NFL14: Week 13 Matchup Predictions

So many games with playoff implications,  so many relevant matchups. And how about the AFC North with every team at 7 wins. Toughest Division in football.  Let’s get right to it.

Chicago Bears (5-6) @ Detroit Lions (7-4)

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Philadephia Eagles (8-3) @ Dallas Cowboys (8-3)

Pick the Cowboys to perch themselves atop the Division and solidify themselves as a true Super Bowl contender with a win today for no other reason than its a home game.

Pick COWBOYS

Seattle Seahawks (7-4) @ San Fransico 49ers (7-4)

The definitive rivalry of this era, two teams that have a disdain that runs close to personal.  The Seahawks will utilize Mr. Lynch to the fullest and win on the road.

Pick SEAHAWKS

Washington Redskins (3-8) @ Indianapolis Colts (7-4)

Colt McCoy, fearless and underrated, will lead the Redskins to a hard fought and tough loss against the Colts who have better at home then the Redskins on the road

Pick COLTS

Tennessee Titans (2-9) @ Houston Texans (5-6)

Houston is still alive (barely) in the playoff hunt and they are just now turning it up. Getting to 10-6 is both necessary and possible for the Texans with the Titans this week and two of their remaining six against Jacksonville. Here’s to a softer schedule..

Pick TEXANS

Cleveland Browns (7-4) @ Buffalo Bills (6-5)

One thing about the Browns is they the are no surprise, they do the good things well and the the bad things poorly.  Last week was a case in point, and this week Buffalo will be a stronger test for them, but one they should surpass if they hope to remain in the playoff hunt.

Pick BROWNS

San Diego Chargers (7-4) @ Baltimore Ravens (7-4)

Baltimore plays well at home this year, and Justin Forsett could break 1000 yds this week against a team that gives up about 100 yards per game.  Look for the Ravens to win this one fairly easily

Pick RAVENS

New York Giants (3-8) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10)

Hard to pick games where neither team has anything to play for.  For the Giants, the effort vs Dallas last week is enough to show they have much more left in the tank.

Pick GIANTS

Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-9)

Look for the Bengals to hold on to the Division lead with a win in the Big Pirate Ship as the Bengals only concern going into this game is making sure they can play within themselves.

Pick BENGALS

Oakland Raiders (1-10) @ St. Louis Rams (4-7)

Hard to pick a game when two teams have only pride to play for.  But the Rams have proven to be better than their record. Expect them to improve

Pick RAMS

New Orleans Saints (4-7) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4)

The Steelers, fresh off a bye week face a Saints team that has not figured out how to beat this AFC North divison.

Pick STEELERS

Carolina Panthers (3-7-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (4-7)

The Vikings will win this Matchup of teams with only pride to play for.  Minnesota is at home and the Panthers aren’t the best defensive team by any stretch.

Pick VIKINGS

Arizona Cardinals (9-2) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-7)

The Cardinals stumbled a bit in a tough played loss last week. Atlanta also had a tough loss but to a arguably weaker Browns team. Cardinals will continue to prove their dominance of the league.

Pick CARDINALS

New England Patriots (9-2) @ Green Bay Packers (8-3)

Both teams are riding high but the Packers have a Swiss size hole in run defense that The Patriots look to exploit.

Pick PATRIOTS

Denver Broncos (8-3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)

Denver has the Chiefs number, usually. That loss to Oakland is still heavy on their minds, hopefully not too heavy to remember that Peyton Manning does not like thinking under a rush

Pick CHIEFS

Miami Dolphins (6-5) @ New Jets (2-9)

Signing Vinny Testeverde is the only hope for the Jets to pull off another Monday Night Miracle. Actually,  this might not be a bad idea for the Jets.

Pick JETS

NFL14: Week 12 Matchup Predictions

D Gulley from The Shop Report with this week’s NFL Picks.

As the playoff picture really starts to take shape, there are some who are already in grave danger of missing out.  Let’s see how week 12 looks for the teams.

Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) @ Oakland Raiders (0-10)

  • Against better judgment, I picked against the Chiefs last week vs the defending champs.  The Chiefs league best pass defense and punishing running attack should make themselves at home in the Black Hole keep the Raiders winless this week.

Pick CHIEFS

Cleveland Browns (6-4) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-6)

  • Both of these teams are worse than they should be; the Browns had better exploit the league’s worst pass defense (especially with Josh Gordon’s return) because the running game may have a tough time against the top 10 run defense of the Falcons. I’m taking the Falcons.

Pick FALCONS

Tennessee Titans (2-8) @ Philadelphia Eagles (7-3)

  • Every game counts; and margin of error decreases at week 10.  Philadelphia and Chip Kelly know this – which is why they’ll win this one handily vs the Titans who had everything slip away (including their momentum) last Monday.

Pick EAGLES

Detroit Lions (7-3) @ New England Patriots (8-2)

  • The best overall defense in the league travels to Foxboro in what could quietly be a Super Bowl matchup.  I actually like the Lions to win this game in Foxboro.  Stranger things have happened (the tuck rule… oh wait…) Still, I’m going with the Detroit.

Pick LIONS  

Green Bay Packers (7-3) @ Minnesota Vikings (4-6)

  • The Vikings claimed Ben Tate off waivers from Cleveland this week and he plays running back; not corner back, or safety.  Aaron Rodgers is Green Bay’s quarterback.  See the problem that the Vikings haven’t solved?  Good for Tate to become a feature back, but wait until next week perhaps for it to spell a victory.

Pick PACKERS

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) @ Indianapolis Colts (6-4)

  • I have no idea what the Jaguars can do to mimic the Patriots who visited and thrashed the Colts last week in Lucas Oil Stadium.  Furthermore, I haven’t seen Luck and company ever play the same type of bad game two weeks in a row.

Pick  COLTS

Cincinnati Bengals (6-3-1) @ Houston Texans (5-5)

  • I’m struggling to figure out why the Bengals beat the Saints but won’t beat the Texans, I’d like to not make a gut feeling about this one.  Thank you Ryan Mallett, your running game and receiving core, and the front 4 on defense for bailing me out.

Pick TEXANS

New York Jets (2-8) @ Buffalo Bills (5-5)

  • This is going to be a bit of an emotional game for the city of Buffalo, where The Day After Tomorrow poured mountains of snow on the city and on a serious note, some people have died as a result.  This will be a rallying cry for the team to play Grade C football, which is all it takes to beat the Jets.

Pick BILLS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8) @ Chicago Bears (4-6)

  • I’m going with the Bears and to continue to correct the ship, and win another one at home.

Pick BEARS

Arizona Cardinals (9-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (6-4)

  • I like the Seahawks to win this game at home, getting back to their old ways and figuring out how to win despite their lingering Lynch problem . Still, a loss this week doesn’t mean that the Cardinals aren’t still the best, it’s just that you can’t win them all.

Pick SEAHAWKS

St. Louis Rams (4-6) @ San Diego Chargers (6-4)

  • The Chargers need it more, and the playoff (and legacy) window is closing quicker by the week.  Expect the Chargers to defy the “Any Given Sunday” axiom and beat an inferior Rams team.

Pick CHARGERS

Miami Dolphins (6-4) @ Denver Broncos (7-3)

  • Since this is a home game for the Broncos, I expect that they’ll win this on that advantage alone.  Miami doesn’t turn the ball over a lot, but they don’t score a lot either.

Pick BRONCOS

Washington Redskins (3-7) @ San Franciso 49ers (6-4)

  • The only player more toxic on a team than Marshawn Lynch is for Seattle is RGIII for Washington. Compound that with a visit to San Francisco, with a league leading 16 interceptions and you have a victory for the Niners

Pick 49ERS

Dallas Cowboys (7-3) @ New York Giants (3-7)

  • Their team standings run parallel to each team’s progression.  The Cowboys are truly an elite team, and the Giants era of greatness is just about over.  The Giants do force a good deal of INTs but unfortunately, Eli Manning is giving them right back (if last week is any indication).

Pick COWBOYS

Baltimore Ravens (6-4) @ New Orleans Saints (4-6)

  • The Saints do not like the AFC North because they match up too well with them (reference losses to the Browns, and Bengals).  The Ravens are tougher than both of those teams, and I think Monday night will be another example, especially given the injury situation.

Pick RAVENS

BYE WEEK: Pittsburgh, Carolina

NFL14: Week 11 Matchup Predictions

This is D_Gulley from The Shop Report making the picks this week, while Barbershop J is away.  Here’s my take on this weeks matchups…

Bills (5-4) @ Dolphins (5-4)

  • In September, a Bills-Dolphins matchup was not expected to be relevant for either one, let alone both, teams.  Alas, here we are.  Dolphins will get this one as the Bills continue to struggle with the enemy within (their division).

PICK DOLPHINS

Vikings (4-5) @ Bears (3-6)

  • The battle to get out of the NFC North cellar will prove futile for the bears against a Vikings team with a (long) shot to play in the post season.  Worse news for the Bears is that it’s a home game, where they’re 0-3.

PICK VIKINGS 

Texans (4-5) @ Browns (6-3)

  • Four weeks ago, a meeting against a winless Jaguars team proved to be a trap game for the Browns.  De ja Vu  – almost. This is a tough one, but the Browns have better options, given they have more options at the running game than one stellar Arian Foster.  Not to be overlooked are the Browns impressive D when it counts.

PICK BROWNS

Seattle (6-3) @ Kansas City (6-3)

  • This one is tougher to pick as both teams have been streaking lately.  I actually considered the Chiefs for a moment threw my self a challenge flag, and after review my pick is overturned.

PICK SEAHAWKS 

Atlanta (3-6) @ Carolina (3-6-1)

  • A late run starting with a win this week by either team could mean a good shot at narrowly missing the post season at best.  Carolina is best equipped for the task.

PICK PANTHERS

Cincinnati (6-3-1) @ New Orleans (4-5)

  • Look for the Saints to surge ahead of a winnable NFC South at home by confusing the reeling Bengals in an easy win

PICK SAINTS

Tampa Bay (1-8) @ Washington (3-6)

  • Washington – that’s it

PICK REDSKINS

Denver (7-2) @ St. Louis (3-6)

  • Another exhibition of greatness of Manning as well as the Broncos D, another easy win

PICK BRONCOS

San Francisco (6-4) @ NY Giants (3-6)

  • Look for the 49ers (without Patrick Willis) to win soundly here, despite other off-field distractions

PICK 49ERS

Oakland (0-9) @ San Diego (5-4)

  • Unfortunately for the Raiders, the season still isn’t over, and neither are the losses for a tragically talented team especially against a Chargers team that needs to end a losing streak to save a season

PICK CHARGERS

Philadelphia (7-2) @ Green Bay (6-3)

  • Expect the Packers to hold serve at home and mightily affect Sanchez ability to run the Eagles offense; that and Aaron Rodgers looking Better than the Super Bowl year of 4 seasons ago, which is scarier than Peyton’s current run

PICK PACKERS

Detroit (7-2) @ Arizona (8-1)

  • This has upset written all over it – Stanton will do just fine in his first start against a game Lions team riding a streak.

PICK CARDINALS

New England (7-2) @ Indianapolis (6-3)

  • New England will exploit the porous pass defense of the Colts to win this entertaining game – yes I know it the Colts, I know they’re at home, and I know that Luck is they’re quarterback.

PICK PATRIOTS

Pittsburgh (6-4) @ Tennessee (2-7)

  • There’s nothing about the Steelers’ loss last week to the Jets that tells me Tennessee will win at home.  Pittsburgh will resume their winning ways and serve notice to the rest of the league (especially their division) that they’re not done yet

PICK STEELERS

BYE WEEK: Dallas, NY Jets, Jacksonville, Baltimore

NFL 14: Week 10 Matchup Predictions

If you think the first  half of the current NFL season were a sight to behold,  you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!  There may be a couple of 10-win teams that don’t make the playoffs, and some new kids on the block as well.  Here are the week 10 predictions:

 

Browns @ Bengals:  If the Browns are going to make the post-season, they must beat the Natti and use Crowell in the screen game from here on out. PICK:  Browns

 

Chiefs @ Bills:  This is as good as it gets for a matchup this late in the season; Bills and Chiefs?!!  I know right?!!!  PICK:  Chiefs

 

Dolphins @ Lions:  Phins are tryin’ real hard to not be forgotten; I bet the Lions don’t after this one. PICK: Dolphins

 

Cowboys @ Jaguars: PICK: Cowboys

 

49ers @ Saints: Both of these two have fallen off the wagon. PICK:  Not sure

 

Titans @ Ravens:  I still can’t get over what the Ravens allowed  “Hamburger”  to get away  with Sunday night. PICK:  Ravens

 

Steelers @ Jets:  Steelers are makin’ a serious playoff push; we all know what can happen if they get in! PICK: Steelers

 

Falcons @ Buccaneers:  Lovie & co. finally get off the snide. PICK:  Bucaneers

 

Broncos @ Raiders:  Raiders will put up a fight, but Peyton preys on the bums. PICK: Broncos

 

Rams @ Cardinals:  Arians is tough to beat at home. Rams have a way of doing the unthinkable.  PICK: Cardinals

 

Giants @ Seahawks:  Eli may not be  “Elite”  after all. PICK:  Seahawks

 

Bears @ Packers:  Cutler is overrated. PICK:  Packers

 

Panthers @ Eagles:  Panthers have been decimated by injury.  Can the Eagles still soar under Sanchise?  PICK:  Eagles

 

Bye week teams:  Colts,  Vikings,  Patriots,  Chargers,  Redskins,  Texans

 

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