Which teams will come up big over the holidays?
Ho, ho, ho (SCO, SCO, SCO?) Happy holidays, football fans! Get hyped for 13 NFL games on Christmas Eve. The season is coming to an end, but there remains plenty of pigskin to be played! Last week, the Patriots knocked off the mighty Tim Tebow. I guess he's human after all…
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis unwrapped its present early this year, finally getting a win after weeks and weeks of suffering. Why can't they do it again? Orlovsky FTW!
Though the players understandably won't buy into this, the Colts need to lose the rest of their games. They need some serious Luck for next season.
It's nice for the Colts to finally get that win, but it is likely the only one of the year. Houston has the division clinched, but they're still fighting for seeding, and TJ Yates can come off a bad loss with an easy win in Indy.
I'm going to give the Colts the benefit of the doubt and say they can pull out another win.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
If you can beat Tebow, you can beat anybody, right?
The Patriots are on top of the conference after a big win against the Broncos. The Dolphins, meanwhile, are fighting for respectability, which would be achieved by a hard fought win against New England. Realistically, it's not going to happen.
The Patriots, with their NFL-worst passing defense, have still won six in a row.
As a Ravens fan at this time, I'm going with anyone playing the Patriots.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
The Titans just lost to the… Colts???
The Jaguars remain awful. Tennessee gets this one at home.
The Titans are still hanging in there but the loss to the Colts was a big hit to their playoff chances. Coach Mike Munchak has named Hasselbeck the starter for at least one more week as they try to make a final playoff push. A win against Jacksonville is to be expected but Tennessee needs the Jets to lose for them to have a chance.
The Jaguars offense is really a one-man show, so the Titans will take the win easily.
New York Giants at New York Jets
The Giants looked awful against Washington in week fifteen. The Jets didn't look too hot, either, but I'm trusting Mark Sanchez & co. to get the job done.
The Giants have lost five of six, while the Jets have won three of their last four. The G-Men will struggle to make the playoffs if they keep playing the way they are now.
The Giants are on a slide that has them falling out of playoff contention. They have lost five of six including a 13-point loss to the Redskins. The Jets aren't so hot themselves, but they should pull it out against their fellow New Yorkers.
The match-up of the New York teams will hopefully not leave the state in chaos, especially when the Giants win because of their far better offense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Cam Newt Gingrich for President.
Cam Newton will drop another forty or so fantasy points and the Panthers will take this one at home.
The Panthers have been playing very well recently and their 19-point win over the Bucs is only three weeks old. They will fare just as well this time against the Bucs who are in the midst of an eight-game losing streak.
Carolina looks explosive this season, and the Buccaneers aren't very good...to put it nicely.
St. Louis Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben's out, but the Rams are, well, uhh... yeah.
The Rams have more of a chance than they would otherwise, due to Ben Roethlisberger's injury, but the Pittsburgh defense will still be at full strength.
The Rams have played about as well as the Colts this year. They are 2-12 and their -180 point differential is only four better than that of the Colts. The Steelers are tied with the Ravens on top of the division.
The Ravens are hoping for a loss from the Steelers last week, but I don't think they will let it happen two weeks in a row, especially against the Rams.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
I'm hesitant to take the Ravens against a bad Cleveland team, because B-More has played terribly against lesser squads throughout the entire season. But I don't foresee an upset on Christmas Eve. Ravens win.
Just when we decide the Ravens are the best team in the AFC, they go and lose again. Cleveland shouldn't pose much of a threat, though, and Baltimore is still undefeated at home.
The Ravens got smashed by the Chargers in week 15, but they are still undefeated at home. An easy win against the Browns will make it a perfect season at M Bank Park for Baltimore.
The Ravens have definitely made some major adjustments after last week, but they know what is at stake and will deliver.
Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals
I flipped a coin. Seriously.
Wait, Arizona's 7-7? When did that happen? The Cards will continue their winning ways in Cincinnati.
Eleven of the Cardinals' games this year have been decided by one score and they have now won six of their last seven. The Cardinals have done so well recently that they are now an outside shot for a wild card spot.
The Bengals are just a better team.
Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins
You can actually make money by attending this game at FedEx field. That's how unimportant this match-up is.
Washington pulled out the win last week, even with Roy Helu having a sub-par game. This week, he'll bounce back and the Redskins will take care of Minnesota.
The Vikings haven't won since their week eight bye week. Since then, rookie quarterback Christian Ponder has only had two games with passer ratings above 64. The 'Skins are coming off a good defensive showing against the Giants and they can tear up the Vikings offense.
The Vikings secondary doesn't stand a chance against the recently on fire Redskins.
Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills
Tebow and the Broncos were brought back down to earth last week in a big loss to the Patriots. It won't be pretty, but Buffalo should take care of Denver at home.
Tim Tebow has not lost back-to-back games all year, and he won't start now.
As predicted, the Broncos stood no chance against the Patriots. Brady still is a better quarterback than Tebow as are many other NFL quarterbacks. Ryan Fitzpatrick is not one of them. The Broncos need a win and an Oakland loss or just two wins to clinch the division. In all likelihood, they will make the playoffs, but no one really knows where they can go from there.
TEBOW TIME! Plus, sprinkle in a little McGahee and you've got yourself a nasty little cocktail.
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City just knocked off Green Bay. The Chiefs should carry that momentum into Saturday's match-up with Oakland.
The Chiefs legitimately outplayed Green Bay last week, and Oakland has lost three in a row. The AFC West is officially up for grabs.
The Chiefs beat the Packers. I have no idea how, but they did.
The Chiefs definitely proved themselves this week, and their defense is guaranteed to shut down the Raiders.
San Diego Chargers at Detroit Lions
Matt Stafford threw for nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns to lead his team to a one-point victory over Oakland in week fifteen. Meanwhile, the Chargers put a beatdown on Baltimore. I'll go with San Diego.
San Diego's roll will stop in Detroit. The Lions will protect their house as they go for a wild card bid.
The Chargers absolutely smashed the Ravens last week and the Lions will fare similarly. San Diego has beaten opponents by a combined score of 71 points in the last three weeks as they have put themselves back into the playoff race.
This will be a close game, but the Lions have home field advantage, and they tend to be more consistent.
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Philadelphia is on a roll, and they play pretty well on the road. Tony Romo has yet to solidify himself as a reliable QB. Eagles win.
Somehow, the Eagles will find a way to make the playoffs. Just 'cause the NFL is like that.
The Eagles are still alive. With a win here a Giants loss this week and a Giants win next week, the Eagles will win the division. That would involve a lot of things happening but it is not implausible. Look for the healthy Eagles to win big.
The Eagles beat the Cowboys in their first match-up, and they're going to do it again thanks to an improved defense.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Upset city baby. Seattle keeps on rolling.
The 49ers are the best team in the NFC outside of Green Bay. If they can handle the Steelers, the Seahawks don't have much of a chance.
The 49ers looked shaky two weeks ago against Arizona but they won big against Pittsburgh on Monday Night. If they can win out, the 49ers will have a bye the first week of the playoffs.
The 49ers had an amazing win last week, and if everything goes as planned, then they will blow the Seahawks out of the water.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
The Pack lost once, and Aaron Rodgers won't let it happen again. Plus, Caleb Hanie is downright putrid at QB for the Bears.
It was only a matter of time before the Pack finally lost a game, but no one expected it to be to the Chiefs. They'll figure out whatever their problems were in time for this NFC North matchup.
The Packers lost to the Chiefs for some inconceivable reason. It had to happen to bring them down to earth, and now the Pack is ready to go.
I don't think the Bears will be as lucky as the Chiefs were.
Monday, December 26
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees' statline from week fifteen: 32-40, 412 yards, five touchdowns. Goon.
Could Drew Brees throw for another five touchdowns? Yeah, he could.
Drew Brees is having a historic season. He is likely to break Dan Marino's record this week and then still have one more game to go. He is completing seventy percent of his passes and his touchdown to interception rate is incredible. Saints can go all the way.
Drew Brees is good at finding his receivers and making plays in the red zone. The Saints have this one.
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