The bloom is off the rose in San Francisco as the 49ers have reverted back to the young stumbling team they were last season. While the season has shown much progress like their win earlier against the Seahawks, reality is cold at times as the rematch in Seattle will see the Seahawks win big.
Look for the Cowboys to rebound nicely off their Sunday Night shellacking as they play a banged up Falcons team that was lucky to win last week against the Buccaneers who were suffering from offensive deficiency syndrome. Look for a nice game by Tony Romo, as the Cowboys win on the road.
The Ravens defense is seemingly getting stronger as the season goes on as they shutdown the Chiefs offense last week, while handing them their first December loss at Arrowhead in a decade. Against the Browns playing with a back up Quarterback they may just get a shutout this week.
Few things give Dolphins fans more pain then the thought of a road game in Buffalo during December. Both teams put themselves in early holes, and have played much better over the last month, but the chill in the air will be the difference as the Bills make it .500, while the Dolphins lament their wasted opportunities early in the season.
It’s the defending Super Bowl Champion Steelers against the SI predicted 2006 Champion Panthers in the Letdown Bowl. When the season began most circled this game as a possible Super Bowl Preview, now it’s a battle for .500. Look for the Steelers to be 7-7, as the Panthers continue to struggle with Chris Weinkie.
Is there a way to score negative points in the NFL? We may just find out this week as the Bears with their tough defense plays the offensive offense, with QB Buccaneer Bruce, RB Yugo Williams, who has gone from Rookie of the Year to dilapidated in just one year and Mike AARP Alstott, who should have retired 3 years ago.
It’s Christmas Time and that means family movies and specials on Television, just last week TNT showed the Wizard of Oz, with the Cowardly Lion, who should make a living roaming the sidelines in the NFL as the Lions mascot, because nobody represents this sorry team better then the Cowardly Lion I say it should even become their logo.
Things were going so well for the Jets a win against the Patriots on the road, and dominate of the Packers in Lambeau, then out of nowhere smack came reality with a home loss to the Bills. There will be no recovery as the road gets rougher in Minnesota where the Vikings keep their playoff hopes alive with a solid win.
Tom Brady last week had a Nightmare in Miami as the Patriots were shut out, while he passed for less then 100 yards. Back home in Foxboro against the Texans the story will be quite different as the Patriots take control early and never look back as they beat up on a mediocre team.
For anyone who did not think the Saints were for real, last week was an emphatic wake up call as they went into Dallas and crushed the Cowboys. This week against the Redskins they continue to roll as they wrap up an improbable division title with another convincing win.
The magical run of Titans Rookie QB Vince Young will end this week as the Titans run into a Jaguars team that is getting hot at just the right time. Look for the Jaguars defense to have a strong game as they hit Young all day, while the 1-2 punch of Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor drives the offense.
A month ago the Broncos were sitting pretty at 7-2 galloping towards the playoffs; however a tough stretch has seen them lose four in a row as Jake Plummer has been benched in favor of Jay Cutler. However, good news ahead as they get rejuvenated in the desert against the Cardinals who have that effect on teams.
Another week another survival game for the Giants, the winner will be sitting pretty as the loser will be fat on top of the old playoff bubble. Despite all the squabbling and grumbling the Giants have appeared to have righted the ship. Look for some rough waters this week, but in the end they will get the win.
At one time these two teams shared Los Angeles, before both left prior to the 1995 season. Both teams are playing out the string this year as the Rams are 5-8 while the Raiders have become consistent losers. Look for the losing in Oakland to continue as the Raiders lose their 12th game for the third time in four years.
The Chiefs are one of two teams to have beaten the Chargers this year. That was in Kansas City, now in San Diego they will get the true thunder power the Chargers have become. Look for LaDainian Tomlinson to become the first player to score 30 Touchdowns in a season, as he adds two or three more for good measure too.
If you like offense this is the game for you. The Colts with a ruining defense so bad it probably could not stop me from rushing for 100 yards in a game, against a Bengals defense that though playing better is still beatable. Look for the Colts to come out desperate and put in the air with Manning while the Bengals match them point for point with the team with the ball last winning.