The Jags have looked good the past two weeks with Chad Henne under center, moving the ball well through the air against the Texans and Titans, but I for one don’t buy that the vet transforms this Jags offense. Buffalo is a tough place to play late in the year, especially when you are traveling up from Jacksonville, and the front seven for Buffalo has looked better of late. Although Henne has added a dynamic to their offense, he can’t help this team tackle, Spiller and Johnson will have a big game against this Jags defense at home.
After watching the Bears play last week, it’s clear how important Jay Cutler is to the Bears’ offense. The Bears are 5-1 at home and the Seahawks are 1-5 on the road, so easy pick right? Not for me. The Bears have been hobbled all week with injuries to Lance Briggs, Matt Forte, Peanut Tillman, and Devin Hester, and it’s still unclear who will be able to go for the Bears this week.
The Seahawks look like they’ll have Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner at least for one more week until their four game suspension kicks in for using Addarall. That will be a huge loss for the Hawks when it happens, but with them in the lineup and the Bears hurting on defense, I like Seattle in a low scoring game.
San Francisco At St. Louis
Last time these two teams faced off it ended up in a tie. I firmly believe that no game should end up in a tie, especially in the pros, and I bet these two teams feel the same way. Since that tie, both teams have headed in different directions. The 49ers took down the Bears and Saints, and the Rams lost to the Jets, let me say that again, the JETS.
Regardless of who is under center for San Fran, the Niners look like the best team in football right now. With the weapons they have on both sides of the ball, San Francisco will make the memory of that tie fade quickly.
New England is straight up rolling right now, in every phase. Even though they’ve made games closer then they should be this year, I don’t see this one making the Pats sweat. Tannehill has been a breathe of fresh air for Dolphins fans this year, but the Pats will put too much pressure on him from both sides of the ball. Reggie Bush should have a decent game, but the Pats offense will put this one away early. Don’t be surprised to see another 30-40 point game for New England.
As much as this should be a get right game for the Jets, they simply don’t have the leadership for a game like that. The Jets offense is terrible, their defense isn’t what their coaches think it is, and their special teams; well you saw that Thanksgiving Day game. The Cardinals don’t have an offense that will light up the scoreboard, but with all the issues for the Jets, on and off the field, they might look pretty good on Sunday. Patrick Peterson gets a TD, and the Cardinals defense wins this one as the Jets offensive struggles continue.
Last week I picked against the Colts, and although it was close, Luck got it done again against the Bills. The Colts continue to impress me week after week, but they haven’t quite had the same magic on the road. The Lions will be ready to go after failing to close out the Texans on Thanksgiving, and should have a quick start coming off a long week. Andrew Luck and the Colts will do their best to keep up with gunslinger Matt Stafford, but in the end it won’t be enough. I hope Luck straps on his cup for this one, Suh and Fariley will get after him early and often.
Last weeks game against the Giants definitely left a bitter taste in the Packers mouth. Luckily for them, the Vikings have been struggling lately, even AP who coughed the ball up twice against the Bears. There are some serious holes in the Packers o-line, but it’s the same story in Chicago, and the Viks couldn’t take advantage of that, and wont again this week. I think Aaron Rodgers and Co. get their groove back in front of a rowdy Lambeau crowd, who witness plenty of Lambeau Leaps.
The Texans have endured several straight weeks of close calls, but that ends this week at Tennessee. The Texans should be able to put the Titans away early, who are coming off a loss to the Jags, and are in complete disarray. That tackle tandem for Tennessee will do their best to silence JJ Watt, but it won’t be enough to keep him away from Locker. If they contain Chris Johnson, this will be a blowout.
Cam Newton has looked really good in the past two weeks, and I expect that to continue against the Chiefs. I do expect the KC offense to look better than it has of late against this Panther defense, but from what we’ve seen in 2012, its in their best interest to snag that first pick in April. The Panthers have played close game after close game against a lot of playoff contenders like the Bears and Falcons, and although there won’t be any playoffs in Carolina, I think they can pull off a win at Arrowhead.
Tampa’s playoff hopes will take another hit this week when they head into Denver. The Broncos played a close one against the Chiefs last week and will look to bounce back against the Bucs. The Bucs offense will be able to put points on the board, but without Eric Wright in the secondary, Peyton will pick apart this Bucs defense. Von Miller will make Josh Freeman as uncomfortable as possible in the pocket, making it tough for him to get the ball outside the numbers to Jackson and Williams.
It looks like Brandon Weeden will be able to go this week so the one percent chance for McCoy to pull off a Kaepernick is out the door. The Raiders are without a doubt the worst team in the NFL right now, and even if they get McFadden back this week, it wont make a difference as long as Carson Palmer is still their QB. Joe Haden will force Palmer to make his usually mistakes and the Browns offense wont have too much trouble scoring on this Raiders defense that has averaged 42-points in their last four games.
Upset Alert! The Chargers inability to close out games has forced them into another mediocre season. The Bengals have been on a tear lately, and will head into San Diego with a chip on their shoulder, giving the Chargers a chance to exploit a sub par secondary. The Chargers defense will force this team to stay through the air, which has been their strength of late, but this one might come down to a late throw by Phillip Rivers. He is bound to make a play other than throw an interception one of these times, right?
As much as Pittsburg is praying that Big Ben can play this week, I’m pretty doubtful that he will be able to go Sunday. The Ravens have had some tough spots on offense and tough injuries on defense, and have still found ways to win. Roethlisberger certainly makes this game more interesting, but more than likely we’ll see Charlie Batch in there again, which pretty much says it all.
In no way do I think the Cowboys have shown they have the ability to win this game, but it’s the Eagles. Philly has been pretty much inventing ways to hand the ball back to their opponent, and look to have completely quit on Andy Reid. Jason Garrett might have a chance to keep Jerry Jones off his back with a win here, as a well-rested Cowboys prolong the Eagles winless streak.