Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NFL Week 9 Predictions

Week 8 Record: 8-5

Season Record: 79-37

Jets at Bills - Sanchez and company are horrible on the road.
Seahawks at Cowboys - Dallas gets back on track at Jerrysworld.
Falcons at Colts - I could see an upset here, but I'm not predicting it.
Dolphins at Chiefs - The AFC West race is up for grabs after Rivers' fumble.
Buccaneers at Saints - Brees rights the ship by finding Graham again.
49ers at Redskins - 9ers, please don't read press clippings.  Focus!  Magic # is 6.
Browns at Texans - The annual Houston implosion shouldn't start yet.
Bengals at Titans - Tough game to call.  I'm going with the Cincy D.
Broncos at Raiders - Another tough one.  I'm taking a chance on Tebow.
Giants at Patriots - Belicheat and Brady are ticked.  Look out.
Rams at Cardinals - Hmm, is it possible that both teams lose?
Packers at Chargers - Undefeated.  Did you know the 9ers are the only 1 loss team?
Ravens at Steelers - Big Ben's offense is a little more potent than Flacco's.
Bears at Eagles - Philly strings together two good games.

Midseason Playoff Predictions

AFC East: New England
AFC North: Pittsburgh
AFC South: Houston
AFC West: Chargers
Wildcards: Baltimore, Buffalo

NFC East: Philadelphia
NFC North: Green Bay
NFC South: New Orleans
NFC West: San Francisco
Wildcards: Detroit, Atlanta

Pittsburgh's statement win vs New England wins my AFC North vote.  I don't yet believe that a rookie QB can lead Cincinnati to the promised land over Baltimore, but who knows?  Houston should have the weapons to pull away from Tennessee, while the Chargers recover from Rivers' early season malaise and climb out of the AFC West muck.

With the Giants' ridiculously tough schedule remaining (only 1 game vs a team with a losing record left - Philadelphia!), I'm guessing that they falter while Philly builds on its Dallas domination.  Atlanta just barely grabs that last wildcard spot.

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