Thoughts from Ian
Vikings over Redskins
I know everyone is picking the Redskins to win this one by default because the Vikings haven’t been doing well. They came up pretty close against the Cowboys last week though and I am picking them to upset the Redskins.
Seahawks over Falcons
This game would have been so interesting before Atlanta’s season went down the drain. Look for them to put up a fight but I don’t see how they win this game against one of the NFC’s best teams
Bengals over Ravens
Cincinnati has the clear advantage here as the Ravens don’t even look close to as good as the team they were last year. Andy Dalton needs to get out of the funk he is in though as this is still a pretty good defense.
Lions over Bears
This is the week that the Detroit Lions start to separate from the rest of the teams in the NFC North. With Aaron Rodgers down for the next four weeks or so, the Lions look like the clear favorite to take the division.
Eagles over Packers
Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that this game would feature two backup quarterback squaring off? The Packers have just been unlucky with injuries this year on both sides of the ball. I’d like to say they have a chance but I’m taking Foles over Wallace.
Colts over Rams
Andrew Luck is kind of weird. He will struggle early in the game but eventually he comes back around to secure the win for his team. I’m really like the energy that Zac Stacy is giving the Rams offense but I’m not sure its enough to overcome the Indy boys.
Giants over Raiders
Well, somebody has to win right? I’m tentatively taking the Giants to beat the Raiders. If Eli Manning can just play like Eli Manning, they should be ok. No Pryor and no McFadden makes it rough to put points on the board.
Bills over Steelers
The Bills have scored only 16 points in their last three meetings against the Steelers. They will score significantly more than that this Sunday against them. Spiller is nearly back to his old self and EJ Manuel looks ready to come back against the *not so Steel Curtain* defense.
Jaguars over Titans
I don’t really have much evidence but I’m not buying the Chris Johnson “resurgence”. The Jaguars have been getting steamrolled all season and I think they have a shot to win against a one trick pony offense.
49ers over Panthers
I almost chose the Panthers here. San Fran may be on a five game winning streak but they are running into trouble when they play a stout Panthers team hungry for wins. Cam Newton might have a better game than Colin Kaepernick here. Still I’m not sure if the Panthers can finish the deal in the fourth quarter so I’m going with the Niners.
Cardinals over Texans
Cardinals haven’t looked impressive all season and Houston is having a dreadful season outside of rookie Case Keenum. Andre Ellington and Larry Fitzgerald are going to be tough to contain and I think the Cardinals can outlast the Texans for a win.
Broncos over Chargers
It’s actually really strange how well these teams stack up to one another. Both have good offenses and suspect defenses. The Broncos need to come out of the break roaring if they want to reclaim the division and beat Kansas City. The Chargers have just as much a shot at this game as the Broncos.
Saints over Cowboys
The Saints got RG3’d last year and this year they got Geno’d. They’ll be at home for this game against Dallas and looking to put all the pieces together. The Saints must play their best football if they want to be taken seriously over teams like Seattle and San Francisco in the NFC. If the Cowboys figure out they can win with DeMarco Murray watch out. There is talent on both teams here and I suspect a shoot-out.
Dolphins over Buccaneers
This Monday night features the Controversy Bowl as both of these teams have had their share of problems off the field. Miami looks to have the edge in this match-up despite the somewhat unexpected productivity of Mike James. Miami has the tools to shut them down defensively as they can generate a pass rush to get to Glennon.