We are now entering the back stretch of the NFL season and so far my prediction record is 84-48. To put that into perspective I am correctly guessing 63% of the games. The teams with bye weeks in week 10 are the Browns, Chiefs, Patriots, and Jets.
Thursday Nov. 7th
Thursday Night Football
Redskins at Vikings 7pm/CT – The Redskins are coming off of a solid win at home against the Chargers. Minnesota is looking to not get embarrassed on national TV again while looking for their second win of the season. I think the Redskins have the better team because of their offense. Neither team really has a good defense so this could be a RGIII vs Adrian Peterson battle. I think the Redskins will come out on top in the end.
Sunday Nov. 10th
Seahawks at Falcons – The Falcons are one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL this year as they had high expectations after reaching the NFC championship game last year. The Seahawks are 8-1 but have squeaked out two wins the last two weeks that have exposed some weaknesses in their defense. The Falcons defense is mediocre at best and their offense is going to have to be explosive if they are to pull off the upset at home. The Seahawks have been shaky on the road this season and if Atlanta can move the ball early the Seahawks could find themselves in a battle. That being said I think the Falcons have too many injury issues on offense to pull off this one.
Bengals at Ravens – This AFC North division battle is going to be an interesting game for several reasons. Can the Bengals assert themselves as a top team in the AFC? Or will the Ravens find a way to turn around their season and beat their division rivals. I think the Bengals defense will help them by forcing a couple turnovers that will lead to points. The Ravens are doing a poor job of defending their Super Bowl crown and if they lose this one they may as well kiss their post season hopes good bye. This is a must win for Baltimore and I believe they will throw everything they can at Cincy. However it wont be enough as Andy Dalton and the Bengals will put a stranglehold on the AFC North.
Lions at Bears – Last week the Bears beat the Packers and now they are tied with the Lions atop the NFC North. This game is for the division lead and the last time these two met the Lions won in a shootout 40-32. Jay Cutler is expected to be back this week and it will make a huge difference for the Bears as they square off against the Lions and their high powered offense. I think the Lions are a bit underrated and I think they will end up winning the NFC North and this game will prove it.
Eagles at Packers – Nick Foles tied an NFL record last week throwing for 7 TDs in one game. The Packers lost Aaron Rodgers last week as he injured his collar bone and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. The Eagles are hard to put faith in as they have played very well and very poor at times this season. However with all the injuries to the Packers offense and the Eagles seemingly finding a rhythm with their offense I think the Eagles will come out on top in Green Bay.
Rams at Colts – The Colts survived a tough test from the Houston Texans last week on the road and are looking to secure the AFC South. The Rams have played admirably the last two weeks but have come up just short to both the Titans and Seahawks. I think Andrew Luck will get pressured a lot this game by Robert Quinn and Chris Long. On the other hand Kellen Clemens will also be pressured by Robert Mathis and I think Luck will be able to handle the pressure better than Clemens and that will lead to a Colts victory at home.
Raiders at Giants – This game is a snoozer and I don’t expect either team to dominate this game. The Raider pass defense looked atrocious in week 9 as they gave up 7 TDs to Nick Foles. Eli Manning is a better QB than Nick Foles and the Raiders are a bad road team. I think this game will go the home team’s way.
Bills at Steelers – The Bills sure could have used EJ Manuel a week earlier as they had the undefeated Chiefs on the ropes last week. The Steelers are coming off the worst performance their defense has ever had and will be looking to take out their anger on the rookie QB returning this week from injury. I think this game will be a defensive struggle as the Steelers offense is going nowhere fast under Todd Haley and EJ Manuel will be looking to regain his confidence. I think the Bills will squeeze this one out late.
Jaguars at Titans – Chris Johnson finally seemed to have a break out game last week and the Titans are gaining confidence with Jake Locker back under center. The Jaguars are likely to go 0-16.
Panthers at 49ers – Both teams are riding multiple game win streaks coming into this game. The Panthers have won 4 straight but to considerably less talented teams than the 49ers. San Francisco has won 5 straight but none of those teams they have played have winning records. This game should be interesting as the QBs are very similar. Cam Newton has the better arm but Colin Kaepernick is the more athletic runner. I think the 49ers defense will make the difference as they find a way to slow down Cam and the Panthers.
Texans at Cardinals – The Texans put on an offensive show as Case Keenum had a special night with Andre Johnson. The Cardinals have a good secondary and it will be fun to see how they attack Keenum. Offensively the Cardinals have an emerging running back in Andre Ellington but QB Carson Palmer is clearly past his prime and is holding Larry Fitzgerald back. I think the Texans will win on the road as Case Keenum continues to prove he is a capable NFL QB.
Broncos at Chargers – This game will be an intense one as the Broncos are looking to keep pace with the Chiefs and the Chargers are battling for a wild card spot. I believe this game will be a shootout and much like Denver’s game in Dallas I think it will come down to who has the ball last. The big question that the media will focus on in this game is how will the Broncos play without John Fox on the sideline. It is hard for me to think it will affect them a whole lot as John Fox doesn’t call plays on either side of the ball. This game will come down to one thing, turnovers. If the Broncos do not turn the ball over on offense they will win this game, but if they give Phillip Rivers extra chances I think the Chargers can pull off the upset. Peyton Manning never seems to play well against the Chargers so this should be a good game but I think ultimately the Broncos will win and set up the game of the year against the Chiefs in week 11.
Sunday Night Football
Cowboys at Saints 7:30pm/CT – The Cowboys are leading their division but are about to face a Saints team that is coming off a very disappointing game in New York last week. I think the Saints home field advantage is incredible and the Cowboys who have a very potent offense will make this game interesting but in the end I think the Saints offense will be too much for the Cowboys defense to handle. Demarcus Ware is back and should help the defense but will it be enough?
Monday Nov. 11th
Monday Night Football
Dolphins at Bucs 7:30pm/CT – This game will get little to no coverage of the actual game leading up to the game as more people are interested in talking about the Dolphins “bullying” scandal. The Bucs are winless and I expect it will stay this way as the Dolphins will use the whole Incognito vs Martin ordeal as motivation.