Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) celebrates a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. San Diego won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Thoughts from Ian
It’s not going be a good week for the home teams.
Lions over Packers
The Lions have had major setbacks the past two weeks against the Steelers and the Buccaneers. Playing on Thanksgiving against a team that regularly embarrasses them on Thanksgiving should be the motivation Stafford and the team needs to right the ship. Flynn will make plays against the Lions defense because of the weapons he has in the Packers offense. Stafford will lead this team to a win.
Raiders over Cowboys
We all knew the Cowboys were once again going to be pretenders this year. We just wanted to know when they would be exposed. The Dallas defense is looking bad these days and I’m betting that the Raiders steal a win in that beautiful stadium that Jerry Jones likes so much. Maybe that shot to the chest will be the wake up call this team needs to change things up.
Steelers over Ravens
The Steelers have developed into a well-rounded team this season, despite their difficulty running the ball. The Ravens offense meanwhile is still pathetic while their defense manages to still create problems for offenses. The Steelers defense may be aging out but they are “old man tough”. Steelers get the win in this match up.
Titans over Colts
As predicted the Arizona Cardinals made short work of the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts could have won this match up easy before their team got banged up. These teams are evenly matched but I’m expecting the Titans to come out with the win.
Browns over Jaguars
Browns may be out of the playoff race, but they won’t play like it against the Jaguars. Cleveland should limit Maurice Jones-Drew out the backfield and snuff out any aggressive passing attack.
Panthers over Bucs
If you are expecting the Panthers to destroy Tampa Bay, welcome to the NFC South. There are no “easy” games in this division. Tampa has strung together some wins with good defensive play and a “phoenix-like” running attack. Carolina is playing good football, which is why it will be very interesting to see how they finish their schedule against the NFC South. I’m taking Carolina’s front seven over the Bucs offense though.
Bears over Vikings
Chicago ran into a buzz saw in St. Louis last week. They travel to Minnesota this week and I expect them to fare better. Minnesota is struggling to put a consistent offensive effort forth week in and week out. Their 30th ranked defense doesn’t really make me shudder either.
Patriots over Texans
Last week I accurately predicted that no team (not even the Jaguars) should be afraid of the Texans. Brady will be on vacation against the Texans this week after facing off against the Broncos. He may be foiled by the towel boy (J.J. Watt) a few times but this will be an easy Patriots win.
Cardinals over Eagles
Eagles are coming off their bye week to play the Cardinals and boy are they going to be in for a shock! I really like how the Cardinals are starting to put the pieces together on offense. Nick Foles will have a hard time throwing against this defense and finding an uncovered Riley Cooper. Carson Palmer will execute a balanced game plan that will keep Philly’s D on their heels.
Dolphins over the Jets
The Jets defense is keeping this team afloat and the Dolphins are a stable team with play makers. That means the Dolphins are going to win.
Bills over Falcons
The Falcons just have not been playing well lately. It’s not like everyone is injured on their team. Just their high-priced receivers. This is why the Falcons could never be on par with the Saints, despite all the media hype. They don’t have people that can step up (outside of Harry Douglas) when guys can’t go. Every team in the NFL has depth, including the Falcons. They just don’t know how to use it. Ok, I’m done. The Bills will win this game in Toronto.
49ers over Rams
After beating the Bears, the Rams will have to travel to Candlestick Park to face the 49ers. Hard knocks. The 49ers are a tough team to beat at home and I’m not sure the Tavon Austin show can travel well yet. Niners get the win here.
Chargers over Bengals
This week features the top AFC powers facing off. AFC Showdown Part 1 is Bengals and Chargers. The Chargers have a suspect defense but the Bengals have a suspect quarterback in Andy Dalton. I’m betting he makes too many mistakes in a pivotal match up and gives the Chargers this win.
Broncos over Chiefs
AFC Showdown Part 2: Broncos and Chiefs. The last time these teams faced off, the Chiefs allowed Peyton Manning to control the game. I can’t imagine that happening this time. The defense will force Manning to check down and limit his red zone opportunities. The problem is that the Chiefs don’t have an explosive offense like the Broncos. This game is going to come down to the last couple of drives and I can’t imagine Alex Smith being the one to deliver the dagger.
Redskins over Giants
Redskins fans were hurt following their loss to the Niners. What’s that in the distance? The New York Giants? Rejoice! HTTR! The Redskins defense will shut down the Giants running attack and force Eli to throw the ball to the fans more than his receivers. RG III should get back on track and finally get some of the heat off his back.
Saints over Seahawks
This is the ultimate away game in the NFL. Since I know it’s on your mind let’s have a little history lesson. The last time these teams faced off in Seattle, the Saints lost 41-36. They lost by five points. This was back when the Saints didn’t have a great defense. This was when Seattle had Matt Hasselbeck. The Saints had Julius Jones running the ball because their running backs were hurt. These teams have significantly changed since then. The fact is that the Saints are a complete team that can gain an advantage on either side of the ball. Seattle’s offense isn’t invincible but you cannot make mistakes against their defense. This will be a Monday Night match up you won’t want to miss!
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