This Weekend’s Top NFL Predicitons (11/6/11)
Jets v Bills – The difference in this game will be Fred Jackson. Stevie Johnson has been playing well this year, but he is far from putting up last year’s stats. He will be stranded on Revis Island this weekend, leaving Jackson to pick up the slack. Mark Sanchez has been inept for most of this season, except for the 3 TD’s he tossed to Plax against the Chargers. The Bills defense shut out Washington last week, and they are playing well. I look for the Bills to hold the Jets to under 21 points and beat New York by at least 10. My X factor for this game is Fred Jackson, of course. My prediction is Bills 24 – Jets 13.
Giants v Patriots – The Giants have been looking good recently, and the Patriots simply have not. Something is noticeably wrong with Brady and the Pats’ secondary. Big Ben gauged the New England secondary last week in the Steelers’ win, and I look for Eli to do the same, even without Bradshaw and Nicks. With Bradshaw doubtful for the game, Brandon Jacobs has the perfect opportunity to put his money where is mouth is and put up some big numbers. My X factor for the game is Victor Cruz, the Giants WR seems to have a knack for getting in the end zone and I expect him to have at least 1 tomorrow. My prediction is Giants 31 – Patriots 27.
Saints v Buccaneers – The Saints are coming off of an embarrassing loss to the Rams, so I expect them to come out hot and angry. But, the Bucs need to win this game if they want to have any chance of edging out New Orleans for the NFC South title. Legarrette Blount is starting for the first time since he sprained his MCL a few weeks ago. Earnest Graham is out for the Bucs as well, so look for the game to goes as Blount goes. Also, Mike Williams needs to saddle up for Tampa, he hasn’t played anywhere near his potential this season, and this weekend would be a perfect time to start it up again. There are two X factors in this game, Darren Sproles for the Saints, and Legarrette Blount for the Bucs. Whoever has the better game, that team will win. My prediction is Buccaneers 28 – Saints 24.
Bengals v Titans – Cincinnati is surprising everyone with the season they have put together. And with a win against the Titans, the Bengals would be 6-2. Andy Dalton, Cincy’s rookie sensation QB, has been leading the offense with veteran like poise this season. His favorite target is fellow rookie, AJ Green, who’s freakish athleticism and nose for the ball make the two a potent tandem. The Bengals Defense has been stout this season, and their Defensive Line-By-Committee strategy is near impossible to run against. Titans RB Chris Johnson has struggled this year, and I don’t expect that to change. Matt Hasslebeck has led the Titans offense well this season, but I don’t see Tennessee overcoming Cincy’s Defense this week. The X factor in this game is Chris Johnson, if he can play well, the Titans have a chance. My prediction is Bengals 24 – Titans 17.
Ravens v Steelers – The Ravens are the most hot and cold team this year. Baltimore is a tough team to figure out. In their last game against Arizona, Flacco was looking for Anquan Boldin on nearly every passing play. Flacco won’t be able to do that against the vaunted Steelers defense, but if Boldin can get 5-8 receptions, I like Baltimore’s chances. As always for Baltimore, Ray Rice needs to have a good game in order for the Ravens to win. The Steelers have been playing great football lately, Big Ben and Mike Wallace have proven to be one of the best duos in the league. Pittsburgh’s defense has been great as usual, Troy Polamalu is a threat on every single play. The X factor in this game is Anquan Boldin, if he can get some solid receptions and one TD, I think Baltimore wins. My prediction is Ravens 24 – Steelers 21.