29 October 2013

2013 NFL Predictions: Week 9

Hey, we've reached the midway point of the 2013 NFL campaign, and there are still two clubs sans wins. One of them is in action this week and that would be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Coach of the Year favorite Greg Schiano leading the way, could the Bucs go into Seattle and pull off a major upset to get their first win? Here are my week nine picks.

Last Week: 13-0
2013: 80-38
Locks: 7-1

Thursday, October 31st
Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) vs. Miami Dolphins (3-4) - NFL Network, 8:25
The slide continues for the Dolphins as after letting a 17-3 halftime lead slip away to the Patriots in Foxborough, they have now lost four games in a row. Ryan Tannehill has been inconsistent under center, and his turnovers in the second half were killer, the running game has been hit or miss, although Lamar Miller looked solid last week, and the defense has been bending and breaking. Cincinnati is looking very good and I don't see where they fall to Miami.
Bengals 28 Dolphins 15

Sunday, November 3rd
Kansas City Chiefs (8-0) vs. Buffalo Bills (3-5) - CBS, 1:00
Let's be honest, who really thinks the Chiefs are the best team in the NFL? That's what I thought. But they are going to remain undefeated as they keep on drawing mediocre opposition (at least until week 11). As expected, Thaddeus Lewis took a step backwards Sunday in the Big Easy and while he will return home to a friendly crowd, he will also face a strong Kansas City defense that will take advantage of each and all of his mistakes. KC is my Lock of the Week.
Chiefs 21 Bills 9

Tennessee Titans (3-4) vs. St. Louis Rams (3-5) - CBS, 1:00
One must have to give credit to the Rams for coming only a few yards short of pulling off a big upset against Seattle. They outgained them by over 200 yards, the defense looked very good, Zac Stacy was very good running the football and while Kellen Clemens threw a pair of picks and was not able to get the team in the end zone on their final drive, he was not entirely incompetent, which is a plus. Can they pull off a similar effort against the Titans? I'm not so sold.
Titans 19 Rams 10

San Diego Chargers (4-3) vs. Washington (2-5) - CBS, 1:00
Washington showed exactly what not to do when leading the Broncos on the road as they went from being up 21-7 in the third quarter to losing 45-21. They gave up 31 points in the fourth quarter as the defense completely fell apart, some special teams miscues conpounded the problem, and Robert Griffin was not able to put the team on his back. It should end up being more competitive this week but with how good Phil Rivers has been, I don't see Washington slowing him down.
Chargers 31 Redskins 23

Atlanta Falcons (2-5) vs. Carolina Panthers (4-3) - Fox, 1:00
The Falcons are a mess. Their defense is all but awful, in their loss to Arizona they got torched on an 80-yard run and gave up 154 rushing yards to Andre Ellington of all people on only 15 carries. They also allowed Carson Palmer to have a very effective performance in the air. Matt Ryan was forced to throw the ball 64 times thanks to a completely useless running game (Steven Jackson with the classic 0.5 yards per carry average on 11 carries). They will be very vulnerable against Cam Newton, who has been excellent of late, and a stout Carolina front seven will force Atlanta to become one-dimensional yet again.
Panthers 28 Falcons 17

New Orleans Saints (6-1) vs. New York Jets (4-4) - Fox, 1:00
I've been getting a lot of weird vibes about this game. After all, New Orleans is clearly a stronger club that the Jets, and you don't want to go up against Drew Brees with a quarterback that has been very inconsistent this year as well as turnover-prone in Geno Smith (As always, I know you can't criticize Smith, hence the trolling Jason McIntyre got for saying these mild things by some clowns). However, this is the on week for the Jets as they always seem to follow up awful performances by cranking out wins. And I don't think I have taken the Jets this year, so let's change that.
Jets 24 Saints 21

Minnesota Vikings (1-6) vs. Dallas Cowboys (4-4) - Fox, 1:00
It wasn't Joe Piscarcik 2.0 but the Cowboys' choke job in Detroit was pretty shocking but they kept the Lions alive by running an unnecessary run on third down with a minute left when their counterpart was out of timeouts. Tyron Smith's holding penalty was declined but gave Detroit a chance and they scored a touchdown to win it. Nobody knows who the quarterback is in Minnesota and I don't think it will matter quite frankly.
Cowboys 24 Vikings 10

Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) vs. Oakland Raiders (3-4) - Fox, 4:05
The issues with the Eagles and their quarterback situation continue as Michael Vick, who returned last week only to injure his hamstring, is not expected to play this Sunday and Nick Foles will be back under center. At least he is not Matt Barkley but how good can we expect him to look after being out the past couple of weeks? Plus, Philadelphia cannot stop anyone right now defensively. Oakland has been surprisingly solid this year and I think they will hit .500.
Raiders 24 Eagles 18

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7) vs. Seattle Seahawks (7-1) - Fox, 4:05
To answer the question that I posed in the open, absolutely not, the Bucs have just about no chance. There is nothing from this team that makes me think that they can do into a tough environment. Even with how awful the Seahawks looked offensively on Monday night in St. Louis, they did win. Tampa Bay is going to have to wait to get their first win.
Seahawks 31 Buccaneers 9

Baltimore Ravens (3-4) vs. Cleveland Browns (3-5) - CBS, 4:25
Would you look at what Jason Campbell did in his first start of the season against Kansas City? A pair of touchdown passes, no interceptions and a rock-solid completion percentage. Well Cleveland did lose but has it found its temporary quarterback for now? Having seen plenty of Campbell before, I know not to expect consistent production from him and while he can just do enough to keep Cleveland in it against an inconsistent Baltimore club, I do not think he can put them over the top.
Ravens 20 Browns 14

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) vs. New England Patriots (6-2) - CBS, 4:25
Is Tom Brady hurt? Does having a much weaker supporting cast make him look less impressive on the gridiron? Well there is no question he is not having a career season but at least he has won this year, with the only two losses coming late against Cincinnati and the Jets. I do think they are vulnerable against Pittsburgh's defense, which is still stout as they sit at third overall in yardage and have been strong against the pass. I think they can confound Brady just enough for Ben Roethlisberger to crank out a win.
Steelers 28 Patriots 27

Indianapolis Colts (5-2) vs. Houston Texans (2-5) - NBC, 8:30
It looks like Case Keenum is going to be the guy under center going forward and he was competent in his starting debut two weeks ago against the Chiefs. Can he be consistent going forward and can he help open up the passing game, which the team has failed to do this year? I'm not so certain about that, especially against an underrated Colts defense that will come after Keenum. The Texans will slow down Andrew Luck and Indianapolis on offense, but not enough.
Colts 20 Texans 16

Monday, November 4th
Chicago Bears (4-3) vs. Green Bay Packers (5-2) - ESPN, 8:40
Josh McCown is a very good backup quarterback but there is going to be a lot of pressure on him this week against one of the top offenses in the NFL. It has been a while since McCown has seen significant action under center and he has to go up against Aaron Rodgers, the likes of which are hard to go up against by being a game manager. I think Chicago will play it more conservative offensively with McCown in by focusing on using Matt Forte, but their defense will not be able to hold the Packers in check.
Packers 34 Bears 24


  1. Coach of the Year candidate- Greg Schiano lol

  2. New England's other loss was to the Bengals, not the Saints. They beat the Saints on a last minute TD pass by Brady.