Miami Dolphins at Detroit Lions. It’s rare that an intra-conference game gets as much pub as this one. Both teams are playing well above expectations, and this contest is a measuring stick to see how good either team really is. This game also has possible playoff implications for both teams in their respective divisions. The Lions are on top of the NFC North, and needs this win to stay ahead of the Packers. The Dolphins are within striking distance of the Patriots in the AFC East and need this win to stay alive in the division race.
While Miami has improved on both sides of the ball, I think Detroit’s defense will take it to Ryan Tannenhill and Co. on offense. Detroit’s defense is tops in the league (with Miami’s not too far behind), and I think it will feed off the frenzy of the home crowd. Will Tannenhill withstand the indoor stadium noise and rise above it all? He’ll try, but I just don’t see it. Lions 20, Dolphins 16.
“Why the Hell Would You Watch This?” Game of the Week
Falcons at Buccaneers. Do I REALLY need to ask why anyone would watch this? Prayers go out to the poor chaps who have to call this game for TV. Falcons over Buccaneers.
Bengals over Browns (yes, I know Cleveland is curb-stomping the hell out of Cincinnati, but I picked the Bengals before tonight and I am manning up…)
Bills over Chiefs
Cowboys over Jaguars
Saints over 49ers
Ravens over Titans
Steelers over Jets (I may be jinxing my boys here, but what the hell…)
Broncos over Raiders
Cardinals over Rams
Seahawks over Giants
Packers over Bears
Eagles over Panthers
Last week’s record: 7-5 (“Back to life, back to reality…”)
2014 record to date: 86-49-1 (I’m still in good shape. Better luck this week…)