Last Week: 10-5
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
–The Carolina Panthers are a tricky team to pick, you never know which team will show up. But even in Carolina plays subpar on Thursday, they can beat the Buccaneers. Carolina on the year allows only 13 points per game, meaning Tampa Bay will be really struggling scoring. Not to mention, Doug Martin has been ruled out.
Carolina 24 Tampa Bay 10
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
-The Patriots very rarely lose two games in a row. It almost happened earlier this year when they lost to the Bengals then escaped against the Saints, but now after the defeat to the Jets, New England surely won’t drop a division game. Mark my words, Rob Gronkowski has a touchdown reception.
New England 31 Miami 21
Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions
-Both Tony Romo and Matthew Stafford average throwing for over 350 yards per game, and both gun slingers have fantastic wide receivers to throw at. Dez Bryant has more receptions and yards than Calvin Johnson, but he does not have a catch in triple coverage! Calvin is back and fully healthy, and Detroit is at home. This game is a toss up but my gut says the Cowboys lose it late.
Detroit 34 Dallas 27
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs
–Former Redskins starting QB Jason Campbell is starting in replacement of the benched Brandon Wheeden. The Browns defense has been really carrying them this season, and they will be put to the test Sunday. If the Browns can keep Jamaal Charlers from going crazy, then they have a long shot to pull off the upset. However, Charles has at least one touchdown in every game, and I don’t see that trend breaking.
Kansas City 24 Cleveland 13
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints
-The Bills essentially shot down the Dolphins hopes of the playoffs with their win in Miami last week, and while buffalo was getting a division win the New Orleans Saints were recuperating on a bye. As well as the Bills have hung in games, going to New Orleans, when the Saints have had an extra week to prepare, is a very, very tough task.
New Orleans 38 Buffalo 21
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
-The New York Giants are coming off their first win, and the Philadelphia Eagles struggled immensely against the Dallas Cowboys. Nick Foles will not be at quarterback, meaning Michael Vick will be returning behind the center for Chip Kelley. This game will be physical, but with the game being in Phili and Michael Vick returning, my gut says go with the Eagles. Either way it is going to be incredibly high scoring.
Philadelphia 38 New York 35
San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars
-Colin Kaepernick has been quoted about the Jacksonville defense saying that “I think they’re a good defense. They haven’t quite put everything together.” I don’t think the Jaguars are putting it together this week.
San Francisco 27 Jacksonville 10
New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals
-The Jets, coming off of their huge win against the Patriots, now have another big game against the Bengals. Over the past two games Andy Dalton has thrown for 709 yards, six touchdowns and only 1 interception; however this week he is going up against the fourth ranked defense in the NFL. With that being said, the Jets are best when they run the ball, and Cincinnati allows less than 100 yards per game on average.
Cincinnati 21 New York 20
Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders
-The Steelers seem to be back in the groove, specially after their momentum building win against their rival against the Baltimore Ravens. Oakland is coming off of a bye, but seeing what the Steelers did to a mobile young in quarterback Geno Smith, I don’t think Terrelle Pryor is going to be able to put much together offensively.
Pittsburgh 24 Oakland 13
Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos
-I am genuinely scared for what is going to happen to the Washington Redskins. As bad as Denver’s defense has been, Washington’s is still worse. It’s going to be a bad homecoming for Mike Shanahan. The Broncos average nearly 50 points when playing NFC east opponents this year, and they might top 50 for the third time this season on Sunday.
Denver 48 Washington 31
Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals
-Roddy White will be sitting out for the second straight game, and despite the problems for the Falcons I still see them defeating Arizona. It maybe very close, but since week 10 of last year Matt Ryan leads all quarterbacks in away games QBR; Falcons in a close one.
Atlanta 24 Arizona 21
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
-The Josh Freeman experience has been, lets just say, not so good so far. He threw for under 200 yards on 53 pass attempts Monday night against the New York Giants, and frankly he made The Eli look stupendous. Now Freeman may have a concussion, and the Vikings are hosting the Green Bay Packers in primetime. The Vikings are just playing awful now and the chances of them pulling off an upset are slim to none.
Green Bay 28 Minnesota 14
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams
–The loss of Sam Bradford is incredibly damaging, he had 14 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions on an offense that was at time anemic. Now looking at this game, the alarming statistic is that Russell Wilson has 323 rushing yards, and Zac Stacy and Daryl Richardson have a combined 390 yards. No running games spells real trouble for the Rams.
Seattle 24 St. Louis 16