Arizona Cardinals Flying High- Week 20 Top-Four NFL Teams and Predictions

Parrish NotesContributor IJanuary 11, 2009

Well, I have to give those damn Cardinals their props: If you going to win, then thrash your opponent and leave a bad taste in their mouth. I was truly surprised by the Ravens but the other teams I did predict their outcomes.

Well, the Super Bowl is approaching and we have two six seeds still in the playoffs. Nonetheless, here goes: Week 20 rankings.


1. Pittsburgh Steelers- Now that Tennessee is gone after a tough lost to the Ravens, I think Steelers are the best team in the league right now. A wounded Charger team was set-up for a spanking after L.T. went down.

If you fast-forward to next week, then you have two teams that have met twice already. Both games were MMA-ish, with game one ending in overtime and game two ending on a controversial call.

The boys already have the Steel Curtain -5 at 33-1/2. I like the Steelers, 20-13, thus take the Steelers in the points but stay away from the O/U.


2. Arizona- I hate bumping the new Dirty Birds to No. 2, but they hammered the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte with ease. Imagine if they would have scored every time that they reached the red zone, try four times or 61-13.

In the last three games, they are averaging over 30 points per game and E.J. and Hightower are rushing over 100 yds. I cannot express how good the "senior citizen" is performing. Kurt is playing Arena football in the playoffs and DB's are becoming toast, averaging 253 yds in his last three games.

This time around, Hanson, Dawkins, and Mikell will have their hands full in the secondary, trust me. The boys have them as three-point dogs at 48-1/2. I think this is Arizona's game to lose; I like the birds in this game, as the O/U predicts: 28-20.


3. Philadelphia- I like Philly but I do not think their offensive line will be able to stop the Dirty Birds. McNabb again this week will be the caveat for Philly to advance. In the first meeting, the Eagles had 433 yds of total offense.

My favorite player crushed the Birds with four tds, two and two. The reason why I love pro football is because of this fact: The pro coaches know how to adjust and they do it well.

If the Eagles are going to win, then they will have to have a dominant performance: McNabb cannot turn over the ball, their blitz packages must be timely, control the clock, and their red-zone scores must be close to 100 percent (preferably TDs). If its a low-scoring affair, I like Philly, 20-16.


4. Baltimore- The Raven are playing great football, but I do not think Tennessee was much of challenge, needless to say, the blown call could have changed the game. Nonetheless, my favorite AFC Rookie is balling.

If he throws more TDs, I expect the O/U to be blasted at halftime. However, if they could not score on the No. 3 defense, then its going to be almost a repeat of their Week 15 meeting.

The Ravens will need more offense and control the clock. They only held the ball for 25 mins. against Tenn. They will not be able to afford tons of three and outs. I like Steelers 20-13 in their third meeting.