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Bill O’Brien Headed to Penn State


News broke out today that Patriots Offensive Coordinator Bill O’Brien has signed with Penn State. It seems that news is true. PSU is looking to officially introduce their new head coach at a press conference on Saturday (espn.com). Was this a good decision by PSU to hire O’Brien?? In my opinion, they should’ve looked for a head coach, not an offensive or defensive coordinator. That would’ve helped them out already, and would’ve narrowed the search down a bit more. I don’t know how good of a coordinator O’Brien is, but I do know the Pats have a great offense.

To be honest, not much of a sports day today…maybe tomorrow will be better?

One last question: Was this a good or bad decision by PSU?

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Monday Night Football Pick: KC @ NE


Our matchup for MNF this week is Kansas City @ New England. After losing Matt Cassel AND Jaamal Charles for the season, it doesn’t look good for the Chiefs. I mean, they might be able to get Cassel in the last 2 games, but if they lose any before then, it won’t matter. Anyway, the Chiefs will look to run the ball and pass occasionally, as this is Tyler Palko’s first start @ QB.

Honestly, I’m concerned this game will be boring and not worth watching at all.

On the other side, we’ve got Tom Terrific leading the Patriots against a decent defense. Luckily for them, this game’s in Foxboro. If it were in KC, they would have a hard time communicating with each other on the O-Line.

Not much to talk about, so I’m just gonna say Patriots OVER Chiefs at home.

Sincerely,

@TheSportzGuru

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Week 10 Picks


WARNING this is a lot to read, proceed at your own risk.

We’ve got some great divisional match-ups this week, including Pitt v. Cinn, Denver v. KC, and NYJ v. NE Pats. This week also has no teams on byes. Here goes:

Buffalo Bills @ Dallas Cowboys

The Bills took a loss last week at the hands of the Jets, while the ‘Boys beat the lowly Seahawks by 10. I still can’t take Dallas seriously after that brutal loss to the Eagles 2 weeks ago, but then again I can’t take the Eagles seriously either! The NFC East is a complete mess, with the Giants (yay) being the only consistent team.

Dallas also has home-field advantage

Lets talk about the Bills for a moment. Right now, the AFC East is tightly packed, so they need to win this game to keep up with the winner of the Jets/Patriots game. Even though the Cowboys need this win a bit more, the Bills know what it takes to win, they just need to execute. If Tony Romo does his usual thing, the Bills will pull out the W.

That is why I’m choosing Bills OVER Cowboys

Tennessee Titans @ Carolina Panthers

Last week, the Titans lost to the Bengals by 1 TD, while the Panthers took a week off to focus. Chris Johnson hasn’t picked it up yet, but this just might be the game he finds his groove. Matt Hasselbeck will have to take advantage of the secondary in order to win this game, because Johnson definitely won’t be able to carry this team.

On to the Panthers: Cam Newton is a monster. Although he’s cooled off after his amazing start to the season, Killer Cam cannot impress me more. People were sayin’ stuff about how unprepared he is to take the starting job at QB for this team. He’s shown us what he can do, can he repeat that against the Titans?

Bottom line is: without CJ2K, Tennessee cannot win. That is why I’m choosing Panthers OVER Titans.

Houston Texans @ Tampa Bay Bucs

Big game here for the Bucs. The Texans have the 2nd-best record in the AFC, and they’re doing it without André Johnson (by the way, Johnson will return on November 27th). Matt Schaub has proved that he’s a semi-elite QB who uses his receivers and RB’s to perfection. And who can forget the dynamic duo of Arian Foster and Ben Tate? What a great pair these guys are, sorta like Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw on the Giants. Plus, that defense is much improved from last year, so that means less pressure on Schaub to put up points through the air.

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That said, the Bucs aren’t looking too shabby either. Although they are even at 4-4, Josh Freeman knows what it takes to win late in games. He’s a master at 4th Quarter comebacks, which means the Texans should never stop putting up points on the Bucs. I’m starting to wonder: ya think Freeman purposely messes up in the first 3 quarters to set himself up for a 4th Quarter comeback?

In addition, Albert Haynesworth was just picked up by the Bucs this week. Bucs have home-field advantage.

Either way, I’m picking Texans OVER Bucs this week.

New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons

The Saints are coming off that W against TB, while the Falcons routed the Colts 31-7. New Orleans is still a high-octane offense combined with a decent defense. Darren Sproles provides the spark that the Saints have been looking for after Reggie Bush’s departure. Drew Brees still puts up points for this offense, nothing really new here.

This is a big game for the Falcons. Matty Ice can look really good at times, especially when he’s throwing to Gonzalez, Rowdy Roddy, or Julio Jones. He’s got some pretty good receivers to work with, and I think he’ll use them effectively to beat this NO Defense.

Plus, the Falcons are at home, which helps them a little.

I’m going with the big upset: Falcons OVER Saints

St. Louis Rams @ Cleveland Browns

As “theklownboy” said in his NFL Week 10 Preview, this  is a crappy game to watch. Unless you’re a fan of the Rams or the Browns (God bless you), you shouldn’t watch this game. Is it even a game?

I’ll break it down anyway, because I know some of you are serious sports bettors and will tune in to the game because of it.

The Rams did look good when they beat NO 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, that was 2 weeks ago. Last week, they lost in overtime to the Cardinals (Pat Pet return FTW). Sam Bradford is in a real Sophomore Slump and I’m not sure if he’ll climb out of it this season. To add insult to injury, Bradford is listed as “Questionable” for this game.

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The Browns lost to the Texans last week 30-12. They are sitting at 3-5 and look decent considering they’re in the same division as the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals. Peyton Hillis has been a mess this season (Madden Curse?).

Also, Cleveland has home-field.

I think the Browns will pull this one out and beat the Rams. BROWNS OVER RAMS is my prediction.

Washington Redskins @ Miami Dolphins

This is also a pretty bad game. Washington lost their 4th game in a row last week at the hands of the 49ers. Miami earned their first W of the season @ KC. To be honest, they didn’t just beat Kansas City, they destroyed ’em. The Redskins looked really good the 1st 5 weeks of this season, but have slowed down since and haven’t won. Remember when Grossman was on fire and looking like Tom Brady? Yea, that’s how far back you have to go. John Beck is now the starter, with Roy Helu now at RB.

The Dolphins definitely deserved their win over the Chiefs last week. Matt Moore looked impressive and did not turn the ball over once. He also threw 3 TD passes with 244 yards. The big question: we know he can’t repeat, but can he come close? Only time will tell, however I think he will be able to take advantage of this defense.

Plus, Miami has home-field

Bottom line, hard game to pick, but I’m goin Dolphins OVER Redskins

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals

This is the week that Cincinnati will show what kinda team they really are. The Steelers just lost to Baltimore last week, while the Bengals beat Tennessee by 1 TD. Steel City is looking to redeem themselves in this game. Big Ben can make plays, Rashard Mendenhall can run the ball, but it’s that Steel Curtain that keeps them in the game no matter what.

On the other side, Cincinnati has looked supurb this season. Through 9 weeks, they have the best record in the AFC (6-2). Andy Dalton looks for A.J Green more often than not, and the defense knows it! But, they still can’t stop ’em! What makes you think Pittsburgh will be able to stop them? Ced Benson is returning this week after his 2-game suspension and will start v. the Steelers. I foresee a lot of short screens in his future (to take advantage of that aggressive pass rush).

To add to all that, Cincinnati is home.

You know what? Forget all the expert analysis of this game, I’m going with the favorite: Bengals OVER Steelers.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts

This may be the most winnable game for Indy this season. After losing Peyton Manning to injury, the Colts are 0-8. If they want to win a game this season, it’s gonna have to be this one. Del Rio’s Jaguars have been hit with injuries this season, and haven’t been able to overcome them.

I’m picking Jaguars OVER Colts, mainly because I don’t think the Colts will win any games this year.

Denver Broncos @ KC Chiefs

Tim Tebow and the Broncos travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs. The Broncos beat Oakland last week 38-24, although you can hardly say that Tebow won them that game. Quite frankly, the Raiders beat themselves. I wouldn’t give too much credit to Tebow just yet, but a W here and I’ll consider it.

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What’s happened to the Chiefs? First, they looked really hot to start the season, then they lose to the Dolphins 31-3? They gave Miami their first win of the season! I’m hoping it was just an off game for the offense AND the defense. Matt Cassel has shown he can hook up with Dwayne Bowe and Johnathan Baldwin for some nice gains. Also, the Chiefs have found their RB in Jackie Battle. He certainly won’t win them games, but he can carry his load when asked.

Bottom line, KC Chiefs OVER Broncos. Still not a Tebow believer…

Arizona Cardinals @ Philadelphia Eagles

Every time I look at that Pat Pet return vid, I remember how good HE can be (notice how I said HE, not HIS TEAM). Don’t let last week’s OT win fool you. The Cardinals do not have a great running game or passing attack. Combine that with a less-than-stellar defense, and you are pretty vulnerable. However, as illustrated by that video and Pat Pet himself, they have great special teams.

The Philly Eagles haven’t gotten on track yet this season. So far, they are 3-5 and 3rd in the NFC East. Although they did win big 2 weeks ago v. Dallas, they lost their MNF matchup to the Bears last week by 6. Mike Vick did have 213 passing yards, but LeSean McCoy didn’t surpass Forte’s 133 yards on the ground. LeSean is a TD machine; if the Eagles can get their ground game in sync, trust me, they will win this game. Mike Vick doesn’t have to throw for 300. McCoy needs to get the ball at least 20 times. Eagles also have home-field, which obviously helps them in a number of ways.

My prediction: the Cardinals will fight hard, but the Eagles will win. Ealges OVER Cardinals.

Baltimore Ravens @ Seattle Seahawks

Last week, Baltimore beat Pittsburgh with a last-second TD pass from Flacco to Smith. They are sitting at 6-2 and know what it takes to win against opponents like the Steelers. Seattle got beat last week by the Cowboys 23-13. Although the Seahawks are at home, they won’t be competing too much in this game. As we saw on Sunday Night, the Ravens have the best defense in the league. They also are 7th in the League in Points Scored (average of 26 a game), 2nd in Points Allowed (16.2 pg) and 2nd in Yards Allowed (279.4 pg).

Also, Seattle really doesn’t have any offense to speak of, scoring only 15.2 PPG this season (28th in the League). No matter who’s starting at QB for ’em, they don’t have the offense to win games. Against this Ravens D, they won’t survive. I’m confident in saying they won’t score more than 14 points.

Prediction: Ravens OVER Seahawks.

Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears

This is a big game for the Chicago Bears. The Lions are coming off a Week 9 bye, while the Bears beat the Eagles last week by 6. First, let’s discuss the favorite Lions. Matt Stafford is really looking sharp this year, and having Calvin Johnson on your team only makes you better. You want a TD in the redzone? Throw it up high to Megatron and let him go get it. Jahvid Best may not be returning for this game, but the passing attack led by Stafford will get them somewhere.

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On to the Bears: We’ve all said this about Jay Culter. One day he’s hot, another day he’s cold. Which Cutler you get can really change the dynamic of any game, whether it’s against the Packers or the Colts. Let’s just imagine for this game he’s average Cutler. Matt Forte will be a beast in this game. He’s reminding some fans of Walter Payton (never a bad thing to play like a HOF). The Bears’ defense this season has been average: 264.2 Passing Yards PG, and 21.8 PPG. Both are middle-of-the-pack stats, but against this Lions team, I think there will be a lot more passing yards than that.

Even though Chicago has home-field, I’m going Lions OVER Bears.

New York Giants @ San Fran 49ers

This is a tough one to choose, partly because I’m a Giants fan. I will say this: both teams have the same playing style. Both have stout defenses and great ground attacks. However, I think Manning’s passing attack is slightly better than Smith’s. I think that is what separates these two teams.

Granted, the 49ers do have a better record. However, look at the division they play in!

I’m going Giants OVER 49ers because the Giants’ passing is a bit better and the 49ers play in the NFC West.

Should be a good game, nonetheless.

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Week 9 Picks


Miami Dolphins @ Kansas City Chiefs

This one should be a no-brainer: the hopeless Dolphins against the rising Chiefs. Hasn’t Kansas City won 4 games in a row? Now they’re 4-3 and tied for 1st in their division. They look like a team that can compete for the playoffs.Of course, the  Dolphins will start to “Suck for Luck” if they lose this game.

Prediction: Chiefs OVER Dolphins

Seattle Seahawks @ Dallas Cowboys

This is a very hard game to pick because both teams have shown flashes of brilliance. The Seahawks are coming off their rout at the hands of the Browns, while the Cowboys also got routed, but by the Eagles. I don’t think the Cowboys will pull it together, and something tells me the Seahawks will be fired up for this game. I just can’t say what thought..

Prediction: Seahawks OVER Cowboys

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints

The Buccaneers are coming off a bye and the Saints were shocked by the Rams last week. I’d say both teams are pretty even right now, if anything the Saints are a bit better. Playing at home just gives them that extra umf they need to put ’em over the edge.And if Drew Brees plays better than he did against St. Louis, they will be hard to beat.

Prediction: Saints OVER Bucs

San Fran 49ers @ Washington Redskins

The 49ers are the biggest surprise of this season. They are 6-1 so far and they haven’t lost a beat! I’d say they are in the playoffs no doubt, especially when you consider that the ‘Hawks got in last year with a 7-9 record. In the beginning of the year, the Reskins looked hot, but now Grossman is out and Beck isn’t exactly John Elway…

Prediction: 49ers OVER Redskins

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills

We’ve got a division rivalry on our hands baby! Last year at this time, I would’ve said Jets no doubt. But now, the Bills look like they can compete with the big boys, and good thing for them is the Jets don’t look like big boys this season. In Week 7 they looked really sloppy and unorganized.

Prediction: Bills OVER Jets

Cleveland Browns @ Houston Texans

This one is a no brainer as well: Arian Foster, Matt Schaub, and the Texans D is looking great this year. Plus, they’re probably getting Andre back this week! The Browns are looking better than in previous years, but not good enough to compete with the Texans.

Prediction: Texans OVER Browns

Atlanta Falcons @ Indianapolis Colts

Again, last year I would’ve said COLTS. This year, I’m saying FALCONS.

Prediction: ^^^^^

Cincinnati Bengals @ Tenessee Titans

In this game, Dalton will hook up with Green for a TD. Also, the Bengals defense will keep the Titans at bay, which should be easy considering the troubles CJ has had this year. I think the Bengals improve to 6-2 on the year this week.

Prediction: Bengals OVER Titans


Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders

The Raiders are still playing for Al Davis. They have more heart and more determination than the Broncos will ever had (especially with Tim Tebow at the helm).

Prediction: Raiders OVER Broncos

New York Giants @ New England Patriots

Ah, my Game of the Week. My beloved Giants against those nasty Pats. A rematch of Super Bowl 42, which ended in a Giants victory. But I guess none of that matters now, because that was then and this is now. I’m sorry to say, but I have to go against my G-Men in this one because 1) The Pats are the home team, 2) its Tom Brady, and 3) read No. 2 again please.

Prediction: Patriots OVER Giants

Green Bay Packers @ San Diego Chargers

As proven by last week’s MNF game, the Chargers suck. They haven’t beaten anybody respectable this year, while the Packers have beaten EVERY team they’ve faced so far. I think the Packers make it win No. 8 on the year this week.

Prediction: Packers OVER Chargers

St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals

The Rams showed some life last week against the Saints. Arizona hasn’t shown any life all year, except for Pat Pet’s punt returns for TD’s. Well, they did almost beat Baltimore last week, but almost doesn’t count in football.

Prediction: Rams OVER Cardinals

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Week 8 Picks


Is it just me, or was Week 7 a pretty bad week of football? I thought it was bad; hopefully Week 8 will be much better.

New Orleans Saints @ St. Louis Rams

This is a total mis-match: the Saints are rolling and the Rams are sucking. New Orleans is coming off that huge blow-out win against the Colts, while the Rams are coming off DeMarco Murray’s 253 rushing yards. Saints win big.

Prediction: Saints OVER Rams

Brees will lead his team to victory today against the lowly Rams (drewbreesjersey.com) .

Miami Dolphins @ New York Giants

As I’ve stated before, I’m a Giants fan. However, I don’t think that’ll sway my pick too much: even Dolphins fans don’t think they’re gonna win! If Matt Moore plays like he usually does, the Giants will win big. But, if Eli throws 3 picks, the Dolphins have a slight chance to take the lead in the 3rd Quarter. That would force the Giants to rally together and come back. Giants win by about 21.

Prediction: Giants OVER Dolphins

Manning will be the difference maker in today's game vs. the Dolphins (blog.lehighvalleylive.com)-Photo Cred.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans

Week 7’s MNF game showed us that the Jags can beat a Top 5 team. They won that game because of their defense. Can they do the same this week against the Texans. I think they WILL work together on defense and make it hard for the Texans to score. You can’t forget that Andre Johnson will not be playing today, which will already make it hard for Schaub to get it going through the air.

Prediction: Jaguars OVER Texans

Gabbert will look to find a hole in the Texans defense today (pictures.zimbio.com)

Arizona Cardinals @ Baltimore Ravens

Although the Ravens lost last week against the Jaguars, I don’t think they’re bad enough to lose to the Cards. Baltimore picks it up this week and starts something on the ground with Ray Rice.

Prediction: Ravens OVER Cardinals

Rice will explode today against the Cardinals (images.paraorkut.com)

Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers

Wow, this is a tough one to pick. The new-look Vikings with Christian Ponder look pretty good, and the Panthers with Cam Newton also look good. I think the Vikings are more desperate for a win, plus they have AP who is a LOT better than DeAngelo Williams. Vikings win in a close one.

Prediction:Vikings OVER Panthers

Ponder will be the difference maker in today's game vs. the Panthers (profootballzone.com)

Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans

Tennessee is coming off a 41-7 beat-down via the Texans. The Colts are coming off a lose (as usual) via the Saints, 62-7. How do you give up 62 points anyway? Tennessee and their QB Matt Hasselbeck-RB CJ2K combo win.

Prediction: Titans OVER Colts

Hasselbeck has revived his career in Tennessee (pictures.zimbio.com)

Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos

Detroit is on a 2-game losing streak after starting the year 5-0. The Broncos are coming off a win in Miami (comeback style). Even though Broncos have the “momentum”, their win was against MIAMI. They should be disappointing that they were down 15-0 in the first place! I think Detroit rebounds and improves to 6-2.

Prediction: Lions OVER Broncos

Megatron will take over this game vs. the Broncos (fantasyknuckleheads.com)

Washington Redskins @ Buffalo Bills

The Redskins lost last week to the Panthers, while the Bills were on a bye. This isn’t  home-away matchup really for either team (they are playing in Toronto, not Buffalo). I still think Buffalo’s the better team. They will win at the Rogers Centre.

Prediction: Bills OVER Redskins

Fitz looks like a new QB in Buffalo this year (nfltouchdown.com)

Cincinnati Bengals @ Seattle Seahawks

Last weeks pitiful 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Browns took a toll on these ‘Hawks. Cincinnati is looking like the better team halfway through the season. BUT, without Ced Benson this week, the Seahawks will take advantage by forcing Dalton to really throw the ball a lot. Seattle wins in an upset.

Prediction: Seahawks OVER Bengals

Lynch put da team on his back! (videogonviral.co)

New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers

This is touted as the Game of the Week by fans across the country. The Patriots are coming off a bye, while the Steelers are coming off a win in Arizona. Considering Belichick has never lost the game after the bye week, I’m gonna chose the Patriots.

Prediction: Patriots OVER Pittsburgh

Brady is looking great so far this year. (pictures.zimbio.com)

Cleveland Browns @ San Fran 49ers

The 49ers are a Top 5 team so far, earning a 5-1 record through 6 games. I don’t think the Browns have the firepower to stop them, not this year at least. If this matchup was last year, I’d probably chose the Browns.

Prediction: 49ers OVER Browns

Gore will lead his team on the ground today (images.paraorkut.com)

SNF Pick coming later today

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Week 6 Picks 2nd Half


Cleveland Browns @ Oakland Raiders

Last week, the Raiders came from behind to beat the Texans after the death of owner Al Davis. Can they use this momentum to beat the Browns at home? The Browns are looking decent now (2-2), and they’re coming off a Week 5 bye. I think Cleveland pulls this one out on the road, but I imagine this being a close one.

Prediction: Browns over Raiders by 6

Will the Real McCoy show his face in Oakland this weekend? Photo cred cdn.blearcherreport.net

Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens

We’ve got a great matchup in this one: the 3-2 Texans and the 3-1 Ravens. Both teams are looking great on both sides of the ball, so expect a close game here. If Matt Schaub doesn’t force balls into coverage, the Texans have a good chance of winning. However, the Ravens are coming off a bye. Because of this, they will be fresh to start the game which will make things worse for the Texans.

Prediction: Texans over Ravens by 3

Schaub will spread the ball around and keep the defense guessing. Photo cred images.paraorkut.com

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Saints offense is still looking good; Brees, Thomas, and Graham are all contributing enough to score 30. On the other hand, the Bucs got blown out by the 49ers last week 48-3. Now that Tampa Bay’s at home, will they do better and finally get back on track? The average offensive ranking for the Bucs is 25th. To add insult to injury, their defense isn’t holding up. Despite the fact they’re home, I think they’ll still find a way to lose to the Saints and their high-powered offense.

Prediction: Saints over Bucs by 27

Graham is contributing nicely to this offense. Photo cred pictures.zimbio.com

Dallas Cowboys @ New England Patriots

This is my GAME OF THE WEEK. That basically means that this will be the best game to watch in Week 60. The Cowboys really haven’t done anything great yet; I don’t see why we should see them in the same class as the Patriots. They look undisciplined and sloppy (like the Eagles), while the Patriots are scoring points left and right.

Prediction: Patroits over Cowboys by 21

Brady will use his offensive weapons to beat the 'Boys. (yardbarker.com) Photo Cred

Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

Both these teams are still looking for their identity this season. The Vikings need Adrian Peterson to run the ball well today, but that might be a tall order against this stout Bears D. On the other side, Chicago needs to get it going on offense. Maybe give the ball to Forte a bit more? Whatever the case is, Jay Cutler looks rattled and coördinator Mike Martz needs to figure it out now!

Prediction: Vikings over Bears by 7

AP needs to do good tomorrow if the Vikings want a shot at winning. Photo cred ladiesdotdotdot.foles.wordpress.com

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NFL Week 3 Picks


Jacksonville Jaguars @ Carolina Panthers

After Cam Newtons crazy Week 1 performance, we didn’t think much of it, mainly because it was against a sub-par Arizona defense. He needed to prove himself against Green Bay the next week. And you know what? He did. Another dazzling performance by the rook out of Auburn showed us he might just be the real deal. He’ll take the momentum from those two starts into Week 3, when he’ll face a Jaguars defense with a lot of question marks across the field.

On the opposition, we got rook Blaine Gabbert getting the start at QB with MJD at RB. Overall I like Gabbert, but not over Killer Cam.

Final score: CAR 24, JAC 17

San Fransisco 49ers @ Cincinnati Bengals

This matchup pits two weak teams head-to-head. The 49ers got Vernon Davis and Frank Gore as their offensive weapons, with Patrick Willis anchoring that defense. The Bengals are in a clear state of rebuilding, with rookie Andy Dalton at Quarterback and A.J Green at Wide Reciever. I don’t expect the Bengals going over 4-12 this year. This is more of a defensive-oriented matchup because the offenses are fairly balanced.

Final score: 49ers: 17, CIN 14

Miami Dolphins @ Cleveland Browns

Last week, Fins’ QB Chad Henne had an amazing performance against the New England defense. However, the running game wasn’t able to get started at all. Miami will win this game if they can get something going on the ground. Miami has the slight edge in this matchup because they’re QB is a bit more experienced.

The Browns have sophomore Colt Mccoy at Quarterback and Madden 12 cover-boy Peyton Hillis as their Running Back. Their win last week came at the hands of the helpless Colts, so just because they’re 1-1 doesn’t mean much.

Final score: MIA 28, CLE 21

New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills

At first, I wasn’t gonna write anything for this game, because c’mon it’s the Bills man! But since they’ve started 2-0 and the offense is looking really good, I think  they just might challenge this Patriot team a bit more than in previous seasons. Still, this is a win for the Pats, simply because of Brady and how much he brings to the table every Sunday.

Final score: NE 35, BUF 17

New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles

I’m a HUGE Giants fan, but that’s not gonna stop me from giving an accurate preview of this game. Last week, the Giants beat the Rams 28-16. You need to remember though, they beat ’em without Steven Jackson or Danny Amendola and Bradford was slightly hurt. With all the injuries to the Giants D, I just don’t know if they’re gonna be able to contain Mike Vick. And even if they DO contain Mike Vick, he’ll have enough time to find an open receiver downfield.

In addition, Eli’s gonna have a tough day against this Eagles secondary with Aso, DRC and Samuel.

Final score: PHI 24, NYG 17

Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings

In this game, we see two teams going in completely opposite directions. The Lions are making the playoffs this year, and the Vikings can’t just rely on AP to get all their yards for them; they need a QB now! Plus, that Lions D-line is so damn good, McRib’s gonna have no time to throw the ball!

Final score: DET 21, MIN 10

Houston Texans @ New Orleans Saints

Two powerhouse offenses going at it in this one. Can Matt Schaub and that Texans offense keep up with the NO offense led by former Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees. I think so, and even if the Saints are favorites in this one, I think the Texans will win this game.

UPSET #1

Final score: HOU 35, NO 31

Denver Broncos @ Tennesse Titans

These two teams are really even; the difference? Chris Johnson. Unless of course Tim Tebow starts for Denver (in that case, he’ll throw for 100,000 yards against the Titans).

Final score: TEN 24, DEN 14

New York Jets @ Oakland Raiders

The Jets and their power running game-offense face off against McFadden and the Raiders. Against this defense, Campbell may as well hand the ball to McFadden 30 times. He’ll break a big one or two given that many carries.

We all know what the Jets can do on offense. Nothing to be said here.

Final score: NYJ 28, OAK 17

Baltimore Ravens @ St. Louis Rams

The Baltimore Ravens defense is too good for this Rams O. Even with Bradford healthy, the Rams won’t get much done.

Final score: BAL 17, STL 10

Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers

A Kansas City team without Jamaal Charles? For the whole season? Disaster will strike, and it will start at today’s game against the Chargers.

Final score: SD 28, KC 14

Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Matt Ryan, Turner Burner, Julio Jones, and Roddy White.

Josh Freeman, LaGerrette smoke a Blount, Mike Williams, and Arrellious where have you Benn?

Enough said.

Final score: ATL 28, TB 14

Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks

Two “rebuilding” teams going at it. The Cards have Beanie Wells as their feature back, with Kevin Kolb at QB and Larry Fitz at WR. Who do the Seahawks have thought? Tarvaris Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, and Mike Williams? The defenses cancel each other out in this matchup.

Final score: ARI 17, SEA 14

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears

There’s no way I can go against this Super Bowl-winning Green Bay Packers team! Especially against the Bears, who’s offense has no identity at all. However, that Windy City D should keep this game closer than people think.

Final score: GB 28, CHI 21

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianiapolis Colts

I know the Steelers are the HEAVY favorite in this game (without Peyton, the Colts are lost). BUT, I think this week Kerry Collins utilizes his weapons in Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne to lead his team to victory. Hows that for an upset?

Final score: IND 28, PIT 27

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