NFL 14: Week 6 Matchup Predictions

Wow, wow, and wow again. I can’t quite get over the fact the Cleveland Browns are actually relevant after 5 weeks (4 due to the bye week) of an NFL season; and were on the right side of history in the process.  Can they keep it going, and -for the first time in what seems like forever- finish the season above .500?  After an improbable come from behind win against the Titans, I say this season has just become a lot more interesting than what many folks would’ve ever imagined. That being said, here are my predictions (picks) for week 6; not that they make any sense.

Colts @ Texans: Texans are formidable even without a “franchise type” QB; Luck is shaping up to be arguably the best QB to come out in any of the last 5 draft classes.  PICK: Colts

Jaguars @ Titans: Bortles is no doubt the future is Florida; Whisenhunt’s game plan against the Browns seemed to resemble the Browns, when Mangini, Davis, Crennel, and Chudzinski were coaching.  PICK: Titans

Ravens @ Buccaneers: Flacco  & co. will not struggle against the Bucs like they did against the Colts. How Lovie gets his guys prepared to play each week is beyond me.  PICK: Ravens

Broncos @ Jets: Peyton  rarely takes a loss in the regular season. It’s the playoffs that give him fits. Rex will wind up being some team’s D-Coordinator; I hope it’s with the Browns!  PICK: Broncos

Lions @ Vikings: Although this is a game we should EXPECT the Lions to win, they probably won’t; especially with Megatron most likely out. Asiata and Bridgewater could be enough. PICK: Vikings

Patriots @ Bills: This is a battle for AFC East supremacy- I guess. Pats are no longer invincible away from the razor blade. PICK: Bills

Panthers @ Bengals: Bengals are good at home, but not when it matters most. Cam with no running game is one dimensional. PICK: Bengals

Steelers @ Browns: Okay, no more messin round with these bums. If Browns are to be taken serious this season, beating the Steelers is beyond mandatory. 0-3 in the AFC North is never good. Steelers may once again see this as a rivalry after this one. PICK: Browns

Packers @ Dolphins: Phins are in disarray; Rodgers says R-E-L-A-X when you’re in the neighborhood. PICK: Packers

Chargers @ Raiders: The only thing that could possibly save what used to be the “commitment to excellence” is Mike Holmgren. Too bad he won’t be there in time to save the Raiders from Phillip Rivers. PICK: Chargers

Bears @ Falcons: If the Falcons had any kind of D, they would be legit SB contenders. Bears with Cutler are better on paper than they are on the field. PICK: Do you really care?

Cowboys @ Seahawks: This is the game that will determine if the boys are for real, and if the Hawks chances on a repeat are etched in stone. The 12th man is no joke. PICK: Seahawks (begrudgingly)

Redskins @ Cardinals: There is no shame in losing at Peyton’s place; it is a shame that no one can seem to figure out just what exactly is wrong with Carson’s shoulder. Carson is looking more like a bust than Barkevious Mingo. PICK: Cardinals

Giants @ Eagles: Coughlin knows how to win. All of a sudden, Chip’s Eagles don’t look so Herculean. PICK: Giants

49ers @ Rams: Despite all the turmoil in the frisco, Niners keep on pluggin away. Rams would be a much tougher out if they had a Hoyer- at least. PICK: Rams

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NFL 14: Week 1 Matchup Predictions

No matter how many “ethical dilemas” the NFL seems to be faced with each week, “American Football” still reigns supreme and has long since surpassed Major League Baseball as America’s favorite past time. That being said, here are The Shop’s week 1 predictions.

Green Bay @ Seattle:  The Hawks have everything they need to repeat;  the Packers have Aaron Rodgers. If there is any QB in the not for long that can beat the 12th man, A Rod is one of em’. PICK: Packers

Browns @ Steelers: With or without a Blount-no pun intended- Steelers are tough to beat at home. Is it high time the Browns beat them? He-to-da Hockeysticks yeah!! Unfortunately, this is a rilvary only in the minds of Cleveland’s faithful. And those who own an XBox or PS4. PICK: Steelers

Vikings @ St.Louis: Not sure how the loss of Bradford will factor in over the season’s duration, but Jeff Fisher strikes me as a guy who can pick up the pieces and keep the train rollin’. Is Norv & All Day enough? PICK: Rams

Buffalo @ Chicago: I feel bad for E.J. Manuel and Sammy Watkins. Not because of what the Bears D will do, but because of what Cutler, Jeffery, and Marshall will. PICK: Bears

Washington @ Houston:  A few years ago this would’ve been worth the price of admission; now, not so much. PICK: Pick em’

Tennesse @ Kansas City: Whisenhunt will have Titans ready to play, but if Alex Smith can’t beat Jake Locker, Andy Reid may end up being the Browns head coach next year. PICK: Chiefs

New Orleans @ Atlanta: “Matty Ice” IS OVERRATED, and Payton/Brees are right at home in any dome. PICK: Saints

Jacksonville @ Philadelphia: Chip Kelley’s offense is dangerous even without D Jack. Jags pull this one out, and folks in Cleveland will be pissed all the way off! PICK: Jaguars

Oakland @ N.Y. Jets: PICK: Jets

Cincinnati @ Baltimore: Bengals have probably a better looking roster, but Ravens have “Uncle Ray” somewhere in the building. Most pundits say Bengals will win the North primarily because of their talent, I say Ravens win the North because… what’s already understood need not be explained. PICK: Ravens

New England @ Miami: There are some who think that this be the year Dolphins pose a real challenge to the Pats for the East; I ain’t one em’. PICK: Patriots

San Francisco @ Dallas: Niners window gets smaller and smaller with each light that goes out. As Romo goes, so go the Boys. PICK: Cowboys

Carolina @ Tampa Bay: Cam should be able to pull this one out due to the strong running game Panthers possess. His ability to read defenses is still a question mark, and Tampa looks like they have a gooooood DEFENSE. PICK: Panthers

Indianapolis @ Denver: Peyton in the regular season is not worth mentioning. Luck going a “Mile High” to get a victory is. PICK: Colts

N.Y. Giants @ Detroit: Lions had the NFC North in the palm of their hands, and gave it away. If the pre-season told us anything about the Giants, it’s that they need more pre-season. PICK: Lions

San Diego @ Arizona: Notorious for their slow starts no matter who’s coach, Chargers can’t afford to do that against the Cards. Palmer looked like a bust prior to Arians arrival in the heat. Cardinals want Chargers history to keep repeating itself. PICK: Cardinals


Read em and weep people!!

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