Is this the year the Browns finally make it to the playoffs, and make some noise when they get there? Are the Eagles a lock to win Super Bowl 49? Are the Rams better than their 1-4 record? Can the Colts make Peyton Manning a distant memory? Do the Patriots deserve the “Grandfathered” treatment because of their past success? All this and more, is sure to be answered as the 2014 season unfolds, but one thing is for certain- my matchup predictions.
Jets @ Patriots: Boy oh boy, the Jets are a complete mess right now, and Rex Ryan looks to be the Browns number one choice (I hope) for defensive coordinator next season; division matchup aside, Pats have this one on lock. PICK: Patriots
Falcons @ Ravens: “Matty Ice” can’t- unfortunately- play both offense and defense, which is too bad for the Falcons. Ravens are my choice to represent the AFC in this year’s bowl. PICK: Ravens
Titans @ Redskins: Titans got away with another close one, and Redskins have a quarterback controversy by default. PICK: Whoever has the ball last
Seahawks @ Rams: Hawks got it handed to them by the Boys in such a fashion that they will most definitely be looking to take it out on the Rams. Rams would look like an entirely different squad with a better QB. PICK: Seahawks
Browns @ Jaguars: Browns can ill afford to fall asleep against the Jags. Take the the Jags lightly, and fans in Cleveland will most assuredly go back to cryin for Johnny. PICK: Browns
Bengals @ Colts: This is the contest I look forward to seeing more than any other. Bengals are starting to look typical under Marvin Lewis, and the Colts minimal attention from the national media seems to be just fine by them. PICK: Colts
Vikings @ Bills: The Bills are playin’ as if though they’d rather be in L.A.; Vikes are not really playin’ at all. PICK: EENIE MEENIE… you get the idea.
Dolphins @ Bears: Phins had the Pack on the ropes and couldn’t put em away. Bears are who I thought they were (an enigma), and I can’t let em off the hook. PICK: Bears
Saints @ Lions: Something is amiss with these Saints, and despite the Lions 4-2 record, no MEGATRON could end up being the diff. PICK: Saints
Panthers @ Packers: Aaron Rodgers; need I say more? PICK: Packers
Chiefs @ Chargers: Chargers don’t look as invincible as I once thought. On the other hand, Chiefs have a way of showin’ up when you least expect. PICK: Chargers-only because they’re at home.
Cardinals @ Raiders: Derek Carr looks to be far better than his brother (David) ever could. Arians, the coach folks in Cleveland said was too old, has the Cards playin some good ole fashion football. Did I mention Fitzgerald is startin’ to come alive? PICK: Cardinals
Giants @ Cowboys: Giants had me fooled; shame on me. Anybody who thinks the Boys are not for real is foolish! PICK: Cowboys
49ers @ Broncos: Manning is hard to beat at home. Maybe not so for the Niners. PICK: 49ers
Texans @ Steelers: If the Browns can make “Big Ben” look like one of his namesake sandwiches, just imagine what Watt will do. If you didn’t know now you do, J.J. IS DY-NO-MITE!!
For all you gamblers out there, I hope this weeks picks help you fair better. Let us know what you think at: http://www.theshopreport.com