Craig's 2009 NFL Week Four Predictions

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Craig's 2009 NFL Week Four Predictions

When predicting any week of football, you have to go over certain things. In any case, Mike Craig, which is me, goes over how the divisions are starting to shape up. So without really much BS, here it is.


AFC EAST

At the start of the season, nobody would have expected the New York Jets to be ahead of the New England Patriots in the division. Unless of course you are me. I picked the Jets to win every week, including over the Pats.

Nobody expected the Miami Dolphins to be 0-3, either. Being at the bottom of the AFC East has been one of Miami's specialities in the past couple of years, though. Their Wildcat stormed through the NFL last season by surprise, but everyone began to catch on.

So far it is looking like the Jets are going to win the division, however, Tom Brady is still trying to regroup after his season-ending knee injury from last year. Don't panic too soon, New England fans—Tom Brady will return to form. If not this year, next.

AFC East Games:
NYJ @ NO
BAL @ NE
BUF @ MIA

AFC NORTH
Baltimore leads the division undefeated at 3-0. The Bengals are in second at 2-1. Now wait a minute. Something is missing here. Isn't the AFC North the division with the defending Super Bowl Champs?

Oh, thats right, the Steelers are 1-2 right now. After defeating Tennessee in Week One (which as we can see now isn't much of a feat at all), they have lost to the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals.

With the Browns once again having quarterback problems, don't think too much about them. If the Bengals keep playing the way they have been, look for this division to be a fight to the finish between the Bengals, Steelers, and Ravens.

AFC North Games:
BAL @ NE
CIN @ CLE
SD @ PIT

AFC SOUTH
Yet another surprising thing in the NFL this year, or is it? The Tennessee Titans are 0-3 right now. Last year, they went 12-0 before being defeated. But last year they had an easy schedule.

On the other hand, the Indianapolis Colts are leading the division 3-0 without much competition at all. Some people were saying because of the departure of Tony Dungy and offensive coordinator Bob Sanders, the Colts were not going to be as good as they've been. Looks like those people were wrong.

If Tennessee or Hoston can pick it up, look for this division to be competitive, but if they don't, then Indianapolis wins it hands down.

AFC South Games:
SEA @ IND
TEN @ JAC
OAK @ HOU


AFC WEST
Switching from the NFC to the AFC for any quarterback normally isn't an easy process. However, when Kyle Orton switched over to the Denver Broncos from the Chicago Bears, he showed that he can compete, anyway.

With Denver leading the division, San Diego is trailing close behind at 2-1. Meanwhile, Kansas City and Oakland are doing what they do best, sitting in the back seat.

Look for San Diego and Denver to duke this one out to the end of the season, just like last year.

AFC West Games:
DAL @ DEN
SD @ PIT
OAK @ HOU
NYG @ KC


NFC EAST
Here is a division that is normally competitive every year. Once again, it is looking to shape up that way. The New York Giants are on top 3-0. However, both Dallas and Philadelphia are right behind at 2-1.

Washington, on the other hand, has only won one game so far and it was against the lowly St. Louis Rams, who are developing a reputation as the next Detroit Lions.

Like every year, there is no sure winner in the NFC East. Stay tuned, as the season progresses, the picture will start to become clearer.

NFC East Games:
NYG @ KC
DAL @ DEN
TB @ WAS


NFC NORTH
This division is looking competitive again. It took a couple years, but now it seems like the Bears, Vikings, and Packers are all going to fight to be the 2009 NFC North Champs.

What about them Lions, who sit at the bottom of this division? Well, they finally broke their losing streak after beating Washington last week, but that doesn't mean anything but hope for Detroit fans.

Just like the NFC East, don't look for answers as to who is going to win just yet. Stay tuned.

NFC North Games:
GB @ MIN
DET @ CHI


NFC SOUTH
It's got to be depressing knowing that two teams in your division are 0-3. However this division does look like it might be a close contest between the Saints and the Falcons.

The Panthers can't seem to catch a break, and the Bucs are just bad. Now that Byron Leftwich is benched, will one of these two teams finally get a win?

I wouldn't place any money on it. Look for this division to be an all-out brawl between New Orleans and Atlanta. Although, if I was a betting man, I'd say New Orleans, with Atlanta getting a Wild Card spot.

NFC South Games:
NYJ @ NO
TB @ WAS


NFC WEST
Although it looks close right now, the 49ers don't really have much competition. The Cardinals may pull off an upset and get a wild card spot again this year, however, the only reason they were in the playoffs last year was because they won their division with an 8-8 record.

The Seahawks are lost without Matt Hasselbeck, while the Rams are just simply awful. Not very much fight in this division.

Look for the 49ers to win the NFC West, with the Cardinals barely knocking on the door.

NFC West Games:
STL @ SF
SEA @ IND


GAME OF THE WEEK:
Monday, October 5th, 2009: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings

This is a game that people have been waiting to see since Brett Favre signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Did Green Bay have a right to be scared when they traded Favre away to a team that they didn't have to play? I guess we will find out in this NFC North Monday night battle.

Key Matchups:
Green Bay's O-Line vs. Jared Allen, Pat Williams, and Kevin Williams
Green Bay bounced back from a loss to the Bengals by slapping around the lowly Rams. However, can Green Bay's offensive line stop the three pass-rushing, run-stopping giants of the Minnesota Vikings?

Ryan Grant is going to need holes to run, and Aaron Rodgers is going to need time in the pocket. Hopefully the answer to that question, for Green Bay's sake, is yes.

Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers
No, they don't line up across each other on the field, however, you know everyone in the nation is going to be watching and comparing the master against his apprentice.

Favre, for the most part of the season, has only needed to be a game manager, while Aaron Rodgers, without a good offensive line to protect him and help the run game, has had to try and carry the offense.

PREDICTION: MINNESOTA 24 - GREEN BAY 17


Other Predictions:

DET @ CHI - Bears

CIN @ CLE - Bengals

OAK @ HOU - Texans

SEA @ IND - Colts

TEN @ JAC - Titans

NYG @ KC - Giants

BAL @ NE - Ravens

TB @ WAS - Redskins

BUF @ MIA - Bills

NYJ @ NO - Saints

DAL @ DEN - Cowboys

STL @ SF - 49ers

SD @ PIT - Chargers

 

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