Back home after a bruising road defeat the Falcons need t bounce back and collect their wits about them, and who better to play the Cleveland Browns. The Browns can’t beat anybody and their offense flat out stinks, and against Falcons team motivated and angry it’s not going to be close.
Who will Chad Johnson bad mouth this week, two weeks ago he called out D’Angelo Hall the Bengals lost last week he called out Ray Lewis the Bengals lost. Maybe it will be LaDainian Tomlinson who will be scoring more TDs or Shawne Merriman who is off in steroid exile. Either way the result will be the same Bengals lose.
The match up of two teams showing signs of improvement as two teams coming off upsets of playoff contenders meet hoping to make it a winning streak. This game should be close through out as they are relatively evenly matched. In the end the dome will make the difference as the Lions eek it out in overtime.
The Colts will continue to gallop at 9-0 as they beat the Bills, but it won’t be easy look for the Bills to keep it somewhat close as they get the cover on the road, against a Colts team ready to but it into cruise control for the rest of the season.
Three weeks ago the Texans stunned the Jaguars at home with a dominating 28-10 win, since then Backup QB David Garrard has taken over and led the Jaguars to two straight wins. Starter Byron Leftwich says he is healthy yet he sits, and he will continue to sit as Garrard is strong again in a 3rd straight win.
Last week the Dolphins stunned the unbeaten Bears on the road, now back home they hope they can build off their strong win, while the Chiefs are rolling at 5-3 with back up QB Damon Huard. Meanwhile Chiefs starter Trent Green is ready to return leaving the Chiefs between a rock and a hard place over who to start which will hurt them come game time as the Dolphins win.
When Brett Favre was in his prime one stadium was his personal house of horrors, and that was the Huber H. Humphrey Metrodome. Now that he’s washed up winning here is out of the question especially against a Vikings team desperate for a win after two straight painful losses.
After losing to the Colts last week the Patriots will be looking back to bounce back in a big way and in come the Jets a team they love beating up on already. Expect this one to get out of hand early as the Patriots win it easily, as the playoff dreams for the Jets land in a cold reality.
On a bewildering losing streak entering their by week the Eagles after a 4-1 start suddenly were sitting at 4-4. Losing games on late field goals one that traveled can take its toll, but a bye week can wipe the slate and the Eagles come off fresh and make a statement by crushing the Redskins at home.
The Ravens are clearly the class of the AFC North after beating the Bengals and establishing a solid two game lead. On Sunday its old home week for Ravens QB Steve McNair was dumped in an almost humiliating way as the team banned him from working out at the facility, its payback time Ravens win big.
The Raiders won their first Super Bowl 30 years ago then their slogans were Commitment to Excellence, and Just Win Baby. Now its Commitment to petulance, and Just Cross Midfield Baby, PLEASE!!!. Don’t expect midfield to be crossed too often as the Broncos defense blanks the Raiders and frustrates Randy Moss again.
It’s been a roller coaster of a season for the Cowboys as some weeks they look like Super Bowl contenders and then the following week look like contenders for the first pick in the NFL draft, as they followed up a feel good win in Carolina with a heartbreaking loss in DC. Well nothing cures the Cowboys blues like a trip to Arizona and a game against the Cowboys favorite patsy.
Last week two gut feelings led to upset wins for me, my gut is talking again and it’s saying Pittsburgh. After dropping to 2-6 last week the NFL pundits buried the Steelers, but never doubt the fight of a defending champ, and while the Saints may be on the way to the playoffs on the road in Heinz Field is not a place to expect them to win.
In St. Louis a month ago the Seahawks won a thriller on a long field goal as time expired, now in Seattle they look to take full command of the NFC West. However, when they won in St. Louis they had QB Matt Hasslebeck, who is still out with a sprained knee, simply put the Seahawks won win this game with Seneca Wallace, Rams get the upset.
Injuries will catch up to the Giants in a big way in this primetime showdown of classic NFL rivals that are leading their respective divisions. Look for the Giants to sorely miss Michael Strahan, as Bears QB Rex Grossman has enough time to avoid the big mistake while the questionable status of Plexico Burress back and the loss of Amani Toomer will slow the Giants offense.
At 4-4 the Panthers have underachieved all season, after entering the season as the popular Super Bowl choice in many magazines, and on television. Even when they win they have not covered. The Panthers will win this week, but once again they will not cover, as the Bucs hang tough.