Tennessee @ Buffalo
Here are a
couple of teams coming off of surprise victories in Week
6 looking to keep going in the right direction. Not literally the
"right" direction of course, if they did that they'd run out of bounds.
While that might help with clock management, it's simply too early in
the game to employ such a strategy, seeing as how it hasn't even started
yet. While I have all the confidence in the world in Matthew
Hasselbeck, I attribute their win over Pittsburgh in large part to the
fact that it was a home game being played on a Thursday. Plus their
defense is still garbanzo beans (I'm saying that instead of garbage now;
please let me know how much you hate it in the comments section below).
Washington @ New York Giants
Giants unexpectedly beat the 49ers in San Francisco last week. However,
it was only unexpected if you haven't learned to expect the unexpected
without exception when it comes to New York. Clearly this has been my
M.O. for the last few weeks, but if the Giants win in convincing fashion
again it might be time to just consider them good and not
unpredictable. While the Redskins did beat the Giants twice last year it
would still be a surprise if they got a W here. And for that very
reason I have to go with Washington.
New Orleans @ Tampa Bay
their win last week the Bucs have taken a stranglehold over 2nd place
in the NFC South at 2-3. But not so fast, nipping at their heels are the
1-4 Saints coming off their bye week, and you do NOT want to face an
Aaron Kromer coached team when he has an extra seven days to prepare.
Though there's no track record to back that statement up I think Krome
Dawg is going to have New Orleans ready to play, and when I say "New
Orleans" I'm only referring to their offense, because their D is
Dallas @ Carolina
the Cowboys found yet another way to lose a game. It's always
interesting with these guys, you have to hand it to Jason Garrett and
co.; unless you're the other team, because in that case Jason Garrett
and co. have to hand it to you (and by 'it' I mean the game). However,
the Panthers have been just as bad, if not worse, with the game on the
line in their last two contests. Which makes me wonder if the 4th
quarter will look a lot like this. So who will blow it
worse? I'll go with the home team, it'll be more painful that way.
Baltimore @ Houston
only two teams in the AFC that are above .500 and they're playing each
other in this game. Both teams come into this playoff rematch at 5-1
looking to take an inside track in the race for the conference's top
seed. The Ravens are coming off demoralizing losses to their defense
while Houston is coming off of the demoralizing realization that their
defense may be lost. So as you can see the match-up between these two
teams is like looking into a mirror, a very large mirror that 53 people
can look into at the same time. To my knowledge this mirror does not
actually exist, so it shouldn't be a factor come Sunday. I'll give the
edge to the Texans at home.
Cleveland @ Indianapolis
I say "Corner" you say "Screen!" Corner _______ Corner _______ When I
say "At the" you say "Shack!" At the ______ At the ______ While this
game features a plethora of young talent the chances are high that
things could get sloppy. In fact, when I was researching this game I
went to youngsloppytalent. com
and found a lot of interesting material, none of which I could use to
help me in my analysis of this game but interesting nonetheless. Ok
where was I? (full disclosure: I just took a 2 hour break from writing
this post for a return visit to youngsloppytalent .com)
I say the Colts get back on track after a disappointing effort against
the Jets while the Browns get back to what they know best, losing.
Green Bay @ St. Louis
Aaron Rodgers went off to the tune of 6 touchdown passes. What does the
tune of 6 touchdown passes sound like? This. Does this
mean Rodgers is officially back? Yes. Are hypothetical questions
pointless if the answer is a simple yes? Well, the answer to that is
pretty complicated. While the Rams are 3-0 at home this year and their D
has held their own I think the Packers will be harder to handle than a
10 hour sax solo.
Arizona @ Minnesota
abide among these two teams. Both are an unexpected 4-2 even after
stumbling as of late. Both are in the NFC. Trust me there are more
similarities than just those but if I listed them all off here you'd be
bored and I would have had to have looked into it further. This game
figures to feature conservative offenses and aggressive defenses, which
means that field position and ball control will be paramount. In other
words this game will be boring as shit unless you have a rooting
interest in either team. Minnesota is at home so I'll give them the
New York Jets @ New England
would be considered a surprise if the Patriots even showed up for this
game after their devastating loss in Seattle last week. If New England
does make it to the field Sunday expect them to be angry and play with a
sense of purpose (again, that's only if they show up, which is probably
less than a 50/50 shot at this point). The Pats' opponent will be the
mercurial Jets whose average margin of victory is over 16 points, while
their average margin of defeat is 19. So it stands to reason that this
one won't be close on way or another. I'll go with another.
Jacksonville @ Oakland
are only two afternoon games this week and this is one of them. In
other news, the NFL schedule maker has released the following statement
to fans: "Fuck you." Both teams are coming off their bye week which begs
the question: why can't they be on their bye every week? Alas, here we
are, left with only this game to distract us during commercials. I'm
thinking about just watching the commercials.
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati
week these teams lost to the Titans and Browns, respectively. Were they
aware they had a Sunday Night game coming up? Don't they know that
Faith Hill's been waiting all week for this? It just demonstrates a
blatant lack of respect for the National Football League, NBC, and Ms.
Hill that I, quite frankly, won't stand for.
Detroit @ Chicago
Bears moved into 2nd place in the NFC last week simply by not playing.
It just goes to show that in today's NFL, not playing is the key to
success. Hey, it's an ever-changing league, learn to evolve. I can just
see all those stodgy old pundits sitting around their newsroom and
opining through a thick plume of cigar smoke, "You gotta play to win."
Not anymore JD Off Your Rocker-feller! Unfortunately, Chicago has a game
on the schedule this week, so they are subject to a loss. Fortunately,
they are playing the Lions who haven't put together a consistent effort