Oakland Raiders vs Denver Broncos – The Raiders surprisingly have performed better defensively then the division leading Broncos, but the problem they have experienced has been getting the football with any regularly into apposing team’s end zones. In recent weeks the Broncos have lost their entire running back contingent and last week relied on the fullback turned tailback Peyton Hillis and former running back Tatum Bell toting the rock. The Broncos have had such no problems moving the football through the air so expect quarterback Jay Cutler to hook up with wideouts Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal often this Sunday in Mile High. As always when these two clubs get together, look for Raiders head coach Mike Shanahan to try and run up the score against his former boss Al Davis.
Broncos 37 – Raiders 26
Washington Redskins vs Seattle Seahawks – I really haven’t liked the way the Redskins have played in their last five contests losing to the Rams, Cowboys and Rams while barely edging out the Browns and Lions. The Skins have not played particularly well in the Pacific Northwest in recent years, but the difference in this one is that this Seahawks football clubs, who has six of the last seven games bares no resemblance to any other Mike Holmgren led football club. It should be competitive, but I look for a triumph full return for former Seahawks quarterback coach and Redskins rookie coach Jim Zorn.
Redskins 23 – Seahawks 21
Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons – A loss at home in week twelve to the first place Panthers will essentially end any chance of the upstart Falcons advancing into the playoff round as a wild card selection. The Falcons played the Panthers on even terms for much of their first contest, but after sustaining their first home loss of the season against the Broncos, I will be very anxious to see how this young club responds against a divisional rival who has won six of their last seven decisions. The Panthers offense has been in high gear in recent week particularly on the ground. It should be a good battle, but in the end I like the Panther in a repeat performance
Panthers 28 – Falcons 24
New York Giants vs Arizona Cardinals – All the Giants have done this season as defending Super Bowl Champion is line up week in and week out and spank people. Clearly the top club in the NFL, this week the G-Men take on still another division leader in their new building and I expect nothing more than another top team effort and ultimately a convincing victory. Expect them to put a great deal of pressure on their former quarterback Kurt Warner and shut down the Cardinals running game. There not flashy nor do they have a lot of high profile players, but what they have learned to do over the last two seasons is to win football games..
Giants 30 – Cardinals 17
Indianapolis Colts vs San Diego Chargers – I’m sorry Chargers fans, but after three loses in the last four regular season contests, your season and playoff chances are essentially over. Sure the Bolts have both Oakland and Kansas City remaining on the schedule, but they were flat out lucky to defeat the Chiefs just two weeks ago and based on their lack of consistency, particularly on defense, I really don’t like their chances of even overtaking a very shaky defense challenged Broncos squad. In many ways the Colts are just a Peyton Manning away from being a second level football team, they are long in the tooth in a number of critical area’s have had more than their share of injuries and over the last three season have lost a number of key personnel via free agency. All that being said, they have won three straight, including wins over the Steelers and Patriots, and are poised to capture one of the two AFC wild card slots. If it’s close at the end, bet on that guy with number 18 on the front and back of his jersey
Colts 27 – San Diego 23
Green Bay Packers vs New Orleans Saints – I originally picked both of these clubs to win their respective divisions, but throughout the entire 2008 season, neither have run the football especially well, nor have they shown enough consistency in their offensive fronts. Both clubs are coming off impressive victories last week, but neither of these five and five clubs has won more than two consecutive games at any time during the season. Both clubs are still within striking range, but realistically will have to string together four to five consecutive wins to have any real chance of capturing their divisions. I don’t like their chances, but do think the Saints have a decided advantage in this one playing at home in the Superdome.
Saints 26 – Packers 24