KC Will Beat Giants, Colts Stay Unbeaten
By Yong-yi Zhu
Here’s what to expect in next week’s NFL games.
Game of the Week: Chiefs at Giants
The Chiefs are playing some excellent football, as are the Giants. This game simply has too many playoff implications to be ignored. In the end, I think Chiefs RB Larry Johnson is going to have a huge running day against New York. KC will edge the Giants by a field goal.
Upset Special: Steelers at Vikings
I think Vikes QB Brad Johnson will continue on his magical quest and lead the Vikings to another victory, ending to the Steelers’ playoff chances. The Vikings are playing so well right now that the Bears should be careful if they want to win the division.
Chargers at Colts: The question on everyone’s minds is whether the Colts are going for perfection or going for rest before the playoffs. If the starters play, they are going to crush the Chargers, because this team has everything clicking. Not even Chargers RB Ladanian Tomlinson can outscore the Colt offense.
Buccaneers at Patriots: The Pats were efficient last week. QB Tom Brady played like the Super Bowl winner he has been. His offensive line was also terrific. The Patriots will run into a much stiffer defense this time, but regardless, I look for Brady to stay poised and direct a game-winning field goal drive.
Broncos at Bills: The Broncos need to keep it rolling to win the AFC West. I don’t foresee the Bills being a problem considering how ineffective they were against the Patriots last week. This should be a two touchdown victory for Denver.
Cardinals at Texans: The Texans know that they will get a Heisman Trophy Winner in the draft, so they really have nothing more to play for. This should be a blowout win for the Cardinals, whose offense is hot right now.
Panthers at Saints: The Panthers are going to stop everything the Saints will try to do. Look for this to be a two touchdown victory.
Eagles at Rams: Rams RB Stephen Jackson will run all over the Eagles, just like the Seahawks did. This should be an easy win for St. Louis.
Seahawks at Titans: ’Hawks RB Shaun Alexander won’t need to work hard for the Seahawks to get a victory. The Titans had trouble with the Texans last week. They are going to get crushed by these Super Bowl bound Seahawks.
49ers at Jaguars: The Jaguars took a real beating from Indy last week, but this week they should be back beating up on lesser teams. They won’t do well in the playoffs, but they might get there on a weak schedule.
Bengals at Lions: The Bengals have the most dominant offense in the league. They will severely challenge the Colts in the playoffs. This will not be a close game at all; the Lions will lose by two touchdowns at least.
Browns at Raiders: This game might not be as close as we think. Browns QB Charlie Frye is playing excellent football, and he is the future of the Browns. He is going to lead them to a big win over the Raiders by at least a touchdown.
Cowboys at Redskins: The Cowboys really need this game to go to the playoffs. The Redskins, on the other hand, probably won’t make it there. If ’Boys QB Drew Bledsoe gets the protection he needs to get to open receivers, this game is going to be over fast. I have a feeling that Dallas’ offensive line can hold out against the Redskins.
Falcons at Bears: This is another huge test for the Bears to see if they are actually a playoff team or if they have just played a soft schedule. I didn’t see much out of them last week, and I don’t think this week will be any different. Mike Vick should operate relatively unhindered against the Bear defense, just like Roethlisberger did last week.
Packers at Ravens: This is one pathetic game. I’m going with Packers QB Brett Favre on this one purely because he has some pride.
Jets at Dolphins: The two running backs of Miami will really dominate this game. The Dolphins will outscore the Jets by at least a touchdown.