By Danny Cox
Round and round this very unpredictable NFL season goes, and where she stops, no one knows. It is getting into crunch time as the playoffs draw ever closer, and things are still up in the air. Teams that seemed like solid foundations for the playoffs are now starting to crumble. Those that appeared dead in the water have been given new breaths of life.
Let’s see what kind of mediocrity and nonsense can be made with the picks for this week.
Bye Weeks: Tennessee, Minnesota, New York Giants, Seattle
Thursday Night Football: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Here is the battle of the teams that have multiple football personality disorder.
It is no longer Manning versus Brady, but now Brady versus Luck. The upstart Colts are looking better every week with Luck, but the Pats may be too much. It certainly appears as if another AFC shootout feud is looming.
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
The Cardinals started off at 4-0 and have since lost five in a row. They’ll be heading out east and stepping into the house of an Atlanta Falcon team that just saw their undefeated season destroyed by their division rivals. Don’t expect this one to be pretty.
Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys
Cleveland has shocked a few teams this year, but they won’t do it to the Cowboys. Dallas isn’t all they should be cracked up to be, but they have plenty of advantages over the Browns.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
What has happened to the Lions? The young and promising Detroit team of the past couple seasons is not the one that has shown up this season. They are quiet, subdued, and just hardly even there. Green Bay has struggled at times, but they still know how to win.
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
KC actually appeared as if they were going to pull one out this past Monday night against the Steelers, but came up just short again. The Bengals have cooled off after a hot start to the season, but they are the better team in this one.
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Washington has surprised from time-to-time this season, even though RG3 isn’t in the spotlight as much as he was during the first few weeks. Philly though…well, they’re looking at major personnel changes come the offseason. It wouldn’t be surprising if a few happen in the next week or two. We’re looking at you, Andy Reid and Michael Vick.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Carolina has destroyed itself, and is heading backward into another rebuilding era. Tampa Bay is slowly creeping up into the respectable stage, and they’ll take this one without much fuss or fight.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
Los Angeles Jaguars, anyone?
The Jets have officially fallen in on themselves, and it looks like it is only getting worse. Now, the players have turned on their back-up Tim Tebow, who could be put into the game for Mark Sanchez at any point. It’s not like the Rams have a lot going for them, but they’re more in order than the Jets.
Oakland is a hit-or-miss squad this season so it’s hard to tell who may show up. The Saints have won four of five after a horrific start to the season, and they just took down the undefeated Falcons. New Orleans making the playoffs is not out of the question, and perhaps they’ll actually be able to keep the Raiders’ offense underneath 400 yards.
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
There will be no need for a miraculous comeback this time. Denver is coming into its own with Peyton Manning at the helm. Norv Turner is losing it as the Chargers just keep on losing.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Could there be two more injured teams in the NFL? Baltimore’s defense has been decimated by injuries. Pittsburgh has lost players on both sides of the ball and now Ben Roethlisberger won’t even be under center. Sunday night’s game is going to be like a M*A*S*H unit.
Monday Night Football: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Battle of the concussed quarterbacks takes place on Monday night, and it isn’t even a certainty that either will play yet. San Francisco looked a lot stronger in the beginning of the season than they do now. Chicago is showing a lot of promise and is a true contender.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.