Well, it appears that Michael Vick will be watching the next two years of football from the big house, earning a 23-month jail term for his canine shenanigans. Perhaps he could get a couple tips about a years-long layoff from Todd Collins, who is quite possibly the most intriguing story all year for our Redskins. Washington's playoff hopes dangle from a thread heading into a crucial divisional matchup in the Meadowlands.
As for us, Nitin is once again sitting pretty in first place, while Pia, Anshul and Andrew are staggered behind. Let's just hope our experts are better at picking outcomes than Pittsburgh's Anthony Smith...
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Thursday December 13, 2007
Denver Broncos (6-7) at Houston Texans (6-7)
Nitin says: The Cutler to Marshall connection is starting to heat up and the Texans don't have the defense to stop it.
Pia says: Both of these teams are desperately trying to make the playoffs, so emotions will be high on either side of the field. Despite last week's good fortunes for both teams, a look at the big picture will reveal that Houston has won the last three of four home games while Denver has lost the last four of five road games. It's hard to argue with the numbers.
Anshul says: Both teams need wins to make a playoff run. Both teams are playing well, but Houston is starting to roll again more than Denver.
Saturday December 15, 2007
Cincinnati Bengals (5-8) at San Francisco 49ers (3-10)
Nitin says: The only good sign for the 49ers is that rookie LB Patrick Willis is capable of stopping Adrian Peterson. That's pretty impressive really, but he can't do it all himself.
Pia says: Cincinnati's win last week comes too late to help them with the playoff picture, but proves that they have enough power to outplay weak San Fran.
Anshul says: The 49ers are having no luck whatsoever. They have to go to their third-string quarterback and it's likely their offense will get nowhere still. Cincinnati is out of the playoff picture, but a win here could at least them finish their season strong.
Sunday December 16, 2007
Washington Redskins (6-7) at New York Giants (9-4)
Nitin says: The Giants defensive line is the only obstacle, albeit a huge one, for Redskins' replacement QB Todd Collins. After that it's a free trip home for Washington's playmakers.
Pia says: The Redskins practically handed the Giants a victory the first time they met this season, failing to score on three tries from the 1-yard line. With the playoffs at stake and the Redskins needing to win out, a repeat of that behavior isn't likely.
Anshul says: Last time these two teams met, the Giants escaped with a win to start their 6-game winning streak. But with Todd Collins ready to start for the Redskins and the Washington defense trying to get back to its normal self, it is going to be a long night for Eli Manning and the Giants.
Detroit Lions (6-7) at San Diego Chargers (8-5)
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Nitin says: Next year perhaps Jon Kitna will start off with a guarantee of a .500 season and move up from there.
Pia says: After watching that heartwarming 60 Minutes interview with L.T., how could anyone pick against him?
Anshul says: The Lions are on a 5-game losing streak and have basically buried their playoff hopes themselves. Kitna failed to reach his 10-win mark, and the Chargers are ready to stop him from even having a winning season.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-8) at Dallas Cowboys (12-1)
Nitin says: Brian Westbrook could easily be an MVP candidate, but his teammates haven't delivered at all this season. The Cowboys won't rest until they clinch NFC leadership.
Pia says: After this matchup, it won't be Terrell Owens who will want to commit suicide...
Anshul says: The Cowboys have clinched the NFC East and the Eagles are at the bottom. McNabb is not playing well and Romo is. Dallas is at home. No contest.
Indianapolis Colts (11-2) at Oakland Raiders (4-9)
Nitin says: We'll see JaMarcus Russell again as coach Lane Kiffin feels the need to give a morale boost to disappointed fans. I'm thinking it won't be very effective to put the rookie in the spotlight against the NFL's stingiest pass defense.
Pia says: Does this even constitute as a game, or is it merely a free pass to a first-round bye for the Colts?
Anshul says: Another week and still no JaMarcus Russell. Meanwhile the Colts cemented their place in the AFC with a convincing win over the Ravens last week.
Baltimore Ravens (4-9) at Miami Dolphins (0-13)
Nitin says: Brian Billick will celebrate his apparent 2008 support from the Raven's owner with a dominating win over the drowning Dolphins.
Pia says: Both of these teams are awful. But sometimes in life you have to choose the lesser of two wrongs, and in this case, that would be the Ravens.
Anshul says: The Ravens looked terrible last week, but Troy Smith looked good. Even without him and Boller starting, it's the Miami Dolphins. Where better to end a 7-game losing streak?
Arizona Cardinals (6-7) at New Orleans Saints (6-7)
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Nitin says: Backup-backup RB Aaron Stecker's strong play won't last any longer. The Saints need Reggie Bush.
Pia says: Injuries will hurt both sides of this matchup but the Saints will better adapt to the loss of their running back and continue to eye the playoffs.
Anshul says: A huge game in the NFC playoff picture. The Saints, particularly Drew Brees, looked really good against the Falcons last week. Granted it was the Falcons, but Arizona has begun to slip as of lately. Injuries to the Cardinals should give the Saints the win and eliminate the Cardinals from the playoff push.
Atlanta Falcons (3-10) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5)
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Nitin says: Bob Petrino is a coward for leaving over night like that. His quick exit will kill the morale for the struggling Falcons.
Pia says: Good riddance to bad rubbish is what I say to Bobby Petrino. Unfortunately while it's good to get rid of a coach who doesn't truly care about the team, it's also good to actually have a coach. This latest drama isn't going to do the Falcons any good.
Anshul says: After 13 games, Bobby Petrino has resigned. And why not? He inherited a team where he wanted to use Michael Vick to develop the Falcons. But with Vick behind bars for 23 months now, the Falcons have become worse than the Raiders.
Green Bay Packers (11-2) at St. Louis Rams (3-10)
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Nitin says: The Packers are still on the blazing path set by the Cowboys to the number one spot in the NFC. Without Marc Bulger, what chance do the Rams have?
Pia says: The Rams are chump change for a Packer team looking to clinch a first-round playoff bye.
Anshul says: Green Bay is trying to look strong entering the playoffs. Brett Favre started his 250th straight game and played amazingly. The Rams aren't going to stop him.
Buffalo Bills (7-6) at Cleveland Browns (8-5)
Nitin says: Buffalo's playoff chances rest on this game; winning will open up that final Wild Card position. Expect Lee Evans and Marshawn Lynch to take off against the ever-questionable Cleveland D.
Pia says: The Bills need this win to stay in the playoff picture, but unfortunately for Buffalo fans, their chances are slim. While it may shock most everyone, the Browns' offense is strong and their points-per-game average ranks fifth in the league.
Anshul says: Both teams are pushing for a spot in the playoffs. A Bills win puts them level with the Browns, but the Browns are going to win this game. Jamal Lewis is running like a beast and Derek Anderson is still playing really well. The Browns have probably forgotten that they have Brady Quinn on their roster.
Jacksonville Jaguars (9-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (9-4)
Nitin says: Clearly the game will turn into a defensive struggle. With Troy Polamalu's reaggravated knee injury, it looks like David Garrard will be able to pass with amazing efficiency again.
Pia says: Last week's performance aside, the Steelers are a solid football team, especially at home. They will squeak by the Jaguars to finish a perfect 8-0 at Heinz Field.
Anshul says: This is a really tough match-up and these two teams may meet up again later in the playoffs. With the home crowd behind them and the Jaguars' defensive tackle Marcus Stroud on IR, the Steelers should be able to win this. But that's not a guarantee.
New York Jets (3-10) at New England Patriots (13-0)
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Nitin says: Apparently Bill Belichick says this game isn't personal and he isn't aiming to absolutely destroy the Jets. Good one coach.
Pia says: I put all my money on the Steelers last week, and look where it got me. I'm losing to Nitin! Once burned, twice shy; the Patriots it is.
Anshul says: The Jets are to blame for the Patriots' perfect season so far because they angered them in Week 1. So maybe it could be the Jets who stop the run? Nah, let's not get crazy.
Tennessee Titans (7-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-9)
Nitin says: This is a game that the Titans won't need to expect much more than the garbage Vince Young has had to offer this year in order to win.
Pia says: After receiving such a pummeling last week from Denver, I'm not sure Kansas City has any morale left to show up to Sunday's game against the Titans.
Anshul says: Vince Young is not the Vince Young from last season. But Kansas City seems like the perfect place for him to get back on track and get his team into the playoffs.
Seattle Seahawks (9-4) at Carolina Panthers (5-8)
Nitin says: Any team that lost to the Delhomme-less Panthers deserves to have draft picks taken away. Carolina has no offensive outs with Vinny under center.
Pia says: A five-game win streak has placed Seattle high in the NFC rankings. Carolina wants to forget this season as soon as possible. It's no contest here.
Anshul says: Seattle is not running the ball well at all, but that doesn't matter. Matt Hasselbeck is playing really well and their defense is only allowing 17.5 points per game and forcing turnovers all over the place.
Monday December 17, 2007
Chicago Bears (5-8) at Minnesota Vikings (7-6)
Nitin says: Something tells me Kyle Orton won't be able to find Bernard Berrian for the deep pass and Adrian Peterson won't be held to three measly ground yards again.
Pia says: The Vikings are sailing forward thanks to their run game, and with Chicago's D clocking in at 24th in the league against the run, Minnesota will be able to enjoy being above .500 for two weeks in a row for the first time this season.
Anshul says: When Adrian Peterson fails, Chester Taylor is there. The Vikings have the best running attack at over 170 yards per game and are only giving up 70 rush yards per game with the best run defense. Forcing the Bears to rely on their passing game, or lack of a passing game, should result in an easy win.
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