Both teams head into Thursday Night feeling good about themselves, as the Falcons are coming off a comeback in Carolina while Jaguars are coming off a beat down over the Buccaneers. The Falcons are in the playoff hunt and need every win they can get, look for them to put the clamps on MJD, while Matt Ryan builds off Sunday’s strong second half at the Georgia Dome.
The Cowboys are in a must win after two straight terrible losses. The Buccaneers meanwhile have gone to the post office purchased a book of stamps so they can mail in the rest of the season. After going 10-6 last year the Bucs have been a major disappointment as both QB Josh Freeman and Coach Raheem Morris have under performed.
It’s been a longtime since the Bills were 5-2 as they head into this one loser of six in a row. The Dolphins coming off a bad performance at home against the Eagles have a new coach after Tony Sparano was sent to sleep with the fishes. The Dolphins may even have a new QB this week as Matt Moore was injured last week. The QB won’t be new to Buffalo as J.P. Losman who for four years was a lost cause for the Bills could get start.
The Seahawks can reach .500 with a win, as the reeling Bears just have to hope they can stop the bleeding after three straight losses. The Bears offense right now is the worst in the league as they have sorely missed QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte. You can’t score, you can’t win, the Seahawks have been getting a strong season from Marshawn Lynch who will score the game’s only Touchdown as the Bears hopes for the playoffs flat line at home.
The Texans with a solid defense and the running of Arian Foster have done an exceptional job without their top two quarterbacks. With their first playoff berth in hand and the AFC South clinch the Texans have a chance for home field in the playoffs. Rookie QB T.J. Yates has avoided the big mistake which has been enough and will continue to be enough as they stay on a roll with a win over the Panthers in Houston.
Since taking over for Curtis Painter, who in my mind is the worst Quarterback in the history of the NFL, Dan Orlovsky has played well. Orlovsky you recall is the face of 0-16 having gone through this nightmare in 2008 with the Lions. The Titans are coming off a heartbreaker at home can’t afford a loss here. That is too bad, because Orlovsky and the Colts are due. Look for the upset as the Colts in perhaps their last best chance to avoid 0-16 get the win.
Great googly moogly this one has ugly written all over it. The Packers are a freight train; the Chiefs are a Yugo stuck on the track. The Chiefs have a new coach after Todd Haley was given his pink slip, while Tyler Palko has been benched. It will be ugly and it will be over fast, as the Packers continue to roar to 16-0.
The Saints at times have struggled on the road, but in the dome in Minnesota they should have no problems scoring as Drew Brees is playing at a high level. The Vikings should keep it close, but in the end they will fall short again as they simply don’t have the weapons to keep up with the Saints, who are looking to get the all important bye in the playoffs.
Coming off an uplifting win in Dallas, the Giants can not afford a slip up at home against the Redskins. The Giants lost to the Redskins in the opener, so they know to be on guard for the upset. Rex Grossman has played better as of late and the Giants secondary is balky, but look for another big game from Jason Pierre-Paul as the Giants do their part to stay ahead of the Cowboys.
The Bengals are coming off an absolutely gut wrenching loss at home to the Texans last week. To make the playoffs they likely need to win the rest of their games. Fortunately for them they start with an easy one as they face the St. Louis Lamb Chops. The Rams last year were competitive all year, but this year they have quit early and often. Look for the Bengals to get an easy win.
Ndamukong Suh is left as the dirty Lions face the team that invented dirty play. The Raiders can still take personal fouls with the best of them. The Raiders are coming home after two terrible performances on the road. The Raiders are also beat up at Running Back as QB Carson Palmer has struggled. Look for the Lions to earn a big win on the road as they stay in Wild Card position while the Raiders continue their late season fade away.
The health of QB Colt McCoy is a question mark after his concussion stemming from the helmet to helmet hit by James Harrison. The Cardinals also have issues with starting QB Kevin Kolb. However, back up John Skelton has played well and deserves a chance to start somewhere. Though Larry Fitzgerald may be the reason for his success, it is reason enough to see them win again and improve to 7-7.
The play of Tim Tebow has been nothing short of a miracle as the Broncos are in first place, as Tebow is 7-1 as starter, with six 4th Quarter comebacks. Now things get tougher as he must how gun Tom Brady. The Patriots secondary has been really bad, but that does not help Tebow, whose key to success has been his ability to improvise and run the ball, this may play right into the hands of Bill Belichick and the Pats defense.
The Jets are coming off their best performance of the season, as they look to finish strong and make the playoffs for the third straight season, something they have never done before. The Jets defense is playing well, but could take a hit with the loss of Safety Jim Leonhard. The Eagles coming off a solid win have played terrible at home. Look for them to fall behind early as the crowd turns against them again as their disappointing season continues.
The Ravens may be the team to beat in the AFC, as they battle the Steelers for the North Division title. Knowing they need to win to stay ahead of the Black and Yellow and get a playoff game at home the Ravens need a strong effort on the road against the suddenly surging Chargers. Defense will be the key and the Ravens defense and kicking game is better, as they win a close one by a late Field Goal.
As bad as last week’s Monday Night match up was, this one is terrific as two 10-3 teams battle for playoff positioning. While they do play in separate conferences the game is critical for both. The Steelers will be without James Harrison, who is serving a suspension and Ben Roethlisberger is hurting. The 49ers defense will make Ben hurt even more especially if Patrick Willis plays. When it’s over the Steelers will be in even more pain as the 49ers win a nail bitter by the bay.