Articles Written By: Alexandro H. Zatarain
To all of our viewers from the United States, Happy Thanksgiving! And to all of you NFL fans, Thanksgiving definitely is not complete without some good football games!
Let’s get to these predictions!
Green Bay Packers (5-5-1) at Detroit Lions (6-5)
Green Bay has been stuck on park since losing Aaron Rodgers, while Detroit has had the opportunity to really take the drivers seat in the division but took a huge blow after losing to the Bucs, 24-21. The Pack’s o-line did the mistake of talking trash about the Lions defense and coach, not the wisest decision. Detroit will get a firm grip on the division. Pack 14-Lions 27
Oakland Raiders (4-7) at Dallas Cowboys (6-5)
I really thought the Raiders had a pulse going into the final 6 weeks. Dallas, on the other hand, is tied at the top of the NFC East. this week could prove vital for both teams. Despite being 4-7, the Raiders are one game behind for the #6 seed, but would need to jump a few teams in order to clinch it, and Dallas could virtually knock themselves out if they don’t take this game seriously. Oakland is pretty good at playing spoiler at this point of the season, but not today. Raiders 17-‘Boys 24
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) at Baltimore Ravens (5-6)
Two teams that were thought to be nothing but dead, are now very much in the hunt for the #6 seed in the AFC, and possibly the division lead! To the team that gets knocked out today, it may mean the start of refining their golf games after week 17. Home field will not be an advantage. Steelers 27-Ravens 24
Tennessee Titans (5-6) at Indianapolis Colts (7-4)
At this point of the season, I didn’t think I would say that the Titans may be within striking distance of the Colts. Two games behind, and a win today would definitely give them much more momentum. Luck and his Colts haven’t played the best football, but they will strike the final blow on the Titans possible playoff hopes. Titans 17-Colts 27
Arizona Cardinals (7-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)
The Arizona Cardinals are one of the best teams in football, and yet they’re outside looking in. The Eagles can at least keep up with the Cowboys with a win today. With that said, the Cardinals playoff run stays alive. Cards 20-Eagles 14
Miami Dolphins (5-6) at New York Jets (5-6)
Both the Dolphins and the Jets are at the bottom of all the 5-6 teams, that considering the tie breakers with the other 4 teams ahead of them. Yes, 4 teams ahead, also meaning that the loser today would really need a miracle to claim the final spot in the AFC playoff race. Miami’s coach Philbin is playing to possibly keep his job after the debacle between Incognito and Martin. ‘Phins 21-Jets 17
Chicago Bears (6-5) at Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1)
Not much to say here. Bears trying to stay alive, Vikings… Let’s just say the Bears stay alive. Bears 27-Vikings 20
New England Patriots (8-3) at Houston Texans (2-9)
After last weeks classic between the Patriots and the Broncos, Tom Brady and the Pats are definitely now on a mission. Didn’t think they would be a true championship contender, and neither did we think the Texans would be this bad! Pats 31-Texans 14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8) at Carolina Panthers (8-3)
Can we really say the Bucs are on fire after winning 3 straight? I’ll skip on that. Carolina showed some guts after pulling out a win in Miami. The Panthers will cool off the Bucs little winning streak, and will make it look easy. Bucs 10-Panthers 27
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) at Cleveland Browns (4-7)
It’s hard to focus on this game while there are far more exciting games going on that have playoff implication along with them. Cleveland had their playoff hopes slashed last week while Jaguars have been out of it for quite a while. Looking for a big game from Maurice Jones Drew, but that may be the only positive for the Jags. Jags 14-Browns 20
Atlanta Falcons (2-9) at Buffalo Bills (4-7)
Yet, another game that isn’t on the radar. This though, could mean certain coaches will be looking for new jobs next season. Atlanta has been a major disappointment while the Bills have shown signs of brilliance with EJ Manuel at the helm. Most of the Bills coaching staff can win their jobs for next season, with a win Sunday. Falcons 17-Bills 20
St. Louis Rams (5-6) at San Francisco 49ers (7-4)
Can we say “spoiler alert”? The Rams had a great thing going and then they lost Sam Bradford. 49ers can’t risk losing any games at this point with the Cardinals hot on their trail, but they’ll take this game lightly. Rams 21-49ers 17
Denver Broncos (9-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)
Whoever wins this match-up, wins the AFC West. Last week, both favored, and both heavily heart broken. Lucky for the Chiefs, they’re playing at home and Alex Smith has shown again that he can definitely throw down field. Yes, they’re defense is a little banged up, but this is a game where you show grit! Broncos 24-Chiefs 30
Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) at San Diego Chargers (5-6)
The Chargers are now showing that they are not to be a team to mess with. Philip Rivers put on a show in a rally against the Chiefs last week, while the Bengals got to enjoy their bye week. Chargers will try to keep the run alive with a big win!
Bengals 17-Chargers 27
New York Giants (4-7) at Washington Redskins (3-8)
Another game that could help seal some coaching staffs fate. My heart wants to go with the Giants, but my stomach says to pick the Redskins. This could mean the end for coach Coughlin in New York. G-Men 14-‘Skins 17
New Orleans Saints (9-2) at Seattle Seahawks (10-1)
The battle for NFC supremacy. The big one! The Seahawks have faced some serious setbacks with their defense and it definitely came with wrong timing as Drew Brees comes into town. The road to the Super Bowl shall be through New Orleans!
Saints 34-Seahawks 24
Hey your predictions are pretty bad. But keep trying I know you can do a lot better with your nfl info
2/3 isn’t a bad start after Thursday night. Went 8-6 last week. Do better than most professional analysts. The point to making predictions is not always picking the most obvious. Have to be bold and sometimes go with your gut. Thanks!