Reporting Ryan Wooley
In case any of you were left wondering, I went a pitiful 6-7 during week 6 which brings my yearly total to 48-37. Still not too bad overall but could be better.
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Week 8 NFL action (Minus Thursday’s game between the Vikings and Buccaneers)
Panthers @ Bears: After watching the way Chicago manhandled the Lions on Monday Night, there is no denying that this team is for real defensively. Offensively however they looked bad and could be their Achilles heel but not enough to lose to Carolina. Bears win.
Browns vs. Chargers: After picking up their first victory of the season the Browns followed it up with a loss to the Colts while the Chargers are coming off their bye week and seem to be clicking on both sides of the ball. No problem for San Diego in this one. Chargers win.
Jaguars @ Packers: Aaron Rodgers admitted just two weeks ago that he wasn’t play his best and then went out and not only handed the Texans their first loss of the season in dramatic fashion, he followed it up with another dominating performance over the Rams. I think it’s safe to say he is back. Packers win.
Titans vs. Colts: A few weeks back when Matt Hasselbeck was named the starter of the Titans I said he would turn the team around and he has done just that going 2-1 in this three starts. I see this being no different. Titans win.
Patriots @ Rams: St. Louis is a better team than they have been playing like all season long and Steven Jackson finally found the endzone this year! That however won’t mean much in this game. Patriots roll.
Jets vs. Dolphins: Neither one of these teams has been good this season but somebody has to win right? Perhaps it’s Tim Tebow because this is the final straw for Mark Sanchez? Or perhaps it’s the Dolphins who finally out how to build a winning streak? I’d say neither of those cases happen, but the Jets do win and the debate continues whether Sanchez or Tebow should quarterback the team.
Falcons @ Eagles: This is the perfect trap game. The Falcons remain undefeated while Philly is coming off their bye week and are 13-0 under Andy Reid following the bye week. It’s also in Philly and the Eagles are better than their record indicates. I’m going out on a limb and say Philadelphia makes a statement with a win.
Steelers vs. Redskins: Pittsburgh has been battling the injury bug all season while the Redskins are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Giants. I say despite this game being in Pittsburgh, Washington has the advantage and gets the win.
Raiders @ Chiefs: I truly had higher expectations for Oakland this season and they had to rally to beat the Jags last week. That alone should have me picking against them–but they’re playing Kansas City. Raiders win.
Cowboys vs. Giants: Whenever there is an NFC East game on you know that it will be a good one, even if one or both teams have had a terrible season. I don’t believe either has had a terrible season but Dallas certainly is not the team many thought they would be. They however will show up for this one and knock the Giants a notch.
Saints @ Broncos: It seems ever since Drew Brees set the record for consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass that New Orleans has been on a roll and in rhythm, but now they must travel to Denver and battle another high powered offense. I’ll take the Broncos.
Cardinals vs. 49ers: A month ago this had the looks of a big heavyweight fight between two good teams with solid offenses and stingy defenses but the Cardinals have quickly faded behind the pack in the NFC and this now looks like a Goldberg vs. Gilberg match (for all you wrestling fans). 49ers roll.
Seahawks @ Lions: If there ever was a must-win for the Lions, it should have happened last week when Detroit played the Bears on Monday Night–but this is even more of a must-win. With last week’s loss to Chicago and the rest of the division winning, the Lions lost yet more ground and their hopes of making the playoffs took another hit.
The bright side for Detroit is that Minnesota lost on Thursday so they can gain a game on them and hope that they not only win on Sunday but the Bears fall to the Panthers.
They can’t do anything about Green Bay who is on a bye this week but if they do their part, they can continue to keep hopes alive. They lose their done. I’ll say Lions take this one–only because it’s at home.