Week 14 Results (9-6) – Overall (124-67-1)
Another 9-6 week where I win the games I should and lose the ones I’m not completely sold on. The Bucs collapse to pitiful Philly was a head shaker, especially considering they were honoring the ’02 champs in that one, and
flop at Washington
creates more questions about a team no one was sold on anyways. How real are the Colts? Are the Packers really coming on? Can the Texans rebound from that MNF
whooping? Can I put together a strong
card for the first time since week 12?
We shall see. On to the next one…
Giants @ Falcons
Packers @ Bears
Redskins @ Browns
RGIII will not be playing in this one. The red hot Redskins are coming off three straight wins, but they’ve all been physically and emotionally draining contests. They now head to
Cleveland to take on a
Browns team that’s riding a three game good streak of their own. I leaned Cleveland even with RGIII playing, so I’m
definitely on the dog pound with him out.
Vikings @ Rams
Will Adrian Peterson reach his goal of eclipsing Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record? He currently sits at 1,600 yards and needs another 506 over the next three weeks to break the record. The Vikings are barely mathematically still in it, so they’re going to ride their horse all the way to the finish line. I think they’ll be up for this game more than the Rams, considering the effort
St. Louis has had to put
forth over the last two weeks to win two three point games. Peterson rushes for 163 yards and scores
Jaguars @ Dolphins
Bucs @ Saints
After looking like a team that was going to make a surprise playoff push, the Bucs have dropped three straight, including a deflating defeat on the last play of the game to Nick Foles and the Eagles last Sunday. The Saints have dropped three straight themselves, including a 25 point loss at the Giants last week. Bountygate is nearly settled, but I don’t think this week’s events will have any impact on what’s turned out to be a lost season for the Saints. The Bucs have beaten the Saints at least once a year since 2007, and I believe
Tampa has more
give-a-shit in them at this point. The
Broncos @ Ravens
This one looks similar to the GB-CHI matchup to me. The road team is playing good football, and the home team is fading down the stretch. Throw in the fact that
Baltimore is going
to be without quite a few defensive starters, and I think this one tips even
more in Denver’s
favor. Knowshon Moreno has been a huge
late season boost and is coming off a 167 total yard performance against the
Raiders. Having played last Thursday, I
think the longer layoff will work in Denver’s
favor as well.
Colts @ Texans
I love what the Colts have done this year, but I get the same feeling about this one that I did when Indy played the Patriots. I smelled a blowout and got one. The Texans have to be fuming after getting smoked on national television and want to prove without a shadow of a doubt who is the best team in the AFC South. When they got rolled by the Packers on Sunday Night Football in week 6 they came back the next Sunday and routed the Ravens 43-13. Similar result here.
Seahawks @ Bills
Lions @ Cardinals
This one is a matchup of 4-9 teams in freefall.
Detroit is an
undisciplined mess on a five game slide, while Arizona has laughably dropped nine in a row
after winning their first four games of the season. The Cardinals’ QB situation is a well
documented disaster, and they’re coming off an embarrassing 58-0 drubbing by
the Seahawks. They’ve scored just two TDs
in their last three games. Still, I
really wanted to take the Cardinals. The
Lions have given up and are losing pass catchers on a weekly basis. My taking Detroit is based on trusting Matt Stafford
and Calvin Johnson to outproduce the garbage on Zona’s offense.
Panthers @ Chargers
In a matchup of poor teams I look to see who’s playing better ball right now. The Chargers are coming a off a huge upset of the Steelers, but aside from that victory and their two against the Chiefs, the NFL’s doormat, the Chargers haven’t won since week 2 against the Titans.
Carolina on the other
hand has been in nearly every game they’ve played this year. They too are coming off a huge upset and did
recently lose to those doormat Chiefs, but I like how Carolina has shown on the road. The Panthers win by 7.
Steelers @ Cowboys
Pittsburgh? After the huge upset at Baltimore with Charlie Batch under center,
everyone had the Steelers pegged for a big win against the Chargers with Ben
Roethlisberger returning from his injuries.
How’d that turn out? Dallas made a statement with a comeback win at Cincinnati last week and
can still make the playoffs. How much of
a factor will Dez Bryant be with that busted finger? He’ll need to be more than a decoy if Dallas is going to beat
the NFL’s top passing defense. Pittsburgh wins the
turnover battle and sets up a huge home game against the Bengals next
Chiefs @ Raiders
Not wasting much time on this one. KC was dominated last week at
Cleveland, and Oakland
nearly beat the Browns a couple of weeks ago.
Flawless logic says the Raiders get their fourth and final win of the
49ers @ Patriots
If there was a team that could hope to slow down the Patriots right now, it’s the 49ers. I’d be shocked if
New England was able to drop
another 42 this week, but I don’t see the Niners shutting them down
either. Tom Brady is showing why he’s
still the best in the business, and I simply don’t think San Fran will put up
enough points to win it. The Patriots
are solid against the run and are improving against the pass. I love Colin Kaepernick, but this looks like
a matchup he’ll struggle with. It should
be a fabulous matchup and potential Super Bowl preview, but I expect Brady and
Belichick to prevail.
Jets @ Titans
Think the schedule makers would like to shift this one to a Sunday 1:00 start? “Jets” and “playoffs” have no business being mentioned in the same sentence, so as long as the football gods aren’t asleep at the wheel, I look for the Titans to win an ugly one and mercifully end any hopes the Jets had of reaching the postseason.