Nov 17, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) gets ready to stiff arm Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington (58) in the fourth quarter of their game at EverBank Field. The Arizona Cardinals beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-14. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
Thoughts from Ian
Saints over Falcons
The Falcons just look dead in the water last week, but I expect them to come alive against New Orleans in the Georgia Dome. The Falcons have sustained several injuries on the offensive side of the ball this season. The Saints need to minimize their errors that they had the last week. This should be an easy win for the Saints though. Don’t judge me if the camera catches me acting a fool on NFL Network!!
Lions over Buccaneers
Boneheaded decisions and bad defense cost Detroit dearly against Pittsburgh. This is still the best team in the NFC North however, and I expect them to bounce back against Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers won’t be letting the Lions have their way all over the field though. They still have a very good defense and can keep this game close if the Lions let them. Detroit needs to maintain discipline in their offensive game plan if they want to win any confidence going forward.
Packers over Vikings
This is an interesting match up. No Rodgers’ shouldn’t be a problem against a dismal 30th ranked Minnesota defense. They don’t have as many play makers as the Giants do. Outside of three interceptions last week, Scott Tolzien did a good job at quarterback (Yes, I am saying that with a straight face.) He was fairly accurate and spread the ball around to seven different receivers. Pack get the win in Lambeau.
Jaguars over Texans
I really want to choose the Jaguars for the upset over the dysfunctional Texans. The number one receiver should not be yelling at his quarterback and walking off the field at the end of the game. The Jaguars have shown an ability to move the ball down the field in games. Ah what the heck, I’m going with the Jaguars on the upset!
Chiefs over Chargers
Well the Chiefs weren’t able to stop Manning on Sunday night, but they should be able to handle Phillip Rivers and company. I’d like to see if Alex Smith starts letting it loose against San Diego’s defense a little. Reid probably won’t want to stray to far from the formula though. I mean they are 9-1 after all.
Panthers over Dolphins
That didn’t look like the old Panthers on Monday Night Football. The controversial call at the end cannot take away from the fact that the Panthers outplayed the Patriots. They shouldn’t have any trouble with Miami this week.
Steelers over Browns
Steelers appear to have shaken off their early season woes and the Browns are starting to trend downwards. My money is on the Steelers to add another one to the win column this week.
Bears over Rams
It is in St. Louis so possible upset in the making. The Bears should be able to have their way with St. Louis though.
Ravens over Jets
Geno Smith imploded last week and as much as I don’t like the Ravens, I’d give them the edge to beat the Jets this week.
Raiders over Titans
Somebody has to win right? It be ridiculous if this game ended in a tie. I’m hopping on the McGloin bandwagon here and have them edging Tennessee.
Cardinals over Colts
Can the Colts string together two wins? Maybe not against the Cardinals. Word is Palmer finally has a firm grasp of the offense in Arizona (only took him 11 weeks!). Arizona has play makers everywhere and they will make the difference against Indianapolis.
Cowboys over Giants
How many lives do the New York Giants have? They’ve put together a four-game winning streak while nobody was watching. That streak ends against Dallas. Romo and Dez need to light a fire under themselves and retake the NFC East if they want anyone to take them seriously. Romo is 33 years old. If he can’t take the Cowboys to the playoffs this season, time to start looking for another quarterback.
Broncos over Patriots
The Patriots are still good. Just not good enough. Manning and the Broncos will have their way with this team in their second Sunday Night game on NBC (somebody loves seeing Peyton over there!) Brady will get his licks in but this isn’t a game they are capable of winning anymore.
49ers over Redskins
It’s always a new excuse with the Redskins. They actually complained that the Eagles “knew” their plays this week. Really? Focus on making your offense more effective. The 49ers are looking to get back on track after a close loss to New Orleans and the Redskins are coming at the right time for them.