Week Four Is Breast Cancer Awareness Week In The NFL
DETROIT LIONS @ CHICAGO BEARS
Detroit broke their losing streak, and do not expect to start another one of that length this century. Chicago has been player better than expected with an anemic running attack and their leader on defense out for the year. Expect this to go into the fourth close before Cutler pulls it out.
BEARS 24 LIONS 14
CINCINNATI BENGALS @ CLEVELAND BROWNS
Even though Eric Mangina finally put Derek Anderson back in as the starting quarterback, he may be the worst head coach in the AFC. His offensive line certainly is, and the Bengals should exploit that.
BENGALS 34 BROWNS 20
OAKLAND RAIDERS @ HOUSTON TEXANS
If Houston is going to fulfill expectations of being a playoff contender this year, they must win this game. Oakland has had trouble passing the ball lately, so expect the Texans to crowd the line to stop those good Raiders running backs.
TEXANS 31 RAIDERS 17
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Without their starting quarterback, the Seahawks are not hard to stop. The Colts are always hard to stop with their quarterback.
COLTS 41 SEAHAWKS 20
TENNESSEE TITANS @ JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
The Jags got a taste of victory last week, while the Titans still seek their first win. Both teams will be hungry, and this game will come down to who wins in the trenches.
TITANS 23 JAGUARS 21
NEW YORK GIANTS @ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
The Giants are looking good even after a few important injuries. The Chiefs have yet to find their stride on offense. Expect the Jints to ground and pound all Sunday.
GIANTS 38 CHIEFS 14
BALTIMORE RAVENS @ NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
This is a match up of two of the elite teams in the NFL today. The Ravens have an edge defensively, and the running game. Both receiving and blocking units are evenly matched. This might not be the last time these teams play against each other this season. Flip a coin this Sunday.
PATRIOTS 28 RAVENS 24
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS @ WASHINGTON REDSKINS
The Bucs head into Sunday with a young, athletic, and talented Josh Johnson starting at quarterback for his first time. The Redskins are reeling, and Clinton Portis is hurt again already. Could spell doom in D.C.
REDSKINS 24 BUCCANEERS 23
BUFFALO BILLS @ MIAMI DOLPHINS
Miami is starving for a win, and the Bills are still trying to get consistent. If Miami can run the ball, then they win. Something tells me Trent Edwards will get hot Sunday.
BILLS 27 DOLPHINS 21
NEW YORK JETS @ NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
The Jets rely on their defense to win, while the Saints rely on their offense. The Jets will not have the services of two of their top DB's, so Drew Brees should be licking his lips.
SAINTS 27 JETS 17
DALLAS COWBOYS @ DENVER BRONCOS
Denver might be catching Dallas at a good time. The Cowboys are down to one healthy running back, and you know that Champ Bailey can cover Roy Williams. Dallas has been inconsistent versus the run, and the Broncos could use this and the mile high air to their advantage.
BRONCOS 31 COWBOYS 27
SAINT LOUIS RAMS @ SAN FRANCISCO 49ers
Kyle Boller will start at quarterback, and you never know which version will show in his inconsistent make up. The Niners are hurting at running back, so they will have to rely on Shaun Hill getting the ball to Vernon Dean often.
RAMS 34 49ers 24
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS @ PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Game Of The Week
The Steelers are not happy with one win right now. Expect them and the fans to be fired up for this game. The Chargers need to run the ball to stand a chance, though their passing game always makes them dangerous. This is a big battle of two teams with Super Bowl expectations, and a good measuring stick.
STEELERS 34 CHARGERS 31
GREEN BAY PACKERS @ MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Though the media is trying to hype this game up, the one to bookmark in this series is the game at Lambeau Field later this year. The Vikes are clicking right now on both sides of the ball. The running game carries them to victory as the defense gets them the ball back quickly. The Packers are not running the ball well right now, and that bodes very good for Minnesota. Ball control is the Vikings game.
VIKINGS 27 PACKERS 17
Season Record So Far : 32-15 ( Did Not Predict Opening Day Game Pitt/ Tenn)
For those of you not glued to ESPN listening to the Favre Diary, there has been a few other things going on in the NFL.
One big subject might be to hold an Exclusive Poll on which NFL head coach will be fired first. You could toss in a few others, but this is my five, in no particular order, who I think are on the hot seat.
1. Jim Zorn, Washington Redskins : He wouldn't even make a good offensive coordinator.
2. Eric Mangina, Cleveland Browns : He, as I said the day he got the job, was a mistake to hire. 3. Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars : Jack is rebuilding, which takes time. Yet, he has been in Jacksonville a long time. Most coaches don't last that long with a team these days, so he makes this list almost by default.
4. Wade Phillips, Dallas Cowboys : Jason Garrett should go first, but Jerry Jones loves this guy enough to call him a future head coach. Let him try in the UFL before the NFL Jerry. Word is that the Boys are hot for Mike Shanahan right now.
5. John Fox, Carolina Panthers : Another coach on one team a long time. His team is really not performing well right now, so perhaps his sand glass is running empty in Carolina.
You could toss in a few others, but this is my five who I think are on the hot seat.
You may have noticed I spelled Eric Mangina's name wrong, but maybe you didn't? This name was given to him by me when he was running the Jets. Retread hires are an unknown generally, but this one had disaster written all over it. Mangina seems to have a predication for neglecting the trenches. This is something Cleveland does not need right now, and the top brass should accept the full brunt of the blame.
Brady Quinn was handed the starting job, and did little. Derek Anderson replaced him last week, and gave the same results. Anderson was a Pro Bowl player two years ago, which also happened to be the last time running back Jamal Lewis was effective. There happens to be a reason for this theme.
The Browns offensive line has stunk the past two years. If the team had Johnny Unitas and Jim Brown together in their backfield now, I doubt the results would be much better. Though I never saw Quinn as an NFL talent, he certainly cannot be blamed. That applies to the season Anderson had last year. If no one is blocking or catching with any consistency, you just will not win many games. Mangina might go into next year as coach, but if they may as well get rid of him now if he does not build their trenches in the 2010 draft.
The Tennessee Titans are without a win so far. This is not what was expected from a team that had such a long and dominant stretch last year. Though I did predict a last place finish for them this year, which many disagreed with me on, I certainly wonder what will happen to their season if they fail to win Sunday in Jacksonville.
The Titans will face the Colts and Patriots the next two weeks before facing the Jaguars again. Losing this week will give Jacksonville confidence to come into Tennessee and win again. If the Titans are 0-6 at that point, who knows what the moral of the team will be. Jeff Fisher has perhaps his most daunting task ahead of him so far in his 17 years as head coach of the team.
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