Friday December 5th, 2014

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Chargers-Patriots

It doesn’t get any better than this, unless you are considering a Philip Rivers-Peyton Manning matchup, but Rivers-Tom Brady is spectacular.  The only thing separating these two great quarterbacks, is the fact Brady has a better organization around him over the length of his career, than Rivers has had in the era of Schottenheimer-Turner-McCoy…AJ Smith-Tom Telesco.  San Diego’s offense is diverse and dynamic, averaging (346YPG) converting on 47% of their third down opportunities.  Brady’s offense is averaging (380YPG) and hitting on 43% on third down.  Both have spectacular tight ends, Gates-vs-Gronkowski.  Both have a wide variety of tastes at WR, Floyd-Kennan Allen-Eddie Royal against Julian Edleman-Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola.  The Bolts have the tougher run game led by Ryan Mathews, though LeGarrette Blount’s tough inside running helps Shane Vareen and Jonas Gray.  This game will be all about offense, eventhough people like Dwight Freeney and Eric Weddle, Vince Wilfork and Darrelle Reavis will be on the field on defense.  What a matchup of no-huddle attacks; what a matchup Mike McCoy’s offense vs Bill Belicheck’s defense.  It’s a pick-em game.  Whoever does not  turn it over probably decides it.  Somebody just might win 42-38, because I don’t think either team can stop the other guy’s quarterback.

 

Steelers-Bengals

A huge game for both teams.  The big question, does Ben Roethlisberger have a chip fracture of his wrist?  The other question, can Andy Dalton make big plays early to wear out the Pittsburgh defense?.  Cincinnati will win, it won’t be easy, but I just don’t think Pittsburgh is a complete team anymore.

Baltimore-Miami

They both need this win.  The Ravens are seething after blowing a home field win and letting San Diego steal a game in the 4th quarter.  The Dolphins are playing hard for Coach Joe Philbin, and it has been a better season than most realize, but Ravens make this ugly and Baltimore gets a road win.

Colts-Browns

Andrew Luck is continuing his all-out assault on the NFL record books (4,011Y-34TD).  The Browns now have a divided team, so Brian Hoyer needs to throw TDs not interceptions this weekend, as everyone waits to see how quickly Johnny Manziel gets to play.  Fun matchup with the Colts skill people going against Joe Haden and a better than anticipated Cleveland defense.  Colts can do and will do it-win.

Buffalo-Denver

The Bills have been playing spectacular playoff type defense, but this is Peyton Manning and it will be in Denver.  The Broncos are in desperation mode too, they need to keep winning if they are to host AFC playoff games.  The lack of dynamics in Buffalo’s offense costs them.  You may slow Manning down for a quarter or two, but what do you do with the other 7 possessions he has?  Broncos beat the Bills.

Kansas City-Arizona

The wheels may be coming off one of these teams.  WR-Larry Fitzgerald has to find a way to get on the field to aid an offense that has now gone 11-quarters without a TD.  The Chiefs now have a banged up RB-Jamal Charles and still no TD catches from their wideouts.  Defense carries you only so far.  I think KC wins a desperation game which would mean the Cardinals losing streak would be at 3-straight.

Seahawks-Eagles

Wow, Russell Wilson-Marshawn Lynch against Mark Sanchez-LeSean McCoy.  Wow, the Eagles big, physical receivers against the Legion of Boom secondary.  Bet there are turnovers in this one, bet it is wild, bet on the Eagles.

Rams-Redskins

St. Louis just keeps playing hard and Washington doesn’t have much to play for, and with the QB mess continuing, looks for the Rams to win this game, and the raging controversy over RGIII, Daniel Snyder, Jay Gruden, will continue.

Giants-Titans

A combined (5-19) record.  Don’t know what is more stunning, how bad the Giants are,e even with Eli Manning in the lineup, or the fact Ken Whisenhunt has a team with bad chemistry.  Giants win it, but it does not save Tom Coughlin’s job.

Panthers-Saints

Drew Brees is trying to rally a battered Saints offense to respectability.  Cam Newton doesn’t look like the quarterback he used to be.  The Panthers have enormous roster problems, the Saints, a truck full of injuries.  New Orleans wins.

Jets-Vikings

Geno Smith, does he take a step forward, or a step back?.  Rex Ryan tried the single-wing philosophy last week, run it virtually all night, and still lost despite (277Y) rushing.  Minnesota is growing slowly with Teddy Bridgewater at QB.  Vikes win and Rex goes to (2-11) before he goes out the door.

Tampa Bay-Detroit

Matthew Stafford revisited old days last weekend, throwing for (390Y) thru the air.  The Lions defense continues to play really hard.  The Bucs continue to be really bad.  Detroit wins.

Texans-Jaguars

Ryan Fitzpatrick had that enormous day last weekend, 6-TD passes, but he doesn’t have many of those very often.  Jacksonville had a spirited come from behind win over the Giants, but is still a work-in-progress franchise with a rookie QB.  Houston wins thanks to superman JJ Watt.

San Francisco-Raiders

The fights in the stands may be better than the game on the field.  Colin Kaeperneck’s offense looks old, injured, and out of touch.  Rookie QB-Derek Carr has hit a wall and isn’t playing very well now.  San Francisco wins, and the Raiders go to (1-12).

Falcons-Packers

Aaron Rodgers is possessed, putting on dazzling passing shows.  He likely lights up a bad Falcons secondary and drives the Packers to their 10th win, as the push for home field advantage in the NFL continues.

Thursday Night Football

Cowboys-W-Bears (45-28)…Tony Rome goes (21-26) 205P-3TD….RB-DeMarco Murray thunders for (179R)….WR-Dez Bryant (88Y) acrobatic catches…Cowboys move (9-4) keep pressure on Green Bay-Eagles-Arizona-Seattle for home field advantage spot in playoffs.
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