Our Sports Editor, Dustin Brown, is flying solo on this week’s edition of the NFL predictions but he isn’t complaining about it. In fact, it is time for some fun, so let’s get to it.
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (Saturday)
The biggest question in this match-up isn’t if the Redskins can win and clinch the division, but how much DeMarco Murray will play in the Eagles’ backfield, and there is no easy answer. Ryan Matthews is probably looking at an increased load on Saturday night, and Murray is likely on his way out of Philly so he had better eat as many cheesesteaks as he can right now.
Pick: Washington Redskins
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan is no longer called “Matty Ice” but we could start calling him something else with your help. Start those petitions to strip him of his nickname and come up with some creative new terms. Maybe something like “Ice Age” or another winter reference? “Frosty the Snowman” would work but Frosty actually worked magic when he put on his hat. Carolina will be too much for the Falcons and Dan Quinn will have to figure out what went wrong after starting the season at 6-0.
Pick: Carolina Panthers
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
If the Ravens want to keep things close in this game they should stay away from starting Matt Schaub at quarterback. That is, unless they want to see William Gay do another epic celebration after a pick-six. The Steelers are not going to lose this game with the offensive weapons that they have and the amount of Ravens’ players who are injured.
Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers
Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills
This game would have been a lot more enticing if Tony Romo wasn’t hurt and Buffalo had kept Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator. But, alas, such is not the case so this game could be a battle of the field goal kickers. The Bills aren’t circling the wagons at this point of the season, they are ramming each other head on, and the defense is rumbling about how bad they are under Rex Ryan.
Pick: Dallas Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions
The Lions Den could be rocking and Calvin Johnson could be playing his last game in a Lions uniform, so it is what it is. Blaine Gabbert has looked decent as the Niners starting quarterback but emotion and momentum will be on the opposite sideline. Matthew Stafford will help the Niners usher Jim Tomsula out after one rocky season as head coach.
Pick: Detroit Lions
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs
Chalk this game up as the Chiefs’ ninth consecutive victory following their 1-5 start; NFL history at its finest.
Pick: Kansas City Chiefs
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins
In honor of college football’s bowl season, we will call this game the Participation Trophy Bowl. Both of these teams should thank their fans for putting up with their horrid play this season, and the Colts are lucky that the rest of the AFC South has been just as bad. Should the NFL start taking the best six teams with a winning record instead of division winners? The past two seasons have made us ponder the question quite often.
Pick: Indianapolis Colts
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