It’s hard to believe we are only a month and a half away from the end of the NFL regular season. Last week was another bad week for my predictions and my record is now 98-63. Week 12 is the last week of bye weeks and the teams with byes this week are the Seahawks, Bengals, Bills, and Eagles.
Thursday Nov. 21st
Thursday Night Football 7:30pm CT
Saints at Falcons – This one is a tale of two completely opposite teams. The Saints are playing for home field advantage and the NFC South title. Atlanta is in shambles and even though the week one matchup was a good game this one looks to be an easy game for the Saints.
Sunday Nov. 24th
Jets at Ravens – The Jets are still somehow in the playoff race but the Ravens aren’t far behind and are trying to sneak into the playoffs this year. Last week the Jets got a terrible game out of Geno Smith as he threw 3 interceptions and the Jets got killed by the Bills. The Ravens had a weird game in Chicago and after a two hour delay they lost to the Bears in overtime. Ravens won’t have as much trouble with the Jets this week.
Steelers at Browns – The Steelers looked good last week and Ben Roethlisberger looked like his old self throwing for 4 TDs in a win over the Lions. The Browns have had their ups and downs on offense but the defense has been solid all year. I believe they will continue their good play at home and beat the Steelers in Cleveland.
Buccaneers at Lions – The Lions have shown some cracks the last two weeks but they are still a legit playoff threat in the NFC. The Buccaneers have won two straight games and are no longer last in their own division. Nonetheless the Bucs only have two wins for a reason. It will be interesting to see Calvin Johnson matchup against Derrelle Revis. Lions are the better team, they win.
Vikings at Packers – The Packers are lost without Aaron Rodgers and the Vikings are just trying to survive the rest of the season. If this game is on in your local market I feel sad for you. This games is sure to be boring and I think the Vikings have the advantage because they do not have to face Aaron Rodgers.
Jaguars at Texans – If the Jaguars are going to win another game this year it will be against the Titans again or the Texans, but not in Houston. The Texans are the AFC equivalent of the Atlanta Falcons but they are having more QB problems then most teams and they are on a losing streak that has to stop sometime. This week is where the streak comes to an end.
Chargers at Chiefs – Phillip Rivers has never had it easy when he visits Arrowhead and it will be even more brutal this week as the Chiefs return home after their first loss of the season at Denver on Sunday Night Football last week. The Chiefs need to show some improvement across the offensive line and also need to show they can still get to the quarterback as they have not recorded a sack in the last two weeks. Ultimately I stand by what I said earlier in the year, the Chiefs will not lose at home this season.
Panthers at Dolphins – The Panthers may have gotten away with a lucky call at the end of the Patriots game last week but they won’t need that sort of luck against the Dolphins. The Dolphins surprised me by beating the Chargers last week but the Chargers defense is nowhere near the same caliber as the Panthers. Carolina takes care of business.
Bears at Rams – The Rams are getting better each week but the loss of Sam Bradford for the year is just too much for this team to overcome. The Bears are finding ways to win while Jay Cutler is on the bench and I believe they will win this game with a tough defense and a good running game.
Colts at Cardinals – Bruce Arians faces off against the team he coached last year while Chuck Pagano was battling cancer. This game is critical for Arizona’s playoff chances and the Colts need to return to their winning ways. The Cardinals defense has the edge in this one as Bruce Arians knows the Colts very well. I think the Cardinals will win in a close one at home.
Titans at Raiders – Matt McGloin looked like a real NFL QB in his first start last week against Houston. Oakland returns to the Black Hole to face another AFC South foe and I think they will not have too much trouble against Ryan Fitzpatrick. If the Titans are going to win it will have to come from the offense because the defense has not stepped up the last couple of weeks.
Cowboys at Giants – The Giants have seemed to find thier stride but it may be too little too late. The Cowboys are coming off their bye week and are trying to keep pace with the Eagles for the NFC East lead. I think the Cowboys will end up winning this one but the only way they can do that is by having a great offensive game. The Dallas defense is not very good and without Sean Lee they have major problems. I think they overcome those obstacles and win on the road.
Sunday Night Football
Broncos at Patriots – The Patriots got robbed in Carolina in week 11 and they will be out for revenge against the AFC leading Broncos. Tom Brady has had Peyton Manning’s number through the years but I don’t know if the New England defense is good enough to slow down the Broncos offense. If the Patriots are going to win Aqib Talib will have to have a huge game to shut down Demarius Thomas. The Broncos only loss this year came on the road and I doubt they lose another game in Denver. This game is gonna be a shootout but I think the Denver defense is just good enough to come up with a couple stops against Tom Brady.
Monday Nov. 25th
49ers at Redskins – The Redskins defense is not good enough to slow down the ground and pound offense of San Francisco. Colin Kaepernick has not been as good in the air as he was last year and now many in the bay area questioning letting go of Alex Smith. The Redskins defense is terrible and will make Kaepernick look good this week as the 49ers win on the road.