Our Weekly NFL Picks!
We aren’t saying that we are sports experts by any means, but just like everybody we have an opinion! Each week we’re going to bring you SPitty Real’s NFL Picks. Feel free to comment back and let us know if you’re feeling our choices.
WAS @ ATL: ATL
Atlanta is dominant at the QB & RB positions. In the QB matchup of Matt Ryan vs Jason Campbell there is no comparison. Clinton Portis is not having a “Clinton Portis” year either. The Redskins’ offense is non-existent and should make it an easy win for the Falcons. Atlanta took a tough loss last week to the Saints and they should be motivated to get in the win column.
ARI @ CHI: CHI
Arizona is not a good road team especially in colder climates. Kurt Warner is coming off a 5 interception game and with their lack of running game I feel they will have a hard time with the Bears Cover 2 Defense.
BAL @ CIN: BAL
The loss of Antwan Odom is starting to take affect on the Bengals pass rush and their young defense is wearing down as the season goes on. I feel that Joe Flacco and the Ravens high-octane passing attack will get the job done against a mediocre Bengals pass defense. Ray Lewis and friends are also motivated by their previous loss to the Bengals and would look to get back in the division race with the win.
HOU @ IND: IND
Now this is going to be a hell of a game. On one end I’m looking at this game and I’m thinking this could be an upset with Houston getting a win, but if I had to put some money on it I would roll with Indy. In this game we’re looking two of the top 4 QBs in the league. Matt Schaub is having a terrific year; he is finally healthy and he has one of the biggest, strongest and fastest wide outs in Andre Johnson. He also has a top five fantasy tight end in Owen Daniels and a plethora of backs to use in the short passing game. The reason I’m picking the Colts to win this game has nothing with do with Offense. Their Defense has been playing very stingy all season and with the Texans passing the ball 60-65% of the time the two bookends for Indianapolis, Dwight Freeny and Kevin Mathis, will have plenty of opportunity to tee off on the young, promising QB. With Bob Sanders reentering the fold, the receivers might have a tough day catching a pass over the middle.
GB @ TB: GB
Only a fool would pick Tampa Bay to win this game. Tampa Bay is the worst team I’ve ever seen while watching football. They look worse then the Lions last year. If Green Bay lost this game after the Farve loss last week they should forfeit the rest of the season.
KC @ JAC: JAC
With all the turmoil going on in Kansas City between Larry Johnson and the Chiefs organization I don’t think any of their coaches or personnel is concentrating on football. Considering they have one of the worse rosters in the league, even a scrub team like Jacksonville should have no problems Maurice Jones-Drewing their way to victory.
DEN @ PIT: PIT
This match-up is so good, they had to set aside its own day. The 6-1 Denver Broncos are taking on the World Champion 5-2 Steelers. After their loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Broncos may be in for toughest match-up of the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers are probably the most balanced team in football, their ability to run and pass the ball and elminate the opponents passing attack makes them a very dangerous team for the Broncos. I feel that the Steelers’ trips bunch offensive set will give the Broncos a multitude of problems. The 6’4″, 230 pound Brandon Marshall cannot be covered by one defender in the NFL. The best way to stop Brandon Marshall is to put pressure on Kyle Orton and the Steelers have just the personnel to do so (James Harrison and Lamar Woodley).
MIA @ NE: NE
New England runs into their nemesis once again. Unless they’ve invented six new formations for the wildcat this week, I don’t think Chad Henne, a rookie QB can match wits with a defensive guru like Bill Belichick. As we also saw a couple of weeks ago with the Saints vs Dolphins, they cannot sustain pressure of coverage on a top flight passing attack. There’s no way they will be able to do it against the Patriots.
CAR @ NO: CAR
This is my upset pick right here. With Cedric Ellis to miss an extended amount of time, I think that the Saints defense will be vulnerable to the run. I also think that the running game is the strongest facet of the Panthers offense. They have two young running backs with fresh legs in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to carry the load. I also think Panthers QB Jake Delhomme is due for a big game.
DET @ SEA: DET
With some of these games I think why are these teams even playing? I guess to help with the recession or something. I’m going to give both of these teams an L. Knowing these teams they will probably end with a tie. Lets look for Matthew Stafford to continue to make progress in his first NFL season and look for a big return game for Calvin Johnson.
Ten @ SF: SF
The beast on the 49ers is finally transforming into the “Altered Beast” he is meant to be. He is too fast for any linebacker and too big for any defensive back to cover making him a red zone nightmare. The key to the game will be if Alex Smith can get him the football and avoid costly turnovers. With Patrick Willis on the other side of the ball I think it would be a long day for the Titans ground game. Look for Vince Young to keep up the good work in his second game as a starter, but don’t look for that to add up to a victory.
SD @ NYG: NYG
That’s a hard one because the Giants have been playing so bad lately. San Diego is one of the most disappointing teams of the season. With lots of pro bowl caliber players on their roster, they wallow in mediocrity every year. In the past three games the Giants defensive line has looked like the Cleveland Browns defensive Line. They are neither attacking nor maintaining gap responsibilities and have become very stagnant. Eli Manning is looking like the QB we all knew he was; a mediocre one. With that being said I believe the Giants will turn it around and basically end the Chargers season this Sunday.
DAL @ PHI: PHI
This should be one of the best games of the weekend. Neither of these teams can stop each other. The only way for either team to lose this game is to lose the turnover battle. I feel right now that Philly has a couple more playmakers on defense. Look for Ashante Samuel to cause a very important turnover during the game that I think will be the difference in a very highly contested division affair.
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