Buehler's Divisional Round Picks

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Buehler’s Divisional Round Picks

It’s funny. You go out on a limb and it’s not until the ground pounds you in the face that you realize, that limb was too thin and you shoulda stuck closer to what you knew.

Vegas was hammered this year because favorites did their job all season long. Week 9 was the worst week in many sports books’ history because NFL fans weren’t going out on those limbs like I did last week.

The only game I got right was the Packers-Vikings matchup. Other than that, I thought the Bengals could secure some semblance of a running attack to beat the Texans, they did not.

Thought the Skins’ Alfred Morris could help DC avoid the Wildcard Cliff. Shanahan left RG3 in too long and gave Morris 5 carries in the 2nd half. Brutal.

My Colts pick was all emotion. Wanted to see them win more than I thought the matchups favored the Horseshoe. 

The point is, I learned my lesson. I’m looking to bat 1.000 this week…

AFC Games

Ravens at Broncos

You’re going to hear a lot about the Ravens’ defense because Ray Lewis is set to retire and he’s spent the past 42* years building a reputation of irrefutable toughness.  *slight exaggeration

And you’re going to hear a lot about Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning because he’s pulling off the rare “Comeback POY” and MVP campaigns concurrently.

But this game is MORE about the Broncos defense and Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco.

The Ray Lewis led D and Manning will offer every reason to conclude we’re gifted by watching some of the greatest of all time. While Manning has led the Broncos to 5 more wins this season over last season, the defense has been equally impressive, coming in the top 5 in the NFL in passing D, rushing D, scoring D, and leading the NFL in getting off the field so their All-World QB can launch an aerial assault (translation: Broncos lead the NFL in allowing lowest 3rd down conversions).

Then there’s Flacco. Good ole’ Joe. Poor kid. Reminds me of the struggles of Eli Manning before we all decided you couldn’t spell Elite with ELI because he added elusive hardware. Thing is, while Flacco goes downfield more than any other QB in the NFL and has a better completion percentage with the long ball, that form of football is high risk and while Boldin provided the Ravens with their reward last week, it’s not going to work against the Broncos defense. Broncos win 31-10.

Texans at Patriots

JJ Watt is one of my favorite players to watch. He looks just like my baby brother and won the Lott IMPACT Trophy the first year I became a voter. I’d love to see the Texans win. Both teams are 10-1 against common opponents. The Pats went 1-3 against the NFC West, and added a loss to the Ravens while the Texans went 2-2 against the NFC North, and added losses to the Colts and Pats.  The Pats have a tough time against strong pass rushes while the Texans lost games to teams that use the big play.

We know about the Texans’ last trip to Foxboro. It was uglier than me with pink hair. But you can reference the Pats’ week 13 45-3 annihilation of the Jets in 2010 for apt perspective to offer Houston fans because the Jets followed that performance in the divisional round of the playoffs and took the Pats out 28-21, in Foxboro. So there’s hope Texan fans… Of course, Rex Ryan employed a new defensive strategy to handle the Pats and Jim Leonard was back for the Jets and spectacular in that game… but I digress…  

I’m trying to find reasons for a Houston win because I’d like to see it. But the Texans won’t get beaten as badly by the Pats, I just don’t see enough evidence to support an upset bid here. Pats win 28-21.

NFC Games

Seahawks at Falcons

Come Sunday, the Seahawks will have traveled more than 8500 miles in 7 days. Read that again. So that pounding running game is taking a pounding itself and this team will be TIRED come the 4th quarter when they are usually at their best. I have no idea why the team didn’t strategize better. So while the Falcons run defense is a liability, only 3 teams in the NFL give up more rushing touchdowns, I can’t see Seattle’s running game being at it’s best.

Chris Clemons being out is a significant drop off for the Hawks and as great, GREAT, as Russell Wilson has been in the post season and back stretch, no body can endure that kind of physical stress and be at their physical best against one of the NFL’s more elite offenses.  Falcons, the 1 seed, advance 30-14.

Packers at Niners

You know I’m a Niners fan. If Alex Smith were in this game, I’d take the Niners. But he’s not. So I can’t. While Kaepernick is a better weapon and certainly a more explosive athlete, it’s too much pressure to stick him in a head to head battle against Aaron Rodgers. Now, I realize he beat Drew Brees and Tom Brady head to head and on the road. The concern with Kaep is the Niners then want to throw more when he’s in. He’s 5-2 as a starter. His 5 wins: 28 or fewer pass attempts. His 2 losses: 30+ … If the Ninerst stick with the run, they’ll win the game. If Gore carries the ball more than Kaep attempts to throw, they’ll win. But if they don’t. Packers move on. I have a sinking feeling that the Niners will be forced to throw as the Packers can get hot fast. As painful as this is to type right now. Packers win 24-20.

I’ve never wanted to be more wrong than right now. 

 

Buehler's Wildcard Picks

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Buehler’s Week 18 NFL Picks

I know what you’re thinking: “Glad the Niners got a first-round bye so Buehler can’t ooze bias through her NFL picks.” … I hear ya. And you’re right. So while the Niners have a week off to consider a multitude of ways to sufficiently throttle the unlucky team that sojourns to The Stick, I’ll leave the remaining oozing bias for next week and stick with the 4 games happening this weekend.

Saturday’s Games:

Bengals at Texans

These two teams find themselves in the exact same place as they did last year for Wildcard weekend. Well, sort of. The Texans have their starting quarterback, who wasn’t available last year, and the Bengals have an improved defense that is often forgotten in casual conversation. Last year, then rookie, Andy Dalton was called upon to throw 42 times, was picked on 3 of those passes and the Bengals were bounced by a better Texans team.

But, would you believe now second-year man, Dalton, has more postseason experience than Matt Schaub? Or that only 1 team throws more passes of 40+ yards than Cinci? Meanwhile, the Texans give up more big plays than any other playoff team. How about the running game? Texans have a big time runner in Arian Foster, who was the key to last year’s playoff win, but while they’re 4th in the league in attempts per game, they are 13th in the league in terms of 1st down percentage. So they run a lot, but it’s not moving the chains. For contrast, the Redskins and Pats are #1 and #2 in attempts, respectively, and #2 and #1 in 1st down percentage respectively.

The other key ingredient for each team is their defensive line. The Bengals are #3 in the league in sacks, the Texans are close behind at #5. However, if the Bengals can slow JJ Watt, who has collected 20.5 sacks on the season, the next most prolific quarterback threat is Antonio Smith with 7 sacks. Meanwhile, the Bengals have shared responsibilities between Geno Atkins (12.5 sacks) and Michael Johnson (11.5) and some supporting cast with Wallace Gilberry (6.5) and Carlos Dunlap (6). The Bengals have more weapons to get at the passer and we know the Texans are a one-trick pony. If Cinci can slow Foster down and force Schaub to throw the ball more than he’s comfortable, the Bengals defense will do it’s part to snag Marvin Lewis’s first playoff win. And if the Bengals can corral any semblance of a running game more than what they accomplished last year, you’ll be watching the Bengals move on to Denver in the divisional round.  Bengals win 24-21.

Vikings at Packers

This is the easiest game of the weekend to pick. Vikings at home barely beat the Packers who had little to play for. The Packers at home, despite a flawed defense, despite Peterson’s heroics are just too much for the Vikings. Packers win 35-20.

Sunday’s Games

Colts at Ravens

I worked for the Colts last season. I was at every home game as they went 0-2, 0-4, 0-8, 0-11, 0-13… I was also there when they logged the second and final win of the season. Week 17 against the Houston Texans. I watched as Dan Orlovsky found Reggie Wayne in the end zone with 23 seconds left on the clock. The team had nothing to fight for, but they found more than enough fire to knock the division leader in the teeth and send them into the post season with a loss that many considered meaningless, but it demonstrated a will to win in the Colts that has perpetuated the most improbable of regular seasons in NFL history. The Colts are the second team to ever go from 2 wins to 11 wins in one season. They saw THAT dramatic of a turnaround with a rookie general manager, rookie head coach, rookie interim head coach, rookie quarterback, rookie running back…etc… Most think it’s remarkable they made the playoffs (something predicted in this space before week 9), but what’s really remarkable is they aren’t overly impressed with their own success. THEY expected it.

Meanwhile the Ravens are getting Ray Lewis back and while he is the emotional leader and while you suppose his presence alone will improve the defense, he can’t help Joe Flacco. He can’t help Anquan Boldin catch the ball. Lewis isn’t the guy that’s going to get Torrey Smith open. The Ravens do not do well when under pressure. And the Colts don’t realize they are under any. The Horseshoe will continue to SHOCK the unknowing football world, but those who understand what makes a great team tick won’t be shocked at all. Colts win 24-21.

Seahawks at Redskins

Perhaps the only team in the NFL scorching the postseason scene more than Seattle is the Redskins. And as usual, the quarterbacks are getting the bulk of attention in this match up. But as unusual as these two players are, that does make a lot of sense. Last year’s Bengals/Texans matchup was the first time in NFL history two rookies went at it in the playoffs, and this year it’s happening again, except intentionally. I could jot another 500 words on the impressive seasons of RG3 and Russell Wilson, but while the quarterbacks are leading the conversation in most media outlets, I’m looking at this game as Marshawn Lynch versus Alfred Morris.

Marshawn Lynch was beaten in head-to-head rushing only 3 times this season, Frank Gore, Adrian Peterson and Reggie Bush were the backs to rush for more yards in those matchups. The Seahawks lost 2 of those games. No team in the NFL runs the ball more than Washington and the Seattle run defense is mediocre, giving up 4.5 yards a carry. The Seahawks have won 5 straight, the Skins have won 7 in a row. The Hawks took a trip through the NFC West, beat the Bills and Bears. Not a daunting task when you consider the aging Bears defense, Niners emotional trip from New England to Seattle and the Cards', Bills' and Rams' inconsistencies.  The Skins beat the Giants, Cowboys (twice), Eagles (twice), Browns and Ravens in their winning streak. They beat the same team twice, twice. That’s no fluke. They beat Eli and Flacco. They faced down a good pass rush in the Browns. They embarrassed Tony Romo in week 17. I know everyone thinks RG3 at 80% isn’t good enough to beat the Seattle pass rush and I’m telling you he won’t have to be because Alfred Morris is feeling just fine.  I was born and raised in Seattle. Watched them carefully in 2005 as the franchise took it’s first-ever trip to the Super Bowl and I have still NEVER seen or heard THIS much love for the Seahawks. Ever. But when it comes to the game Sunday, it won’t matter how hot the Hawks were in the regular season. Skins win 28-14.

Wildcard weekend is wild, and these games are sure to keep us on our seats! Can’t wait!!

 

 

 

Buehler's Week 16 NFL Picks

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Buehler’s Week 16 NFL Picks

Went 11-5 last week, largely thanks to picking the Niners to upset the Patriots, and candidly, that pick was oozing more bias than MSNBC. But it worked. Hope these do too. 

Saturday Night Football

Falcons at Lions

Buried in the Lions failed season is Calvin Johnson’s season. But he’s becoming the ONLY bright spot for Detroit. Meanwhile, the oft-doubted Falcons are closing in on home-field advantage through the playoffs with a win. Calvin gets his record. But Falcons win 30-17.

Raiders at Panthers

The Raiders are coming off a shutout of the Chiefs, the Panthers are coming off a demolition of the Chargers. In an inglorious showdown of futility, highlighted by a cameo of Terrell Pryor (yes, that’s the only highlight). Panthers win 28-12.

Saints at Cowboys

The Saints have been a mystery all season, explained perfectly by the Super Bowl Curse. The Cowboys have won 4 of their last 5 games by 3,5,1,3 points respectively. Which means they’ve been teetering on losses and the Saints’ potent offense will be on full display. After a brutal start to the season, the Saints TO margin has climbed back to +1. ‘Boys are -9. Saints win 35-31.

Titans at Packers

I don’t know why people are Titan fans. I do know why people are Packer fans. Remember when the media wondered what was wrong with Rodgers? He’s only thrown 25 TDs versus 3 INTs in his last 8 games against the AFC. With a passer rating of 115.7 in those games. Pack is 26-0 when Rodgers’ rating is 115+. Math is simple. Packers win 33-10.

Vikings at Texans

The Vikings are the surprise team in the NFC North that has, get this, supplanted the Bears for a playoff spot.  All the while, Ponder is averaging fewer yards per pass than Peterson is averaging per carry. While that is funny, it’s going to equal turnovers against that Texans defense, which is second in the league with a +15 TO margin. Texans win 20-14.

Pats at Jags

I don’t know what you want me to say. Would you want to face the Patriots after they were embarrassed by the 49ers? Especially since the Jags have NEVER BEATEN THE PATRIOTS. EVER. Geez. Pats win 35-10.

Colts at Chiefs

This was on the schedule, so apparently, they do have to play. Colts win and they clinch a playoff berth. With a rookie head coach, rookie GM and rookie QB. That is 10 times more difficult than you can imagine and therefore, 10 times more impressive than they’re given credit for. Best story in the NFL. Colts win 28-17.

Bills at Dolphins

Dolphins. Because they suck less. 24-17.

Chargers at Jets

So last week, the same Chargers team that beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh for the first time in the regular season in franchise history, subsequently face planted at home against a lowly Panthers team. THAT means, on the road against a Jets team that is starting Greg Mc Elroy, clearly they felt the Cardinals and Chiefs were receiving too much undo attention for bad quarterbacks when they have a bevvy of them…  the Chargers will actually put together a game plan that is shockingly successful. And prove how #Norved the team is. Chargers win 24-7

Redskins at Eagles

Since the Eagles fired Juan Castillo, the secondary has allowed 14 TDs and collected 0 INTs. Last time these teams met, you might remember RG3 ended up with a PERFECT PASSER RATING, that wasn’t an accident. He gets the start. And the win. Redskins 28-14.

Bengals at Steelers

People often look at the Bengals the same way they used to look at the Saints- skeptical they can take that “next step” and become a legit playoff team. This is the week this team proves they are. They have all the right ingredients: Big armed qb. #1 receiver. Decent running game. Potent defense. Step aside Steelers. Who Dey Nation is taking this one. And a playoff spot. Bengals win 14-10.

Rams at Bucs

I don’t know what to think of either team. I’m not sure any two teams have been so Jeckle and Hyde as these two week in and week out. Both were relevant, then not, then on the cusp of a playoff berth, then not. And now, still not. But given the Bucs woes against the pass and Jeff Fisher’s coaching style, I’m going Rams 27-20.

Browns at Broncos

If the Ravens got shelled by the Broncos at home, the Browns are in for a long Sunday. Broncos win. 30-17.

Bears at Cardinals

Last time this game happened in Arizona, it produced one of the great moments in coaching history. Things have changed now. But, despite a huge win over the ailing Lions last week, the Cardinals are who we think they are. Bears win 28-10.

Giants at Ravens.

Both teams were embarrassed last week by playoff opponents. I’m giving the defending world champions the benefit of the doubt for a rebound, that and the Ravens offense may still need time to adjust to Jim Caldwell. Giants win 27-24.

49ers at Seahawks

I should spare you the reason the Seahawks could win this game. Despite Russell Wilson becoming the first rookie QB since the merger to go undefeated at home through the first 6 home games, despite this team scoring 50+ in back-to-back games and becoming the first team since 1950 to do so, despite the Hawks +11 TO margin besting the Niners +8 mark, I’m still taking the Niners to pull off the upset. Because I can. Niners win 30-14 (boom).  

 

 

 

Buehler's Week 17 Picks

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Buehler’s Week 17 NFL Picks

The final week of the regular season is here which means jubilation for the likes of the Colts and Seahawks who are surprise playoff teams playing for seeding rather than a spot, and relief for Raider fans and Jaguar fans who’s seasons have been hard to watch…

Bucs at Falcons

Falcons have won 7 of the past 8 and while most of their starters could sit, as they’ve wrapped up the 1 seed in the NFC, they’re in the mood to keep rolling until they prove their doubters wrong. Falcons win 31-28.

Jets at Bills

I feel bad for Bills fans. Feel worse for Jets fans. But feel terrible for anyone that has to watch this game. Res Ryan is 6-1 against Buffalo while Gailey is 0-6. Throwing a flier for the Bills, they win 17-7.

Ravens at Bengals

Each team have their playoff spot clinched, but rivalry is heated and the Bengals are still clawing for some respect. This game is the first time the Bengals are favored over the Ravens since 2008, which makes sense since the Ravens have beaten the Bengals the past 4 times including a 44-13 demolition of Cinci in September. Fun game to watch, but Ravens get the edge in the running game. Ravens win 20-17.

Bears at Lions

Sheesh. Week 17, Lions an unimpressive 4-11, Bears need to win to get in. Lions are 0-5 in division play this year, Cutler is 6-1 with 11 TDs, 1 INT versus Detroit. Easy game. Bears win 31-21.

Texans at Colts

The Colts have done things few NFL franchises have accomplished with Peyton Manning at the helm. Took a breathtakingly disastrous turn last year, only to rebound once again in historic fashion this year.  Coach Pagano has been a reverberating inspiration for the whole league. Want to see them win, but they’re the 5 seed regardless of outcome. The Texans are no longer a scary team, and Houston has never won in Indy. Ever. That streak continues. Colts win 27-24.

Panthers at Saints

Read about the Super Bowl Curse. That will help explain how the Saints lost to the Panthers in September. They won’t this week, but Cam Newton will still have a monster game. Saints win 35-28.

Eagles at Giants

It’s amazing to me this game is meaningless. Eagles have won 7 of the past 8, Coughlin has a 9-12 record against this team, Vick is back in the fold, and who knows what that means… Giants, at home, I like their chances. Giants win 21-17.

Browns at Steelers

It’s amazing to me this game is meaningless. The Browns will undergo a facelift, saying goodbye to their head coach and GM, and the Steelers will miss the playoffs. Amazingly, Coach Tomlin has NEVER lost when taking the field with a losing record. And don’t see how he does Sunday. Steelers win 27-21.

Jags at Titans

Awesome. Jags lost to the Pats last week, but not nearly as badly as the Titans lost to the Packers. Jags have won 3 of the last 4 in this matchup and I don’t know if I should lay any more ink to this contest. No one watching this game wins, but the Titans at home do. 21-14.

Chiefs at Broncos

The Broncos, hosting the Chiefs, are the biggest favorite EVER in Denver’s recorded spread history that dates back to 1978. And Broncos could earn a first round bye with a win. So they will. Broncos 35-10.

Packers at Vikings

The Vikings are a great story, AD running for more yards per attempt than Ponder can throw for, beating out the Bears for a potential playoff spot, and having to host the Packers to do so. A Packer team that Leslie Frazier has never beaten. Packers have won the past 5 and with a win, earn a 2 seed in the NFC. Giving this one to Rodgers. No discount double check for division play. Packers win 28-20.

Dolphins at Pats

The Dolphins always seem to play the Pats tough. They haven’t won in the past 5 matchups, but the games aren’t usually blowouts. Still Pats win. 27-14.

Raiders at Chargers

Norved. Both teams are that is. Pryor getting the start is going to provide a spark, for a quarter. Then San Diego’s defense will figure him out. Chargers win 31-13.

Cardinals at Niners

It’s a bad day for teams that have to face the Niners after a loss. But it’s even worse for a team who doesn’t have a quarterback. Division on the line, Niners win 27-3.

Rams at Seahawks

The Seahawks are an absolute buzzsaw right now. They’ve scored 173 points in the month of December, winning all 4 games. That’s 44% of their season’s offense in 4 weeks. They emasculated the Niners. Destroyed the Cardinals’ will to live before that. Now what happens against the Rams who are unbeated in their division at 4-0-1? Can’t bet against the Hawks at home (like I did last week). Seahawks win 31-14.

Cowboys at Redskins

Some fun games this week, but none better than this one.  The Boys MUST win to snag a playoff spot. The Redskins can get in as a wildcard, with the Bears and Vikings losing, but the Cowboys have not been known to be solid under pressure and couldn’t stop Brees last week at home. Most impressive part of the Redskins turnaround is how good their defense has been playing. I’m taking the DC over the Big D. Redskins win 27-24.

Enjoy the final week of the season!! Went 13-3 last week, hope to bat 1.000 this week! 

Buehler's Week 15 NFL Picks

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BUEHLER’S WEEK 15 NFL PICKS  

Took a bath last week with the 4 games that changed direction in the final two minutes. This season we’ve seen 47 games decided in the final 2 minutes and 2 rookies, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson have led the charge all season. But now we see Nick Foles and Kirk Cousins joining in. So the kids that are supposed to be rattled the easiest are the ones leading the teams to victory in the most strenuous of fashions. Love this game. Ok, enough slobbering love fest… here’s this week’s picks…

Thursday Night Football

Bengals at Eagles

It’s easy to look at a Bengals team vying for the playoffs, leading the NFL in sacks, facing off with a struggling Eagles team coming off a dramatic win featuring a rookie quarterback on a short week and think, Cinci wins. It’s easy to think that. So I will. Bengals win on the road and make the AFC North very interesting. 28-14.

Sunday Funday

Giants at Falcons

The Giants found a shiny new toy in David Wilson who became the first player in NFL history to run for more than 200 return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game (227 and 100 respectively). That came against the Saints who have allowed FEWER rushing touchdowns on the season than the Falcons. See where I’m going here? BUT wait! You say! Matt Ryan is 32-4 at home. That’s the best a quarterback has been in the Super Bowl era. True. But half his losses came to defending Super Bowl champs. Which the Giants are. Giants win 35-31.

Broncos at Ravens

The Ravens fired their offensive coordinator and promoted Jim Caldwell who was in Peyton Manning’s corner for 9 years as a coach for the Colts. Odd coincidence. Or not. Ravens have lost 2 in a row for the first time since 2009. It doesn’t get to 3. For all the publicity the Broncos are receiving, they have a -2 turnover margin. The Ravens are 3rd in the AFC with +12. Ravens win 28-24.

Redskins at Browns

I like the Browns defense and there’s hope for the offense next year. But the Redskins are pulling off something special and even if RG3 isn’t 100%, Shanahan has been scheming all year to put his rookie qb in a position to succeed. So if Cousins starts, I still think the Skins get a win on the road and make the NFC East VERY interesting. Skins win 20-17.

Colts at Texans

Well, the Texans were awful on Monday night. You had to wonder what was going to happen first, another Patriots’ touchdown or another Tom Brady UGG commercial. Still, a good team can’t get embarrassed like that and not respond against a division rival who’s looking to take control of their own destiny. The Colts offensive line, which has allowed the second most QB hits in the NFL is facing off against the best pass rusher in the AFC in JJ Watt. Luck throws the ball more than any other QB not named Matthew Stafford and the Colts will need him to be almost perfect, which hasn’t happened yet on the road. While I think this game will be fun to watch, I think the Texans get the win 31-24.

Jags at Dolphins

I’m not sure a team that lost to the Jets at home deserves much ink. Phins win 19-10

Bucs at Saints

Four weeks ago, this game had playoff implications, but now it’s just the battle for who’s going finish second in the division. Bucs pass defense was lit up by Nick Foles last week. Not a compliment. Saints win 35-31.

Vikings at Rams

Rams are sneaky good at stopping the run, allowing only 4 yards a carry. They’ll need all the help they can get against Adrian Peterson as he became the 3rd player in NFL history that has 1600 yds, 10 tds and averaging 6 yards a carry through the first 13 weeks. The first two guys to do that? Jim Brown and OJ Simpson. I assume you’ve heard of them. Both teams on the cusp of playoff contention and/or irrelevance. Rams are in the middle of a 3 game winning streak and the Vikings are 1-5 at home. Rams win 17-10.

Lions at Cardinals

In general, the jeering “my Mother could play better than you” is NEVER true. But in Glendale, it’s not far off. Stafford is the most prolific passer in the NFL, and the Cards give up more sacks than any other team. So, let’s not drag this out. Lions win 27-10.

Seahawks at Bills (in Toronto)

How ‘boot this aye? … Sorry. Canadians laughed at that. Ok, so the Seahawks were pretty awesome at home against the Cardinals huh? And the Bills lost in the final seconds to the Rams and don’t even get to be home. They have to play in a dome. Neutral turf. Russell Wilson has 7 tds and 0 ints in 3 games versus the weak AFC, Marshawn Lynch is facing the team that gave up on him. So combine beastmode with Wilson’s heroics and it’s going to be ugly. Seahawks win 31-10.

Panthers at Chargers

Two of the most inconsistent teams in the NFL. BUT, Cam Newton is on fire. First player in NFL history to explode for 250+ passing yards, 100+ rushing yards and a score by land and air. And the Chargers are Norved. So the game they should have lost, in Pittsburgh, they won. By a lot. And this game, they should win, so they’ll lose. But a slim margin. Panthers win 34-30.

Steelers at Cowboys

Speaking of inconsistent… May I present to you the Dallas Cowboys. Naturally, an emotional week for the team and they responded admirably. Tony Romo was great down the stretch and the Boys’ running game was a big part of their win in Cinci. The Steelers are still without Ike Taylor and the Chargers passing game was able to exploit that. Cowboys will too, but in typical Boys' fashion, it's going to be odd. Still, Cowboys win. 25-16.

Chiefs at Raiders

Right. I know. Less is more. Raiders win 28-21.

Sunday Night Football

Niners at Patriots

The Niners are so good at scheming isolations for Aldon Smith and Justin Smith and bringing in reinforcements from the best linebacking corp in the NFL. But the Pats’ point differential (198) is more than the Chiefs (195) or Cards (186) have scored all season.  This is a tough offense to slow down, but the other teams in the NFC West that have tried, this side of the Atlantic Ocean, were quite successful. The Pats 3 losses have come by a combined 4 points, while their 10 wins are by an average of 20 points a game. So while they can blow their opponents out, they tend to lose the close ones. I think this is a close game. Niners pull off the upset 22-19. (True, I was Steve Young for Halloween, twice, as a wee lass, so one could accuse me of a heavy Niners bias and have some strong evidence to support their claim. But nonetheless, I’m sticking with the Niners).

Monday Night Football

Jets at Titans

Ok, I know the Jets are “in playoff contention”… Mathmatically, yes. But if the Jets make the playoffs, I will don a Sexy Rexy belly and kiss the feet of every Jets fan I know. Titans should rebound after tough loss to the Colts and allow me to retain some semblance of dignity. Titans win 27-14.

Hope my 10-6 record from last week will improve this week. But I really just hope I’m right about the Titans. 

 

 

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