Wow, there are some games to watch today! There are some top echelon games, some second tier games, and some must win games!
(6-1-0) Packers This is a really hard pick. So hard I’ve changed my mind twice since trying to write this. Last week the Pack got their azz handed to them by the Broncos. They face another tough defense with the Panthers. The Panthers also have a running game. But, the Pack isn’t playing in Mile High, and Rogers will be on a mission. Manning was able to scorch the G.B. secondary, but, Newton isn’t Manning. The Pack RBs are healthy and the receiving corps is finally whole. The LB Mathews is banged up, which may be the deciding factor in the game. My gut says the Pack.
(7-0-0) Patriots There are a lot of great games to watch this week, this isn’t one of them.
(4-4-0) Saints Just a few weeks ago, there was talk of firing Peyton. After a horrid start, the Saints look to be 5-4 after today, in position to make a good run at the playoffs.
(3-4-0) Bills Well, it won’t entirely be over for the loser of this game, but, it will be over for the loser of this game. No one in this division is going to catch the Pats, so the also-rans will be looking for a wildcard birth to the playoffs. 4-4 is a decent position to make the run from, 3-5? Not so much. I really hope I’m wrong about this prediction and the Bills lost to the lowly Jags, so anything can happen.
(4-3-0) Rams It’s difficult to know which Ram team will show up. This is a huge test for the Vikes and one I think they’ll fail. That said, if the Vikings do go on to win today, they’ll have to be considered a very formidable team in the NFC. I just think the Rams are closer to that than the Vikings are. It should be a fantastic running game to watch!
(4-3-0) Jets The Jets have a great opportunity to be 5-3 at midway point of the season, which isn’t bad for any team in the division, other than the Pats. That said, if they overlook the Jags, they’ll find themselves in the midst of a whole bunch of teams clamoring for a wildcard birth. To me, the Jags look like they’re at the same spot the Raiders were last year. They’ve got players, and you can just feel them getting better and more competitive, they’re just not there yet, and missing some ingredients.
(4-4-0) Steelers Oh boy! This game is giving me flashbacks! When was the last time a Steeler/Raider game was one to watch for the week? While it isn’t quite the same, in my youth(70s), while never a fan of either team, this would be the game to watch for the year! Yeh, it isn’t the same, but, I’m certain it will evoke memories of a grander time for both teams and the NFL in general. The Raiders have been proving me wrong all year, and I’m going to give them one more chance to show me. If the Raiders can take this game, they’ll have to be considered a strong candidate for the playoffs. For their part, this is pretty much a must win for the Steelers, which is why I’m picking them. They should be playing with some abandon and fire, today. It should be a most excellent game to watch.
(4-4-0) Giants Well Eli match his ridiculous passing numbers he had last week? Probably not. I think one of the profound weaknesses of the Giants is their idiotic running back by committee. Pick a RB, anyone, and let him get into the flow of the game. If he’s not good enough to start in the NFL, then he’s not good enough to be part of your RB package. The Giants would do well not to overlook the Buccs. They’re not the doormats they’ve typically been in recent years.
(6-2-0) Falcons When you look at the records, this game looks like a no-brainer. But, when you really look at the records, you see a struggling Falcon team. After a 5-0 start, they’re 1-2 over the last 3 weeks and they’re losses and even their most recent win are not consistent with a top tier team. They lost to the Saints, and Tampa Bay, and barely hung on to beat a horrid Titan team. In the last 3 games, they’ve been out scored 51-61 by teams with a combined record of 8-15. That said, they’re facing SF, who has placed Kaepernick on the bench, in favor of Blaine Gabbert, who has a 5-22 record as a starter in the NFL.
(7-0-0) Broncos It should be another long day for Luck and team. My interest in the game will be to see if Manning really has returned to form.
(2-5-0) Cowboys Well, this is a must win for Dallas. If they’re going to win without Romo, this would be the game. They’re playing at home against an unimpressive Eagle team. Dez Bryant is back with a full week of practice with Cassel. While he was pretty much blanked last week, the Eagles don’t have a Sherman to cover Dez, and Cassel showed a willingness to throw the ball up to the playmaker and let him make a play. There is no longer any RB controversy in that Randle was released by the Cowboys this week, making McFadden the man. If they can keep it close and consistently feed McFadden the ball, they can win. The Eagles best offensive lineman(Jason Peters LOT) is out for the game, so look for Hardy to have a huge game for the Cowboys.
(2-6-0) Chargers I don’t think either team is really as bad as their records indicate. Matt Forte is out for the game, so, the Bears will be playing without their best weapon and running back. Loser of this game gives up any pretense for a post season.
Well, these are my picks, what do you think?