Are you ready for the second half of the 2011 NFL season? Do you think you can handle the adrenaline rush from the multitude of clutch comebacks? Or, for that matter, the overwhelming depression of staggering defeats?
If you answered, “Yes!” to these questions, then you are a true BLUE football fan! Let’s get it started! Week 10, or weak 10 for some teams around the league, finds us on our continuing mission to deliver you the winners of every NFL game, alongside the pigskin picking’ panel at ESPN. Who have we picked this week? Who won the battle of the predictions last week? You might be surprised at the results. read on…if you dare!
Raiders @ Chargers: Interesting matchup here. San Diego, German for a “whale’s vagina”, have the 4th ranked passing offense. Oakland have the 3rd ranked rushing offense. Oakland also have the 2nd best offensive line in the league. However, what they don’t have, is a defense. Their defense is ranked 27th out of 32 teams. The Chargers are at home and Phillip Rivers is angry. You do the math. Chargers win. (Since this article came out today and the Raiders won last night…kindly disregard lol.)
Saints @ Falcons: It’s a battle for 1st place of the NFC South. Atlanta hit some rocky points last month and are now on their way back up the ladder. The Saints, however, had the fluke of a loss to the, previously winless, St Louis Rams. These teams match up pretty well. But the scales get a bit lopsided when you add on Drew Brees and the passing game of these crawfish eating, foozball playing, bead wearing, po’ boys from the bayou. Saints win. I gah-rone-tee.
Steelers @ Bengals: Here are another two teams that match up quite well. Both have average running games. Both have excellent defenses. The Steelers have the 3rd ranked pass defense. The Bengals have the 2nd ranked rush defense. Since Pittsburgh doesn’t rely much on their running game, they will have the leg up on Cincy. Their passing defense is ranked 21st in the NFL. While the Bengals have the home field advantage, Ben Roethlisberger and his aerial attack will exploit the Bengals weak secondary. Cincy’s 5 game winning streak comes to an end. Steelers win.
Rams @ Browns: St Louis beating the Saints was nothing more than a fluke. The stars weren’t aligned properly. The planets were out of whack. If you looked closely, you could see pigs flying. Cleveland suck less than the Rams, but not by much. Therefore…Browns win.
Bills @ Cowboys: Dallas have some key injuries going into this week’s game against the Bills. Miles Austin, Mike Jenkins, Felix Jones and Sean Lee are all expected to be out. Buffalo are in pretty good shape and looking to prove their dominance once more, after poor performance last week. Bills win.
Jaguars @ Colts: It feels almost blasphemous to say this but, the Colts suck…still. That’s not going to change this season. My prediction REMAINS that they will go winless to grab Andrew Luck from the Draft. It’s going to be one, big suckfest in Indianapolis. Jags win.
Broncos @ Chiefs: Foolishly, I picked the Raiders to win last week. Even though I talked Tim Tebow up throughout that entire analysis. I am not making the same mistake this week. Tebow may not be polished but he has more heart than most QBs playing in this league today. It will be that same heart that wins this game for Denver. That and some Willis McGahee. Broncos win.
Redskins @ Dolphins: I’ve checked every big name analyst’ pick for this game and they are all taking the fish. I’m sorry but I don’t see it happening. Yes, the Skins have many things going against them this season. Personally, I think one of them is Mike Shanahan. The musical QB issue, which dates back to last season, seems to be styled…for now. John Beck has got the job now and he has been playing like it. He has been throwing quite well over the last few weeks, improving each game. This will be his week to take home his first NFL victory game ball. Redskins win.
Cardinals @ Eagles: The Cardinals may be 2-6 but they have been in every game that they lost. They have not been blown out nor manhandled. They are a very competitive team, despite their inauspicious record. The birds haven’t been doing very well at home this season. In fact, they lost at home just last week. They are 1-3 in Lincoln Field. But I can’t see them losing two in a row at home again this year. Not likely. Eagles win.
Texans @ Buccaneers: Hmm…the best defense in the NFL vs. the fourth worst. The best rushing team vs. the one ranked 24th. IN all fairness, the Bucs have the 3rd best offensive line. The Texans’ are ranked 9th. I’m sure you can see where I am going with this. Texans win.
Titans vs Panthers: They’re 2-6. But the 2 wins that they do have were won at home and that’s just where they’re playing this Sunday. Tennessee has an average defense, very weak stopping the rush. The Panthers have a solid rushing game and a QB who has the third most rushing yards on the team. We don’t have to talk up Cam Newton much here. We all know what he can do. The Titans’ defense do not have enough bodies to limit the Panthers, in the passing game or the rush. No doubt, they’ll have a spy on Newton for a bit, until they see that doesn’t work. The Panthers will keep the Titans guessing all day. In the process, they’ll be chalking up points. Panthers win.
Ravens @ Seahawks: It’s a mirror image match! Baltimore are 6-2. The Seahawks are 2-6. The ONLY good thing I can say about the Seahawks this year is that they have an average defense. The Ravens have a killer defense, as usual. Their offense could use some work. But they are capable of doing big things, as we saw last week. Ravens win. Pick of the week.
Lions @ Bears: Giants fans are loving the Bears this week, after defeating the Eagles. Although I picked Philly to win last week, I am still glad they lost. What can I say? I bleed Blue like you. But this week they face their division rivals from Detroit. The Lions are undefeated on the road this season. They are also undefeated within their division. Detroit doesn’t have much of a running game. That’s good because Chicago have a solid run defense. Now we flip the tables. Detroit doesn’t have much of a run defense. That’s bad because ChiTown have Matt Forte and all he knows how to do is run. Expect Detroit to make some adjustments and put the limit Matt Forte’s day. It will be a tough battle and a great game to watch. But in the end…Lions win.
Giants @ 49ers: I think it is safe to say that most of the football world will be keeping an eye on this game more so than any other, aside from their home team of course. Big Blue defied the odds last week by taking down the Patriots. The 49ers think they are the best in the NFC and they look to prove just that this week. The Niners are 7-1. The one and only loss on SanFran’s record comes from the hands of the Dallas Cowboys back in Week 2. OK, let’s break it down. Eli Manning has the hot hand right now. The whole world knows it. The 49ers pass defense? Ranked 22nd. They give up the 9th most receiving yards per game. Their rush defense? The BEST in the NFL! I don’t think I have to remind Giants fans that our running game is not exactly stellar this year. Ahmad Bradshaw is likely to miss this game. Which leaves, a beastly, Brandon Jacobs to carry the bulk of the load. Da’Rel Scott is expected to get some carries as well. Better yet, Henry “Hynoceros” Hynoski has been full on in practice this week and should see some action. I think it is safe to say that the G-Men will rely heavily on Eli Manning and his receiving corps, though. Now, Frisco’s offense. It is no secret that they are dependent on Frank Gore and the running game. The Giants run defense? Not the greatest. Their is good news, however. Frank Gore was pulled out of last week’s game with a hamstring injury. How serious was it? It was serious enough for them to take X-rays and keep him out for the remainder of the game. In fact, 3 of their 5 rushers are banged up. It seems that they will have to take to the air, just like we will, and that fares well for us. We just might have Prince Amukamara in this week. It’s going to come down to defense, no surprise, and precise play calling. This one will be a chess match. Look for the 6 game winning streak of San Francisco to end this week. Giants win.
Patriots @ Jets: This one comes down to one simple thing. I don’t see the Patriots losing 3 in a row. I definitely don’t see them losing two in a row to a New York team. Besides, the Jets aren’t the Pats’ Kryptonite. The Giants are. Vengeance will be Brady’s. Patriots win.
Vikings @ Packers: I do not expect Green Bay to go undefeated this season. But I do expect them to continue their winning streak this week against their 2-6 division rivals. Packers win.
And there you have it. NFL Predictions Week 10! We’ve got a full week of football…no Bye Weeks. 16 games! Leave a comment here if you want to share your thoughts or hit me up on Twitter. The link is below. Have a great weekend folks!
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