Miami Dolphins (4-5) at Carolina Panthers (4-5)
The Dolphins were dealt a crushing blow this week with the news that running back Ronnie Brown is going on injured reserve. Brown, to me, was a shoe-in for the Pro Bowl and was having a career season. He was the perfect Wildcat trigger man, able to hand off, run the ball, and throw it equally well. His injury will have serious repercussions for the Dolphins the rest of the season.
The Panthers are turning the season around, earning good wins against the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons. They also pushed the New Orleans Saints to the brink.
Panthers will win this one.
Washington Redskins (3-6) at Dallas Cowboys (6-3)
Even though the Redskins won and the Cowboys lost this past week, they’re two very different teams and the ‘Boys are the superior team. They’ll win.
Cleveland Browns (1-8) at Detroit Lions (1-8)
Bottom-feeder game of the week. However, these two teams are moving in opposite directions. There are rumblings that Browns head coach Eric Mangini is on the way out in Cleveland, while Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has made progress this season. Well, winning one game after the first winless 16 game season in NFL history is considered improvement. Lions will win.
San Francisco 49ers (4-5) at Green Bay Packers (5-4)
The Packers are coming off a very good defensive performance against the Cowboys. I think they’re playing confident football on the defensive side of the ball. That being said, the Packers' offensive line is still one of the worst in football (not as bad as the Bills' probably).
I think they’ll still win, but it’s going to be a struggle against a good 49ers defense led by linebacker Patrick Willis.