*Too bad I didn’t get a chance to post my thanksgiving picks, I went 3-0*
Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets
Score: Jets 23 – Bills 17
Spread: Bills (-7.5)
Note – Jets need a win here more then ever if they are going to make a run at the wildcard. As for the Bills there is still life but this is the last chance to pull it together. I see the Jets D being the factor in this game that brings the Jets a W.
Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Score: Texans 27 – Jaguars 13
Spread: Texans (-3.5)
Note – Matt Leinart begins his reign for the Texans against the Jaguars. A good enough defense to say this is a decent test. Leinart will be fine in my opinion and eventually clinch the division for the Texans. The Jaguars under utilize MJD (arguably there best player), and Gabbert hasn’t been aggressive at all. I see this as an easy win for the Texans, giving the ground game should pick up Leinart.
Minnesota Vikings @ Atlanta Falcons
Score: Falcons 31 – Vikings 17
Spread: Falcons (-8.5)
Note – The Vikings will be without AP which should define the game quick. No running game = predictable passing game. The Falcons should easily win this game given also that Julio is back.
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals
Score: Browns 23 – Bengals 20
Spread: Browns (+7.5)
Note – I think this could be a trap game for the Bengals. The Browns although rather boring, tend to keep games close and competitive. While Dalton has looked good, he is prone to mistakes which I believe will cost the Bengals the game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Tennessee Titans
Score: Buccaneers 24 – Titans 23
Spread: Bucs (+2.5)
Note – Both teams need a win desperately here, and I believe it will come down to the 4th quarter. I’ll give the edge to Josh Freeman, who will add another 4th quarter victory to his stats.
Carolina Panthers @ Indianapolis Colts
Score: Panthers 34 – Colts 13
Spread: Panthers (-3.5)
Note – Should be a blowout here and a day for Cam Newton to have enough highlights to make movie.
Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams
Score: Cardinals 20 – Rams 17
Spread: Cardinals (+2.5)
Note – Skelton gets the nod again after his poor performance last week. He has seen the Rams before and seemed to have figured them out in the 4th. I expect a close game but the edge going to the Cardinals and Patrick Peterson.
Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders
Score: Bears 25 – Raiders 23
Spread: Bears (+4.5)
Note – Although Hanie is now in for Jay Cutler, I still think the Bears are a good team. If Hanie can limit his turnovers, they should be fine. The defense will be a headache for Carson and ultimately help take down the Raiders.
New England Patriots @ Philadelphia Eagles
Score: Eagles 30 – Patriots 23
Spread: Eagles (+4.5)
Note – The Eagles have a good shot here being that the Patriots defense is one of the worst. If the Eagles can get strong linebacker, I think they can stop Brady enough to win. As long as they watched what the Chiefs did to Brady early, they can build off that.
Washington Redskins @ Seattle Seahawks
Score: Seahawks 27 – Redskins 19
Spread: Seahawks (-4.5)
Note – I like the Hawks at Quest field in this one. They are certainly coming together as of late and are either winning or keeping it close. As for the Skins although they battled last week, I’m not sure they will keep that up given Grossman’s track record.
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers
Score: Chargers 35 – Broncos 23
Spread: Chargers (-3.5)
Note – Chargers need a win more then ever. They will face off against Tebow who is 4-1 as a starter this year. They need to pressure Tebow and make him throw, throw throw. Let his arm beat you, not his feet. The Chargers will get a big game from Rivers, who I believe is due.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Score: Steelers 37 – Chiefs 10
Spread: Steelers (-9.5)
Note – This should be utter domination, with known reasons why.
New York Giants @ New Orleans Saints
Score: Saints 34 – Giants 23
Spread: Saints (-6.5)
Note – I think Jimmy Graham is in for a huge night, he will be the X Factor in this game. I think the Saints offense presents problems for the Gians lb’s and rather weak depth at cornerback.