So last week was kind of crazy and this week will be crazier especially with Josh Gordon coming back and the Raiders already winning their first game to kick off the week. This week you wont be seeing the Steelers or Panthers on a field as they drew the final bye week and are going to sit and relax and enjoy this weeks games from home just like they will all post-season.
Browns @ Falcons: Falcons won last week on the road at division rival Carolina in a fairly entertaining game. The Browns on the other hand followed their impressive on the Road win against Cincy by getting beat down by the Texans in Cleveland. The Browns now have me wondering how strong they truly are releasing the worthless Ben Tate this week was a smart move though and they will be looking new with Josh Gordon on the field. The presence of Gordon alone should open up the ground game a little bit and the other receiving options for Hoyer. Atlanta though has Rhoddy White, Julio Jones, Harry Douglas, Steven Jackson, and Matty "Ice" Ryan this just seems to much for the browns to conquer on the road. I got Falcons winning 28- 23.
Titans @ Eagles: Mettenberger is growing in time and it showed against the Steelers last week on Monday night in an actually really entertaining game. Unfortunately for the Titans they just let Bell shred them on the ground and they are going on the road to face an even better RB. The Eagles with McCoy and Sproles just make them a favorite here. Regardless that the Eagles looked absolutely pathetic in Green Bay last week. I mean seriously 53-20 that's a joke. I still got faith Mark Sanchez bounces back at home against a team just looking for a break. Eagles win 37 - 17.
Lions @ Patriots: Detroit lost a tough one last week in Arizona to back up Drew Stanton. Unfortunately for the Lions they are still on the road and will be in a tough place to come in and win a game in Foxboro. Now nothing against Drew Stanton but he is far, extremely far, from the same level QB as Tom Brady and the Patriots D is just almost as good as the Cardinals D. This is really bad news for a Lions team who seems to have forgotten how to score. I might be crazy but I am going with a blowout here in Foxboro. Patriots dominate the Lions 42 - 24.
Packers @ Vikings: Here we go again another slaughter for the Packers. Look the Eagles are a playoff team Minnesota is far from a playoff team. The Packers just put up 53 points a week ago. They might not repeat this performance but they will win big here. The Vikings just have no running game they were so desperate they wasted their time and money on Ben Tate. Sorry Bridgewater you are 3 years away from a good team being around you. Packers win 41 - 24.
Jaguars @ Colts: oh man Andrew Luck is going to have fun this week after a beat down from the Patriots last week at home. He will bring his hometown fans a win after truly disappointing them last week. Jaguars fans if there are any, your heartache will continue. Bortles and Robinson will continue to grow and show they have a good QB and probably a top 10 RB. Now they just need to add elite receiving a better O-Line and a little bit of help in the secondary on D. But anyway Colts win. Colts win 32 - 17.
Bengals @ Texans or the JJ WATTS: Oh this game is interesting. JJ Watt just got challenged by Gilberry on the Bengals D when he said I won't let Watt score. Hey JJ Watt has more touchdowns this year then Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitz, and LeSean McCoy don't doubt him. I think Cincy proved their toughness though last week beating the saints in the superdome. I go a really good defensive game and a sloppy one with 6 turnovers total. Bengals win 20-17
Watt a pick 6 in the loss.
Tampa @ Chicago: Welcome back Lovie Smith to Chicago. Tampa really showed up last week in the beating of the skins. But hey the bears beat a team equal to the skins aka the Vikings. This game is going to be really tough to call. truly on paper Chicago is the much better team but they don't play to their potantial. I'm sticking with the Bears. Bears win at home which they tend to have a hard time doing lately. Bears win 31-21
Cardinals @ Seahawks: The Seahawks really do not look strong what-so-ever and if the cardinals can shut down Lynch they might have a simple game since it seems all Pete Carroll likes to do is run the ball. I really think they need to take the leash off of Russell Wilson and let the kid become a bigger star. The Cardinals look amazing still even without Carson Palmer leading the pack and even on the road I think are unbeatable. Sorry to the faithful 12th man I believe disappointment headed your way. Cardinals win 23 - 16.
Rams @ Chargers: I was as shocked as the rest of the world last week by the Rams but that doesn't mean this team is good it means they are inconsistent. They keep taking down big teams then losing the following week. Jeff Fisher is a mastermind finding ways to get this team to win. Have you guys taken time to look at the Rams offensively? They really aren't overly talented anywhere on offense except RB. The Chargers struggled at home against the Raiders which to me showed how weak San Diego has been this season regardless of what their record says they seem to be all-around a weak team. I am going to take another upset and the Rams could close the gap on the Niners and Hawks if those two lose this week. I am going to take the Rams winning 26 - 23.
Dolphins @ Broncos: Well I said after the Broncos lost that the good teams have to overcome injuries not crumble under it all. The Packers when they won the superbowl led the league in most players on the IR. The Dolphins are looking to fight for a realistic AFC Wild-Card spot. The Broncos are looking just to win and stay ahead of Kansas City. I think at home the Broncos have the edge and Sanders is back anyway so I feel safe saying Broncos win 36 - 24.
The Washington Insert Name Here Football Team@ 49ers: Skins are worse then I thought and last week showed me how terrible they are even at home. Now the Washington football team will have to travel across the country to play a tough not good but just tough 49ers team. I just want everyone to take a look though at my boy Chris Borland playing starting middle linebacker or the Niners. Just look at his stats the past 3 games. Wisconsin has produced another freakish star defensively. The niners win (yes I picked the niners two weeks in a row) 27 - 20.
Cowboys @ Giants: Romo, Dez, Demarco Murray, and Jason Witten, yeah good luck to the terrible turnover machine Giants. Eli threw 5 yes 5 Interceptions last week at home to the Niners D. The Giants are a miserable team and continue to look bad and this week they are playing a really strong team. I got a feeling that Tom Coughlin could wind up losing his job this year due to the struggles of the injured Giants. The Cowboys will dominate this thing. Cowboys will roll the Giants over and lay down the smack in front of the Giant faithful. Cowboys win big 43 - 20.
Jets @ Bills in Detroit: I heard these tickets are free??? I wish I had money to get to Detroit, Oh well. I would do anything to see the Bills Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, that entire Defense I would be so happy haha. Anyway the Jets are a terrible team but that doesn't meant they lose this game because the Bills have an absolutely awful QB in Kyle Orton starting and I believe if they lose they miss out on any playoff hopes what so ever and need to get rid of Marrone if they miss out on a 9-7 to salvage a respectable season. Kyle Orton was a terrible idea to make a starting QB he is absolutely awful. The Jets are a joke but I cant believe I am going to say this, upset special 20 - 13 Jets win.
Ravens @ Saints: The Ravens had a bye week last week which might have helped them get healthy meanwhile the Saints lost 2 straight at home and I am annoyed that the NFL gave them 3 straight at home. I have seen what the experts said and they seem to believe the Saints are going to win this thing. With no Brandin Cooks against a team that just got a week of to rest and get ready for this showdown. The interesting thing about this game is that it oddly enough has playoff implications for both teams. Regardless that the Saints are 4-6 they somehow are still right there battling for a playoff spot. The Ravens need to thank the NFL gods that they are battling for a playoff spot right now because guess what Averageish Joe is going to be Superstar Joe as he always is during primetime games. Ravens win 38 - 24. And hand the Saints their 3rd straight loss at home!
- Matt K
So I was surprisingly right with the Raiders pick, and hopefully I can keep that streak alive through the week! Oakland has won a game! The Raiders have won a game! Here are my other picks:
Tampa Bay @ Chicago: The Bucs are finally starting to show up, but both of these franchises look sloppy this season. Chicago will be primed to stop the Bucs at home, but I think Lovie comes out looking for revenge. This is going to be a close game, and Lovie ALMOST leads the Bucs to an upset. However, the Bears ultimately win, 28-27.
Detroit @ New England: Move along, nothing to see here. New England continues their winning ways at home. Final score, New England 38, Detroit 17.
Jacksonville @ Indy: This is going to be the divisional upset week. Playoff pictures are falling into place, and eliminated teams will try to play spoilers. The Jaguars continue in the spoiler role and stun Indy in Indy, 21-20.
Cleveland @ Atlanta: This is actually going to be a really good game. These teams are fairly evenly matched, but Cleveland has the better defense. Oh, and I forgot. Josh Gordon is one of the best WRs in the NFL and will be playing for Cleveland this week!!! That will help them win in Atlanta, 24-14.
Cincinnati @ Houston: The Bengals are cursed against Houston. They always struggle there, whether it's against the Texans or the Oilers. Those struggles continue as the Bengals lose, 24-14. A Texans tight end scores at least one TD this week.
Green Bay @ Minnesota: The upsets will NOT continue in Minnesota. This game is just too uneven. Even with Tate now a Viking, that offense will need time to develop. This game is a blowout, 56-7, Green Bay with the win.
Tennessee @ Philly: Will the real Mark Sanchez please stand up? If Sanchez comes to play, this team looks dominant. If he doesn't, they stumble. I think Sanchez plays well against Tennessee, but not well enough. Titans win, 24-21.
Arizona @ Seattle: The best team in the NFC is playing in Seattle this weekend. The Seahawks are playing there too. Arizona could win with Akili Smith or Tim Couch at QB this year. The Seahawks would consider R. Jay Soward an upgrade at WR. Cardinals win, 28-21 in Seattle.
St. Louis @ San Diego: The Chargers are on a bit of a decline lately and the Rams are hot right now. Still, San Diego holds out in a close one at home. Final score, San Diego wins, 27-24.
Miami @ Denver: I am probably the only person in America not living in Miami that believes in the Dolphins this week! Denver is coming off of a loss and Miami is starting to look like a playoff team. The Dolphins turn Denver's loss last week into a losing streak. Final score Miami 28, Denver 24.
Washington @ San Francisco: The Redskins are still a very bad football team. The 49rs are at least capable of winning easy games. They win one this week. Final score, San Francisco 24, Washington 10.
Dallas @ New York Giants: The Giants are improving, but not enough to beat Dallas. Dallas is going to bury the Giants this week in New York as Jerry Jones does a happy dappy dance on the 50 yard line in a Terrell Owens jersey after the game. Final score Dallas 31, Giants 28.
Baltimore @ New Orleans: The Saints just lost one game they should have won. They won't lose two of those in a row. The Saints dominate at home, and the Ravens take a loss. Final score New Orleans 35, Baltimore 14. Jimmy Graham dunks his game ball into Joe Flacco's unibrow.
New York Jets and Buffalo Bills at Detroit: Gather around children for a Thanksgiving tale. One wintry week in a mythical place called Buffalo (home of the Wings), a team called the Bills (its an acronym, Boy I Love Losing Superbowls) couldn't play their home game because they got seven feet of snow and their starting quarterback's neckbeard wasn't long enough to protect him from it. The Jets flying into the area were grounded, and Kibbles and Vick couldn't leave town in time for the fights. So the Bills and the Jets and Detroit made a deal. The town may be bankrupt but the owner's heart can still feel. So the game is in Detroit on a Monday night, and the Jets lose again under the bright lights. When Orton was in who-ville he heard a who. The Who told him not to be fooled again, so what did he do? Orton threw 3 tds and 2 interceptions and fumbled once too, as the Bills beat the Jets 24-22. Final score: Bills 24, Jets 22.
Browns @ Falcons - This game is going to be a close one. The Browns didn't play well last week, and the week before that they played really well. Its hard to say how well they'll play this week, especially on the road. I'll give the Falcons the win due to home field advantage, 24-21.
Titans @ Eagles - The Eagles have been a good team up until last week when the Packers walked all over them. I think that the Eagles will bounce back this week, especially since they are at home. Eagles win, 28-17.
Lions @ Patriots - The Patriots are the number 1 team in the NFL, and they've earned it. The Lions are a good team, but not at the same level as the Patriots. Patriots win at home, 30-17.
Packers @ Vikings - The Vikings are not playing well, as usual. The Packers look good, and they'll continue their win streak. Packers win, 27-16.
Jaguars @ Colts - The Jags are a bad team, and the Colts are a good team. Even after the colts loss to New England, the Colts aren't a bad team. Andrew Luck is a good QB, with good receivers. Colts win at home, 35-17.
Bengals @ Texans - The Texans looked good last week with Ryan Mallet running their offense. The Bengals have struggled recently, and I think that they're going to have a tough time. Texans win at home, 24-21.
Jets @ Bills - I honestly don't have too much to say about this game. The Jets are horrible, and the Bills are decent. Bills win at home, 20-16.
Bucs @ Bears - The Bears didn't play well against the Texans last week, but I think they'll bounce back this week. The Bucs have struggled all year, and they'll continue to struggle this week. Bears win at home, 27-20.
Cardinals @ Seahawks - This is going to be a good game. Cardinals are the best team in the NFC, but the Seahawks are good at home. But, the Seahawks have struggled at home this year. Cardinals win a tough game on the road, 27-24.
Rams @ Chargers - Rams have looked absolutely incredible the past couple weeks. Especially after their win last week against the Broncos, they have really stepped up their game. Rams win on the road, 24-20.
Dolphins @ Broncos - Broncos will bounce back this week after a tough loss to the Rams last week. Broncos win at home, 27-20.
The Washington Native Peoples @ 49ers - This is a tough game for Washington, especially against a tough defense. 49ers win at home, 27-17.
Cowboys @ Giants - Eli looked like a moron after throwing all of those interceptions last week. The Cowboys will win this one, 28-17.
Baltimore @ Saints - This is going to be a good game. I'll give Saints the win due to home field advantage, 27-24.
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