With one NFL game down and 15 still left to play in Week 10, there’s still an abundance of crazy, unexpected occurrences left to take place on the gridiron.
Every game has its own stat or score-line that will shock you, and I’m going to save you the wait.
Here’s a bold prediction and final score for all 15 remaining NFL games.
Dallas Cowboys 20, Buffalo Bills 14
Prediction: Tony Romo won’t throw a single touchdown in this game.
Justification: Romo has only finished one game with no TDs this season, but he’s thrown just one TD two times in the last four weeks. The Bills have allowed 10 passing touchdowns this season, but the Cowboys will score both of their TDs on the ground.
New Orleans Saints 31, Atlanta Falcons 27
Prediction: Drew Brees will lead a game-winning drive with fewer than three minutes remaining in the game.
Justification: The Saints have a turnover-causing defense, but it’s also one that allows big plays. Their offense has to outscore teams to win. Both times these teams played last season, the game was decided by a field goal.
This game will be close.
Pittsburgh Steelers 17, Cincinnati Bengals 13
Prediction: Andy Dalton will get a chance to beat the Steelers at the end, but won’t get the job done.
Justification: Both teams are stronger on defense than on offense, so this game will go down to the wire. Roethlisberger and the Steelers will prove to be veterans by managing the game slightly better. With A.J. Green blanketed late, Dalton won’t be able to connect with any other targets.
Miami Dolphins 24, Washington Redskins 10
Prediction: A second-straight, double-digit win for the once 0-7 Dolphins.
Justification: Watching the Dolphins defense against the New York Jets proved to me that they were better than statistics implied. Their offense is finally starting to click, which is giving the D well-deserved breaks.
You want bolder? The Dolphins will finish with 5 wins this season.
Cleveland Browns 27, St. Louis Rams 16
Prediction: Chris Ogbonnaya will run for over 100 yards and two TDs.
Justification: The Rams are the worst team in the league at stopping the run. The Browns have only scored 28 points in the last three games, and they need someone to revive them.
Ogbonnaya will be the guy.
Houston Texans 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20
Prediction: Arian Foster will gain 200 all-purpose yards.
Justification: Foster has been on an absolute tear of late. The Bucs have allowed 655 yards and 6 TDs on the ground in the last five games. Foster’s injury looks like it gave him more time to rest because he’s been an animal since his return.
Carolina Panthers 20, Tennessee Titans 17
Prediction: Cam Newton will finish his third-straight game without an interception.
Justification: Newton knows that if no one’s open, he can run. The Titans failed to register an interception in two of their last three games, both resulting in losses. Newton continues his rapid improvement as an NFL quarterback.
Philadelphia Eagles 48, Arizona Cardinals 10
Prediction: The Eagles will score at least five offensive touchdowns.
Justification: The Eagles have gone for over 40 points at least once a year for the past four seasons. In fact, it was against the Cardinals in 2008. This offense is too explosive to be kept down all year.
Kansas City Chiefs 31, Denver Broncos 20
Prediction: Matt Cassel will throw three touchdowns—all to Dwayne Bowe.
Justification: Cassel needs to prove he’s the franchise’s long-term option at QB. With only one touchdown pass in the last three weeks, he’ll have to use his favorite target—Bowe. The Chiefs receiver hasn’t scored since Week 5 when he had two TDs.
Jacksonville Jaguars 24, Indianapolis Colts 13
Prediction: Curtis Painter will throw four interceptions and possibly be benched.
Justification: Things in Indianapolis are bad, and they’re about to get worse. A game against the Jaguars is the most winnable one on the Colts' schedule and Painter knows that. He’ll try to force the issue against the underrated Jags secondary and pay dearly for it.
Baltimore Ravens 17, Seattle Seahawks 16
Prediction: The Ravens will need a late field goal to win this one.
Justification: Baltimore doesn’t do well in games against heavy underdogs. Their two losses this season are to Tennessee and Jacksonville. However, they’ve beaten the Steelers twice. I don’t understand it, but the Ravens struggle as the overwhelming favorite.
Detroit Lions 31, Chicago Bears 13
Prediction: Calvin Johnson will have his fifth two-TD performance of 2011.
Justification: The Bears were the team to derail Megatron from his streak of four two-TD games, but they still allowed him to have five catches for 130 yards. No one can guard this guy—especially after a week of rest.
San Francisco 49ers 23, New York Giants 13
Prediction: The Giants will finish with less than 50 rushing yards.
Justification: According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Ahmad Bradshaw will not play on Sunday. Brandon Jacobs will not be able to gain ground against the top run defense in the league alone. Eli Manning will struggle with no help on the ground.
New York Jets 24, New England Patriots 20
Prediction: The Patriots will lose their second-straight game to a New York team by the same score in the game’s waning moments.
Justification: The Pats defense is not disciplined enough to keep the Jets from having some success. The Jets defense is good enough to give Tom Brady enough trouble to keep him from carrying the team to victory.
Green Bay Packers 38, Minnesota Vikings 13
Prediction: Green Bay’s defense will show signs of last year’s championship-caliber D.
Justification: The Packers defense has scored four touchdowns this season, two of which came against the San Diego Chargers last week.
Sick of hearing how the defense isn’t good enough to get the team to the Super Bowl, the D will step up in a big way against a team that almost beat them last time.
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