Colts Will Beat Hurt Jaguars, Remain Unbeaten
By Yong-yi Zhu
Here’s the rundown for NFL games next week:
Game of the Week: Colts at Jaguars
Everyone pegged this game as the one that would finally add one to the Colts’ loss column. But the Jaguars have some major offensive issues. They cannot punch it into the end zone when within the 20. They cannot pass effectively because they are missing QB Byron Leftwich. And they may not have RB Fred Taylor to dance around in the back field. The bettors have the Colts winning by a touchdown. I don’t think the game will be even that close.
Upset Special: Bears at Steelers
The Steelers are suffering. They couldn’t keep up with the Bengals in a shootout last week, and they won’t be able to keep up with the Bears in a defensive slugfest this week. The Bears have an excellent defense against both the pass and the run. I think the Bears will pull this out and severely damage the Steelers’ playoff chances.
Patriots at Bills: The Buffalo defense did not look great against the Dolphins in those last couple of minutes, but they did limit the Dolphin rushing all game long. They are going to pick it up for this division game and squeak by the Patriots.
Rams at Vikings: Rams’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick may be from Harvard, but he won’t be smart enough to figure out how to beat Brad Johnson and Michael Bennett. The Vikings should win by a field goal.
Buccaneers at Panthers: Tampa Bay couldn’t sustain drives against the Saints last week, and they won’t be able to against the Panthers either. RBs Steve Smith and DeShaun Foster should take over this week in a big win for Carolina.
Lions at Packers: These two teams really have no rushing attack. The Lions and the Packers may not even combine to rush for 100 yards. But the difference between these two teams is that one has a real quarterback while the other has Jeff Garcia. The Packers should win by a field goal.
Chiefs at Cowboys: The Chiefs can run the heck out of the ball. They can even get by the Broncos’ terrific rush defense. Unfortunately, they are only 3-3 away from Arrowhead. This should be a terrific game, but in the end, Dallas will win by a field goal.
Redskins at Cardinals: Both teams were hot last week. But the Redskins split their offense between the running game and the passing game, while the Cardinals are one-dimensional behind QB Kurt Warner. Washington has a better defense, which will result in a close win by the Redskins.
49ers at Seahawks: Seattle’s offensive line looks good right now, and their defense wasn’t too shabby against the Eagles on Monday. The Seahawks winning by another six touchdowns this week is not totally out of the question.
Ravens at Broncos: The Broncos are still steaming from the loss last week. QB Jake Plummer is suddenly human. They will completely beat up on the Ravens and win by two touchdowns.
Giants at Eagles: The Giants are going to run all over the Eagles, just like the Seahawks did last week. Philadelphia has no quarterback, no real wide receivers, and now they’ve lost their running back. The Giants should win by at least two touchdowns.
Browns at Bengals: Browns QB Charlie Frye may have looked good in the first half last week, but he’s going to need more than a miracle to pull something out against this Bengals team, especially without WR Braylon Edwards. Bengals will win by two touchdowns.
Saints at Falcons: Saints QB Aaron Brooks threw four interceptions against the Bucs last week. He’s not going to stop just because he is now playing against the Falcons. The Saints will continue to suffer.
Raiders at Jets: The Jets were absolutely pathetic against the Patriots last week. Playing the Raiders won’t help. RB Lamont Jordan will step up and have a big game to help the Raiders win by more than a field goal.
Dolphins at Chargers: The Chargers are too hot. They might even beat the Colts the next week. The Chargers should win by at least two touchdowns.
Texans at Titans: The Texans are trying their hardest to win, but not at football. They are trying to win the right to draft Reggie Bush in next year’s draft. They’re going to lose to the Titans by two touchdowns this week.