Last Week: 11-4
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
-Seattle is not the same team on the road, the Cardinals are a deceptively talented defense allowing only 18.5 points per game. That being said, Seattle’s defense held the Titans to less than 230 yards in their win on the road last week, and with turnover-happy Carson Palmer at the helm for Arizona, you have to go with the Seahawks.
Seattle 21 Arizona 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
-The Bucs average mustering up roughly 290 yards of offense per game, which correlates to only 12 points per game. The Falcons are coming off a bye, and they are at home at the dome, knowing that they really need a win. The Tony Gonzalez trade rumors are unwarranted as well.
Atlanta 27 Tampa Bay 14
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions
-The Detroit Lions average gaining 379 yards per contest, but defensibly they allow 393. That ranks 26th in the NFL, and on the flip side, the Bengals rank 8th in yards allowed per game. Cincinnati was able to lock down the Patriots to weeks ago, and despite eking out a tight win against the Bills, the Bengals will win this litmus test game.
Cincinnati 27 Detroit 24
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
-E.J. Manuel has been ruled out for roughly 4-6 weeks, and in his stead the QB for the Bills will most likely be Thad Lewis. However defense maybe the difficulty for Buffalo; “the Bills are tied for 27th with an average of 395.0 total yards allowed and have given up the fifth-most rushing yards at 124.2 per game.” The Dolphins have had an extra week to prepare for this and they will be up to the challenge.
Miami 31 Buffalo 21
New England Patriots at New York Jets
-The Patriots are coming off of an improbable and miraculous win against the New Orleans Saints. The Jets on the other hand are coming off of an embarrassing and disappointing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The simple case is that the Patriots have momentum and despite their injuries they are still better than the New York Jets.
New England 27 New York 17
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
-Nick Foles will be starting at quarterback for the Eagles after Michael Vick once again declared himself injured. DeMarco Murray is going to be out for the Cowboys, but that really shouldn’t slow down Dallas’s offense that much. The Eagles rank dead last in passing yards allowed per game, so expect Romo to be throwing early and often.
Dallas 42 Philadelphia 37
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins
-The Chicago Bears are 17-1 in their last 18 games where they force 3 turnovers or more, and they did so last week when their secondary picked off Eli Manning a trio of times. RGIII is still a bit slow a foot, and he has already thrown for as many interceptions this year as last year.
Chicago 31 Washington 21
St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers
-Who are the Rams exactly? Are they the team that lost to Dallas 31-7 or the team that just trounced the Texans on the road 38-13? Sam Bradford is having a great year thus far with 13 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. Tavon Austin still isn’t getting a lot of playing time, but the Rams seem to be finding themselves at the right time.
St. Louis 17 Carolina 14
San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars
-The Jaguars really showed some unexpected muscle in their loss to the Denver Broncos, but the Chargers showed impressive swag in their home win against the Indianapolis Colts. Phillip Rivers should be able to throw all over the Jags defense, and with MJD only averaging roughly 2.7 yards a carry, nothing is going to stop San Diego.
San Diego 31 Jacksonville 17
San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans
-Colin Kaepernick is still not living up to all the hype, but Frank Gore is picking up the slack. He has been having monster games of the past 4 weeks, and averaging 4.6 yards per carry has been a key recipe for the 49ers success.
San Francisco 20 Tennessee 14
Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers
-Stingy defense was key for the Packers 19-17 win against the Baltimore Ravens. If they can keep the Browns under 100 yards rushing then they should be golden. Cleveland ran for over 100 yards in the first half, but only 11 yards in the second half against the Detroit Lions last week.
Green Bay 24 Cleveland 13
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs
-The Texans are starting Case Keenum at quarterback, officially cementing the status of Matt Schaub’s future with the team as questionable. Kansas City’s future is looking very bright on the other hand, specially if Jamaal Charles continues his success.
Kansas City 24 Houston 10
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
-The Baltimore Ravens average only 2.7 yards per carry, which ranks second to last in the NFL. The Steelers are coming off a big win against the Jets. If the Heinz field faithful had to welcome home an 0-5 Steelers team home, things might have gotten ugly. Fortunately that isn’t happening.
Pittsburgh 21 Baltimore 20
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts
-Jim Irsay seems to have made everyone in the NFL angry with his comments regarding Peyton Manning’s “unfulfilled” time with Colts. Based off that, it’s safe to say that Denver will be amped up and Manning will be on a mission.
Denver 38 Indianapolis 24
Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants
-Josh Freeman is starting for the Minnesota Vikings after only being with the team for two weeks. Eli Manning will for once be the better quarterback on the field, and it’ll lead the Giants to victory; that is as long as New York can stop Adrian Peterson.
New York 24 Minnesota 17