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Each team’s biggest question mark heading into the 2013 season: NFC Edition

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It’s that time of year again in the NFL.

All 32 teams have now returned for training camp and with preseason games fast approaching, it won’t be long until the new season kicks off.

Let’s see how things are shaping up in 2013.

*NFC only

East

Dallas Cowboys

Is Tony Romo maturing as a leader in Dallas?

It seems like every summer is the same old story when it comes to Tony Romo and the Cowboys. Scratch golfer Romo spends his summer playing in Pro-am tournaments and attempting to qualify for PGA Tour events. In the words of Lee Corso, “not so fast my friend!”

It appears as though Romo has decided to focus on football this summer instead. All reports coming out of Dallas are that he has been busy preparing for the new season and showed up for training camp in great shape. Perhaps his new six-year contract extension worth over $100 million has something to do with it?

Whatever the reason for this new turnaround, it is time for the 33-year-old to become a leader in Dallas.

If Romo can continue his recent success with wide receiver Dez Bryant, the Cowboys will be a dangerous team in the NFC this season.

New York Giants

What are the Giants going to do at running back?

It looks as though the Giants are going to use a running back by committee strategy this season on offense. The last time they tried this was back in 2008 when the team had a highly productive trio of Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward. They combined for almost 2,500 rushing yards that season and it seems like Tom Coughlin and co. are looking to reproduce that production this year.

The only problem is that the running backs on the Giants roster in 2013 are nowhere near as good as the ones they had five years ago. Their current depth chart sees David Wilson as their starter with Andre Brown and Ryan Torain providing backup.

None of those players have shown any signs that they are capable of being an every-down back in the NFL.

If their running game fails to impress in the preseason, don’t be surprised to see the Giants dive into the free agent market and add a veteran running back like Michael Turner or Willis McGahee.

Philadelphia Eagles

Can head coach Chip Kelly translate his collegiate success into the pros?

New Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has had an interesting few months. After drawing interest from numerous NFL teams this offseason, Kelly decided to decline all offers and return to Oregon. A week later, he changed his mind and signed a five-year $32.5 million contract with the Eagles.

Already one of the league’s highest paid coaches and with no experience of coaching in the NFL, the pressure is on the former head coach of the Oregon Ducks to produce in the pros. He was very successful during his four years at Oregon with a 46-7 record whilst running his infamous “blur offense.”

Kelly is now looking to implement this offense with the Eagles and although he has some terrific players at his disposal like DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy, he still needs to pick a quarterback to lead the team forward.

His former Pac 10 rival Pete Carroll has done a great job with the Seahawks, but question marks surrounding the Eagles quarterback situation may make it a tougher transition for Kelly in Philadelphia.

Washington Redskins

How healthy is RG3?

Robert Griffin III should never have continued to play in the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. Despite not being cleared to play by team doctors after sustaining an injury early on in the game, RG3 carried on playing and ended up re-injuring his right knee.

Seven months on from surgery on both his ACL and LCL, the Redskins quarterback is still recovering from injury and isn’t expected to play any part in the Redskins preseason games. He is back at practice but head coach Mike Shanahan is taking every precaution to ensure that he makes a full recovery.

This should serve as a warning to all NFL teams and in future when in a decision needs to be made regarding injury to your best player during a wildcard game, perhaps a different decision will be taken.

Despite the daily updates from Redskins training camp regarding the health of RG3, only time will tell if he will be ready for the season opener vs the Eagles on September 9th.

Tony Romo

Tony Romo

North

Chicago Bears

Can a former CFL head coach succeed in the NFL?

The Bears have moved on. After nine seasons and 150 games, Lovie Smith was fired and Marc Trestman was hired as the new head coach.

Trestman is a two-time championship winner and a former coach of the year so why was it a shock when he was hired by the Bears? Well that’s because those achievements didn’t come in the NFL or in college football and instead occurred when he was coaching the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.

The CFL isn’t a common place to go when searching for a new coach but that’s exactly where the Bears went. How this experiment works out is anybody’s guess. It could go well (see Bud Grant) or else it could go horribly wrong (see almost every other coach hired from the CFL).

Change has been a common theme for the Bears this offseason and although the decision to hire Trestman came as a surprise, a head coaching change was definitely needed in Chicago.

Detroit Lions

Will Matthew Stafford put an end to his awful record against teams with a winning record?

The polite way of putting it is that Matthew Stafford does not have a good record against winning teams. In 25 games against teams with winning records, Stafford has won just once. That’s not exactly the type of record you want from your franchise quarterback.

It’s also not the type of return you would like to see from someone who was recently given a three-year $53 million contract extension. If Stafford doesn’t improve his record against winning teams, Donovan McNabb’s criticism could turn out to be correct.

The Lions are counting on Stafford to return to his 2011 form and lead them back to the playoffs.

Green Bay Packers

How will the Packers offense perform in 2013?

The offense is going to look a little different this year in Green Bay without wide receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Driver has now retired from the NFL after fourteen seasons with the Packers. Jennings on the other hand has decided to do his best Brett Favre impression and join up with the Minnesota Vikings.

There are more than capable replacements in place with wide receivers Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb all set to contribute along with tight end Jermichael Finley. It’s the running game that should worry Packers fans.

There are several candidates at running back with veterans James Starks and Alex Green likely to compete with rookies Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin for carries this season. Running the football has been a struggle in recent years at Lambeau Field and that looks likely to be the case again this season.

Aaron Rodgers may be an elite quarterback but the Packers running game needs to start offering some assistance on offense.

Minnesota Vikings

Why can’t the Vikings ever be consistent?

It’s usually very tough to predict what’s going to happen in Minnesota. The Vikings typically tend to finish either in last place in the division or else in the playoffs.

After winning just three games in his first full season in charge of the team in 2011, Leslie Frazier led them to the playoffs last year where they were defeated in the wildcard round by the Green Bay Packers. Now entering his third season as head coach and with a new stadium on the way, making the postseason will be the aim again for Frazier and the Vikings.

With the league’s best running back in the backfield and one of the league’s worst starting quarterbacks passing the ball, anything can happen.

Minnesota fans won’t like this, but the Vikings are looking like hot favorites to finish in last place in the division once again.

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

South

Atlanta Falcons

How competitive will the NFC South be for the Falcons this year?

Matt Ryan won his first playoff game last season and the Falcons are willing to bet $100 million he will do so again this year. After signing that huge contract extension last week,  the expectations are high in Atlanta for Ryan and the Falcons.

With Sean Payton back coaching in New Orleans, the NFC South should be a much tougher division this season and the Falcons will need to be at their best to defend their title. With Matt Ryan at quarterback, another playoff berth will the very least they will expect.

Much like Andy Dalton with the Bengals, Matt Ryan seems to struggle when it comes to postseason play and the Falcons will be hoping that doesn’t continue in 2013. 

Carolina Panthers

Can Cam Newton and the Panthers make the playoffs?

It’s a been a slow transition in Carolina with Cam Newton and head coach Ron Rivera. Now entering year three and still without a winning season to show for their progress, it would be difficult to blame Panthers fans for getting impatient.

The Panthers had the tenth best defense last year in the NFL and with the addition of rookie defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, that defense will be even better this year. On offense, they have one of the best rushing attacks in the league with the likes of Cam Newton, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart all capable of carrying the football.

The Panthers are on the right path to becoming a successful team and after winning five of their final six games in 2012, they will be looking to carry that form into 2013.

Cam Newton is still developing and although he is showing signs of improvement, the Panthers may have to settle for one final season of progress before they can call themselves a playoff team.

New Orleans Saints

Is the magic going to return to New Orleans now that Sean Payton is back?

Now that the bounty scandal is behind them, the Saints are back to business with head coach Sean Payton. Without question one of the best coaches in the league, Payton returns after missing the entire 2012 season due to suspension.

There aren’t many quarterbacks out there who have been as productive as Drew Brees has been in the last few seasons. The record-setting Brees has thrown for over 10,000 yards in his last 32 regular season games along with 89 touchdowns.

With Brees and Payton back together, the Saints will be back to normal in 2013.

Sean Payton didn’t forget how to coach during his year off and the Saints offense looks set to benefit from a re-energized and fully motivated head coach.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What kind of season will the Bucs have with Josh Freeman at quarterback?

With 88 total turnovers in 57 career games, Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is a turnover machine. He is coming off career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns but that didn’t stop the Bucs bringing in quarterback NC State quarterback Mike Glennon in the third round of this year’s draft.

Freeman is a former first-round pick but just like his fellow 2009 draftee Mark Sanchez, he is facing a make or break season this year. With back-to-back last place finishes in the NFC South, the Bucs may not be willing to wait much longer for the 25-year-old to produce.

Unless the Bucs want to finish in last place again, they need to seriously reconsider their quarterback situation.

If Josh Freeman lasts the entire year as the starter, it will be a football miracle in Tampa Bay.

Sean Payton

Sean Payton

West

Arizona Cardinals

Can a new head coach and a new quarterback work in Arizona?

With Ken Whisenhunt now gone, there’s a new era in Arizona with Bruce Arians taking over as head coach. Arians spend most of last season as the Indianapolis Colts interim head coach in the absence of Chuck Pagano due to his cancer treatment. The Colts had an impressive 9-3 record under Arians and he was even named Coach of the Year by the Associated Press.

Now starting his new job with the Cardinals, Arians takes over a team who have failed to make the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. His first major move came when he decided to release quarterback Kevin Kolb and bring in veteran Carson Palmer to replace him.

Palmer arrived in a trade with the Oakland Raiders for a sixth round draft pick this year and a conditional pick in the 2014 draft. It will be Arian’s job to help Palmer improve his consistency and become a leader for the Cardinals.

Palmer threw for over 4,000 yards last season but he is still a question mark moving forward for the franchise.

St. Louis Rams

Are the Rams about to be this year’s surprise team?

It seems to occur almost every year in the NFL with one team coming from nowhere to make the playoffs. The 2008 Arizona Cardinals even made it all the way to the super bowl despite having a 9-7 regular season record. Now if there is one team who can be a surprise in the league this year, it’s the St. Louis Rams.

The Rams have a healthy balance of youth and experience with veteran head coach Jeff Fisher and one of the youngest rosters football. With an impressive draft class this year including Tavon Austin and T.J. McDonald along with key free agent signings like Jake Long and Jared Cook, they are starting to look more and more like a potential playoff team.

If Sam Bradford can stay healthy and get some help from his teammates, the sky is the limit for this team.

You heard it here first, the Rams will make the playoffs this season.

San Francisco 49ers

Is wide receiver the only weakness in San Francisco?

The 49ers are the most talented team in football. Everywhere you look on this roster there are stars and with nine of their players voted to the All-Pro team last season, seven of those to the 1st team, another trip to the super bowl is what’s expected in San Francisco.

The standout question mark for this team is at the wide receiver position. With last year’s leading receiver Michael Crabtree expected to be on the sidelines for most of the season through injury, head coach Jim Harbaugh will be looking elsewhere for others to step up in Crabtree’s absence.

Looking at the current depth chart and with both Crabtree and Mario Manningham sidelined with injuries, the starting duo appears to be veteran Anquan Boldin and second-year player A.J. Jenkins. If former first-round pick Jenkins fails deliver or if free agent Boldin cannot adjust to a new system, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the rest of the offense could be in trouble.

There are plenty of options for the 49ers already but it couldn’t hurt them to add another piece to the puzzle with a free agent signing such as Brandon Llyod or Steve Breaston.

Seattle Seahawks

Will the Seahawks continue to dominate with their rushing attack?

The Seahawks rushing attack can take a lot of the credit for the team’s recent success. They were the 3rd best team in the NFL running the football last season and they have added some pieces this offseason to improve on that this year.

Despite already having an All-Pro running back in Marshawn Lynch along with a reliable backup with Robert Turbin, the Seahawks used their first pick in this year’s draft to select Texas A&M’s Christian Michael. With Lynch as the starter and Turbin filling in on 3rd downs and short yardage situations, Michael will serve as a change of pace back with his mix of speed and power.

With all these running backs plus a quarterback who isn’t afraid to run the football, the Seahawks rushing attack could rank even higher in 2013.

Quarterback Russell Wilson is certain to face the sophomore slump this season and so it’s a good thing he has a rushing attack like this one to help him out when it does.

Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford

So that was my breakdown of the NFC.

My AFC breakdown is available here https://mrnfl.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/each-teams-biggest-question-mark-heading-into-the-2013-season-afc-edition/

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Week 17 Picks- Previews and Predictions

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Marvin Lewis

The 2012 regular season comes to a close on Sunday as Week 17 signals the end of the line for non-playoff teams.

For playoff teams however, it provides one final chance to improve their postseason seed with a win.

There is still everything to play for in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys taking on RG3 and the Washington Redskins. There is also an exciting matchup in the AFC North as the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals battle it out for the division title.

Those are just two of the standout games to see this week with plenty more action on show.

Now without further ado, here are my picks for Week 17.

Extra Point

Philip Rivers

Preview: 4-11 Raiders at 6-9 Chargers

Prediction: The Chargers keep their end of season wining run going in what could be Norv Turner’s final game.

Pick: Chargers Win

Preview: 6-9 Jets at 5-10 Bills

Prediction: Ryan Fitzpatrick gets the win here in what could be his final game as the Bills starting quarterback

Pick: Bills Win

Preview: 2-13 Jaguars at 5-10 Titans

Prediction: The Jags finish a season to forget with yet another defeat

Pick: Titans Win

Field Goal

Matt Ryan

Preview: 6-9 Buccaneers at 13-2 Falcons

Prediction: The Falcons should have no problems at home vs the Bucs

Pick: Falcons Win

Preview: 5-10 Browns at 7-8 Steelers

Prediction: Big Ben and the Steel Curtain finish the year by getting back to .500

Pick: Steelers Win

Preview: 9-6 Bears at 4-11 Lions

Prediction: The Bears pick up the victory on the road

Pick: Bears Win

Preview: 4-11 Eagles at 8-7 Giants

Prediction: It may be too late  but the Giants get back to winning ways at home

Pick: Giants Win

Preview: 6-9 Panthers at 7-8 Saints

Prediction: The Saints say goodbye to a disastrous 2012 with a win

Pick: Saints Win

Preview: 11-4 Packers at 9-6 Vikings

Prediction: Adrian Peterson and the Vikings come up just short against Aaron Rodgers and co.

Pick: Packers Win

Preview: 7-7-1 Rams at 10-5 Seahawks

Prediction: The Seahawks come out on top at home against the Rams

Pick: Seahawks Win

Preview: 7-8 Dolphins at 11-4 Patriots

Prediction: The Patriots need a win here to force their way into the top two seeds and a first-round bye

Pick: Patriots Win

Preview: 2-13 Chiefs at 12-3 Broncos

Prediction: Peyton Manning concludes a fantastic season with a victory

Pick: Broncos Win

Preview: 5-10 Cardinals at 10-4-1 49ers

Prediction: Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers have struggled of late but they get the win here

Pick: 49ers Win

Touchdown

Andrew Luck

Preview: 12-3 Texans at 10-5 Colts

Prediction: Chuck Pagano makes an emotional return for the Colts and they prevail vs the Texans

Pick: Colts Win

Preview: 10-5 Ravens at 9-6 Bengals

Prediction: Joe Flacco and the Ravens clinch the AFC North title with a victory

Pick: Ravens Win

Preview: 8-7 Cowboys at 9-6 Redskins

Prediction: The Cowboys bounce back from disapointment with a win in Washington

Pick: Cowboys Win

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December 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Week 16 Picks- Previews and Predictions

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Jeff Fisher

Week 16 kicks off tomorrow night with Saturday night football on ESPN as the Atlanta Falcons travel to Detroit to tackle the Lions.

Looking ahead to the rest of this weeks action now and there are some great games to watch on Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers face a crucial AFC North clash with rivals Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field. There is also an exciting matchup in Baltimore as the Ravens take on the New York Giants.

Those are just two of the standout games to see this week with plenty more action on show.

Now without further ado, here are my picks for Week 16.

Extra Point

Cam Newton

Preview: 4-10 Raiders at 5-9 Panthers

Prediction: The Raiders get the win on the road in this one

Pick: Raiders Win

Preview: 5-9 Bills at 6-8 Dolphins

Prediction: These two AFC East rivals have disappointed this season and that continues for the Dolphins

Pick: Bills Win

Preview: 5-9 Chargers at 6-8 Jets

Prediction: Sorry Greg McElroy, the Chargers get the win here.

Pick: Chargers Win

Field Goal

Tom Brady

Preview: 10-4 Patriots at 2-12 Jaguars

Prediction: The Patriots should have no problems overcoming the Jags here

Pick: Patriots Win

Preview: 9-5 Colts at 5-9 Chiefs

Prediction: Andrew Luck and the Colts continue their impressive season in Kansas City

Pick: Colts Win

Preview: 6-8 Saints at 8-6 Cowboys

Prediction: The Cowboys winning streak will stay in tact after this game

Pick: Cowboys Win

Preview: 8-6 Redskins at 4-10 Eagles

Prediction: RG3’s health is a worry for the Redskins and so the Eagles get the win

Pick: Eagles Win

Preview: 6-7-1 Rams at 6-8 Buccaneers

Prediction: Jeff Fisher is a coach of the year candidate and he leads the Rams to another win in this one

Pick: Rams Win

Preview: 5-9 Titans at 10-4 Packers

Prediction: The Packers are heavy favorites at home in Lambeau Field

Pick: Packers Win

Preview: 8-6 Vikings at 12-2 Texans

Prediction: The Vikings playoff push looks to be over and the Texans get another victory here

Pick: Texans Win

Preview: 5-9 Browns at 11-3 Broncos

Prediction: Peyton Manning and the Broncos shouldn’t have any problems vs the Browns

Pick: Broncos Win

Preview: 8-6 Bears at 5-9 Cardinals

Prediction: The Bears offense needs to produce against this struggling Cardinals defense

Pick: Bears Win

Touchdown

Ben Roethlisberger

Preview: 8-6 Bengals at 7-7 Steelers

Prediction: The Steelers bounce back from disappointment here

Pick: Steelers Win

Preview: 8-6 Giants at 9-5 Ravens

Prediction: This is a must-win game for both teams but its the Ravens who come out on top

Pick: Ravens Win

Preview: 10-3-1 49ers at 9-5 Seahawks

Prediction: I give the Seahawks a slight edge at home

Pick: Seahawks Win

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December 21, 2012 at 11:10 am

Week 15 Picks- Previews and Predictions

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Mike Shanahan

Week 15 kicked off last night with the Cincinnati Bengals putting on an impressive performance in a 34-13 win vs the Philadelphia Eagles.

Looking ahead to the rest of the action this week and there are some great games to watch on Sunday.

The New York Giants face another crucial NFC clash as they travel to Atlanta to take on the number 1 seed Falcons. There is also an exciting matchup in the AFC as the Denver Broncos face the Baltimore Ravens in a battle of two of the top teams in the conference.

Those are just two of the standout games to see this week with plenty more action on show.

So without further ado, here are my picks for Week 15.

Extra Point

Preview: 2-11 Chiefs at 3-10 Raiders

Prediction: In a battle between the bottom two teams in the AFC West it’s the Chiefs who get the win

Pick: Chiefs Win

Preview: 2-11 Jaguars at 5-8 Dolphins

Prediction: The Dolphins look to have the edge in this one at home

Pick: Dolphins Win

Preview: 7-6 Redskins at 5-8 Browns

Prediction: The health of RG3 will be a factor but the Redskins should still get the victory

Pick: Redskins Win

Field Goal

Preview: 9-4 Colts at 11-2 Texans

Prediction: The Texans can secure the division with a win and that’s exactly what they’ll do

Pick: Texans Win

Preview: 6-7 Buccaneers at 5-8 Saints

Prediction: Drew Brees and the Saints are fighting for pride now and they get the victory in this one

Pick: Saints Win

Preview: 7-6 Vikings at 6-6-1 Rams

Prediction: The Rams Playoff chances aren’t over yet and they will pull off the win here

Pick: Rams Win

Preview: 4-9 Lions at 4-9 Cardinals

Prediction: The Lions continue to disappoint and so its the Cardinals who move to 5-9

Pick: Cardinals Win

Preview: 8-5 Seahawks at 5-8 Bills

Prediction: It’s Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills who pull off this weeks upset

Pick: Bills Win

Preview: 4-9 Panthers at 5-8 Chargers

Prediction: It may be too little too late, but the Chargers keep on winning.

Pick: Chargers Win

Preview: 7-6 Steelers at 7-6 Cowboys

Prediction: This game has huge Playoff implications for both teams and the Steelers get the win

Pick: Steelers Win

Preview: 9-3-1 49ers at 10-3 Patriots

Prediction: The Pats face a tough test against the 49ers but they should continue their winning streak

Pick: Patriots Win

Touchdown

Preview: 8-5 Giants at 11-2 Falcons

Prediction: The Giants late season struggles continue on the road in Atlanta

Pick: Falcons Win

Preview: 10-3 Broncos at 9-4 Ravens

Prediction: Joe Flacco and the Ravens are coming off consecutive losses but will bounce back vs the Broncos

Pick: Ravens Win

Preview: 9-4 Packers at 8-5 Bears

Prediction: This NFC North clash will be crucial for the Playoff hunt and the Packers will come out on top

Pick: Packers Win

Monday Night Football

Mark Sanchez

This week’s Monday night game sees Matt Schaub and the 6-7 New York Jets travel to Tennessee to take on the 4-9 Titans.

I’ll be posting a full preview of that game on Monday.

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December 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

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Week 12 Picks- Previews and Predictions

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Leslie Fraizer

Happy Thanksgiving!

After yesterday’s games, it’s time to look ahead to  the rest of the action in Week 12 now and there are some fantastic matchups lined up for Sunday.

There is a crucial NFC North clash in Chicago as Adrian Peterson and the Vikings take on the Bears on the road. There is another exciting NFC matchup in store in New Orleans as the San Francisco 49ers take on Drew Brees and the Saints.

Those are just two of the standout games to see this week with plenty more action on show.

So without further ado, here are my picks for Week 12.

Extra Point

Preview: 4-6 Titans  at 1-9 Jaguars

Prediction: The Jaguars will continue their losing streak even with after a quarterback change

Pick: Titans Win

Preview: 7-3 Broncos at 1-9 Chiefs

Prediction: Peyton Manning and the Bronsos extend their lead at the top of the AFC West here

Pick: Broncos Win

Preview: 3-7 Raiders at 5-5 Bengals

Prediction: The race for wildcard spots in the AFC is still wide open and the Bengals are still in the mix

Pick: Bengals Win

Field Goal

Preview: 4-6 Bills at 6-4 Colts

Prediction: The Bills season has been a major disapointment and that continues against the Colts

Pick: Colts Win

Preview: 6-4 Steelers at 2-8 Browns

Prediction: Even without Big Ben at quarterback the Steelers will find a way to win 

Pick: Steelers Win

Preview: 6-4 Seahawks at 4-6 Dolphins

Prediction: Don’t count the Seahawks out of the postseason just yet as they move to 7-4

Pick: Seahawks Win

Preview: 9-1 Falcons at 6-4 Buccaneers

Prediction: Matt Ryan and the Falcons will be heavy favorites vs the Bucs

Pick: Falcons Win

Preview: 6-4 Vikings at 7-3 Bears

Prediction: The Bears fail to recover from their poor MNF performance with another loss

Pick: Vikings Win

Preview: 3-6-1 Rams at 4-6 Cardinals

Prediction: Rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley pulls of the win at home

Pick: Cardinals Win

Touchdown

Preview: 7-2-1 49ers at 5-5 Saints

Prediction: In this clash of styles it’s Drew Brees and the Saints offense who come out on top

Pick: Saints Win

Preview: 8-2 Ravens at 4-6 Chargers

Prediction: This game should be the final nail in the coffin for the Chargers Playoff hopes

Pick: Ravens Win

Preview: 7-3 Packers at 6-4 Giants

Prediction: The Giants problems continue in this one with yet another defeat

Pick: Packers Win

Monday Night Football

Cam Newton

This week’s Monday night game sees the 2-8 Carolina Panthers travel to Philadelphia to take on the 3-7 Eagles.

I’ll be posting a full preview of that game on Monday.

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November 23, 2012 at 9:36 am

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Week 11 Picks- Previews and Predictions

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Norv Turner

Week 11 kicked off last night the Buffalo Bills getting a much needed victory with a 19-14 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Looking ahead to some of the standout games in Week 11 now and there is some fantastic action to watch on Sunday.

There is a great NFC North clash in Detroit as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers take on the Lions. There is another exciting matchup in store in New England as the Indianapolis Colts take on Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Those are just two of the standout games to see this week with plenty more action on show.

Now without further ado, here are my picks for Week 11.

Extra Point

Preview: 5-4 Bucs at 2-7 Panthers

Prediction: Cam Newton gets the edge over Josh Freeman in this one

Pick: Panthers Win

Preview: 4-5 Bengals at 1-7 Chiefs

Prediction: The Bengals get back to .500 on the road against the disappointing Chiefs

Pick: Bengals Win

Preview: 3-6 Jets at 3-5-1 Rams

Prediction: Sam Bradford and the Rams will go one better this week and upgrade their tie to a win

Pick: Rams Win

Field Goal

Preview: 3-6 Eagles at 3-6 Redskins

Prediction: Something tells me the Eagles will finally pull off a bounce back victory

Pick: Eagles Win

Preview: 1-8 Jaguars at 8-1 Texans

Prediction: The Texans shouldn’t have any problems at home

Pick: Texans Win

Preview: 2-7 Browns at 4-5 Cowboys

Prediction: Tony Romo needs to keep the Cowboys winning streak going in their own backyard

Pick: Cowboys Win

Preview: 4-5 Cardinals at 8-1 Falcons

Prediction: Don’t get carried away with the Falcons losing streak just yet

Pick: Falcons Win

Preview: 4-5 Saints at 3-6 Raiders

Prediction: This will be a complete mismatch of styles that gives Oakland the advantage

Pick: Raiders Win

Preview: 6-3 Colts at 6-3 Patriots

Prediction: Tom Brady will show Rookie of the Year candidate Andrew Luck what an elite quarterback looks like

Pick: Patriots Win

Touchdown

Preview: 6-3 Packers at 4-5 Lions

Prediction: The Lions fall even further behind in the NFC North after this one

Pick: Packers Win

Preview: 4-5 Chargers at 6-3 Broncos

Prediction: This game shouldn’t even be close given how poor the Chargers have been playing lately

Pick: Broncos Win

Preview: 7-2 Ravens at 5-3 Steelers

Prediction: Look for Joe Flacco and the Ravens to pull off a statement win in Pittsburgh

Pick: Ravens Win

Brandon Marshall

This week’s Monday night game sees the 7-2 Chicago Bears travel to San Francisco to take on the 6-2-1 49ers.

I’ll be posting a full preview of that game on Monday.

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November 16, 2012 at 9:06 am

Week 10 Picks- Previews and Predictions

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Mike Tomlin

Week 10 kicked off last night with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts keeping their winning streak going with a 27-10 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Looking ahead to some of the standout games in Week 10 now and there is some fantastic action lined up for Sunday.

There is a great NFC South clash in New Orleans as the undefeated Atlanta Falcons take on Drew Brees and the Saints. There is another great clash from the NFC East in Philadelphia as Tony Romo takes his Cowboys on the road vs the Eagles.

Those are just two of the standout matchups to see this week with plenty of more games on show.

So without further ado, here are my picks for Week 10.

Extra Point

Preview: 3-5 Raiders at 6-2 Ravens

Prediction: Joe Flacco and the Ravens make it back-to-back wins here

Pick: Ravens Win

Preview: 3-6 Titans at 4-4 Dolphins

Prediction: The Titans pull off the upset on the road at Miami

Pick: Titans Win

Preview: 3-5 Bills at 5-3 Patriots

Prediction: The Bills disappointing season continues in New England

Pick: Patriots Win

Field Goal

Preview: 5-3 Broncos at 2-6 Panthers

Prediction: Peyton Manning leads his Broncos to their fourth consecutive victory

Pick: Broncos Win

Preview: 6-3 Giants at 3-5 Bengals

Prediction: The Giants bounce back on the road against Andy Dalton and the Bengals

Pick: Giants Win

Preview: 4-4 Lions at 5-4 Vikings

Prediction: Christian Ponder and the Vikes get the win here

Pick: Vikings Win

Preview: 4-4 Chargers at 4-4 Buccaneers

Prediction: The Chargers simply must start winning and will do so against the Bucs

Pick: Chargers Win

Preview: 3-5 Jets at 5-4 Seahawks

Prediction: Rex Ryan and the Jets come out on top in this battle

Pick: Jets Win

Preview: 3-5 Rams at 6-2 49ers

Prediction: The 49ers remain undefeated in divisional games after this one

Pick: 49ers Win

Touchdown

Preview: 8-0 Falcons at 3-5 Saints

Prediction: No surprises in New Orleans as the Falcons move to 9-0

Pick: Falcons Win

Preview: 3-5 Cowboys at 3-5 Eagles

Prediction: Mike Vick and the Eagles get the win in a crucial divisional clash

Pick: Eagles Win

Preview: 7-1 Texans at 7-1 Bears

Prediction: The Texans are in for a tough test in Chicago vs the Bears

Pick: Bears Win

Monday Night Football

Ben Roethlisberger

This weeks Monday night game sees the 1-7 Kansas City Chiefs travel to Pittsburgh to take on the 5-3 Steelers.

I’ll be posting a full preview of that game on Monday.

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Written by podgeoh92

November 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

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