Week 6: NFL Predictions!

16 Oct
Week 6

Bye: Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks

Sunday October 16, 1:00 PM Games

San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions

Andrew – Detroit. Who would have thought this would have been such an exciting match up!? Both teams have tough tough defenses, but only Detroit can get you through the air and with the run. Unfortunately, Alex Smith just won’t be able to get it done in the air, if he’s called upon to win the game for his team.

Greg – Detroit. A possible NFC Championship preview?!? That’s just weird to type. I think the 49ers are good, but not as good as the Lions are — they MIGHT just be the real deal.

St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers

Andrew – Green Bay. This hardly seems fair. The Rams really shouldn’t be THIS bad, but it doesn’t matter because even if they were playing at a higher level, no team is playing better than Green Bay right now. This would be my lock game if I hadn’t already picked Green Bay (survivor league).

Greg – Green Bay. Man the Rams have a tough schedule this year.

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

Andrew – Atlanta. I feel bad always picking against the Panthers, but as it turns out, I’ve been right. They seem to really be clicking on offense, and I don’t know if the defense hasn’t been playing or well, or the Panther’s schedule is just that hard, but again, another tough game on the road for them. I give this win to the Falcons, but just as the Panthers game with New Orleans was close, I expect this game to be even closer.

Greg – Atlanta Falcons. At home and finally figuring some things out on offense so they can keep winning. They will win this one easily.

Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals

Andrew – Cincinnati. The Bengals remind me a lot of Tampa Bay last year. They’re just so young and energetic that it just seems to be more about just going out and having fun than it is about winning or losing. Of course it’s a lot more fun when you are winning, unlike the Indianapolis Colts. Despite some flashes of ability from Curtis Painter, Cincinnati’s defense is a tough test for anyone in the league, and after being up 17 on Kansas City and then losing, I don’t expect the Colts defense to keep the Bengals from putting up solid numbers.

Greg – Indianapolis Colts. This is exactly the game that Cincinnati will gladly lose.

Buffalo Bills at New York Giants

Andrew – New York Giants. Honestly, I think this game is a total coin flip. I don’t think the Bills are as good as their record dictates… I mean they can’t get pick 6s in every game of the season….right!? But, New York…New York… I don’t even know what to say. It almost seems as though New York got a little too cocky with the depth of their defensive line, and with Tuck and Osi alternating weeks on the bench due to injury, it’s starting to takes its toll. IF the Giants can stop Fred Jackson (big IF), and IF the Giants can protect the ball by running it and keeping it out of Eli’s interception throwing hands, then I think the Giants will be able to pull this one off.

Greg – New York Giants. Again, as I said last week, I do not think the Bills are actually this good, however this game will be close — bc the Giants aren’t very good either. It basically all depends on how few turnovers Eli can produce. If he keeps it to just 1, the Giants win.

The rest of the picks after the jump!

Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers

Andrew – Pittsburgh. Not much to say here to be honest. Ben Roethlisberger played great through injury in last week’s trumping over the Titans and Pittsburgh defense plugged the holes they needed to on their injured defense, which despite missing some key pieces will still be able to cause a lot of trouble for rookie Blaine Gabbert. If the Steelers’ defense locks Maurice Jones-Drew down like it did Chris Johnson, this game won’t even be competitive.

Greg – Pittsburgh Steelers. I think this game will be close, the Jags usually play the Steelers pretty tough. But I just think the Steelers are the better team here and should win.

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins

Andrew – Philadelphia. Ugh… I don’t know what to make of this pick, but I will say this – the Eagles aren’t nearly as bad as their record indicates. Their high powered offense can score at any moment as everyone will remember in that Monday night game last year at Fed Ex (I don’t because I was too blacked out). Also, the Redskins aren’t nearly as good as their record indicates, and even though their defense ranks high after the Rams game, please remember that it was the Rams, and before that game Washington’s defense was ranked 16th. I expect Washington’s running game to have success, but if the red zone woes will continue, and the Eagles’ start to pile on some points, the running game will disappear and Rex Grossman will forcing throws to linebackers that he “doesn’t see”.

Greg – Philadelphia Eagles. There is no way that this tailspin continues for this team. They have way too many great players to keep losing. Someone in there eventually has to get them riled up and want to come out and crush someone…enter Washington! I think the Eagles will win this game pretty easy today.

Late Afternoon Games

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens

Andrew – Baltimore. Arian Foster is going to have a tough time going up against the Ravens tough rushing defense, so this game is going to have to be won through the air. Unfortunately, for the Texans, Matt Schaub is missing his key receiver and Houston’s defense is missing it’s star defensive linemen Mario Williams. If the Texans were healthy, I think they would have the tools to go into Baltimore and win, but unfortunately for them, it’s the Ravens who healthy coming off their bye week and replacing all of their weapons.

Greg – Baltimore. They are a different team at home, always playing with more energy, feeding off the crowd. And once again, it seems that the Texans come out on fire the first few games and begin their losing ways again now.

Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders

Andrew – Oakland. I would feel almost as confident about this pick as I would the Steelers winning, if it weren’t for Jason Campbell. Not because I dislike the guy, I’ve just seen him come up short in too many big situations. Overall Oakland has played well against some tough teams, so I think this will be a good time to get a home win for Al Davis. If they can keep the fire that they had on the road in the victory over Houston, this team could keep pace with the Chargers and make the AFC West a little more interesting (for once).

Greg –  Oakland Raiders. So, like Andrew says, I am pretty confident that the Raiders will win, but then I remember who their quarterback is…So that should be interesting. The Raiders will win by 6 though.

Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots

Andrew – New England. The worst thing I could imagine is the Cowboys going into New England and beating the Patriots. Not for any other reason than the egregious amount of proverbial fellatio that the ESPN, FOX, and CBS analysts will do about Tony Romo. It’s amazing to me that he gets as much credit as he does, and nothing will fan that adoration faster than beating the other loved organization. Not that he’s that bad, but I mean people talk about Sanchez, Flacco, and Matt Ryan taking the next step and they all have more playoff wins than Tony Romo. When is he going to take the next step and not be the sole cause for his team losing? I know that sounds one sided, but evidence points more towards my argument than the one for him being in the hall of fame. That rant aside… look for a rather high scoring game. This will actually a hard game for New England to win. Dallas’s defense is coming together well and New England’s own secondary is soft as pie. Look for the Patriots to play similar ball as they did against the Jets and they’ll come out squeaky clean. Even though this will only add fuel to the NFL analysts fire of loving on Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, at least they deserve it.

Greg –  New England. The Cowboys are wearing the blue jerseys!

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Andrew – New Orleans. First, what a dud the Buccaneers put out against the 49ers. I mean I know their defense is tough, but wow, 48-3!? 3 points!? 45 point differential!? Wow. Look for Josh Freeman and company to move the ball better against the Saints, but I mean… 48! If the Saints get anywhere near as many points this game is in the bag.

Greg – New Orleans. Remember when Andrew thought the Buccaneers were good? Well they might not be. The Saints roll in this one.

Sunday Night Football

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears 8:20 PM

Andrew – Chicago. I hope Adrian Peterson put up some reflectors to shine the spotlight on Donovan McNabb for a minute, because I think that’s about as much credit as he’ll get (and deserves unfortunately). I’m sad to see Donovan go out like this, I’m sure he can still play, but it just seems learning new offensive systems isn’t really his thing. The Bears defense will try and make sure that Peterson is wrapped up and that the ball stays in McNabbs hands (and thrown to the feet of the Vikings receivers). Even though the Bears offensive line is Swiss cheese and the Vikings will be sure to destroy Cutler a few times, but they’ll also need to slow down Matt Forte, which seems pretty hard to do. This game could end up being 5-3.

Greg – Minnesota. I think the Vikings get up for this game and come in with a lot of emotion, and trick plays. The offense is starting to do some things right and have scored pretty consistently the last couple weeks. And then I still don’t trust Cutler in big games. I think this game will be a sloppy one that will come down to who doesn’t turn the ball over the most.

Monday Night Football

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets 8:30 PM

Andrew – New York Jets. Let me lay out some facts – Miami’s secondary is weak sauce, Miami doesn’t have a quarterback, and the Jets just lost to their division rivals last week…. do you really think they’ll let that happen back to back weeks!? I know the Jets can be inconsistant, but I don’t see any way in hell Miami wins this… wait… unless… can Reggie Bush run the wildcat…?

Greg – New York Jets. The Jets will be coming into this game extremely fired up to not lose 2 in a row. I agree with Andrew, the Dolphins will probably show up with some new trickery plays, but I don’t think it will be enough. Although the Jets are not as good as last year, the Dolphins hope to win relies on Sanchez not playing well and Shotty still calling passing plays.

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