How’s it goin’, world? I’m back, and coming to you with my first edition of NFL Pick ‘Em. There are a few very intruiging matchups this week that could go either way this week, so it should be fun. Let’s get it started.
New Orleans at Atlanta, 1:00 est. – I give the edge to New Orleans on this one. After a shaky win thanks to a questionable fumble call, they’re going to be out for blood. Atlanta’s run-game will continue to struggle, and New Orleans will have no problem taking this one. 42-21, New Orleans.
Green Bay at Chicago, 1:00 est – Chicago, coming off a must-win against St. Louis, might have some momentum coming into today. Unfortunately for them, I’m not sure it’s enough to overcome the scorching Packers. Aaaron Rodgers has been having the best season of his short career, and looks to improve his record to 2-0 against the Bears this season. Cutler will have yet another “off” week, and Green Bay will win their fifth straight. 35-13, Green Bay.
Broncos at Colts, 1:00 est – In my opinion, this game should mean a lot more to Denver than Indianapolis. If they want to take over the top spot in the AFC West in the upcoming weeks, they’re going to have to kill the undefeated season for the Colts this afternoon. The Colts have been playing it close at home, and this is the week they finally take a fall. In the past two weeks, the Broncos have outscored their opponents 70-19. This is exactly what they needed leading up the the game in Indiana, and I believe that Brandon Marshall and the Broncs shock the world today. 24-20, Broncos.
Buffalo at Kansas City, 1:00est – When you first look at this game, the obvious thought is “I really don’t care.” But this could be big for those hardcore fantasy owners out there. Look for Ryan Fitzpatrick to hook up with T.O for two TDs, as the Buffalo defense keeps the Chiefs in the backfield for most of the contest, running away with their third away victory of the season. 24-6, Buffalo.
Cincinnati at Minnesota, 1:00 est – This could quite possibly be one of the best games you’ll see all season. It’ll definitely be an offensive battle, even though each of these defenses’ have been very essential to their teams thus far. Favre and Palmer will both throw for 300+ yards, but Minnesota’s run-game will be too much for Marvin Lewis and Co, as the Vikings take this one by a touchdown. 35-28.
Carolina at New England, 1:00 est – After an upset loss to Miami last Sunday, the Patriots won’t let up this afternoon, putting a classic Pats beating on the mediocre Cats. I’m not positive Brady will throw the ball excessively because of his shoulder injury, so don’t expect to see New England’s passing game rack you up an enormous amount of fantasy points. Instead, watch their defense anchor the attack as Brandon Merriweather takes two picks to the house, while the linebacker corp keeps Delhomme on his toes throughout the entire game. 45-21, New England.
New York Jets at Tampa Bay, 1:00 est – It’s been an extremely disappointing season for Tampa Bay, and expect to see it only get worse. Kellen Clemens and Thomas Jones will give the New York fans something to scream about, as the Jets win their third straight. The Bucs have looked particularly unmotivated and sluggish this season, and that will only continue today. 44-20, New York.
Miami at Jacksonville, 1:00 est – It’s been a bumpy road for Miami to say that least, but expect to see the Dolphins that beat Buffalo, Carolina, and most recently New England. Chad Henne passed for 335 yards last week and played with great poise and determination. If the Dolphins play like their fans hope, you’ll see a similar type of performance from the rookie today, as he and the Fish extend their winning streak to a season-high two games. 21-6, Miami.
Detroit at Baltimore, 1:00 est – Coming off a tough MNF loss to Green Bay, the Ravens will cap off this short practice week with a Lion bludgeoning. R Squared(Ray Rice) will carry the offense on his back, accumulating over 100 rushing yards for the first time since October 4th. With Stafford out, expect the powerful Ravens defense to continuously swarm the Duante Culpepper. 30-16, Ravens.
Seattle at Houston, 1:00 est – Even though both of these teams believe that they have a shot at the playoffs, they don’t. In reality, the only people who care about this game are fantasy owners, the players themselves, and the fans in Houston and Seattle. Expect to see each team lack offensive firepower throughout the contest, while Slaton and his Texans cap off a comeback with a fumble to end the game. Writing about this game is about as motivating as a fourth quarter speech with two minutes left while your down 20. Excruciating to say the least. 13-7, Seattle.
St. Louis at Tennesse, 4:05 est - Vince Young might be inactive for this one, but either way, I can't see the Titans giving in to the 1-11 Rams. Chris Johnson as been an absolute monster since Vince Young has entered the starting lineup, and you can't see him letting up against this awful St. Louis team. 38-14, Titans.
Washington at Oakland, 4:05 est - Last week, we watched the Raiders come from the basement of the AFC West and take down the reigning Super Bowl champs. Although they're streaky, they'll have enough to outwill Jim Zorn's team in front of a routy home crowd. Look for Gradkowski to have another successful game, while the Skins have more trouble playing well in the latter half of the game. 21-14, Raiders.
San Diego at Dallas, 4:15 est - T he Chargers have shown that they're contenders to make a run for their conference crown in January, so it'll be tough for Dllas to compete with them. In my opinion, the Cowboys have beaten one "good" team all year, and aren't going to do damage to an above average defensive team if they're passing attack isn't absolutely lethal. Romo is going to have to work tremendously hard if he wants to steal one away from San Diego. I beleive that this won't happen, and LT will show signs of how deadly he once was, scoring multiple touchdowns on the ground. 24-14, Chargers.
Philadelphia at New York, 8:20 est - If New York could motivate themselves and feed off of this home crowd, the Eagles shouldn't be too much of an issue for the G-Men. But if they play carelessly, like we saw on Thanksgiving, it could be a long upcoming week for the boys in blue. McNabb and his Eagles have won three straight, all against teams .500 or below. Although momentum is great, the Giants have the sixth ranked defense in the league, which has to come up big if they want to stop McNabb's passing attack. The home crowd will be the deciding factor in this one, as the Giants win by a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. 23-18, Giants.