Redskins @ Falcons on FOX
Nick - yikes! This may end up in a tie…..Atlanta at home, I think, is the safe pick with this one. And, RGIII may be shut down for the rest of the year, since Washington has been eliminated. Personally, I just want to see JenX & Ashlie trash talk each other. Prediction: Atl 34, Was 30
Jess - With these two defenses, I think it'll look more like a Madden shootout score than a normal football score. I kind of feel like for the most part, Atlanta's been staying in games and just falling short this year. It breaks my heart for their fans. They may just run away with this one though.
Seahawks @ Giants on FOX
Nick - Seattle has coast to coast after losing to their arch nemesis SF 49'ers. They are not in a good mood and teams traveling from one coast to the other, usually lose. Meanwhile, NY has been a Jeckyl & Hyde team all season…They lose their first 6 then win their next 4, then lose, then win, then lose. I really don't like to see Jess upset as much as she has been lately, so I am taking Seattle. Prediction: Sea 20, NYG 13
Jess - Whaaaaaat? I haven't been upset! I'm having a pretty good year, actually...between the Seahawks doing well, the Mariners recently signing apparently one of the best 2nd basemen in the game (and making some other decent moves,) the Ducks kicking some butt...my sports world is kind of goofy giddy right now. The Giants scare me with their Jekyll & Hyde act. As per usual, I won't make a prediction. And as per usual, I'll just hope for an injury-free game and for the guys to play their best.
Bears @ Browns on FOX
Nick - Mama mia…….On paper, Chicago should win this game, but, our defense couldn't stop a 1 legged turtle and our head coach is coaching to not lose. I don't think anyone has anything good to say about Cleveland, and that includes their fans…..no, seriously! Prediction: Chi 24, Cle 16
Jess - Cutler's back, no? Not that it matters, it's not as if McCown has been bad. Regardless, I think Chicago wins this too.
Texans @ Colts on CBS
Nick - I keep picking Houston to win, thinking they will pull it together. I am confused with why this team sucks this year. Indy blew their load too early…..They have struggles, BIG TIME, the past 4-5 weeks. Has anyone seen Trent Richardson?! WTF? Prediction: Ind 31, Hou 27
Jess - Does this kind of feel like a trap game to anybody else? I know that Houston is suffering some major issues right now at QB and now their head coach is gone. It's been insane. But the Colts haven't been impressive either, and I know these two teams always play each other tough. I know I said I was going to quit picking these guys, but I kind of have a weird suspicion that the Texans come out on top today.
Patriots @ Dolphins on CBS
Nick - NE sure likes to make things interesting! 3 weeks in a row with come from behind wins…..they remind me of this girl in HS that used to tease all of the guys, but, at the end of the day, she……well….never mind. Prediction: NE 37, Mia 24
Jess - Oh Lord. I know everybody's making a big deal about Gronk being out now, and sure - that's a big deal. However, as cliché as this is, Tom Brady just keeps finding ways to win regardless. I think Miami will keep it pretty close, but in the end, Pats win.
Eagles @ Vikings on FOX
Nick - Minnesota has been playing much better football these past 4 weeks and are better than their record. Philly has had to overcome a lot this year. Foles is playing as good as any QB out there. AP may not be playing and because I'm a Bears fan, I cannot root for a team in our division and for that reason alone, I'm taking Philly. Prediction: Phi 27, Min 20
Jess - The Eagles have a pretty surprisingly stout defense, and their offense can be explosive. Minnesota has neither of those two things. This could be pretty ugly...I don't think it'll be as close as your predicted score. Eagles.
49ers @ Buccaneers on FOX
Nick - Emotional win for SF last week against Seattle. Is this the "let down", "trap" game? Tampa has played better as of late. I think Captain Morgan gets too drunk and falls to those Niners! Prediction: SF 31, TB 17
Bills @ Jaguars on CBS
Nick - (yawn) Sorry folks, but, I don't really care about either of these teams, this year I did have Fred Jackson on 1 of my Fantasy teams, so, I'll pick Buffalo….Prediction: Buf 24, Jax 20
Jess - So what you're saying is, this is your "woof" game? I agree that it looks 'blah' on paper, but I think it will be a battle...a fun one to watch. I won't be watching, of course, my Seahawks are on at the same time. But I do think it'll be a fun close one. The Jaguars are playing better as of late, and I have no idea what the hell the Bills are doing. I'm picking Jacksonville.
Chiefs @ Raiders on CBS
Nick - What an incredible turnaround the Chiefs have had since last year. Oakland - same ole story, sorry Kat, but your team is drinking too much Tequila. Prediction: KC 37, Oak 23
Jess - This is another one of those games that I think will be closer than anybody anticipates. Division rival game, in the inferior team's house, crazy crowd...you just never know. Kansas City is obviously the better team, but Oakland might pull it off. That realist is popping in again...Chiefs.
Jets @ Panthers on CBS
Nick - Sorry, Jet fans, but, no way your team wins in Carolina unless Newton gets knocked out….and, even then…..Carolina looked BAD Sunday night against Nawlins. Still, Car is the dark horse in the NFC and could be surprise in the Playoff picture. Prediction: Car 20, NYJ 13
Jess - I'm not quite sure the Panthers are the type of team to get demoralized; rather, I think they'll come out swinging and give the Jets a good ol' punch in the mouth. I predict a pretty lopsided game; with as good as Carolina's defense is and as well as they can move the ball on offense, the Jets are going to have to eat their Wheaties to even keep it close. Panthers.
Packers @ Cowboys on FOX
Nick - Will GB shelf Rodgers for the rest of the year? Will Dallas figure out how much better they can be with a new coaching staff? Does this article writer give a rats ass? This Bears fan HAS TO root for Dallas in this one….no, seriously, I have to….it's as if someone is holding a gun to my head and making me chose. Prediction: * Dal 34, GB 26 (* - notes prediction with Rodgers out of the game)
Jess - Ugh. I really want the Packers to beat the Cowboys but I'm not quite sure that's going to happen with Aaron Rodgers out. The good news is, Dallas's defense sucks. Even with Flynn, the Pack might just barely get past them. You know what? That's what I'm sticking with.
Cardinals @ Titans on FOX
Nick - Kenne needs to rest his liver from all of the winning he has celebrated with his Cards. Tennessee needs to rest their defense after all of the scoring that Denver had last week, Prediction: Ten 19, Arz 16 (in OT)
Jess - Yea, these Cardinals have come out of nowhere. I kind of hope they keep winning, SF loses a couple, and we have some gold old fashioned NFC West drama (of course, in order for this NOT to give me an aneurysm, the Seahawks must take care of business as well.) I think they have a great chance against Tennessee. I'm with you on a possible OT outcome, but flip the score.
Saints @ Rams on FOX
Nick - Trap game? Could this be a let down/trap game for Nawlins after that emotion win against Carolina? Also, Nawlins play much better, defensively, at home than on the road. STL has shown flashes of being a good team, but, are too consistent. Prediction: NO 34, STL 20
Jess - Yikes. I'm not sure that it'll be a trap game. Although we've seen what the Rams defense can do, the Saints are just too powerful, and the Rams play in a dome...I think that might be a big deal when it comes to New Orleans' road woes. St. Louis may keep it close, but I predict the Saints will walk away with another win.
Bengals @ Steelers on NBC
Nick - Pittsburgh laid a HUGE egg last week with a home loss to Miami. They pretty much need to win out to make the playoffs. Cincinnati has been pretty consistent all year, but, this is a division game and they are on the road. Prediction: Pit 20, Cin 17 (in OT)
Jess - I'm not just saying this because I'm not a fan of the boys in yellow and black...but Cincy's by far the better team here. I'm sure they'll battle it out as division foes usually do, but in the end that Bengals defense is much too tough for Big Ben & Co. this year. I think Cincinnati puts up another W in a close one.
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Ravens @ Lions on ESPN/WatchESPN
Nick - Again, this article writer CANNOT predict a Detroit win due to his ties with Da Bears. The defending Super Bowl champs coming off a come from behind last minute win vs. a team that got white washed (literally) in Philly. Detroit has been know to choke late in the year when they have had good starts….Hey, these are facts, not my opinions (be nice). Prediction: Balt 31, Det 27
Jess - Hmmm...I usually make my MNF prediction on my MNF thread but I'll make a pre-prediction. I'm calling this one in favor of Detroit tomorrow.
Thank you, Nick, for taking the time to send in your picks for this week's games! Everyone else - what are your predictions? Who are you watching? Grab a seat, a drink, and some snacks, and Q it up here for a full day of football on FanIQ!