ANOTHER WEEK OF NFL PREDICTIONS
October 10, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Before we get to this weeks games, last week I went 9-5 and now my season record in straight up picks is 51-26. Thanks to Buffalo, New England, Carolina, San Diego and Atlanta for my five defeats. This is going to get harder with every passing week in the NFL because anything, and I mean anything can happen. I haven't had very many good weeks so far...but maybe this is the week:
New York Giants (0-5) at Chicago (3-2), Thursday, 8:25 p.m.
LINE: Bears by 7 1/2 .....when can we expect a Giants win? No this week. I don't trust the Bears yet but they are better than the Giants! PREDICTION: Bears 27, Giants 14
Green Bay (2-2) at Baltimore (3-2), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Packers by 3
The Ravens have won 13 consecutive at home against NFC foes and are 35-7 under head coach John Harbaugh. QB Joe Flacco is 10-0 at home against NFC teams with16 TDs and three picks in those games. QB Aaron Rodgers has won eight of his past 11 starts against AFC teams and has a 106 passer rating with 29 TD passes in those games. PREDICTION: Ravens 26, Packers 24
Cincinnati (3-2) at Buffalo (2-3), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Bengals by 7
Bills QB Thad Lewis, has one previous NFL start under his belt. The Bills let me dwon last week and EJ Manuel is gone for a few week. The Bengals are looking for more consistency from QB Andy Dalton. PREDICTION: Bengals 27, Bills 10
Detroit (3-2) at Cleveland (3-2), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Lions by 2 1/2
The Browns are tied for first place in the AFC North. But QB Brian Hoyer, is gone for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL. That means QB Brandon Weeden is back in the drivers seat. The Lions lost their 23rd straight game in Green Bay. QB Matthew Stafford now has 14,331 passing yards for his career, the most in NFL history through 50 games. PREDICTION: Lions 32, Browns 17
St. Louis (2-3) at Houston (2-3), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Texans by 7
Matt Schaub will start for Houston. The Texans' QB has thrown a pick-six in an NFL record four consecutive games and has lost all of his confidence. Rams QB Sam Bradford has been very shaky. Houston wins at home...finally!!! PREDICTION: Texans 20, Rams 13
Oakland (2-3) at Kansas City (5-0), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Chiefs by 9
The Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to start 5-0 after losing 14-or-more games in previous season. Oakland has been far more competitive than most thought thanks to duel-threat QB Terrelle Pryor. The Chiefs are too good at home. PREDICTION: Chiefs 30, Raiders 13
Carolina (1-3) at Minnesota (1-3), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Vikings by 2 1/2
The Panthers need to find a way to jump start their offense and the Minnesota defense is allowing 430.8 yards per game. Minnesota has a new QB but won't play this week. Take the Vikings at home.
PREDICTION: Vikings 27, Panthers 20
Pittsburgh (0-4) at New York Jets (3-2), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Jets by 2 1/2
The Steelers are 0-4 for the first time since 1968. New York is one of the surprise teams in the NFL behind rookie QB Geno Smith. Steelers get that first win!!! PREDICTION: Steelers 21, Jets 17
Philadelphia (2-3) at Tampa Bay (0-4), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Pick 'em
Philadelphia's offense will be run by ar QB Nick Foles. The Eagles are the first team in NFL history with 1,300 net passing yards (1,341) and 900 rushing yards (933) yards through five games. The defense gives up nearly as much yardage -- 434 ypg. Wow!
The Buccaneers are a mess under Greg Schiano. Mike Glennon will make his second career start. PREDICTION: Eagles 34, Bucs 20
Jacksonville (0-5) at Denver (5-0), Sunday, 4:05 p.m.
LINE: Broncos by 26 1/2
The unbeaten Broncos a nearly four-touchdown favorite over the hapless Jags. Denver has won 16 consecutive regular-season games. PREDICTION: Broncos 42, Jags 14
Tennessee (3-2) at Seattle (4-1), Sunday, 4:05 p.m.
LINE: Seahawks by 13 1/2
The Seahawks will bounce back from their first loss of the season. Russell Wilson is 10-0 as a starter at home, completing 128-of-204 passes for 1,848 yards with 22 TDs and only four interceptions, good for a 119.9 passer rating. The Titans are without injured QB Jake Locker. PREDICTION: Seahawks 31, Titans 17
New Orleans (5-0) at New England (4-1), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
LINE: Patriots by 2 1/2
The Saints are the lone unbeaten in the NFC. Drew Brees extended his NFL- record streak to 11 consecutive games with at least 25 completions. He is also 3-0 in his career versus the Patriots, completing 47-of-65 passes for 723 yards with eight TDs. New England suffered its first loss of the season in Cincinnati in Week 5. New England has won 32 of its past 35 regular-season home games. PREDICTION: Saints 28 Patriots 24
Arizona (3-2) at San Francisco (3-2), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
LINE: 49ers by 11
Arizona leads the NFC in rushing defense (79 yards per game), has not allowed a point in the second half in each of its past two games. The 49ers are coming off a dominating 34-3 win over Houston. PREDICTION: 49ers 27, Cardinals 13
Washington (1-3) at Dallas (2-3), Sunday, 8:30 p.m.
LINE: Cowboys by 5 1/2
Tony Romo passed for a franchise-record 506 yards in the track meet against the Broncos. and became only the fifth player in NFL history with at least 500 yards and five touchdown passes in a game. RGIII passed for 304 yards and four touchdowns against Dallas as he led the Redskins to victory. PREDICTION: Dallas 27, Washington 26
Indianapolis (4-1) at San Diego (2-3), Monday, 8:40 p.m.
LINE: Colts by 1 1/2
Colts QB Andrew Luck is now 15-6 as an NFL starter with an amazing nine late-game rallies, the most by any signal caller in his first 21 games since the 1970 merger. San Diego is coming off a bad loss in Oakland. Philip Rivers 4-1 against the Colts in his career.
PREDICTION: Colts 27, Chargers 24