Week 12 Results (6-7) – Overall (106-55-1)
Wow that was pathetic. I guess it could be worse. I could be an offensive lineman for the Packers. Those dudes suck out loud. The playoff race is starting to shape up, and with most division winners pretty much decided at this point, several teams are fighting for wild cards. This will be a big week for teams like the Cowboys, Bucs, Seahawks, Bengals, Steelers, Colts, and those Packers. Expect to see some physical football and, hopefully, more wins from me this weekend. Last week is in the past. On to the next one…
Jaguars @ Bills
The weather is supposed to be sloppy in this one, and that’s fitting given the two teams that will be taking the field. Chad Henne has assumed the reigns of
Jacksonville’s offense after an impressive showing against
but I don’t like the matchup in this one.
I believe Jacksonville
will struggle to get anything going on the ground, forcing Henne to make plays
he really can’t. Bills win.
Vikings @ Packers
Seahawks @ Bears
I’m grouping these two games together because I see a lot of similarities. The home teams are the better teams. The road teams are physical teams with tough defenses. The home teams are heavily reliant on their starting QBs and are having tremendous troubles protecting them. The road teams are on the playoff bubble and are nearing must-win territory the rest of the way. The road teams rely heavily on their run games to support young QBs.
Chicago has the best defense of the four, but if they
don’t show up today and the Bears OL doesn’t protect Jay Cutler, Seattle will get the
upset win. If the Packers can’t keep
Aaron Rodgers comfortable or at least upright and they struggle to contain
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
will get the upset win. I’m counting on
the veteran QBs prevailing in tough circumstances, but these games will be
decided by less than ten points combined.
Colts @ Lions
Not taking anything away from the success of the Colts, but their wins aren’t coming against the top teams in the game.
has lost three straight but is playing much better competition. This is also Detroit’s third straight home game. Will they lose all three? I think not.
Texans @ Titans
Don’t overthink this one.
Houston scores a lot of points, and Tennessee gives up a
lot. The only way I see the Texans
losing this one is if they completely overlook the Titans for next week’s game
against the Patriots. Texans big.
Panthers @ Chiefs
This one will understandably have a somber tone after Saturday’s murder-suicide. I liked the Panthers before the incident, and I don’t see a reason to change that.
49ers @ Rams
Given the chance, I think Jim Harbaugh is going to want to make this as big a win as possible. It’s a division game against a team that punked them into a tie a few weeks ago, and you know Harbaugh wants to make his Kaepernick decision look genius. The Rams don’t pull off the upset or even near-upset this time.
Patriots @ Dolphins
To me, this one is just as simple as the Texans-Titans game. Here, the Patriots score whenever they want, and the Dolphins don’t score much at all. Will Tom Brady and company overlook
Miami for Houston? No way.
Cardinals @ Jets
The Jets were humorously inept on Thanksgiving night against the Patriots. “Butt Fumble” will live forever in infamy. That said, the cure for any struggling team’s ails nowadays seems to be the Cardinals. After their 4-0 start the Cardinals have dropped 7 straight. The streak goes to 8 Sunday.
Bucs @ Broncos
I’m proud of these Bucs, but I think they’ll be in a bit over their heads in
Denver. The Bucs stop the run better than anyone, so
while Knowshon Moreno might not duplicate his Chiefs’ game success, Peyton
Manning should feast on the game’s worst pass defense. Demaryius Thomas scores twice in a high
Browns @ Raiders
The Raiders are a really really bad football team. They’ve lost four straight and look worse each time out. This week they get an improving Browns team that is playing with confidence. This one looks easy to me. Trent Richardson has a huge day.
Bengals @ Chargers
The Chargers couldn’t beat the Ravens in what looked like a bad spot for the road team last week. This one shapes up similarly in that the Bengals come in on a winning streak and may be overlooking the Chargers for a home game against the Cowboys next week. I really like the way Andy Dalton and this defense is playing.
San Diego’s struggles in
this forgettable season continue.
Steelers @ Ravens
I don’t care how good this Steelers defense is. No Ben equals no chance in my opinion. Charlie Batch is playing in slow motion, so it’s unlikely that the Steelers do significant damage on the scoreboard.
plays a hell of a lot better at home than on the road, and this Sunday they’ll
gave a chance to effectively bury that Steelers. I expect them to rise to the occasion.
Eagles v. Cowboys
The Eagles have all but thrown in the towel on this season, and the Cowboys are fighting for a playoff spot. This one shouldn’t be close right? Well, don’t forget these are the Dallas Cowboys; the team notorious for playing down to its competition, no matter how bad. Still, I think Tony Romo has a lot of success in this one as the nails continue to be pounded into the coffin that is the Eagles nightmare season.
Giants @ Redskins
The last time these two met, we were treated to quite the contest. RGIII shined but had a couple of costly turnovers, while Eli Manning had another one of his legendary late comebacks. Which
New York team shows up – the one that stomped
a mudhole in the Packers last week or the one that couldn’t get anything going
against the Steelers or Bengals? Two things
stand out for me – Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are far better defensively than Green Bay, and New
York always plays better on the road. This one should be a bit more captivating
than last week’s Carolina/Philly snoozer.
I expect a solid effort from the Redskins, but I’m backing the Giants
because I believe the veteran team knows how important getting this win is considering
their remaining schedule – New Orleans, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.