Predicting the outcomes and scores of pro football games is not easy due to the parity of the league and the unpredictability of the games. I’m going to try and make a weekly habit of making some form of predictions whether in pro football, college football, or other sports. Comment if you agree or disagree and why. We can have some good discussions before and after the games.
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Cardinals at Vikings (24-20): I’m picking the undefeated Vikings here because I’m simply unimpressed by what the Cardinals have done thus far. The Vikings have shown that they can build a lead, but not sustain it. Here’s to thinking that the Vikings can finally pull one off. If not, it may be time for Ponder to step in for McNabb.
Eagles at Bills (31-24): The Bills have been a surprise team with Ryan Fitzpatrick playing out of his mind. On the other hand, the “Dream Team” Eagles have disappointed. The Eagles are in a ”win now” situation, and will do so this weekend.
Saints at Panthers (38-31): The Saints have been dominant, and Drew Brees is simply unbelievable. However, the Panthers’ offense has taken off with Cam Newton at the helm. Expect this one to be close with the better team escaping with the win.
Bengals at Jaguars (17-14): I don’t love either of these offenses; however, Andy Dalton has looked much better than Blaine Gabbert. I don’t think this is the weekend for Gabbert’s first win.
Titans at Steelers (27-24): The Titans look great, and Matt Hasselbeck has enjoyed his best year to date. The Steelers are pressed for a win, and will finally start showing their true colors.
Seahawks at Giants (28-10): To be frank, I don’t have much faith picking the Seahawks on any given week. Look for the Giants to take off with this one early on.
Chiefs at Colts (20-17): This matchup is tough to pick, and for all the wrong reasons. The Chiefs won their first game last weekend, and the Colts are left winless without Peyton Manning. I like what I saw out of Curtis Painter last weekend, so look for him to take another step in the right direction. The Colts will take this one in a close, yet unexciting game.
Raiders at Texans (27-24): Both of these teams have been impressive; however, the injury to Andre Johnson puts the Texans at a disadvantage. The Raiders look great with McFadden, and Campbell hasn’t been playing half bad.
Buccaneers at 49ers (28-17): I’m not believing the hype surrounding the 49ers just yet. I have just a bit more faith in Freeman and his Bucs, who have looked great since losing to the surging Lions in Week 1.
Jets at Patriots (38-21): I love, love, love this matchup, and this is the game to watch for this weekend. No one can ask for anything better than Rex Ryan versus Bill Belichick. Simply put, Tom Brady is unreal and Mark Sanchez is not. The Patriots’ offense will put up too many points for the Jets to match.
Chargers at Broncos (35-20): The Broncos are struggling, especially with Kyle Orton at the helm. The Chargers look good this season, and while they underachieve at times, it won’t matter against this Denver squad.
Packers at Falcons (31-20): The Packers look like the class of the National Football League. The Falcons were my early season pick to represent the NFC in the Superbowl; however, they haven’t performed as I expected. The Packers have been even better than last year–the year they won the Super Bowl.
Bears at Lions (27-17): Finally the Lions are a legitimate contender. The Lions have capped comebacks of 20 points or more the past 2 weeks, and have looked fantastic. The Bears won’t be able to keep up with the explosive offense that the Lions have showed so far. Look for the Lions to post their first 5-0 season in a long, long time.
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