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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tampa Bay (1-8) @ Washington (3-6)
- Washington – that’s it
Denver (7-2) @ St. Louis (3-6)
- Another exhibition of greatness of Manning as well as the Broncos D, another easy win
San Francisco (6-4) @ NY Giants (3-6)
- Look for the 49ers (without Patrick Willis) to win soundly here, despite other off-field distractions
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
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
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.
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.
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
BYE WEEK: Dallas, NY Jets, Jacksonville, Baltimore