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I Make the Call – Week 7

I said I’d do better last week, and well, let’s just say that it didn’t quite go that way. Missed it by that much. 7-6 for the week, bringing the season record to 58-32. That’s good enough for 19th place in a competition among 26 people.

So, nothing else to do but try and try again…

 

Seattle vs. Cleveland: Cleveland might be playing at home, but they may be without Peyton Hillis who is nursing a bum hamstring. Seattle will be without starting quarterback Tavaris Jackson and giving the start to Charlie Whitehurst. Both teams have trouble running the ball and stopping the run, but I expect Marshawn Lynch to  have the better of it. Seattle wins 20-13. Confidence: 1

Atlanta vs. Detroit: We are finally able to move on from the handshake and back to football in Detroit. Atlanta will definitely take a page from the 49er playbook and Frank Gore in rushing the football early and often with Michael Turner. Detroit will be ready for it. They won’t let themselves get embarrassed like that again. I expect to see plenty of Stafford to Johnson and a Detroit win 24-20. Confidence: 8

Houston vs. Tennessee: No Andre Johnson, no Mario Williams, no real shot for Houston. They have the 8th best offense in the league, but have lost their deep threat. No Williams means that Matt Hasselbeck will have all day to sit and survey the field. He will also be looking to get Chris Johnson back to track since signing his monster deal. Tennessee wins and takes firm control of the AFC South 27-17. Confidence: 4

Denver vs. Miami: Release the Tebow! Not that he’ll do much even against one of the worst, and now depleted, defenses in the league. Miami has scored all of six touchdowns this season, but I expect them to have success moving the ball on a Bronco defense giving up 123 yards per game rushing and over 260 passing. Tebow’s throwing motion is suspect and it’ll be interesting to see how much time he takes to survey the field before passing or just taking off running. Miami gets their first win of the season 17-13. Confidence: 2

San Diego vs. NY Jets: Now that Rex Ryan and Norv Turner have lobbed their volleys against one another cross country, it’s time to play the feud on the field. San Diego is off to a 4-1 start which is unusual for them. They usually get hot as the season goes along. The Chargers will be rested after what was essentially a two-week bye. Yes, they had to survive the end of game heroics of Tim Tebow in beating Denver, but they had a comfortable lead against a team that has had trouble scoring. The New York Rexes also had a bye of sorts against Miami Monday night in ending a three game losing streak. Short week, better team, and a QB that seems to never rise to the challenge in Mark Sanchez, I got San Diego rolling into the Meadowlands and flying home with the win 31-21. Confidence: 9

Chicago vs. Tampa Bay: Tampa is coming off a game in which they took control of the NFC South in beating the high-octane Saints pretty much at their own game. Chicago easily beat the Minnesota Vikings last week, but it didn’t come without some talk, namely mics catching Jay Cutler yelling an obscenity at offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who he blames for his constantly getting sacked. After stopping New Orleans I expect them to be able to get to Cutler often, bother him, knock him around, and just make his visit to London anything but a vacation. Tampa wins 26-19. Confidence: 5

Washington vs. Carolina: Will the real Washington Redskins please stand up. John Beck will start instead of Rex Grossman after Grossman kept throwing the ball to Eagles’ defenders as though he received a paycheck from them. Beck hasn’t been on an NFL field since 2007. It wasn’t that Mike Vick was lighting it up either. Philly didn’t bother scoring after halftime and still won. Cam Newton and friends do light it up. While it hasn’t produced more than one win thus far, after seeing what little the Redskins did last week defensively, I see Carolina winning 23-14. Confidence: 3

Kansas City vs. Oakland: I honestly don’t think it really matters who starts at QB for Oakland this week. I believe they give the start to Kyle Boller in order for Palmer to have a little more time to learn the offense for the final stretch of the season after their bye next week. The Raiders still have Darren McFadden and he still has two legs. The Chiefs, off their bye, barely squeaked by winless Indy the prior week 28-24. Now they get a good team. Matt Cassel will not have any time against the opportunistic Raider D. Raiders win easily 30-13. Confidence: 6

Pittsburgh vs. Arizona: The Steelers have something to prove and Arizona is looking to overcome a loss to a really bad team. Pittsburgh is looking to put together a complete game in all three phases as they try to win five of their last 6. Arizona will be looking to get the ugly taste out of their mouths following a loss to the Vikings. Roethlisberger, Mendenhall, Wallace, Polamalu against Kolb, Fitzgerald, and Wells. Kolb hasn’t played well going 21-42 in the game against the Vikings with no TDs and two picks. Pittsburgh wins comfortably 27-12. Confidence: 11

St Louis vs. Dallas: Who has more points in the Big D this weekend: The Cards on Saturday night or the Rams on Sunday? The number set by the Cards is 16. Sadly, I think the Cards will win that battle (whether they win the World Series remains to be seen). St Louis will be starting AJ Feeley at QB after ruling out Sam Bradford with a badly sprained ankle. While Dallas has been inconsistent, they have far more weapons and more comfort at the QB position (I never thought I’d be saying that) with Tony Romo in comparison. I expect Dallas to move the ball well and score easily on the winless Rams winning 26-9. Confidence: 10

Green Bay vs. Minnesota: Welcome to the NFL Christian Ponder. Your first assignment: Beat the defending Super Bowl Champs. Aaron Rodgers is completing 70% of his passes and has 17 touchdowns. He has weapons all over the field and will be facing a defense that gave up 377 yards to the Bears. Green Bay’s defense has racked up 15 sacks this season. Ponder showed the ability to get away from on-coming attackers against the Bears, but the Packers are a far different beast—faster, stronger. GB wins going away 34-6. Confidence: 13

Indianapolis vs. New Orleans: New Orleans is coming off a tough loss to division rival Tampa 26-20 in a game in which they were beaten with the same high-powered offense they’re used to using to push teams into submission. That should be easy enough against the winless Colts. Indy has played better of late, especially since turning the team over to Curtis Painter. The Saints will be without their head coach, well, sort of. Sean Payton who had his leg broken and torn up after a sideline collision will spend the rest of the season coaching from the press box. This change puts more on Drew Brees to be even more vocal and coach-like on the field. This week, I don’t think that will be an issue. I expect the Saints to be their explosive selves in this one, both to show their coach they can do it without him and to wash last week from their mouths. NO wins 41-23. Confidence: 7

Baltimore vs. Jacksonville: Rookie QB vs. one of the most dominant defenses in the history of the league. Blaine Gabbert has looked good thus far. While not winning since taking over, he has thrown for a touchdown in four straight games. He also has the option to hand the ball to Maurice Jones-Drew, the third best rusher in the league. Joe Flacco has his own pretty good back in Ray Rice. He also knows he has a defense lead by Ray Lewis and Ed Reed to give him pretty damn good field position. Ravens win 20-7. Confidence: 12

 

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