Alright so I’m going to try some things that will be updated a bit more frequently, since I’ve obviously been doing a horrific job of staying on top of things lately.
Every Friday I’m going to pick five of my favorite teams to watch that I think will get a win. So let’s get this started.
1. Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants — Everyone is writing the Cowboys off for dead — and rightfully so. They’ve played uninspired, mistake-ridden football for the majority of the season. 2010 is the biggest embarrassment in Dallas history. But New York is banged up a bit, especially along the offensive line, and Jason Garrett has instilled a complete 180 degrees shift in mentality. Everyone always talks about how talented Dallas is, yet they never live up to expectations. A head coach like Jason Garrett just might be what the doctor ordered. Look for Dallas to pull off the upset 24-21.
2. New York Jets at Cleveland Browns — What is going on in Cleveland? They’ve already beat the Saints and Patriots this year. Can they knock off the Jets too? In short, no. The Jets are one of the most talented teams in the league, with also one of the best head coaches to match. Head coach Rex Ryan has brought with him plenty of swagger to go along with the hard-hitting Jets mentality. The Jets prove why they are one of the NFL’s elite teams and win 31-13.
3. Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins — Well the Randy Moss era kicks off in Tennessee. With receiver Kenny Britt sidelined for weeks with a hamstring injury, the Titans desperately needed help at receiver. Moss now steps into a lineup that has the most explosive running back, and now the best deep threat in NFL history. Moss might not be the receiver he once was, but he still commands a constant double team, and will help out Chris Johnson in that he won’t see so many 8 and 9 man fronts. Moss makes the Titans a legit contender in a tough AFC South. Miami is also starting Chad Pennington, who has trouble throwing the ball further than 20 yards down the field. Yeah, pretty bad. Titans beat Miami and Moss catches a touchdown. 35-21.
4. Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos — Is Kansas City really for real this year? Not yet, but they are better than Denver. Broncos head coach has seemed to think that if he gives away all of his best players, the Broncos will somehow get better. In 2009 he traded his 2010 first round pick to move up and draft cornerback Alonso Smith in the 2nd round. Then in 2010 he traded Alonso Smith for tight end Dan Gronkowski. Smith has damn near the same amount of picks (5) as Gronkowski has catches (5). Division games are always close, but KC escapes 17-14.
5. New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers — And now what may be the game of the week. Actually, there is no maybe about it. The Patriots and Steelers are two of the top five teams in the league, and could quite possibly be a preview of the AFC Championship. The Patriots have ditched the spread offense that they employed recently, and have went back to more of a traditional base offense that won them three Super Bowls. The Steelers have a tough as nails defense as always, but recently receiver Mike Wallace has blossomed into one of the leagues best deep threats. He is averaging nearly 25 yards-per-catch, and is the spark plug the Steelers need. The Steelers offense has a slight advantage on both offense and defense, but never count out Bill Belichick. That being said, look for the Steelers to take out New England 28-27.
Those are my five favorites to watch. What about you?