My picks to win are in bold.
Note: The Thursday night game between the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers has been excluded.
New York Giants @ San Francisco 49ers
Tough game but Giants offense will be the difference.
New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
Saints struggle on the road and Falcons have finally gone back to the run.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton has played well, but he hasn’t faced a defense like the Steelers yet.
St. Louis Rams @ Cleveland Browns
Browns are horrendous on offense. Steven Jackson and Brandon Lloyd should have huge games.
Buffalo Bills @ Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys are without Miles Austin, and Bills want revenge after suffering a beatdown at home.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts
MJD should run for miles.
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
Tebow will find a way to get the dubb.
Washington Redskins @ Miami Dolphins
Dolphins aren’t as bad as their record says they are.
Arizona Cardinals @ Philadelphia Eagles
No DeSean Jackson but this is a must win.
Houston Texans @ Tampa Bay Bucs
Gerald McCoy is out for the season. Not good against the league’s best rushing attack.
Tennessee Titans @ Carolina Panthers
Chris Johnson has been nonexistent.
Baltimore Ravens @ Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks commit too many turnovers.
Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears
Bears are playing tremendously on both sides of the ball.
New England Patriots @ New York Jets
Tom Brady is 0-2 on the road against Rex Ryan’s Jets.
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
Should be a shootout, but Vikings can’t hang with Rodgers and co.
*Last Week: 8-6
My picks to win are in bold.
Bye Week Teams: Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks @ Cleveland Browns
No Hillis, but I just don’t trust Charlie Whitehurst.
Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions
Megatron goes for 100+ yards and a touchdown as the Lions get back on track at home.
Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans
Foster will shoulder the load with Andre Johnson out.
Denver Broncos @ Miami Dolphins
Essentially a home game for Tebow.
San Diego Chargers @ New York Jets
Norv Turner will get the last laugh.
Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay Bucs
No Blount on offense and McCoy on defense. Forte should go wild.
Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers
Two words: John Beck.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders
Chiefs have looked good in their last two games, and Kyle Boler is starting.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Arizona Cardinals
Kolb has been awful lately.
St. Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys
A.J. Feeley gets the start, yea, A.J. Feeley.
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
It’s gonna be a loooong day for Christian Ponder.
Indianapolis Colts @ New Orleans Saints
Saints should roll.
Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Blaine Gabbart should be on the ground a lot.
Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets were absolutely abysmal Sunday night in Baltimore. The Jets scored 3 of their 17 points on offense while the 2 touchdowns came from a Joe McKnight kickoff return and a David Harris pick six. The Ravens stifled Sanchez, holding him to 112 yards passing while completing only 11 passes. Shonn Greene didn’t fare any better as he rushed for a measly 23 yards on 10 carries. The Ravens weren’t much better on offense either, but 4 forced turnovers and 3 defensive touchdowns helped the Birds cruise to a 34-17 shellacking. Read more…
The Pats had a fantastic off-season, trading for cast-offs Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco while signing Shaun Ellis and Andre Carter to bolster their defensive line. A fast improving defense coupled with a seemingly unstoppable offense led by “The Golden Boy” makes for what I think will be another dominating season for Bill Belichick’s Patriots.
Key Arrivals – Chad Ochocinco, Albert Haynesworth, Shaun Ellis, Andre Carter, Chris Morris, Jonathan Compas
Key Departures – Brandon McGowan, Tully Banta-Cain, Alge Crumpler, Marcus Stroud, Ty Warren, Shayne Graham, Jarrad Page, Stephen Neal
Prediction – 13-3/First in AFC East Read more…
The AFC East is already regarded as one of the better divisions in all of football, mainly because of it’s two powerhouses, the New York Jets and the New England Patriots. The Dolphins have been much better than their 7-9 record last season, which was largely due to their inability to win close games and having to play the Jets and Pats four times. Of course the Buffalo Bills are still the bottom-feeders in the AFC East, but basically every division in football has a four, five, or six win team at best sitting at the bottom of the division. With all that being said, the recent acquisitions and re-signings by the Jets, Pats, and Dolphins have, in my opinion, solidified the AFC East as Read more…
With NFL free agency set to begin, I’m going to highlight the New York Jets free agent priorities. The Jets are one of seven teams currently above the projected $120 million salary cap in effect this season. This makes it even more crucial for the Jets to re-sign their own free agents and avoid getting into a bidding war with other teams who have plenty of money to spend (ie: Tampa Bay Bucs, who are $59 million under the cap). The Jets are trying to overcome the giant hump that is the AFC Championship Game and re-signing some of their own key players will go a long way in helping them reach the Super Bowl, especially in a shortened off-season where veterans who know the system are coveted more than ever. With all that being said, here’s my top five Jets free agent priorities: Read more…
Jets @ Steelers
The Jets have changed their tone in the week leading up to the AFC Championship Game, swapping their hate for Brady and the Patriots with love for Big Ben and the Steelers. But don’t let their lack of trash talk fool you, the Jets still have a tremendous amount of confidence going into hostile Pittsburgh as they have already defeated the Steelers in Heinz Field during the regular season, albeit without arguably the most valuable player to their specific team in Troy Polamalu. Sanchez and the Jets have become road warriors throughout their last two playoff appearances, but I just have a feeling that it’s all going to catch up with them in Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger is 4-1 against Rex Ryan coached defenses in his career and all signs point to a healthy Troy Polamalu playing in this week’s game. The Jets rushed for 89 yards against the Steelers in their regular season matchup, but the Steelers only allow 63 yards per game to opposing running backs. The Jets HAVE TO run the ball effectively in order to win games and I don’t see them having success against the best run stoppers in the game, especially without Damien Woody. I think Big Ben will out play Sanchez and the Steelers will be making yet another Super Bowl appearance.
Steelers win 23 – 16
#5 Ravens @ #2 Steelers
One word can sum up this game: WAR. This is an old-fashioned brawl between two hated rivals. I think both teams will try to establish the run and both Reshard Mendenhall and Ray Rice will find that it’s going to be easier said then done as the Steelers and Ravens are very strong up front. This game is going to be decided by the quarterbacks, Roethlisberger and Flacco. So, with that in mind, I have to go with Roethlisberger as he’s undefeated in the AFC Divisional Round when the Steelers have a bye, plus he’s at home. I think this will be a low scoring, dirty, hard-fought, bitter battle between not only two of the best defensive units in football but two of the best teams in the NFL. Can’t wait for this game, like I said previously: it’s going to be an all out WAR.
Steelers win 16 – 13
#6 Jets @ #1 Patriots
If you thought Rex Ryan’s comments on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots straddled the line separating confidence and utter stupidity then Antonio Cromartie’s latest choice words on the “Golden Boy” definitely pushed over into the stupidity category. All this talk is just more unnecessary fuel for the fire for Belichick and the Pats. Ryan, Cromartie, and the rest of the Jets have dug their own grave and come this Sunday their coffin will be nailed and the dirt thrown on top. I think Brady and Belichick will put yet another beat down on the cocky Jets and win by double-digits in their business-as-usual demeanor. I look for the game to be close at first, but Brady will torch the Jets secondary for 3 tds en route to another AFC Championship Game.
Patriots win 31 – 16