D. Gulley here with this weeks predictions . Playoffs are in the air, and the smell maybe the closest that some teams get. All these games are tougher because the records no longer matter to the outcome, as we’ve already seen last week. Prepare for much more of the same.
Dallas Cowboys (8-3) @ Chicago Bears (5-7)
The Cowboys need this victory so much more than it shows, and the challenge, while tougher than it looks is not quite like the Eagles.
Indianapolis Colts (8-4) @ Cleveland Browns (7-5)
Regardless of who’s behind center, the Browns have the toughest matchup yet of their season. The amplified angst that Hoyer’s starting instead of Manziel will only make matters worst. Expect a WIN for the Browns, the enigma of the NFL
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-10) @ Detroit Lions (8-4)
The Lions will win this game on the strength of the Lions D, which has allowed the fewest yards per game. Interestingly enough, both teams rank in the bottom the league in offensive TDs. Nonetheless, Detroit will win this one
Carolina Panthers (3-8-1) @ New Orleans Saints (5-7)
I’ll give the edge to New Orleans, after a solid performance against Pittsburgh last week, I think that they’re ready to force themselves into the conversation for playoff contender. And like the 2012 Giants proved, 9-7 can win a Ring (can, but not likely)
Houston Texans (6-6) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10)
I pick the Texans to win this week on the road and not make it close.
St. Louis Rams (5-7) @ Washington Redskins (3-9)
I like the Rams on the road today, though they have yet to win back-to-back games this season; look for that streak to end.
Baltimore Ravens (7-5) @ Miami Dolphins (7-5)
This is one tough game to call. The Dolphins currently own the playoff tie-breaker, but the Ravens don’t have as much a problem scoring as one would think.
New York Jets (2-10) @ Minnesota Vikings (5-7)
Minnesota has lost only 2 games to sub .500 teams, and there’s a reason why. Minnesota’s problem is their offense, not their defense, and the Jets are in even worse shape.
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) @ Cincinnati Bengals (8-3-1)
Pick the Bengals to win this game and hold fast onto their lead in the AFC North. The Bengals have figured themselves out and will continue the trend
New York Giants (3-9) @ Tennessee Titans (2-10)
The Giants have a slight advantage here, advantage being several of the 9 losses being tough. They will win today.
Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) @ Arizona Cardinals (9-3)
Both teams need to win to resolve confidence in themselves and keep the playoffs in sight. While this is less of a problem for Arizona, the Chiefs are in a tie with virtually half the conference for a wild card spot. Nonetheless, the Cardinals with Drew Stanton will play well at home and get a quality win at home, call it the Fitzgerald affect.
Buffalo Bills (7-5) @ Denver Broncos (9-3)
Don’t let the records fool you; Buffalo as a tough defense and the Broncos haven’t looked as dominant as earlier in the season. Home field advantage may prove with an even tougher test in the Broncos offense at home. But give it to the Broncos
San Francisco 49ers (7-5) @ Oakland Raiders (1-11)
Tough as the talk may be, the 49ers still have a better team. Expect a big win in the Black Hole.
Seattle Seahawks (8-4) @ Philadelphia Eagles (9-3)
Tough offense versus a tough defense. This is a tough one two pick but I think the Eagles win this in a dogfight. They’ve really found and sustained an offensive identity that will be hard to stop going forward.
New England Patriots (9-3) @ San Diego Chargers (8-4)
I’ll pick the Patriots to win this tough one on the road; shame too, because I kinda want Philip Rivers to see some sustained post-season success and a loss will make it tougher to see that through.
Atlanta Falcons (5-7) @ Green Bay Packers (9-3)
The Packers are at home again and outlasted the Patriots in Lambeau last week. The Falcons have been a completely different team since their bye week but this is one matchup that heavily favors a team with the skill to win.