Just three weeks ago the Saints handed the Falcons their first and thus far only loss this season. It is hard to imagine they can sweep the Falcons, as there are hardly sweeps between these two bitter division rivals. The Saints coming off a gut wrenching loss on Sunday don’t have any time to prepare and are the road team on Thursday Night; both also put them at a disadvantage. It will be a close game, but in the end the Falcons will win.
Don’t know if Chad Henne ate his Wheaties, but his usual popgun arm has looked sharp the last two weeks after coming in for Blaine Garbage. Either way it’s an illusion and the real dangling Chad will return in Buffalo, as the Bills have played well at home and the Jaguars don’t do well in Northern climes during December. Look for the Bills to win this one by double digits.
After two terrible performances, the Bears bounced back last week and laid a beating on the Vikings, while the Seahawks were not as fortunate losing to the Dolphins as two key defensive players learned they would be facing a suspension for using adderall. While Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner will appeal and be able to play on Sunday the Seahawks more pressing concern is playing on the road against a quality team. The Seahawks have trouble beating mediocre teams on the road, against the Bears it will be over fast.
At 7-4 the Colts are in strong playoff position, while the Lions are playing out the string after a gut wrenching loss on Thanksgiving. It is too tempting to write off the Lions after being banged around hard for picking them the last few weeks, but the Colts have not played well on the road, and have some issues were their secondary which should allow Calvin Johnson to have some space to put up big numbers and give the Lions a win at Ford Field.
Too much hand wringing goes on this league sometimes, week to week. After getting buried next to Jimmy Hoffa in the Meadowlands last week everyone is worried about the Packers. However, they forget the previous five wins. The Packers do have injury issues and Aaron Rodgers has been smacked around, but back home they should be able to get the best of the Vikings, who themselves had their own struggles last week against the Bears.
The Chiefs have been historically bad this year only briefly holding leads in two games this year, while their lone win came in overtime against a team that had an interim coach for an interim coach. The Chiefs did not play that bad against the Broncos this week and if they repeat that effort they should get a second win against the Panthers, who themselves are having a disappointing season. The Panthers have had trouble stopping the run all season and I see a big day for Jamal Charles as the Chiefs run around Carolina coming off a short week.
This is the 25th anniversary of Space Balls, and the Patriots offense has gone straight into plaid, while putting up a ludicrous amount of points. The Dolphins front seven is solid, but their secondary is paper thin, and Tom Brady will cut it to pieces as the Patriots put up another big score performance as they slam the Dolphins on the way to 9-3.
Warning if this was the first football game you were to ever watch, please do not judge the sport by this one game. In fact chose another game, a beer league or a youth league anything. This game might just be the worst game of the century it is that bad. Two inept quarterbacks with two inept offenses, Mark Sanchez and tossed salad fumble against Ryan I have no business being in the NFL Lindley. Hell Lindley is so bad he should not even be allowed to buy a ticket to a NFL game. The Jets will win and Rex Ryan will shoot off his mouth as Jets fans groan.
Oh to be Alex Smith right now, three weeks ago he started against these same Rams but suffered a concussion, as the game ended in an ugly tie. Now Colin Kaepernick is the starter and the 49ers offense is excelling. I sense they want to send a message to the Rams as they erase the bad taste from the tie in Candlestick with a blowout of the Rams in St. Louis.
This has been a season to forget for the Titans, coming off an embarrassing loss to the Jaguars. The Titans have been hit or miss all season, and against strong teams they have been crushed. The Texans at 10-1 have the best record in the NFL and have a few days extra to rest after playing on Thanksgiving. Look for the Texans to continue to tally up the wins, as they win easily by taking Chris Johnson out of the game early.
The Buccaneers surge ended last week with a one point loss at home to the Falcons. The Buccaneers have an even higher hill to climb as they face the Broncos in Denver. The Broncos despite a lackluster win last week in Kansas City are still one of the hottest teams in the NFL, and with the game at home and facing a Bucs team without Eric Wright I see their streak continuing as Peyton Manning has another big day.
The Steelers list the chances of Ben Roethlisberger playing this week at 50-50. If he does not play they have 0% chance of winning. However, if he does play they risk a serious injury as Ravens-Steelers games are often bruisers, just two weeks ago Byron Leftwich suffered broken ribs as the Ravens won in Pittsburgh. Either way the odds are not in the Steelers favor, look for the Ravens to all but lockup another division title.
The Browns have not won a road game since last September, but just two weeks ago they came close in Dallas. This week they travel to Oakland and have the path clear to another win. A clear path is the best way to describe the Raiders defense which has been missing in action the last few weeks. The Browns offense may not be the best in the league, but they will score a season high total as they beat up the Raiders.
Last week the Chargers had a disastrous loss against the Ravens after giving up a conversion late in the game on 4th and 29. It is easy to think the Chargers will not win another game, but in December things are different as they tend to finish the season strong covering up a season of warts. The Bengals are due for a letdown after winning their last three games, and with this game in san Diego it has all the markings of a Charger win.
At 5-6 the Cowboys face a must win at home as they take on the Eagles on Sunday Night Football. The Eagles are as dead as a door nail and already thinking about the off-season. The Eagles will not win another game with Andy Reid as their coach as the situation has completely imploded and there is no hop of fixing things until the team is ripped up and started again.
After struggling a few weeks, the real Giants came forward against the Packers at home, facing the Redskins in Washington on Monday Night Football they can grab a stranglehold of the NFC East. When they faced in October the Giants won on a late pass by Eli Manning. This one should be just as close, and with the game on the line in the fourth quarter in primetime, there is nobody better to have the football in their hands than Eli Manning, who will lead the Giants to another late win.