NFL Tips: Week 16 – Christmas Edition

Absolute crunch time is upon us with many teams able to sow up a playoff birth with a win this Christmas weekend. And with the Christmas holidays comes a change to the days. The majority of games this week shall be played on the unnatural Saturday, as Sunday’s taken up by some random holiday. Along with all that nonsense, the Suck for Luck Sweepstakes now have some more hopefuls, with the Colts winning last week against the Titans. Which now brings the Vikings and Rams into the race. The Colts would still prosper the most from the pick, as the other two have pretty good QB’s on their roster and are desperate for other pieces, mainly D on both teams. Anyway, enough of that crap. Last week wasn’t as solid as past ones, missing on Indianapolis, Kansas City (SAY WHAT?!), Philadelphia, San Diego, Carolina and Washington. Let’s get this shit going!

Houston at Indianapolis: Coming off a surprising loss, the Texans go to visit a red-hot Colts team who’s won 1 of their last 14 games. Nothing can stop them at this point, not even the injury of Peyt…Oh…Right. Yeah, sorry Indy, but 1 win doesn’t a good team make. Both teams go back to their previous ways.

Prediction: Houston 35, Indianapolis 6

Denver at Buffalo: Even though the Lions performance against the Broncos seems to be forgotten, they did create the first loss for Tebow and the Patriots created the 2nd on the weekend, with the Broncos eventually get blown out near the end. Buffalo are up the creek without a paddle at this point, and after such a promising start have stooped to quite a big low this season. Denver’s D is still relatively good and Buffalo have just been hopeless of late. Tebow goes to 8-2 methinks.

Prediction: Denver 24, Buffalo 14

Arizona at Cincinnati: I think this is a tough game to call. On face value, I guess you’d pick the Bengals, but the Cards have just been on a tear recently winning 6 or their last 7 games. With both of these teams winning last week, I find it even harder to confidently pick a winner. I will do so, of course. But be weary of this one.

Prediction: Cincinnati 28, Arizona 24

Jacksonville at Tennessee: I’m not entirely sure how you go from scoring 42 points one week to letting up 41 points the next, but that’s what the Jaguars achieved with their loss to the Falcons last Thursday. How any team can lose to the Colts is beyond me, but Tennessee did that. So both of these teams are known for being horrible right now. Who’s more horrible? I’ll say the Jaguars.

Prediction: Tennessee 31, Jacksonville 27

Oakland at Kansas City: It’s hard not to just start with the Chiefs unbelievable victory against the defending champion Packers. Their D has been pretty good through this season and have shut down other team like they did to the Packers (Raiders comes to mind). And if it wasn’t for their putrid offense, they’d definitely have won more games and would likely be leading the AFC West division. I probably was close to 3 or 4 heart attacks last week watching the Lions play the Raiders. Carson Palmer was on point all game, missing on only 8 passes and throwing no INT’s, a new record, I believe (I kid, I kid). The Chiefs win definitely gives them some hope, but if the Raiders can put up enough points, then the Chiefs won’t catch them.

Prediction: Oakland 27, Kansas City 16

Miami at New England: Miami got back to their resurgent ways against the Bills last week, but made it interesting by the end. The Patriots made the Broncos look like, well, the Broncos. Everyone scores against the Patriots, so Denver scoring a solid amount of points isn’t a shock, but the Patriots almost always score more, to compensate for their invisible pass D. Miami’s resurgence is nice and all, but the Patriots play is real and consistent, so they’ll be getting the win again.

Prediction: New England 31, Miami 28

New York at New York: The battle of New York goes down in…New Jersey this Saturday. This is a big game for both teams, with both still in playoff contention and the Giants are still hoping to hold off the Cowboys and Eagles to get the East division. The Jets somehow hold a wild card spot right now, but I think the Giants offense is too high-powered for the Jets to stop or keep up with in this grudge match.

Prediction: New York Giants 30, New York Jets 21

St. Louis at Pittsburgh: In between two black outs the Steelers did apparently play an NFL game, though a few people reported them to be missing in San Francisco. St. Louis put up another valiant effort against the Bengals, but couldn’t pull it off. Again. I think this one’s obvious. The Steelers will be pissed at their performance (or lack there of) and will be taking it out on the Rams and their revolving door of a QB.

Prediction: Pittsburgh 34, St. Louis 10

Minnesota at Washington: The Vikings do have a somewhat legitimate shot to win this game, as they’ve taken quite a few teams to the wire already this season. However, they are 2-10 for a reason and Washington’s coming off a big win for the team, so I think it’ll be 2-11 for Ponder and co.

Prediction: Washington 24, Minnesota 14

Tampa Bay at Carolina: Meeting for the 2nd time this year, both teams are more or less in the same position as last time. The Buccaneers can’t win and the Panthers are going steadily getting wins here and there. Boy the Buccaneers are horrible, getting lit up on Saturday Night Football by the Cowboys and having Raheem Morris a finger nails length away from a firing. And this could be the Coup De Grace for Morris as an in-division rivalry game always puts on the most pressure, outside of playoff related matters. I think the Panthers can get to 6 wins and end Morris’s job.

Prediction: Carolina 45, Tampa Bay 17

Cleveland at Baltimore: Like most others, I was pretty shocked to see the Ravens get blown out against a team like the Chargers on Sunday Night. The Browns followed their losing ways against the surging Cardinals. Cleveland put up a nice effort against the Steelers a couple weeks back and may do so again here, but it will again be a loss.

Prediction: Baltimore 27, Cleveland 10

San Diego at Detroit: For the first time since 1999, the Lions have a chance to make the playoffs. And this is the game that gives them a good chance to get it, even with the Chargers abolishment of the Ravens on Sunday Night Football. The Lions got up against the Raiders on a 1 minute 37 second drive from Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson, winning the game by 1 point. Boy this is a hard game to pick and possibly hard to watch for Lions fans with so much at stake for the first time since hoping not to go 0-16 in ’08. I can’t tip the Chargers for any reason in this game. Bias coming strong here.

Prediction: Detroit 34, San Diego 28

Philadelphia at Dallas: There’s a lot of stake for both these teams, here. The Cowboys need a win to knock the Eagles out of contention. Both teams will also be aware of the situation with the Giants. And if the Giants do win, then the Eagles are knocked out before this one even kicks off, possibly deflating them enough that the Giants get an easy win here, but without knowing a Giants score right now, we just have to tip based on this game. The Eagles destroyed the Jets last week and the Cowboys destroyed are useless Tampa Bay team. I still think the Eagles can win this game, though.

Prediction: Philadelphia 37, Dallas 31

San Francisco at Seattle: Seattle’s base scheme is to the run the ball and the 49ers base scheme on D is to stop the run. This is bad for the Seahawks as the 49ers have done it all season, having allowed 0 rush TD’s, yes 0. I think the Seahawks will get shut out in this game, but will likely be low-scoring.

Prediction: San Francisco 13, Seattle 0

And then there were two…

Chicago at Green Bay: Despite a loss last week, I still think the Packers will win the Super Bowl this season. The only way they lose it is if they meet the 49ers along the way. Otherwise I don’t see them making a mistake. Speaking of losing, it seems to the Bears speciality right now. What a bad Christmas Day game, right? Bah.

Prediction: Green Bay 35, Chicago 20

Atlanta at New Orleans: Both of these teams are playing good football right now and this should be a cracking Monday Night Football encounter. The Saints are almost killing opponents right now and the Falcons are playing very good all-around football.The Saints just seem unstoppable right now and I don’t think a division rival will stop them. Their next stop will likely be in the playoffs. Maybe the Lions? Anyway, not changing topics, the Saints should get a good fought victory in this one.

Prediction: New Orleans 41, Atlanta 34

Have a great Christmas everyone, I’ll see you all next week for the New Years edition! :D

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NFL Tips: Week 15

With 3 weeks left in the regular season, the playoffs are starting to shape up, but still aren’t solid. Hopefully week 15 can give us a clearer idea of who’s going where. I had another good week last week, getting 12 tips correct again (3rd straight week). The teams I missed on last week were: Philadelphia, Atlanta, Jacksonville and Arizona. Onto the tipping!

Jacksonville at Atlanta: Well, the horrible TNF match-ups continue and will do so with next week as well (Indianapolis at Houston or the other way round). At least we have two winners going into week, right? Right? Yeah, who am I fooling, the Jaguars still stink and Atlanta should give them a good hiding. Sans MJD.

Prediction: Atlanta 31, Jacksonville 17

Dallas at Tampa Bay: We’re very lucky this week to have two games before the Sunday games kick off. Even if both games will likely be one-sided blowouts. Raheem Morris could be fired if this game turns out the way it likely will, as the Bucs have lost 7 straight games and are likely to make it 8 here. Cowboys fans are desperate for a win, as they lost on a blocked FG last week against the Giants. I have absolutely no idea what’s happened to the Bucs, but I hope they enjoy their high draft pick this year. Plus if the Jaguars can put 41 points on them, imagine what the Cowboys are capable of!

Prediction: Dallas 40, Tampa Bay 21

Miami at Buffalo: It’s amazing how little it takes to change opinions on teams. Last week the Dolphins last by 16, which isn’t great. But it is better than 27 points which is what the Bills lost by. Yet somehow the Bills are the big favourites in this game. Just like the Panthers game against the Buccaneers recently, it dumbfounds me how this is the case. All teams have bad days, and that includes D’s which have dominated, look at San Francisco last week getting torn to shreds by Fitzgerald and co. Buffalo have been completely inept of performing on O recently. The Dolphins are better than the Chargers D and can hold them to 10, just like them. Dolphins get another deserved win, with a new coach.

Prediction: Miami 20, Buffalo 13

Seattle at Chicago: Regardless of the opposition last week, I think the Seahawks can run the table to end the season. Their run game is unstoppable right now and their D is absolutely ferocious getting picks and fumbles all over the field, as well as knocking the shit out of opposing receivers. Not really sure what to say about the unbelievable viewing at Mile High last week against the Tebows. The Bears almost literally handed Denver that game. Even though the Seahawks have done have an imaginary aura around them, they can definitely handle and beat the Bears, who are hopeless on offense.

Prediction: Seattle 27, Chicago 17

Indianapolis at Tennessee: Not going to bother with these until the Colts say otherwise. 0-14, baby!

Prediction: Tennessee 28, Indianapolis 14

Green Bay at Kansas City: Back to back blurbs with hardly any words. Packers are undefeated, and Kansas City are pretty hopeless. People are screaming trap game this and trap game that, but they also thought the Giants were gonna win…Um…Yeah.

Prediction: Green Bay 41, Kansas City 17

Cincinnati at St. Louis: Ah, how promising the Rams were, then they lost the majority of their players and couldn’t win at all. And then they lost their franchise QB for a few games and Steven Jackson hasn’t been himself, either. Everything’s gone wrong for the Rams this season. Which is the complete opposite for the Bengals, who are showing a much improved team and record. Well, improved over recent times, anyhow. The Bengals are only 1 game from being .500, but this match-up shouldn’t pose much of a thread and they should be able to create a non-losing season for the first time in a while.

Prediction: Cincinnati 34, St. Louis 13

New Orleans at Minnesota: The only way I see the Vikings winning this game is if the Saints D gives up in the 2nd half like the Lions did last week. Or if the Saints O takes 30 minutes before they get into gear, which is also what happened last week, when they took on the Titans. Minnesota does get pack Adrian Peterson which also gives them a chance, but unless they start Webb and he works his magic again, I’m not confident in their winning abilities.

Prediction: New Orleans 30, Minnesota 16

Washington at New York: I’m not entirely sure what you want to label the Giants win last week. “Lucky” is the first word that comes to my mind, but then again, they kept answering the Cowboys scores. I use “Lucky” because one hand decided that game. And blocks are never a guarantee or planned out to perfection every time. Jason Pierre-Paul had an amazing game, though. The Redskins held it with the Patriots for almost the whole game, but came up short by 7. The Giants play of late in the past two games definitely give them the advantage, but a rivalry is always an unknown.

Prediction: New York 21, Washington 17

Carolina at Houston: TJ Yates is a great story at the moment, not that he’s getting any coverage of course. But nonetheless, he’s kept the Texans on their course and won them the AFC South division title last weekend with the final play of the game against the Bengals. Carolina have been in almost all their games this season, but still seem to lack that final nail to put them away. They gave up a 24 point lead to the Falcons in the 2nd half last week to lose the game. I think this game will buck the trend for the Panthers, who’ll struggle to score enough points to keep up with the Texans. Their D is just too good for Cam Newton to do his thing.

Prediction: Houston 28, Carolina 10

Detroit at Oakland: I’m pretty use to seeing the Lions give up points after leading this season, but last week was pretty heart-stopping. A win last week just meant so much to their playoff cause. Keeping them up with the Falcons and taking the 2nd wildcard spot. I’m not really sure what the Raiders are doing at the moment, but if playing badly is their current gameplan, then I’m all for it! This game worries me, though. I can’t really put my finger on why, but teams that get drubbed the previous week always come out firing and wanting to getting early points. Hopefully the returns of key defensive players will ease those worries once the game kicks off. I’m still taking the Lions here, but I think it’ll be more of the heart-stopping variety.

Prediction: Detroit 34, Oakland 31

New England at Denver: Oh, goody, this game…Look I’m so sick of hearing about these two arsehole QB’s that I really don’t want to do this. I’ll just be quick and get it over with.

Prediction: New England 38, Denver 27

New York at Philadelphia: Both winners last week, this game should pretty enjoyable. Michael Vick has returned for the Eagles, which is always a boost. Sanchez probably had his best game of his regular season career, throwing for 2 TD’s and running for 2 others. This game’s hardish to call. The Eagles beat 1 team and I’m not sure why it makes them almost as good as the Jets. If Revis can shutdown D-Jax, then I think the Jets can definitely win. Especially with the way Shonne Green is running the ball right now. And the Eagles let up a lot of yards on the ground. Jets take it in a close one.

Prediction: New York 32, Philadelphia 31

Cleveland at Arizona: The Cardinals have won 3 straight games and are good odds to make it 4 against a Cleveland team that was only able to put up 3 points on the Pittsburgh Steelers. That might not be too surprising, but the Browns had a lot of chances to cash in on points and were only able to do it once.

Prediction: Arizona 26, Cleveland 14

And then there were two…

Baltimore at San Diego: It was good to finally see the Chargers dominating like their old ways. As well as that, Rivers has been interception-free for 3 straight games, though this game is a tough task. Obvious win was obvious for the Ravens last week, as they took on the winless (and useless) Colts with an easy win as Ray Rice rushed for 204 yards on the day. San Diego lets up yard on the ground too and Baltimore’s D is still as rock solid as ever. I can’t hold out much hope for the Chargers in this one, though.

Prediction: Baltimore 28, San Diego 14

Pittsburgh at San Francisco: Now this is the game of the week! Hard-nosed Football. Everything the NFL stands against. Every team has a bad day, and that’s what the 49ers endured last week against the Cardinals. They have clinched their division, though, so except for the #2 seed and a playoff bye, there’s not a lot they’re playing for. Pittsburgh’s day was a fair bit easier though against the Browns, only allowing 3 points and making a lot of good plays on D. The Steelers will be without their best D player James Harrison after a ridiculous suspension based on accumulative hits. Of course media never helps these bullshit outcomes, often inserting the idea in people’s heads to begin with. Saying all that, though, I think the 49ers can pull a bit of an upset and take the spoils in their hometown on Monday Night Football!

Prediction: San Francisco 24, Pittsburgh 17

Have a good week, everyone. :)

NFL Tips: Week 14

With only 4 weeks in the regular season, the playoff picture is both taking shape and getting worrying for some (myself included), exciting for others and very interesting all-round. I had a fairly good week last week tipping 11 correct and missing on Seattle, Tennessee, Kansas City, Arizona & Miami. Let’s get to it!

Cleveland at Pittsburgh: I said it last week, but I’ll say it again, the NFL and NFL Network chose some truly horrible primetime games this season. And this one is most definitely included. The Steelers head into this game after pummeling the Bengals last week by 28 and claiming their dominance yet again. The Browns, on the other hand, come into this game after being beaten comfortably by the Ravens. The Steelers seem to be back to their old selves, kicking arse and taking names. The Browns have very little firepower on the offense, and the Browns won’t be able to hold out Big Ben and co. for the whole game, nor keep them to a small point total for the offense to be able to exceed and win. Steelers should get a good win here.

Prediction: Pittsburgh 31, Cleveland 6

Houston at Cincinnati: This should be a good defensive match-up, as two of the better D’s go head to head in this match-up. Cincinnati got trounced last week, opposed to the Texans, who pulled out an impressive win against a tough Falcons teams. I think Houston’s D is superior to Cincinnati’s and so is their overall offense. Houston gets the victory.

Prediction: Houston 20, Cincinnati 13

Minnesota at Detroit: In the last meeting of these two teams, the Lions rallied from 20 points down in the 2nd half to beat the Vikings in overtime 26 to 23. I can’t say I see the Lions being down 20 points by half-time, but with the way the team’s been playing and imploding, I’m not ruling it out. The Vikings lost to the Tebows last week, where Tebow actually had a relatively good day throwing the ball. This says more about the Vikings than Tebow’s throwing skills, though. And if Tebow can, sort of, light up this Vikings secondary, imagine what Stafford can do after coming off a 400+ yard outing, as well as being 5th in the league in pass yardage. Lions get a nice win to get things back on track.

Prediction: Detroit 48, Minnesota 17

Tennessee at New Orleans: With the Titans winning two in a row, they  seem to be getting their season back on track, though it’s a bit late for that now. Chris Johnson is back to his usual self having rushed for a combined 343 yards in his past 2 games. The Saints have won 4 in a row and even though they did get tested last week, still prevailed in comfortable fashion. Even if CJ2K can continue his great form, they won’t get enough points through the air to outscore the Saints. Good competitive game, but ultimately, another Saints victory.

Prediction: New Orleans 40, Tennessee 28

Philadelphia at Miami: The Dolphins are one of the best teams in the NFL right now, and their D is sturdy as all hell. With the Eagles getting Vick back, it’s definitely a nice relief, as opposed to the woeful Vince Young. However, the Miami D is for real, and Vick probably won’t be 100%. Considering what the Eagles were like when Vick was playing, they weren’t winning much. Miami takes it, though not convincingly.

Prediction: Miami 21, Philadelphia 19

Kansas City at New York: The Chiefs pulled out one of the bigger surprises last week, dominating the Bears for 60 minutes and getting the victory. Meanwhile, the Jets got a bit of a scare, but ended up piling the points in towards the end. I can’t see Palko and Chiefs causing another upset, but crazier things have happened!

Prediction: New York 26, Kansas City 14

New England at Washington: New England were quite underwhelming last week, only putting up 31 points and only winning by 7. The ‘Skins, as just mentioned, got the score run up at the end of their game against the Jets. Washington’s D has fallen a bit this year, while the Patriots O looks fairly unstoppable. Patriots take it in a close one, because their D literally can’t stop anyone.

Prediction: New England 34, Washington 30

Atlanta at Carolina: My Panthers picked was pretty spot on last week (bows for applause) and surprisingly, so was my Falcons! Despite that nonsense, both of these teams are good despite the Panther’s record. The Falcons pulled out the victory in the first meeting, but I think the Panthers can tie it up with Newton putting up big numbers. High scoring shootout in Carolina.

Prediction: Carolina 38, Atlanta 31

Tampa Bay at Jacksonville: As hard as it is to tip the Jaguars at the moment, it might be even harder to tip the Bucs. Tampa Bay has lost 6 straight games and this is their best shot to win in the next 4 weeks. Worrying signs for a team that just missed the playoffs last season. Jacksonville fell to the Chargers who would have been ecstatic at winning a game of late. Tampa Bay is really bad, but Jacksonville only seem to show up against the big teams. Something the Bucs have fallen a long way from.

Prediction: Tampa Bay 27, Jacksonville 15

Indianapolis at Baltimore: No point writing long-winded blurbs for the Colts any more. They better start choosing who they want more, Manning or Luck?

Prediction: Ravens 30, Colts 3

Chicago at Denver: Tebow was actually half decent last week, although please put things into perspective (I know this is hard for Tebow fans, but trying would be nice). Tebow faced the worst pass defense in the league and possibly one of the worst D’s, period. And even though they take on the Bears, it’s the Bears offense which is bad, almost non-existent. If Bears fans thought things couldn’t get any worse, they were clearly deluded, as Forte busted his knee and is out until at least week 16. I don’t think the Bears can be the team to solve the new Denver D and Tebow and co make it 7-1 (Yay Lions!).

Prediction: Denver 20, Chicago 12

Arizona at San Francisco: San Francisco’s D is outstanding. I’m still in awe of how good they’ve done this season. And even though P-Willy is a big loss for them this week, he’s only 1 of the 11 players on an outstanding D. Rams were held to 0 last week, I wouldn’t be surprised if Arizona was, too. Unless Patrick Peterson shows up again…

Prediction: San Francisco 24, Arizona 0

Oakland at Green Bay: As with the Colts blurbs, I feel similarly about the Packers. You saw the Raiders last week, right? Yes? OK, no point to continue, then. Green Bay to 13-0.

Prediction: Green Bay 35, Oakland 17

Buffalo at San Diego: Two teams who are desperate for wins to try to salvage something and maybe a division shot for the Chargers. If the Chargers were more consistent on a weekly basis just in terms of scoring, then it’s an easy pick, but the Chargers are always a coin flip away from the shit team turning up. Buffalo doesn’t seem to have a good team at the moment, though, so I have to pick the Chargers for no other reason than how bad Buffalo is.

Prediction: San Diego 21, Buffalo 9

And then there were two…

New York at Dallas: Maybe I’m just underestimating this rivalry, but the Cowboys should be favored or close to it in this game. Sure, the Giants have lost 5 straight, but they’ve still been pretty good. Apart from the final 90 seconds last week…Anyway, the Cowboys haven’t shown me anything to get me excited about against the Giants.

Prediction: New York 31, Dallas 24

St. Louis at Seattle: Marshawn Lynch sure turned into a beast Running Back this season, and I was one of those idiots who dropped some games in, cause he hadn’t done anything. Sure am kicking myself now. Regardless of that, the Seahawks D is a takeaway machine, while their O runs (no pun intended) through Lynch. One of the few teams whose running game is their winner. St. Louis also can’t stop the run, ominous sign right there. Seattle makes it 4 out of their last 5.

Prediction: Seattle 27, St. Louis 10

Good luck to everyone this week and have a great one!

Lions vs. Saints: Week 13 Preview

After the unspeakable horribleness of last week’s game against the Packers, the Lions now head to New Orleans for an even tougher task. Trying to beat the Saints. The Saints are in great form with 3 straight wins on the trot, since their week 9 loss to the Rams. The Lions will be getting their 2nd primetime game of the season, as this match-up was flexed in for the Patriots vs. Colts blockbuster, which previously held it.

The Saints are being led once again by their eventual Hall of Famer, Drew Brees. Brees is absolutely blitzing the league, leading the NFL in passing yards with 3689 and is only behind Aaron Rodgers with a 70.2% completion percentage. But Brees isn’t the only weapon on this team. Darren Sproles, who was acquired in the off-season, has been a king of all trades for the Saints throughout the season. He’s currently leading in yards per rush for anyone who’s had over 50 carries, at a 6.8 clip. But he’s been most dangerous in the passing game with 62 catches for 476 yards. It’s obvious that the Lions are going to have a very tough test trying to stop the Saints on Sunday night, and it’s tough to see where it’ll happen.

The Lions are coming in off probably their worst loss of the season. I can’t think of any real positives out of the game. Despite only losing by 12, the Lions couldn’t have played much worse than they did. Some good news, though, is that Matthew Stafford’s finally removed the glove and splint from his hand, and it looks like Kevin Smith will be able to play. Maybe not in a complete role, but any help they can get is appreciated right now. Two massive losses, though, are those of Louis Delmas and Chris Houston. Not much worse of a time to lose them, as they’re about to take on the 2nd best QB in the NFL right now. And of course, Ndamukong Suh, who stupidly stomped on one of the Green Bay linemen last week, but I’m sure you’ve heard all that ad nauseum. I’m excited to see what Fairley can do, though.

Look, the answer to a Lions win is as simple as can be. Stop Drew Brees. But unless they knock him out, ala Aaron Rodgers last year, this won’t be happening. The Saints O-Line is also one of the best in the league, making the task that much more difficult. The Lions should definitely be able to hang with them on offense, regardless of Kevin Smith’s playing time. But with 2 major injuries in the secondary, and the best linemen not playing, it’s going to be a struggle, I imagine.

I haven’t even mentioned the Saints WR corps yet, which is possibly their strongest weapon. They have a top 10 WR in Marques Colston as well as the top TE going round in Jimmy Graham. The Lions have done a pretty good job of stopping TE’s, but Graham’s not like most of them, he’s a bigger, stronger, not as fast WR. He posts up the opposition, akin to Basketball, and pulls down the ball. Simply put, he’s the next Antonio Gates. The key to the Saints passing attack is how much they spread the ball around. A lot like the Packers. The Saints other WR’s are all top class players in Lance Moore, Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson. The Saints seem to just have too much for the Lions to handle.

If the Lions can miraculously stop Drew Brees, then they have every chance of winning, but I just think the Saints have too many weapons for the Lions to compensate for, and they’ll end up being out of position too often to stop Brees effectively. I think Brees will throw for 320+ yards with 4 TD’s, while Matthew Stafford with throw for 370+ yards and 3 TD’s. The big difference in numbers, is that I expect the Lions to be down early and the only way they’ll be able to get back into the game is to use the air. Not to mention that Eli Manning put up 400 yards in last week’s contest, and I think Stafford has better weapons, especially in Calvin.

In the end, though, I expect the Lions will fall to the Saints. Hopefully it’ll be a close match heading into the 3rd quarter, but I anticipate Brees will turn it on from there-on-out.

Prediction: Saints 38, Lions 30

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 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. Falcons: Week 7 Review

Well, here we are again after another heart-breaking loss. 2 in a row. Boy it sucks. Not that I’ve ever experienced it, but I’d imagine it’s somewhat similar to cocaine or the like. An unbelievable high, before a horrible low. That’s what it’s been up until this point. 5 very solid wins, two unbelievable come from behind victories and then two losses which are somewhat hard to fathom.

The Lions went down to the Falcons on Sunday 23-16. The final nail in the coffin was a deplorable defensive effort on a checkdown to Jacquizz Rodgers who, to his credit, manoeuvred his body however he could to get the first down. Unfortunately, he got the first down and ended the Lions’ chances of coming back and tying it up or winning with a two point conversion.

I honestly don’t know what’s happened to the Lions the past two weeks. I can kind of swallow the loss to the 49ers, cause their D was just outstanding, but the Lions beat themselves against the Falcons. Their Special Teams was the worst thing I’ve seen them produce since their ’09 season. Constant missed tackles, poor punting, horrible coverage, horrible blocking. Just EVERYTHING was horrendous.

Now, you might be thinking “Special Teams shouldn’t be what wins and losses you games”. And you’re right, it shouldn’t be and it wasn’t. The offense wasn’t a lot better than Special Teams. The run game was productive, but the Falcons allowed the Lions to run in order to stop the pass, which is what they ended up doing on all but one play, more or less. The one enjoyable aspect of the Lions game was Calvin Johnson’s 57 yard TD catch, which was basically all him. Yes, sure Stafford threw him the ball, but Calvin made the moves to take it to the house. Other than that, though, Stafford played his worst game while completely healthy (which didn’t even last the 60 minutes *sigh*). Stafford went 15/32 for 183 yards and 1 TD. It’s the second straight week that Stafford hasn’t thrown an interception, which might be the only positive to take out of this game. And even then, it’s a very minor one. He should start throwing interceptions like a bawse if it’s going to win the Lions the game!

As I mentioned, the running game was somewhat productive. The Lions ran for a combined 104 yards on 20 carries. That’s a good average of 5+, but it led to no TD’s which is the only real important part. The Lions were without Jahvid Best, so they leaned on Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams, both getting 9 carries, while Nate Burleson got 2 end-around carries, resulting in 10 yards. The loss of Best was clear, as Morris just isn’t the same kind of RB and definitely doesn’t help anywhere near as much on checkdowns. I also believe this is why the Lions ran effectively. If Jahvid Best was completely healthy and playing, the Falcons would’ve been a lot more wary of his running ability and his pass catching ability, meaning they would’ve given more respect to the run, instead of just playing the pass. But knowing that Morris, nor Williams, had the same type of explosiveness as Best, they didn’t bother to try and shut them down, cause it would’ve taken away from their pass defending.

The one positive, I guess, was the Lions Defense. They did a pretty good job against the Falcons. They intercepted Matt Ryan twice and sacked him 3 times, however they allowed Michael Turner to rush for 122 yards on 27 carries, but kept him out of the endzone. They did let Ryan sneak into the endzone for a score, though.

I’m not sure if we should just chalk this one up to another bad week, to the Falcons or to an imminent downfall of unforeseen proportions. Whichever one it is, it’s not good and the Lions will have to be on their guard against the Denver Tebows and their QB, Tim Broncos.