NFL Game Of the Week: Steelers At Colts
By Yong-yi Zhu
Here’s what to expect in the next week of NFL play:
Game of the Week: Steelers at Colts
Pitts QB Ben Roethlisberger will be back for this game, so it will be a legitimate showdown between two Super Bowl contenders. Colts QB Peyton Manning has struggled at times this season against good defenses, and I feel like he will do so again. Big Ben has been steady whenever he starts. I think he will have what it takes for Pittsburgh to pull this out, although it will not be a high scoring game.
Upset Special: Broncos at Cowboys
The Bronco running game is in sync at the moment. However, the Cowboys are going to pursue the air more than the ground in this game and torch the Denver secondary. Dallas Coach Bill Parcells has something special up his sleeve, and this game could be it. I think the Cowboys are going to give us a win to remember this Thanksgiving.
Panthers at Bills: Buffalo is excellent at defending the pass but terrible at defending the run. That translates to a heavy dose of Panthers RB Stephen Davis, which will open up the passing game between QB Jake Delhomme and WR Steve Smith. The Bills will suffer a two touchdown loss.
Jaguars at Cardinals: The Jaguars are in the middle of their three game road trip, and they might lose focus against a good offense. Their passing defense will be tested against Arizona by the dual threat of WR Larry Fitzgerald and WR Anquan Boldin. Do not be surprised if the Cardinals beat this Jaguar team. Even if they lose, the Cardinals will stick close.
Chargers at Redskins: RB Ladanian Tomlinson is going to run well, even against this tough Redskin defense. Skins QB Mark Brunell will also have a big day. But at the end of the day, the slight edge goes to the Chargers because they have LT.
Dolphins at Raiders: The dual running combination of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown will be too much for the Raiders to handle. The Dolphins will win by a field goal.
Packers at Eagles: I think that the Packers have improved steadily and are perhaps a long shot to make a run for the playoffs. A lot must happen along the way, including winning every game. QB Brett Favre has that kind of will, and his receivers will understand that.
Giants at Seahawks: This is a true test for Giants QB Eli Manning. He is maturing faster than anyone projected. However, the Giants are playing the Seahawks, who are killer on offense. The Seahawks are going to win this game.
Falcons at Lions: The Falcons continue to run well. In the mean time, Lions QB Joey Harrington continues to have his future evaluated and reevaluated. The turmoil will turn into turnovers and mistakes. Atlanta will easily win by more than a touchdown.
Ravens at Bengals: The Bengals are going to kill the Ravens. They cannot overlook this Baltimore team, but they should be fine otherwise, rolling to a two TD victory.
Bears at Buccaneers: The Bucs are still riding that win from two weeks ago. As long as they don’t commit any stupid errors, Tampa Bay should pull this victory out on their running game and good goal line offense.
Patriots at Chiefs: The Pats are wounded and the Chiefs are trying to make due with our their RB Priest. However, unlike the Patriots, who are missing key players in key areas, the Chiefs have a capable backup RB in Larry Johnson. The Red Sea will swarm QB Tom Brady, who will not pull out another miracle.
Saints at Jets: These are two mediocre teams with no realistic chances of going to the playoffs. The Saints are better behind QB Aaron Brooks, and they are going to pull this out.
Browns at Vikings: This game should be low scoring, but in the end, the Viking will beat the Browns by a touchdown.
Rams at Texans: Because Houston is terrible, Rams RB Steven Jackson will be able to run all over the Texans. The Rams will win by at least two touchdowns.
49ers at Titans: The 49ers are just flat out awful. They have a bad offense and a bad defense. The Titans may not be the Redskins, but they will still destroy San Francisco by two touchdowns or more.