Sunday, October 16, 2011

2011 Week Six Game Predictions

Apologies or the lack of coverage recently. It's a pretty busy time for me, working my first MLB Postseason as a production assistant for Turner Sports and preparing to get married exactly six days from now on Oct. 22, followed by a week-long honeymoon. Once November begins, I should have much more time to watch football and specifically the Dolphins!

Last week's record: 49-28
2011 season record: 31-17 (63.6%)

Falcons over Panthers — Atlanta has underachieved this year and Cam Newton has the Panthers more competitive than expected, but I still like the Falcons to step up this week and rebound from their loss to the Packers.

Bengals over Colts — This is hardly a quality match-up, but the Bengals have done better than expected and A. J. Green will be a major weapon against a shaky Colts defense. I'll take Cincinnati here.

Lions over 49ers — This is being billed as a match-up between two teams having turnaround seasons, but the Lions are far more impressive than the Niners. I have to go with a really hot Detroit team with the league's best receiver.

Packers over Rams — Quite possibly the most lopsided match-up of the weekend, the question is not whether the Packers will win the game, but by how many points. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense should have a field day in an easy victory.

Giants over Bills — A bit of an upset pick, I'm taking the Giants at home to rebound over a close loss to the Seahawks. Buffalo is without some key members of the defense and I think New York has a good day.

Steelers over Jaguars — Pittsburgh has underachieved at times this year, but I think the defense really steps up today and shuts down an inexperienced Jaguars offense.

Eagles over Redskins — They're hardly the dream team anymore and Washington is 3-1, but I think Philly wins at home and starts to get their season on track.

Raiders over Browns — Oakland doesn't really impressive me, but they're at home, coming off a nice upset over the Texans, and playing a Browns team that is no better. The Raiders are my pick.

Ravens over Texans — There is still a lot to like about Houston, but they are without the best players on both offense and defense in Andre Johnson and Mario Williams. I have to go with Baltimore at home.

Patriots over Cowboys — New England's defense is certainly shaky and the Cowboys are getting a big boost with Miles Austin returning, but it's still hard to bet against Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense.

Saints over Buccaneers — Josh Freeman and the Saints have been majorly disappointing this year, and right now I don't see any way they are able to keep up with the Saints' offense.

Bears over Vikings — Anyone can win these divisional match-ups and the Bears certainly have some concerns, but I still like their team better overall the Minnesota's.

Jets over Dolphins — The Jets' run defense has struggled this season and Daniel Thomas has been impressive when healthy, but I don't see any way it's enough to change the fact that Miami is seriously outmatched here. That first win probably won't come this week.

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