well within their reach. Seattle will definitely be the biggest threat to the 49ers in the NFC West this season. Russel Wilson has looked very good as their QB throughout the preseason, and I think he can take it into the season against an average Arizona defense. The Cardinals did eventually pick a starting QB, going with John Skelton over the expensive and useless Kevin Kolb. Arizona is horrible on offense, outside of Larry Fitzgerald and Beanie Wells. Their offensive line is a disaster and gigantic liability and I expect a bottom 10 record for them this season. I think the Seahawks shut down the Cardinals quickly and take a comfortable win.

Prediction: Seattle 21, Arizona 3

Carolina at Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay had quite the offseason, signing both Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks to sure up parts of their offense. They also drafted Mark Barron and Doug Martin. Two key pieces to the new team. Unfortunately they lost Davin Joseph to injury which is a major blow to their offensive line. I’m not quite sold on the Buccaneers. Freeman’s poor year last season shows some concerns, but a lot of QB’s have poor sophomore campaigns. Perhaps just not at that level. The Panthers had quite a good season last year. They only went 6-10, but after going 2-14 the previous system, that’s a good effort with a lot of change to their team. The obvious big change which completely revitalised their team was Cam Newton who lit a fire under the team throughout the year. I think the Panthers are a sneaky chance to win the NFC South or Wild Card if their defense can improve a bit. And I definitely have them winning their first game.

Prediction: Carolina 28, Tampa Bay 17

And then there were…Three? Yes, thank goodness for week 1 Monday Night Football double-headers!

Pittsburgh at Denver: The Sunday Night Football season is kicked off by Peyton Manning’s first game as a Bronco. It also happens to be the game where the new overtime rules were deemed useless on one play, cause Tim Tebow actually connected on a pass, which amazing went for a TD. Regardless, this should be a good contest. The Steelers defense isn’t the peak unit it used to be, getting quite old quickly. Their offense isn’t too scary right now without Rashard Mendenhall, but they do have Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown to throw to. But that’s about it. The Broncos team is in OK shape, with a decent WR corps and two capable TE’s for Peyton to seek out. Their defense is what worries me. They played well in parts last year, but there’s a lot of holes in the defensive backfield, outside of Champ Bailey and he’s getting older. I think the Steelers can start off with a win, but it’ll be a close contest.

Prediction: Pittsburgh 20, Denver 16

Cincinnati at Baltimore: The Ravens and Bengals square off in the first game of the Monday night double-header. Baltimore’s offense has changed to a more up-tempo, no-huddle pass based scheme. The defense should be impressive, again, but losing the Defensive Player of 2011 hurts them a lot. And Ed Reed’s age and injury problems could become a problem into the season, as well. But the thing about the Ravens is they always play well as a unit, without a lot of unbelievable star players. The Bengals had a good showing last year with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green putting up good years for their rookie campaigns. And now they try to better that campaign. They may struggle, though, as they don’t have any true #2 or #3 WR, along with an underutilised TE. Their defense played very well last year, but they could struggle to repeat this season. I don’t see the Bengals getting over the Ravens in this one, though.

Prediction: Baltimore 26, Cincinnati 17

San Diego at Oakland: To round out week 1, comes an AFC West grudge match between the Raiders and Chargers. I find this to be a very hard game to call. The Oakland defense can be good, but they’re very inconsistent. Whereas Philip Rivers loves throwing interceptions, it seems. San Diego have a good defense, but I think the 3-headed monster of McFadden, Palmer and Moore can actually pull the upset and get over on the Chargers.

Prediction: Oakland 30, San Diego 21

I hope you enjoyed reading my picks and have a great and enjoyable first week!

NFL Tips: Week 13

Up to week 13; it seems like the season has just flown by, unfortunately. But, we still have 5 action-packed weeks of regular season football left. Last week was very solid getting 13 correct. The ones I got wrong were: Baltimore, Tennessee and Oakland (yet again). So without further adieu, let’s get on with the tipping!

Philadelphia at Seattle: Maybe it’s just me, but there’s been some truly horrible primetime games this season. Nonetheless, week 13 kicks off with a mildly interesting match-up on Thursday Night Football in Seattle as the Eagles go to take on the Seahawks. The only real reason it’s mildly interesting, is because the Eagles have been so porous that the Seahawks somehow have a legitimate shot at winning. And the ‘Hawks probably are sort of in line to get a big upset. Despite the shittiness of the HEagles and the upset capabilities of the Seahawks, I think the Eagles will triumph, maybe not convincingly, and take their record to a surprisingly bad 5-7.

Prediction: Philadelphia 31, Seattle 24

Tennessee at Buffalo: One of the tougher match-ups to call this week is the game between the Bills and Titans. The Titans are coming in off a close 6 point win over the Bucs, but Buffalo is coming in after a narrow loss of 4 to the Jets. Chris Johnson torched the Bucs for 190 yards last week, and the Bills aren’t much of a run-stopping team. If Johnson can continue his rushing ability, then they should win. Buffalo have lost 4 in a row and really have to right this ship. This is their best chance yet, as the Titans can’t stop the run, either. If Stevie Johnson can get his shit together and their offense clicks, then I definitely think they can win. I’m going to give the Bills the nod because of home-field, but I’m not confident.

Prediction: Buffalo 24, Tennessee 21

Kansas City at Chicago: With both teams coming in as loser’s, they’ll be desperate for wins. Chicago needs a win to stay atop the wild card spot in the NFC, though the the Chiefs just want to win for pride. OK, so the Bears is a bit more important. Even with an ineffective Caleb Hanie playing for Chicago, they have too good a RB in Forte, and too good a defense to let the Chiefs waltz on in and take the victory.

Prediction: Chicago 28, Kansas City 13

Oakland at Miami: Don’t count out Miami in this one. Even though they lost last week, they were the better team. The Dolphins defense has come out of nowhere to start beating up the opposition, and Oakland better lookout. The Raiders beat the Bears last week, but considering the opposing QB, it was disappointingly uninspiring. If the Raiders can keep the ball in their hands and force turnovers, they should be able to head to Miami and get it.

Prediction: Oakland 20, Miami 17

Denver at Minnesota: Denver is now 5-1 under Tebow, only losing to the Lions (I had to get that one in). But it’s not Tebow who’s winning these games, it’s the Denver D. Just like the Dolphins, their D has done a complete 180 after the Lions game, giving up 15 points or less in each game. Minnesota will be heading into this game without Adrian Peterson yet again. This is a gigantic blow to their hopes, as they really had a legitimate shot if he was going to play. Tebow still isn’t very good at anything but running, but it gets it done. Denver goes to 6-1 under Tesus.

Prediction: Denver 17, Minnesota 9

Indianapolis at New England: I’ll make this short and sweet. If the Colts can win, it will be, without a doubt, the biggest upset to ever occur in the NFL. Playoffs or otherwise.

Prediction: New England 70, Indianapolis 21 (Yes, that’s my real prediction)

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh: These two AFC North teams face off for the 2nd time this year, with the Steelers edging out the Bengals by 7 last time. Each team pulled out close victories last week, and I expect this score to be another close one. I really like what Cincy’s doing, but I think Pittsburgh will get the narrow win again. But I have a bit of doubt in their abilities.

Prediction: Pittsburgh 21, Cincinnati 16

Carolina at Tampa Bay: Carolina’s a pretty good 3-8 team, while the Buccaneers are a pretty bad 4-7 team. I don’t really understand why the Buccaneers are favoured in this game? It’s not like they’ve played well or beaten anyone convincingly enough to give them an edge. I think Carolina can easily win this game. Especially on the ground.

Prediction: Carolina 35, Tampa Bay 24

New York at Washington: It’s rare to say that these two teams won last week, but it’s true! The ‘Skins beat the inconsistent Seahawks, as the Jets barely beat the Bills. Even though Washington finally won a game, they’re still a horrible team. Not that the Jets are some kind of powerhouse or anything, but they’re definitely a better, more talented team than Washington.

Prediction: New York 24, Washington 10

Atlanta at Houston: Even though the Texans are down to their #3 QB, it’s not an end of the world situation for the AFC leaders. Even so, their next test is a good test to start him out. They host the Falcons, who took care of the Vikings last week. Houston’s D is playing real well this season, while Arian Foster is a force in both the run and pass. This will also mark Andre Johnson’s 2nd week back. Hopefully a more productive one. The Falcons are favoured in this game. And it’s not like they shouldn’t be with a 3rd string guy starting for the opposition. But I wouldn’t count the Texans out at all. If Houston can stop Matt Ryan, they can win this game.

Prediction: Houston 34, Atlanta 27

Baltimore at Cleveland: The Browns lost again last week, but only barely. They lost by 3 to the Bengals, which is a good effort for a disappointing team. The Ravens triumphed over the 9ers in their Thanksgiving match-up, where there was a total of 22 points scored (OLD SCHOOL FOOTBALL!!!). Cleveland are still floundering, while the Ravens seem to have gotten it together to play some good Football. Just be aware that the Ravens struggle on the road, though the Browns should be much of a test.

Prediction: Baltimore 26, Cleveland 3

Green Bay at New York: This is deemed the game of the week. And I can kind of see why. The Giants, despite losing 3 in a row, do have a shot at beating the undefeated Packers. But I believe people are giving them too much credit. The Giants D is horrible, as shown by the game last week against New Orleans, where Brees and co put up 49 points (eep). The Packers D is still vulnerable, but Giants D seems to be playing much worse. I’m going to go with the educated pick and stick with the Packers.

Prediction: Green Bay 30, New York 21

Dallas at Arizona: The Cowboys pulled it out of the fire on Thanksgiving against the Dolphins. The Cardinals also won a close one against the (yet again) hapless Rams. Arizona currently has, in my opinion, the most enjoyable player to watch right now, in Patrick Peterson. The kid’s just a freak on special teams, and seems to have gotten better in the passing game, as the season’s progressed. I think the Cowboys will have too much for the Cardinals to handle, both on the ground and through the air. Dallas should be getting a fairly easy win here.

Prediction: Dallas 31, Arizona 17

St. Lous at San Francisco: Again, I’ll be short and sweet. The 49ers can stop anyone. The Rams can’t really move the ball. Rams are shut out.

Prediction: San Francisco 20, St. Louis 0

And then there were two…

Detroit at New Orleans: The Lions get another rare primetime game, their 2nd this year. They head to New Orleans to take on the offensive juggernaut Saints. God I’m worried. The Lions will be without defensive starters Louis Delmas and Chris Houston. Two huge losses for the defense. And Kevin Smith will probably see a limited workload, with a bum ankle. This is all lining up for a Lions pounding. Drew Brees has the most passing yards of any QB so far this year, and although the Lions have held a lot of QB’s to lowish passing yard totals, Brees has all the tool to tear this defense apart. I want to see a miracle upset, but I don’t think I will.

Prediction: New Orleans 38, Detroit 30

San Diego at Jacksonville: I keep wanting to pick Jacksonville in this game. They have a new coach, a presumed new feel of vigour and pride, as well as their 2nd Monday Night Football game this year. This has all the makings of a big upset, and the end of Norv Turner’s tenure at the helm of the Chargers. I know a lot of Chargers fans who want nothing more than to see the back of Norv Turner, and with them well out of playoff contention, they may be rooting for the Jaguars. I just can’t bring myself to tip Jacksonville, though.

Prediction: San Diego 25, Jacksonville 17

I hope everyone has a good weekend, and good luck to your teams.

NFL Tips: Week 12

With a 16 game schedule every Sunday (and Monday) for the next 6 weeks, this is where it all gets very enjoyable and even more interesting. I was a poor tipper yet against last week, only getting 9 correct. The ones I missed on were, Cleveland, Miami, Baltimore, Seattle & Philadelphia. Legooo!

Green Bay at Detroit: Well, the Thanksgiving festivities and games are upon us. As always, we kick things off with the annual Lions game. This year against the best team in Football. Green Bay go into Detroit as a still undefeated team, looking to notch win #11 on the season (out of 11 games, for those playing along at home). The Lions will put up a very tough test, being a nationally televised game and all, but I believe the Packers will get that 11th victory, unfortunately. Only just.

Prediction: Green Bay 31, Detroit 28

Miami at Dallas: Just like the Lions, the Cowboys also have their annual Thanksgiving game against a resurgent Dolphins team. The ‘Fins have won 3 in a row, and are looking red-hot, being led by QB Matt Moore (colour me shocked). The Cowboys are also on a bit of a roll, but almost got tripped up last week by the Redskins, only being saved by Gano’s constant inaccuracy. Miami’s a nice story, but I think their streak ends on Thanksgiving.

Prediction: Dallas 29, Miami 21

San Francisco at Baltimore: To round out the Thanksgiving games, we have the Harbowl, as San Francisco (coached by Jim Harbaugh) go to Baltimore to take on the Ravens (coached by John Harbaugh). Despite the coaching match-up, this game should be an old-school defensive game. Two fantastic defenses trying to beat the shit out of the other team. That always makes for good watching, and is also good to know that Goodell will be having a cry, knowing how lacking in offense it will be. This really is a tough game to call, but I’m a believer in the 49ers and ya just never know what the Ravens will produce. I’ll take the consistency.

Prediction: San Francisco 14, Baltimore 10

Minnesota at Atlanta: Minnesota came up short against the Raiders last week, while the Falcons got a 6 point win over the Titans, after holding off a nice comeback. The Vikings are a pretty poor team, even with Adrian Peterson. Since the Vikings are going down so early, AP has been a bit of a non-factor of late, which is never a good sign. Atlanta’s been up and down most of the year, but this seems like a pretty easy match-up for them.

Prediction: Atlanta 28, Minnesota 13

Cleveland at Cincinnati: Cleveland pulled off a 4 point victory over Jacksonville last week, while the Bengals fell just short to the Ravens by 7. Cincinnati have been pretty consistent throughout this season, and Cleveland have been consistently bad. I think it’s a comfortable Bengals win.

Cincinnati 21, Cleveland 6

Tampa Bay at Tennessee: This is a tough match-up to call. Both teams have been so inconsistent this season, ya just don’t know who’s going to show up to play or not. The Titans fell short to the Falcons, after putting up a good comeback effort, while the Buccaneers really took it to the Packers in the 2nd half (This gives me hope for the Lions!) before the Packers eventually pulled away. I’m going with Tampa Bay simply off what I saw last week, but it’s another 51/49 type game.

Tampa Bay 28, Tennessee 27

Carolina at Indianapolis: The Colts have a very mild chance in this game, but they might actually be playing for Luck at this point. The Panthers played very well last week before a 2nd half collapse, but the Lions aren’t the Colts. Carolina shouldn’t have much trouble here.

Prediction: Carolina 35, Indianapolis 21

Arizona at St. Louis: The 2nd match-up in 3 weeks, this will be an underrated game. Last time out, the Cardinals won it off, what I believe was, the best play of the season so far. A 99 yard punt return TD from the Rookie, Patrick Peterson. It was marvellous TV to watch, especially live. Jaw on floor type stuff. St. Louis are up the proverbial creek without the paddle, though, having placed yet another CB on IR (that’s 10 CB’s on IR on the season). Arizona’s not a great team, but they’re still better than St. Louis, who’ve I’ve been over-valuing the whole season.

Prediction: Arizona 17, St. Louis 10

Buffalo at New York: Well, it was good while it lasted, but the Bills have been blasted the past two weeks, killing any hope of taking the AFC East away from the Patriots. They head to Metlife stadium after a 35-8 crushing at the hands of Miami. Yes, Miami. Surely the Bills will have to show their past form at one point again this season? If so, they’ve got an uphill battle, after they just lose their best player in Fred Jackson for the season. I was going to give them the tip before hearing that, but it’s an almost impossible task now. Jets should take this one. Maybe even in a shutout.

Prediction: New York 21, Buffalo 0

Houston at Jacksonville: Jacksonville were pretty valiant in this contest earlier this season, and with the Texans having lost their best QB for the season, it’ll be the much maligned Matt Leinart getting the start, after they missed out on Kyle Orton. Jacksonville really only have 1 plan, and that’s to let MJD run as much as possible, for as much damage as possible. If the Texans can contain him enough to make the Jaguars a primary passing team, then I think they’ll take the victory. But it won’t be as easy as it may seem.

Prediction: Houston 27, Jacksonville 20

Chicago at Oakland: Hmmm…This is an interesting game to weigh up. The Raiders have gotten back what they lost when Jason Campbell went down with a nice resurgent Carson Palmer (I still think they should’ve tried for Matt Flynn, but I digress). But the Bears have lost Jay Cutler indefinitely to a broken thumb, and have to weight their playoff hopes (good news for the Lions) on Caleb Hanie. I’ll be honest, I think Hanie’s a better QB than people give him credit for. Not some kind of freak who’ll rip the Raiders to shreds, but he can make nice throws, with an odd interceptions and maybe a couple TD’s. The reason this is so tough to weigh up, is because neither team has an offense which can rip apart the opponents D. The Bears are a stout run D, while the Raiders are tough to throw on. I think the Bears can win this, but I’ve stupidly doubted Oakland before. This could be another one of those.

Prediction: Chicago 34, Oakland 26

Washington at Seattle: The ‘Skins were unlucky last week, simply because of their woeful kicker. Seattle’s favoured in this game, which honestly baffles me. The Redskins D will be able to stop them, it’s the offense scoring which is the main worry. But still, the Seahawks are a bad team, regardless of their result last week.

Prediction: Washington 21, Seattle 10

New England at Philadelphia: Ah, one of those inter-division games (East vs other East). The Eagles have been the most inconsistent team this whole season, while the Patriots can’t really stop any offenses. I think this game will be pretty overrated like most of them and the Patriots will get a pretty comfortable win.

Prediction: New England 37, Philadelphia 21

Denver at San Diego: I don’t know about you, but this Denver team can definitely beat bad Run D teams. So it’s lucky they’re playing the Chargers, who allow 124.3 yards per game. I’m not entirely sure what to make of San Diego, they just haven’t done anything of note so far. Maybe they can turn on their usual late-season heroics, but those were when Rivers was playing as a top-5 QB, not a bottom-5 QB. So unless the Chargers have found some miracle cure for his interceptitis, I think the Broncos can notch another win.

Prediction: Denver 16, San Diego 9

And then there were two…

Pittsburgh at Kansas City: Will the Kyle Orton era (probably 6 games) start for the Chiefs when they host the Steelers? Only time will tell, but let’s be honest. It probably won’t make any difference to the final result. The Chiefs started floundering again, while the Steelers have been looking good, and are coming off a nice bye before heading into the final stretch. I don’t think the Chiefs have much shot in this game, Orton or otherwise.

Prediction: Pittsburgh 24, Kansas City 10

New York at New Orleans: We wrap up this weekends festivities with a Monday night game in Louisiana. The Giants head to the Superdome to face the high-flying Saints, who are coming off the bye. The Giants do have a shot in this game, but that’s only if they stop Drew Brees. Giants rookie CB Prince Amukamara had a nice showing in his first game, making 5 total tackles and getting an interception for his troubles. The Giants D is pretty banged up, though, so they’ll probably have a bit of trouble with Brees. I reckon the Saints will take it, but it should be an interesting contest.

Prediction: New Orleans 33, New York 21

Well, another tips article down. Have a great Thanksgiving and weekend, everyone. Go Lions!

NFL Tips: Week 11

Week 11 is the final week for byes, and after this week it’ll be 16 game goodness for the following 6 weeks. My tipping was horrible last week, only getting 9 right. The teams I missed on were. Oakland (Knew I should’ve tipped ’em!), Seattle, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Denver, Arizona, Tennessee & Seattle. Onto the tips!

New York at Denver: After the excitement (or lack thereof) of Thursday Night Football last week, it’s back again to whet our appetites for the upcoming weekend of games. This is the worst game scheduling I’ve seen since 3 or 4 weeks back, when both Primetime games (for two consecutive weeks) were just awful. This week it pits the Jets and the Broncos. Or as they’re now called, the Rushcos (My jokes are consistently horrible). The Jets got their arse handed to them by the Patriots (thankfully), while the Broncos ran the ball a ridiculous 55 times in their new look spread-option type hybrid thing, which did actually get them the victory over the Chiefs. New York’s run D isn’t what it was a couple of years ago, and the Broncos really do have some quality rushers, including their QB. Seeing as the Jets offense is pretty stagnant and their Run D isn’t far behind, I’m going with a bit of an upset and taking the Broncos. I despise both these teams (Especially their bullshit over-hyped QB’s), so I just hope there’s a lot of pain.

Prediction: Denver 20, New York 14

Jacksonville at Cleveland: I honestly can’t fathom why the Browns are mildly favoured in this game. They’re at home, sure, but who cares? They’re close to the worst team in the league at the moment. Jacksonville pulled out the victory against the Colts last week (Suck for Luck is almost a guarantee now), but they’re still a weak team. This will be one of the worst games of the weekend (at least popularity wise), with a possibly shitty scoreline. I just have no hope for Cleveland at this point in the season, though.

Prediction: Jacksonville 19, Cleveland 6

Carolina at Detroit: I don’t think many would have thought that both these teams would get rolled last week, but that’s exactly what happened. The Panthers fell to the Titans (consistency, dammit!) 30 to 3, while the Lions got roughed up 37 to 13. I’m not sure what to make out of this game. The Lions are definitely better than the score shows, throwing two pick6’s isn’t going to help that cause, but I believe Carolina are better than their score shows, too. If the Lions can stop Steve Smith, then they should do a good job of bottling up Newton and making their offense struggle. Megatron has had success against every #1 CB this year, and I don’t expect Gamble to be the guy to beat the streak.

Prediction: Detroit 27, Carolina 20

Tampa Bay at Green Bay: I’m not sure what to put for these any more. The result is always as close to a forgone conclusion that I can remember. Chalk up another easy Packers win.

Prediction: Green Bay 35, Tampa Bay 17

Buffalo at Miami: I wish the Dolphins didn’t win last week, and I also wish the Bills didn’t lose so badly. If neither of these scenarios happened, I’d have a much better idea of who I should pick in this game. Miami really have played some great football the past two weeks, with Matt Moore putting up nice numbers, to go with their run game. The Bills seem to have stopped circling the wagon, and have put up back to back losses. I’m going to tentatively tip the Bills, but the Dolphins could easily take the victory.

Prediction: Buffalo 30, Miami 27

Oakland at Minnesota: The Raiders beat the absolutely atrocious Chargers last week, on Thursday Night Football. While the Vikings got a pounding at the hands of the Packers. Minnesota can’t seem to get much going for them, although the Raiders have been ridiculously inconsistent. With mild confidence, I’ll take the Raiders.

Prediction: Oakland 29, Minnesota 13

Dallas at Washington: Wow, the Redskins are just HORRIBLE! The Cowboys put a hiding on the Bills, and this week could be an exact recreation. I’m assuming it will.

Prediction: Dallas 41, Washington 18

Cincinnati at Baltimore: Baltimore are SO inconsistent. Beating good teams, and losing to bad ones. I don’t think the Bengals are bad, at all, and they stayed in it with Pittsburgh, but this is a real tough one to call. I’m definitely leaning towards Cincinnati. If B-More win, no surprise, but I’m going with the upset.

Prediction: Cincinnati 21, Baltimore 16

Seattle at St. Louis: Ah, the Seahawks. They show up when the game really counts, but are lost somewhere else when it doesn’t. St. Louis are just…well…lucky? Not against the Cardinals, but against the Browns they were. 13 to 12 doesn’t scream anything but lucky, to me. Still, Seattle doesn’t show up to the lowly game, would be surprised if they did for this one.

Prediction: St. Louis 16, Seattle 9

Arizona at San Francisco: The Cardinals pulled the wool over the eyes of the Eagles and their supporters, while the 49ers continued on their merry way to an 8-1 record on the season. San Fran really has been unstoppable, and John Skelton will have a real tough task against them this week. I’d be shocked if the upset occurred, but it’s pretty common lately.

Prediction: San Francisco 28, Arizona 15

Tennessee at Atlanta: The Titans aren’t getting much credit coming into this game. A 30 to 3 win shouldn’t be a laughing matter, and the Falcons have been really bad at some points of this season. I’d be surprised if the Titans win, but if Mike Smith goes for it again on 4th and 1 on their own 29, maybe they will.

Prediction: Atlanta 31, Tennessee 28

San Diego at Chicago: Where in the world is (Chargers) San Diego? I told you they were shitty. Regardless of the correct answer, they aren’t showing up to play football on Sundays, or Thursdays. Chicago sure are showing up of late, though. They’ve been on a tear and the Chargers are just another obstacle in their way. Perhaps they should move?

Prediction: Chicago 28, San Diego 10

And then there were two…

Philadelphia at New York: Stupid (H)Eagles! Why can’t you do anything right? Like make a “Dream Team” win Football games? Or at least seem like a good team each week? They should’ve stuck to the players they already had, because the new ones clearly aren’t helping. The Giants were hit by the illness know as 49eritis, copping a 7 point loss last week. The Giants seem to be the better team in this one, but they did lose to the Seahawks…

Prediction: New York 23, Philadelphia 12

Kansas City at New England: Welp, good luck Palko, you’re gonna need it! Not because the Patriots D is good, cause they’re not…at all…But because this horrible Kansas City D has to face Tom Brady. A match-up they’ve already lost. Patriots win it easily.

Prediction: New England 53, Kansas City 23

Have a good weekend, folks!

Lions vs. Bears: Week 10 Preview – Round 2

With the bye behind the Lions, they head to Chicago to take on the Bears in a late game blockbuster (kaboom). This is the 2nd game of the season between these two and it will be a big decider on a wild card spot. As it stands, the Lions are 6-2 while the Bears are 5-3. The Lions currently hold the NFC’s 1st Wildcard spot and the Bears hold the 2nd Wildcard spot. While the Falcons are one game behind the Lions and tied with the Bears. This just shows how important going 7-2 would be for the Lions. They have next to no shot to overcome the Packers, unless they win out and the Packers only two losses are against the Lions. That would put both teams at 14-2 and tied atop the NFC North division. This scenario is next to impossible to occur, but most people would’ve laughed in your face if you predicted the Lions would be 6-2 by the end of week 9, so let’s not just call it impossible right now.

In their first meeting, the Lions took the victory 24-13 in front of a hyped up and very loud crowd at Ford Field on Monday Night Football back in week 5. This time, though, they’ll be on the receiving end of the crowd noise. And I expect a lot of it. Soldier Field definitely isn’t the loudest in the league, but they can definitely crank it up when they see fit and it’s needed. This game result may come down to the weather. We all know that Chicago is freezing when it cools down later in the year, and this is a big potential problem for the Lions, specifically Matthew Stafford. He admitted this week, that he’s never really played in a cold weathered game and was trying out gloves through the week in the practice. There’s four outcomes here. 1) He wears no gloves and plays very well. 2) He wears gloves and plays very well. 3) He wears no gloves and struggles throughout. 4) He wears gloves and struggles throughout. I’m desperately hoping it’s either #1 or #2, cause if Stafford has any type of big time struggles, the Lions are in big trouble. And it’s been evident through the year that a mediocre game won’t get the W for the Lions just yet.

Yet again, Jahvid Best will be out of this game with post-concussion symptoms. This’ll be the 3rd straight game that Best has missed and there’s a real possibility that he could end up being shut down for the year, even if it is unknown until week 16 or 17, just carrying a constant “Questionable” tag, and then being demoted to “Out” at some point in the week. The load will yet again be shared by Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams. Kevin Smith was signed earlier in the week; I’m assuming for passing downs. Despite Smith’s constant lackluster running game, he always excelled in the pass, much like Best. The Lions really need a RB who can catch and convert on 3rd downs and Kevin Smith might be that guy. Especially against a Bears team that held LeSean McCoy to just 71 rushing yards. Though they did let up 45 catching yards.

My main concerns about this game are related to the Defense. Not only do they have trouble stopping the run, but Cutler was able to make all types of miraculous throws against them in week 5, despite constantly running for his life. The Defensive Backs really need to clamp down on the receivers, otherwise it might be worse than week 5. Forte will be the Lions main focus, but I’m not sure that’s the best choice. Just cause a RB runs up and down the field all day, that doesn’t mean that they’ll be able to score enough points to single-handedly win it. You only need to stop a RB when it counts. On 4th down or the Goal-line. Otherwise, as long as they’re tackled without reaching the endzone on a long run, it’s not that bad. If the Lions put more focus on Forte than on the WR’s and Cutler, it could get ugly pretty quickly, because I don’t think they’re able to stop Forte, any way.

The key to a Lions victory, apart from a successful passing game is disrupting the Bears O-Line again. The Bears let up 0 sacks against the  Eagles. That’s only the 2nd time that’s occurred while Cutler was playing for the Bears. Now, the Lions D-Line is definitely better than the Eagles D-Line, but confidence can do wonderful things. The Bears O-Line won’t be any more confident than after last week. A real accomplishment is what they created. If the Lions aren’t able to generate the rush enough to halter Cutler on passing downs, then they don’t have much of a shot to win the game.

Let’s be honest here. The Bears are a very good, underrated team, who are playing at home and coming off a big underdog win against the Eagles in Philadelphia. The Lions are also very good, but didn’t have a good lead-up. They’re coming off the bye, which immediately means they’re coming in on the back foot. You can say all you want about “preparation”, but without having hit some people in the mouth the previous week and likely getting a full week off in week 9, you can’t just go out there and play like you’ve had no break in the schedule.

I’m not confident in the Lions in this game, I just don’t think they’ll be prepared for what the Bears throw at them and they’re falter through most of the game, and lose it by 4.

Prediction: Chicago 24, Lions 20

NFL Tips: Week 10

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!

NFL Tips: Week 9

I’m just gonna start this one. Last week I missed on (a lot) Tennessee, Saints, Eagles, Chiefs, Minnesota & Pittsburgh.

New York at Buffalo: The Bills are riding high after their 23 to 0 beating of the Washington Redskins. The Jets are coming off the bye, and this’ll be a very tough first test.

Prediction: Buffalo 17, New York 14

Seattle at Dallas: Both of these teams got pounded on the weekend. Seattle’s loss to Cincinnati didn’t seem too bad, but their offense made the score look worse, by throwing a pick 6 near the end. Dallas got their arse handed to them by the Eagles, after whipping the Rams the previous week. Dallas is clearly the better team in this game, though.

Prediction: Dallas 45, Seattle 14

Atlanta at Indianapolis: I’m not entirely sure why I picked the Colts last week, but God are they bad. I’m starting to think they’re sucking on purpose to win the race for Luck. Atlanta had the bye, but the Colts aren’t much of a threat. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts pull out a Ram-type victory this week, but it’d be just as shocking.

Prediction: Atlanta 31, Colts 10

Miami at Kansas City: OK, I’m a believer in Kansas City, which probably means they’ll lose this week. Miami came REAL close to beating the Giants, before Matt Moore through an interception to seal it on their final drive. Kansas City got lucky with a bad snap, but they capitalized and it won them the game. I’ll tentatively go for the Chiefs.

Prediction: Kansas City 28, Miami 17

Tampa Bay at New Orleans: Well, the upset of the year (so far) occurred last weekend with the Saints getting man-handled by the Rams. With that, I’d be quite shocked if the Saints lost another regular season game along the way. Sorry Bucs, bad timing.

Prediction: New Orleans 48, Tampa Bay 27

San Francisco at Washington: The amazing thing with the Redskins, is that almost everyone (except Redskins fans and myself for 1 game) saw this collapse coming. The Redskins are really screwed, as they have no alternative QB, apart from the already bad Rex Grossman. And definitely don’t have enough O-Linemen to fix that issues, either. San Francisco are, right now, the polar opposites of the Redskins. A very good team who look pretty unstoppable. The Redskins will try, but fail this Sunday.

Prediction: San Francisco 30, Washington 7

Cleveland at Houston: As I said last week, Houston’s the best 4-3 team going around and they have a real easy part of their schedule at the moment. They should be able to sure up their division lead in the next 3 weeks. Cleveland are a mess of a team, though.

Prediction: Houston 21, Cleveland 3

Cincinnati at Tennessee: OK, this game I’m not too sure about. I think Cincinnati’s for real. Their D is #1 in the league and the Dalton to Green connection is all powered up. Tennessee have somehow been winning games without a proper running game. This is pretty impressive. The issue the Titans will likely face, is that the Bengals will be able to stop CJNoGain and make them throw the ball, which won’t be in the Titans favour. I’m tipping Cincy, but I’m not that confident.

Cincinnati 21, Tennessee 17

Denver at Oakland: Denver stinks. The Raiders are coming off their bye, but Denver shouldn’t much of a worry.

Prediction: Oakland 31, Denver 10

New York at New England: Neither team had a good week last week. Sure, the Giants won, but it was barely. At least the Patriots faced a good, non has-been, team. Either way, the Giants crappy performance last week definitely doesn’t bode well for this game. The Patriots will look to rebound big time this week. I think they will.

Prediction: New England 21, New York 15

St. Louis at Arizona: Choices, choices! OK, so I’m going to pick Arizona, but I’m fully expecting the Rams to win. I’m just playing the odds, that’s all. I don’t see how the Rams can’t win after last week, plus getting their starting QB back and now facing a much worse QB in Skelton. Hmmm, actually, I’m gonna pick the Rams!

Prediction: St. Louis 27, Arizona 17

Green Bay at San Diego: San Diego weren’t so super last week, fumbling the game away to the Chiefs. The Packers were on the bye, but probably trained better than most teams played! Can’t go against an undefeated team.

Prediction: Green Bay 28, San Diego 19

And then there were two…Another good pair of matchups!

Baltimore at Pittsburgh: Baltimore were lucky to beat the Cardinals last week, while the Steelers just got past the Patriots. We both know the better win between those two, so I’m going to stick with that and go with the Steelers.

Prediction: Pittsburgh 17, Baltimore 6

Chicago at Philadelphia: I’m not sure why, but I get this feeling that the Eagles will flop this week. Although, as usual, my predictions can be pretty damn bad sometimes, so this wouldn’t surprise me if I was wrong…Again. The Bears are coming off the bye, which makes me feel a lot less confident in my prediction of a Bears win. Regardless, I’ll stick to my guns and go with my shitty prediction.

Prediction: Chicago 20, Philadelphia 14

Have a good week folks!

Lions vs. Bears Review: Cementing The Truth

What a glorious week to be a Detroit Lions fan. 5-0 record, no crippling injuries (touch wood (not THAT kind), rub Buddha’s stomach(s)…Whatever) & a solid win over a division rival on national television with the Tigers losing not long into the match. The Tigers losing doesn’t please me, but the world watching the Lions does!

Coming into this year, I wasn’t liking the Lions popularity, the bandwagon team before anything had happened. All the “experts” giving them a good chance to do something. “9-7” they said. “If Stafford could stay healthy” they said. “They’ve lost their Power back” they said. Despite all the positives and what ifs and negatives, the Lions have prevailed through it all to be 5-0. Sitting pretty at #2 (Damn Packers!) having shown how good they are, what they’re capable of. Showing that when they’re down 24, they don’t give up, they get their arses in gear and pound the opposition into submission before taking back the lead and taking the W. The Lions have exceeded the hype, and yet exceed still seems too inaccurate a word. 3-2 is probably what people had the Lions at before the season kicked off. Hell, even after giving the Patriots a good arse-whipping in the pre-season the hopes weren’t of an undefeated team. But, of course, most of these predictions came from people who spend 95% of their time covering one of the following teams: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, Packers, Patriots, Jets, Cowboys, Pittsburgh & the Cowboys. You get the point. But any level-headed (which I believe I was before the season started, even if my final W-L prediction was higher than most) Lions fan knew they had something special here. They knocked Aaron Rodgers out of a game, and were lead by their 3rd string QB to a monumental victory over a division opponent and the eventual Super Bowl Champions. They won 4 in a row, including back to back road games and 2 division games. This team had momentum, and without all the best pieces.

Just logically thinking, Detroit should’ve been a very good team this season. They get their starting QB back, completely healthy. They had a completely revamped and upgraded LB core. They had an upgrade at CB with the signing of Eric Wright. Amari Spievey was showing a lot of positive signs playing across from Louis Delmas in training camp and pre-season. They had an injury free RB. Another year under Jahvid and Suh’s belts. So to me, the logic would seem to be that they could only greatly improve, which has shown itself quite evidently to this point.

Alright, onto the game.

Detroit was rockin’ on Monday night and I mean as close to literally as you can get without stuff falling over. The Lions crowd induced 9 false start penalties throughout the game by the Bears, which is an unbelievable mark for any team in any stadium. And the Monday Night Football crew often commented on the crowd noise and how hard it was to hear. All of this makes sense, though. The Lions first time on national TV, without people scoffing down turkey and vegetables, was always going to be a major highlight of the season. Detroit knew how big this game was and they showed up for it, both the crowd and the team. The city of Detroit showed what happens when you go primetime for the Lions. And all of it was good.

The Lions offense was shaky to start once again this week. They scored first, though, which is nice. And the defense didn’t give up points on their opening drive for the first time this season. Matthew Stafford had jitters to start and it seems to be something Lions fans are just going to have to get used to, as it’s been a constant to week 6. Stafford eventually found Megatron for a beautiful 73 yard TD throw, which was placed immaculately in front of Calvin to just grab it and take it in for the score.

The player of the night, though, was Jahvid Best. Best exploded for 163 yards and a touchdown. The highlight being his 88 yard burst up the middle, which perfectly showed off his speed. People who were supposedly timing it were coming up with figures like a 4.3 forty yard dash in pads, which is just incredible, considering Best ran a 4.35 at the combine and was coming back from two turf toe injuries. At the same time, though, it makes a bit of sense. This is now Best’s job, so he’d be doing more weights now than he ever did at Cal and all his focus is on improving his game and his speed. Best also had 4 catches for 9 yards. Obviously a much less productive day in that category, but it’s clear he’s a threat whenever his hands touch the football.

As I kind of predicted in the preview, the Bears O-Line is bad and it was pretty evident early on with the Lions D-Line getting unbelievable amounts of pressure when a team wasn’t false starting or jumping offside. Although the Lions only recorded 3 sacks, they were getting constant pressure on Cutler, often just missing him with a swinging arm. To Cutler’s credit, though, he was amazing to watch in the game. Running for his life on almost every down, yet still throwing for 249 yards, only missing on 10 passes, connecting on 28 and the most impressive thing, no INT’s. Of course, it was all for nought in the end, but a very impressive showing, nonetheless.

In the end, though, the Lions won. A monumental victory in the grand scheme of things. Maybe the first true showing of a full-blown turnaround without choking after hitting a possible 8-0 record before their bye.

With week 5 in the books, it’s now onto the San Francisco 49ers at home. A much tougher test than most people, thought. The 49ers have been on a roll of late and look to come into Ford Field and ruin the Lions afterparty.

Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears: Week 5 Preview

Finally! The game that Detroit has been waiting for, for 10 years. A game which signifies that your team might actually have talent on it…Or they just randomly picked your team out of a hat and thought “Sure, they haven’t had it for ages. Why the hell not?” Either way, this week is the Lions first Monday Night Football game in 10 years, and people might actually watch it.

The 4-0 Lions host the 2-2 Bears at Ford Field in front of millions (and millions) watching on ESPN for Monday Night Football. I know this is the game I’ve been looking forward to the most since the schedule was released. A chance to finally show how good the Lions can be, I thought. Well, it’s been 4 weeks and I think people get the idea of their talent level. So this game is more for cementing those beliefs about the Lions quality.

After pulling out a miracle comeback of 24 points last week (and 20 points the week before), the Lions are on a roll of some sort. A slow one, perhaps, but a roll all the same. The Lions are coming off a 34-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys last week and the Bears are coming off a 34-29 win over the Panthers. And two teams in form is always the best recipe for a highly anticipated match.

I’ve spoken enough about the Lions win over the Cowboys, so I’ll talk about the Bears, instead. Coming into Ford Field at 2-2 is going to be a tough task. Hell 4-0 coming into Ford Field would be a tough task. But the Bears scraped past the Panthers by a mere 5 points last week and were lucky to not lose it on a ridiculous Offensive Pass Interference call against Jeremy Shockey. Devin Hester showed his brilliance once again by taking a 70 yard punt back to the house to break the NFL record for return TD’s in a career, which is pretty amazing when you think about it. And the Lions Special Teams has been their weakest point so far, so they’ll have to be very weary of Hester and try to angle it away from him on every punt, which Donahue is skilled enough to do.

Once again, this season, the Bears O-Line is the talk of many fans. Cutler, yet again, is getting sacked at a ridiculous rate and has mentioned that he’s not comfortable behind that line. Definitely not the confidence the O-Line wants to hear from their QB. And it doesn’t get any easier for Cutler as he faces Ndamukong Suh and the Lions D-Line. They haven’t done much to this point of the season, but this could be their coming out party. The Lions only had 1 sack last week, albeit an important one, because the DB’s did such a poor job in coverage. But, fortunately, the Cowboys WR’s are much better than the Bears so they should do a better job of clamping down on their passing game.

The biggest upside for the Bears, however, was their running game last week. Matt Forte rushed for 205 yards against the Panthers and the Lions haven’t been the best run stopping team thus far, so they should be running it early and often. Johnny Knox is their best WR and is very, very fast, so the Bears will probably be looking for a few reverses to catch the Lions off-guard.

The Bears defense is their strong point once again. But their DB’s will be the affection of Matthew Stafford in this game. I don’t expect the Lions to run it too well against their front seven, but I do believe the Lions will be able to pass it quite well against their back 4. And with the lack of rushing success the Lions have had up to this point, I somewhat expect them to go after the Bears DB’s from the start. With Calvin Johnson catching 8 TD’s in his first 4 games, there’s a real possibility he could make it 10 or more in 5 weeks against the Bears.

Onto the Lions. For me, this week, Chris Houston has to really step up with Johnny Knox and Roy Williams. Houston got abused by both Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson last week, but no one really remembers that cause he also got a pick 6, and the Lions eventually won. Nonetheless, he was very bad and really needs to improve against Knox, otherwise he’s going to get run over again.

The Lions D-Line has played well, but haven’t been anything like they were last season. Sure, they’ve gotten a few sacks here and there, but they haven’t been able to break down the pocket as easily as in the past. Well, this week is their chance to really have a field day. The Bears are synonymous for their disappointing O-Line, and the Lions have to take advantage of that. They should be able to pressure Cutler enough that he makes a lot of bad throws, which hopefully includes some going the other way.

Ah, Jahvid Best, if only you could see that big green patch to your right (or left) and run TOWARDS it. OK, I’m going a bit over the top there, but Best hasn’t been able to do much so far this season. The Lions got down early last week, so naturally, he was expendable for a lot of the game. The bright point was on the first play from the line of scrimmage, with him scurrying off for 19 yards, but he needs to be more consistent.

Coming into Detroit will be a tough task for the Bears and I don’t think they’ll be ready for what the Lions and the Ford Field crowd give them. This is the Lions chance to prove, for good, to the world how good they are and what they are truly capable of.

I have the Lions winning this one quite comfortably, 34-10 (but hopefully more).

The 313 Things to Watch: NFL Week 4 Edition

Welcome to our 1st installment of what will be a weekly edition of “The 3-1-3 Things to Watch” feature. Every week, I’ll feature 7 “things to watch items.” Why 7? Because 3+1+3 = 7. Duh.

Week 4 in the NFL and we have 3 undefeated teams and 5 very, very defeated teams sitting at 0-3.

As usual, we’ll be watching our teams face off and hope for a W. But on a NFL-wide scale, here are some other notes and headlines that might be of interest to keep an eye on this weekend.

1. Can the Eagles offensive line keep Vick’s uniform crinkle-free?

After the game in week 3, Eagles QB Michael Vick, frustrated with being knocked around vs. the Giants, let it all out at the post-game press conference by “critiquing” the way the referees officiated the game, before later offering an apology of sorts to the officials and going back on what he said about getting hit after he’d released the ball. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see if the VP of Officiating Carl Johnson & his crew listened & if his offensive line mates took it upon themselves to make sure that no defender even got the chance for a late hit on Vick. Even though suffering a broken hand in the loss vs. the rival G-men, Vick plans to play. You can bet your house Reid will make sure there’s more protection there than a Presidential appearance at a Condom Expo in Mexico.

2. The Rivera Show Returns for revenge to Solider Field

While he might not say as much, former Bears defensive coordinator, now Panthers head coach  Ron Rivera had this game marked on the calendar as soon as the schedule was released. Rivera was fired from Chicago, although technically he was ‘not rehired’ by Bears head coach Smith in favour of linebackers coach Bob Babich, despite an outstanding unit that ranked as one of the best under Rivera. You can bet that Rivera will be more than ready to taste the sweet, sweet tears of Smith, as will Panthers tight end Greg Olsen who was traded by the Bears this offseason, after seeking a trade. Relationships were stretched and the Panthers have benefited from the move with OIsen becoming one of rookie QB Cam Newton’s primary targets in offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski’s offense. With both the Panthers and Bears standing at 1-2, this game is vital to each team’s season. (Heading into week 5 is a lot easier at 2-2 than 1-3, as Captain Obvious points out.)

3. Can Roddy White overcome his stone hands vs. the Hawks?

Going into week 4, Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White leads the NFL in dropped passes with 4, including a huge late, game-changing drop vs. the Bucs in week 3. QB Matt Ryan found White and would’ve had a clear path to the endzone had his hands not been made of brick. While White is known as one of the better WRs in the NFL, he certainly needs to work on the one stat that will keep him from being a great receiver. Although he led the NFL in receptions last season with 115, he only dropped 3 passes. Can he rebound vs. the Seahawks? There should be plenty of opportunities for himself and Ryan to make some plays, it’s just a matter of if he can hang onto the ball long enough to complete those plays. Week 4 is the perfect time for White to turn things around.

 4. Can the Pats D do a 180 degree turn and match their offence?

In week 1 action vs. Miami, QB Tom Brady (with his long locks flowing in the wind) threw for 517 yards and 4 TDs, including the memorable 99 yard TD pass to Wes Welker. Week 2, he threw for 423 in another W. Then came Buffalo. With Brady leading his team 21-10 into halftime, it all was looking like a 3-0 start for the Patriots. Then came the halftime adjustments from Buffalo and the major LOLFAIL from the Patriots D. There are major problems with the Pats D, no doubt. To date, they’re giving up 468.7 yards per game. All you had to do was listen to Boston sports talk back radio after the game last week to know that the hot topic was defence (& Tom Brady’s luscious hair. Meow). Enter, the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are looking rejuvenated under Hue Jackson, with Darren McFadden leading the NFL in rushing after 3 weeks. How will Bill Belichick contain Run DMC when the Pats D missed some big opportunities in wrapping up Bills RB Fred Jackson, late in the 4th quarter last week. It’s concerning, and it’s just one of the many questions in this game including, how will former Pats Super Bowl winning defensive lineman Richard Seymour play going against his old team for the first time since getting traded? Another question is, who will get more TDs and touches? Welker or Run DMC? Either way, it’s an underrated matchup worth checking out in week 4.

5. Romo’s Ribs: Meet Ndamukong Suh

I can just see it now. Romo drops back (with one of the few non-fumbled snaps) and as he plants his foot, he scans the field. As he looks, completely unaware, Lions defensive tackle and man beast Ndamukong Suh has beaten his man. Boom. Romo is down, Suh lays a vicious hit that we’ve all seen before and all that is left is Romo laying on the turf yelling, ” NN DAM U KONG!” (Had to do it, I’m sorry.) Anyway, last week it was DeAngelo Hall talking trash about Romo’s ribs. This week, Suh has been quoted as saying, “That’s not my style. If I’m coming in from that side and I accidentally hit it, then so be it. That’s not my problem. That’s not my issue to deal with. I’m going to continue to play. I’m not planning on putting my helmet in his ribs or anything of that sort. I’m going to go after the ball. The ball is the most important. That’s the only thing that can really hurt you.” Suh is licking his chops, even if it is to get into the head of centre Phil Costa & QB Tony Romo to cause a few miscues. No doubt, it’s a matchup to watch for and a game that is definitely game of the week. The Lions face their toughest test yet (you can read Ash’s write up on the game here) and no doubt, it will be a game that will answer a lot of questions for both teams.

6. The Jared Allen Bowl

What a game. Two 0-3 teams going head to head, Jared Allen facing off against the team that traded him.. will the Vikings blow ANOTHER halftime lead? Talk about must-watch-TV. In all seriousness, something has to give this weekend, for one of these 2 teams. Both 0-3, both having 2 very different seasons so far. During the week, Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe blamed the shortened preseason for the Chiefs start slow start. (Read here, via Yahoo Sports’ Doug Farrar.) He could’ve put it on injuries, but put it down to “lack of timing”. Ok Dwayne. We’ll just see if the defending AFC West champs figure out a way to get things moving, finally. With the Vikings coming to town however, that train might take a little longer to depart, especially with the Cowboy himself bearing down on QB Matt Cassel, trying to once again show the Chief’s Clark Hunt and then GM Carl Peterson, what a mistake they made when he traded Allen back in the offseason of 2008.

 7. Ryan faces off against the Purple Machine he built

I could probably put a few other items here. Curtis Painter facing off against the Bucs on MNF. Ryan Fitzpatrick going against his former team the Bengals after 3 fantastic wins. Or even asking the question of why several RBs in this league have gone MIA. But instead, I’ll choose to focus on a great matchup. The overrated Jets and their head coach Rex Ryan travel to Baltimore for the 1st time since Ryan landed the head gig in NY. This will be a game worth watching featuring 2 teams who are emotional and highly physical; funnily enough, 2 characteristics of Ryan. There will be a lot of grudges facing off in this game. Rex Ryan, Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard and recently, Derrick Mason are all former Ravens who wouldn’t mind a nice bit of payback in their former home stadium. But it’s not just the Ravens D and all the familiar faces that will be playing, that will be a key to watch this week. The Ravens offense has exploded in 2011, with Joe Flacco throwing a career best 389 yards vs. St Louis last week in a 37-7 trouncing, thanks to a little help from new fantasy waiver-wire pickup Torrey Smith. Smith is a legit concern for the Jets D.  If he consumes the coverage of Revis Island, it can potentially leave some other opportunities open for Flacco to expose Ryan’s current D that he’s created in New York. You can bet that when this game is all said and done, it will be bittersweet for a few players and leave a bad taste in a few others.

So that’s it for this week’s edition.. our first edition. Remember to keep an eye on these few story lines during this fine Sunday afternoon of pigskin watchin.’ Until next week, good luck and enjoy.

Week 4: NFL Tips

Week 4 is upon us, which means that this will be the last full week of games until week 10, then one more short slate to finish it off in week 11. So with that. Here are my tips for week 4!

Lions at Cowboys: If not the biggest game in the whole of week 4, then it’s definitely the biggest within the NFC (Never thought “Biggest game” would relate to the Lions!). If you happened to read my preview on the Lions Vs. Cowboys game (here), then you’re already aware of my tip, but I’ll post it again anyway.

Prediction: Lions 27, Cowboys 26

Saints at Jaguars: I don’t see much going the Jaguars way in this game. Other than playing at home, they have no real advantage against the powerhouse of New Orleans.

Prediction: Saints 31, Jaguars 10

49ers at Eagles: With the likely chance that Vick plays (and plays well), then I think the Eagles will get over the line in the end. That, of course, is assuming that Vick won’t get injured (yet again).

Prediction: Eagles 27, 49ers 21

Redskins at Rams: The Redskins were hard luck losers last week against Dallas. But St. Louis were just straight up losers against Baltimore. Redskins get the win and take their record to 3-1.

Prediction: Redskins 24, Rams 10

Titans at Browns: The Titans have played quite well so far this year, with a solid victory over Baltimore in week 2 and a win against the Broncos last week. Cleveland has the same record, but don’t be fooled. Their two victories are against bad teams in the Colts & Dolphins.

Prediction: Titans 24, Browns 17

Bills at Bengals: Buffalo has, without a doubt, been the surprise team of the 2011 season. Their win last week against the Patriots shows just how good they are, and I expect them to continue that form against an underwhelming Cincinnati team.

Prediction: Bills 34, Bengals 13

Vikings at Chiefs: Oh, fun! Two 0-3 teams face off in week 4. The Vikings have been a hard luck loser so far this season, but Kansas City has just straight up SUCKED. If the Vikings can’t win this one, then they don’t deserve to win any others.

Prediction: Vikings 41, Chiefs 21

Panthers at Bears: This is the game I’m looking forward to 3rd most this weekend (Lions/Cowboys 1st, Steelers/Texans 2nd). The Panthers can win this game, but I just don’t think they have the experience to do it. Steve Smith has returned to his masterful best so far with Newton, which I don’t see changing this Sunday. But, unfortunately, Mackk, I also don’t see a Panthers victory in Chi-town.

Prediction: Bears 24, Panthers 21

Steelers at Texans: This should be a fun game. The Steelers defense was very beatable against a porous Colts offense last Sunday, which bodes very well for Schaub and co. to take the Steelers to the cleaners, if all things line up on Sunday. I’m just not convinced they will. Tomlin will have the Steelers mentally and physically prepared for this game, and I don’t see them letting him down. Steelers in a close “one”.

Prediction: Steelers 21, Texans 20

Giants at Cardinals: Arizona was beaten by a bad Seattle team last Sunday, and the Giants are ten times better than Seattle (at least), so an Arizona disaster should be in order this Sunday.
Prediction: Giants 38, Cardinals 13

Falcons at Seahawks: Seattle managed a win against Arizona last week, but this won’t be (as) doable. The Falcons lost by 3 against a young, good Tampa Bay team away last week, so look for a big bounce back against the ‘Hawks.
Prediction: Falcons 34, Seahawks 17

Dolphins at Chargers: Ah, Miami. You looked so promising before the season, but then it started. The Dolphins are one of the few winless teams in the NFL thus far, and it’s unlikely to change against a good San Diego team.

Prediction: Chargers 21, Dolphins 3

Broncos at Packers: The only people giving the Broncos a chance are a few of their insane fans, the players, and guys who want to win A LOT of money. So, with that, they’ll fail miserably.

Prediction: Packers 31, Broncos 3

Patriots at Raiders: This game has all the similarities to the Bills Vs. Patriots game last weekend. The only difference is that both these teams have losses. However, the Raiders running attack is one of the best in the league, and the Patriots defense is one of the worst. On the other side, the Patriots have the best passing offense in the NFL, and the Raiders don’t have the defense to match. Passing wins in the NFL, and will triumph in this game.

Prediction: Patriots 26, Raiders 20

And then there were two…

Jets at Ravens: Of the two primetime games this week, this one is by far the more interesting one. The Ravens obliterated the Rams last week, while the Jets came up short against an underrated Raiders team. I expect those two results to continue this week.
Prediction: Ravens 21, Jets 17

Colts at Buccaneers: Oh, Peyton, you were the only good thing the Colts had going for them, and now they have nothing, as clearly shown by their 0-3 record. Tampa Bay beat a pretty solid Falcons team last week, while the Colts hung in with the Steelers until the end. But they won’t be hanging around in this game.

Prediction: Buccaneers 17, Colts 3