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PFT’s Week 14 picks

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With four weeks to go, the lead is back to three.

And we disagree on three games.

In other words, MDS a/k/a the master of Raiders exacta, could catch me by 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Last week, I went 11-5.  MDS was 10-6.  For the season, I’m now at 123-68-1, a 64.0 percent accuracy rate.  MDS is 120-71-1, which equates to 62.5 percent.

Broncos at Raiders

MDS’s take: My amazing run of accuracy in predicting Raiders scores has put a lot of pressure on me to get this one right. So here’s what it boils down to: The Broncos are good, the Raiders are not, and the score won’t be close.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 31, Raiders 13.

Florio’s takePeyton Manning has never lost in Oakland.  Then again, he has played there only twice.  Make it three on Thursday night.

Florio’s pick:  Broncos 27, Raiders 13.

Rams at Bills

MDS’s take: The Bills’ defense has turned things around recently, with Mario Williams getting five sacks in the last three games. I think Williams will bring the pressure to Sam Bradford, and the Bills will win.

MDS’s pick: Bills 17, Rams 14.

Florio’s take:  The up-and-down Rams play very well inside the division and not so well outside of it.  The Bills sometimes play well at home, and sometimes they don’t.  The difference here is that the Rams have an arguably realistic shot at the postseason, and the Bills don’t.

Florio’s pick:  Rams 17, Bills 13.

Falcons at Panthers

MDS’s take: The Falcons are playing for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and the Panthers are playing for the first overall pick in the draft. Advantage Atlanta.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 21, Panthers 13.

Florio’s take:  Earlier this year, the Panthers nearly toppled the Falcons in Atlanta.  The rematch comes in Charlotte, with the Falcons chasing the top seed and the Panthers pursuing respect.  As they move closer to proving that they’re ready to hang with the big boys, the Falcons prove that their near-miss against Carolina was a fluke.

Florio’s pick:   Falcons 31, Panthers 20.

Cowboys at Bengals

MDS’s take: This is a close, competitive game, and I have a funny feeling the Bengals’ superior special teams could turn out to make the difference. The Bengals will bolster their own playoff hopes and deal a lethal blow to the Cowboys’ hopes.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 24, Cowboys 20.

Florio’s take:  Yes, the Cowboys won last week.  But they beat the Philly “B” team, barely.  The Bengals are moving in the right direction, and it’ll stay that way at least until they have to play the Steelers or Ravens again.

Florio’s pick:  Bengals 24, Cowboys 20.

Chiefs at Browns

MDS’s take: The weekend’s worst game will be in Cleveland, where the Browns will win an ugly one.

MDS’s pick: Browns 15, Chiefs 12.

Florio’s take:  A week after the biggest win of his career, Brady Quinn returns to the place where his career started.  Though the Browns probably will win this one, I can’t pick against Quinn and the Chiefs.

Florio’s pick:  Chiefs 23, Browns 20.

Titans at Colts

MDS’s take: I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Colts stumble on their march to the playoffs here — this team could be ripe for an upset after gutting out a tough, physical, hard-fought game in Detroit last week. I also have major doubts about the ability of the Colts’ defense to keep them in big games down the stretch. The Titans, however, don’t have much offensive firepower, and so I’ll take the Colts in a close one.

MDS’s pick: Colts 20, Titans 17.

Florio’s takeAndrew Luck and the Colts move closer to one of the most unlikely playoff berths in recent history.  Meanwhile, Titans owner Bud Adams moved toward a series of pink slips and middle fingers fired at his employees.

Florio’s pick:  Colts 34, Titans 20.

Jets at Jaguars

MDS’s take: Rex Ryan gave Mark Sanchez what should be an easy win in Jacksonville. I’m not sold on Sanchez, but I am sold on the Jets’ ability to shut down the Jaguars’ offense.

MDS’s pick: Jets 20, Jaguars 10.

Florio’s take:  Whether it’s Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, Tim Tebow, Vinny Testaverde, or Joe Namath at quarterback, the Jets have the defense to shut down the Jacksonville offense.

Florio’s pick:  Jets 10, Jaguars 6.

Bears at Vikings

MDS’s take: After an amazing start to the season, Chicago’s defense has declined in recent weeks. Playing against the struggling Christian Ponder is just the thing to cure what ails the Bears.

MDS’s pick: Bears 17, Vikings 7.

Florio’s take:  It’s the last, best chance for the Vikings to remain in the playoff race.  And it’s the last, best chance for offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave to show that he realizes that, with Adrian Peterson in the backfield, there’s never a reason to pass the ball.

Florio’s pick:  Vikings 24, Bears 16.

Chargers at Steelers

MDS’s take: The Steelers showed what kind of team they are in Sunday’s win over the Ravens, while the Chargers showed what kind of team they are in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals: The talent gap between these two teams isn’t big, but the Steelers play their best in crunch time, and the Chargers play their worst in crunch time.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 23, Chargers 20.

Florio’s take:  The Chargers haven’t won in Pittsburgh since somehow toppling the Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium for the 1994 AFC title.  The 0-6 streak will continue on Sunday.

Florio’s pick:  Steelers 24, Chargers 13.

Eagles at Buccaneers

MDS’s take: Greg Schiano’s guys are playing hard every week, win or lose, while Andy Reid’s guys have quit on the season. This is an easy one.

MDS’s pick: Buccaneers 35, Eagles 10.

Florio’s take:  The Phillies have won more recently than the Eagles.  That fact should hold for another week, or longer.

Florio’s pick:  Buccaneers 27, Eagles 17.

Ravens at Redskins

MDS’s take: The Ravens’ run defense is terrible, and the Redskins’ run offense is excellent. Washington will rush for 200 yards and win a tough, physical game.

MDS’s pick: Redskins 13, Ravens 10.

Florio’s take:  The Redskins currently look more like the potential Super Bowl team, beating every other team in the NFC East in a three-game stretch.  Though it remains to be seen whether God really is on the Redskins’ side, He’s definitely not on the Ravens’ this year.

Florio’s pick:  Redskins 23, Ravens 21.

Dolphins at 49ers

MDS’s take: Colin Kaepernick may have taken a step backward last week against the Rams, but he’ll show against the Dolphins that Jim Harbaugh made the right decision. And even if Kaepernick has a bad game, it’s not like the Dolphins are putting many points on the board against San Francisco’s defense.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 28, Dolphins 6.

Florio’s take:  This game has considerably less hype than their Super Bowl XIX rendezvous.  But the outcome will be similar.

Florio’s pick:  49ers 38, Dolphins 16.

Saints at Giants

MDS’s take: The Saints are out of the playoff race, but they’re still a dangerous team, and I’m tempted to pick them against the Giants, coming off a tough loss on a short week. But the Giants know their backs are against the wall, and that’s when this team usually plays its best football.

MDS’s pick: Giants 28, Saints 27.

Florio’s take:  New York’s margin for error has, for now, shrunk to zero.  Which matches the Saints’ chances of getting to the postseason.

Florio’s pick:  Giants 28, Saints 17.

Cardinals at Seahawks

MDS’s take: With the Cardinals’ horrendous offense playing in a tough environment in Seattle, this game could get ugly. Looks to me like the biggest mismatch of the week in the NFL.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 35, Cardinals 3.

Florio’s take:  The Seahawks don’t lose at home.  The Cardinals don’t win anywhere.

Florio’s pick:  Seahawks 20, Cardinals 10.

Lions at Packers

MDS’s take: The Lions have a knack for playing well enough against good teams to keep it close, and then losing. That’s what they’ll do in Green Bay, where Calvin Johnson will have another big-time performance but Aaron Rodgers will pick apart Detroit’s secondary.

MDS’s pick: Packers 31, Lions 27.

Florio’s take:  The Packers need to keep winning.  For the Lions, it’s too late.  At this point, they’re playing only for Calvin Johnson to break Jerry Rice’s record.

Florio’s pick:  Packers 31, Lions 20.

Texans at Patriots

MDS’s take: Now this is a great Monday Night Football game. If the Texans win, the race for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs is pretty much over. But I think the Patriots are a better football team right now, and they’re going to take this one and make a big statement that they’re the favorites to get to the Super Bowl out of the AFC, even if they have to win a rematch in Houston in January to get there.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 28, Texans 14.

Florio’s take:  The Pats make their move toward the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff field.  It’s a great game on paper, but it’s got the potential to be a snooze-fest.

Florio’s pick:  Patriots 34, Texans 24.

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72 Responses to “PFT’s Week 14 picks”
  1. bosfaninva says: Dec 6, 2012 11:15 AM

    The Texans peaked too soon and are now getting beaten up.

    The Pats are simply playing the better football right now.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 6, 2012 11:17 AM

    The Ravens are Maryland’s junior varsity team. They should thank the Redskins everyday for that SB they won in 2000 because if the Redskins don’t embarrass them that season in FedEx, Tony Banks is never pulled out for Trent Dilfer. Stephen Davis trampled over the 2000 Ravens defense. I laugh when people say that unit is one of the greatest in NFL history. Anyways, the holy trinity of Morris, Garçon and RGIII will be too much for the Ravens. Redskins win 35-13.

  3. randyschwimmer7 says: Dec 6, 2012 11:17 AM

    I actually see Denver ending the season as the number 2 seed in the AFC.

  4. steelersownyou says: Dec 6, 2012 11:17 AM

    Ravens are a terrible team. Rg3 gonna crush them. Nest on fire!!!

  5. jae121704 says: Dec 6, 2012 11:18 AM

    Bold picks on the Pats/Texans game. As a Pats fan, this game is going to be tough on our secondary, and run D. If they can contain Foster and Andre Johnson for the most part. Pats win, but not in a “snooze fest”. 28-21

  6. fground says: Dec 6, 2012 11:22 AM

    “with Adrian Peterson in the backfield, there’s never a reason to pass the ball.”

    I would add a small change…

    with Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder in the backfield, there’s never a reason to pass the ball.

  7. Stiller43 says: Dec 6, 2012 11:27 AM

    Steelers go into balty and beat them with charlie batch…now they have one of the 6 elite qb’s in this league back.

    Chargers only put up 6 and 10 up against the browns and former browns wearing purple, respectively. Now they travel east coast to play at 1:00 o clock.

    Not expecting 56-0, but 27-10 sounds about right.

  8. stoogy says: Dec 6, 2012 11:28 AM

    chargers beat steelers 23-17

  9. mdmid14 says: Dec 6, 2012 11:31 AM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Dec 6, 2012 11:17 AM
    The Ravens are Maryland’s junior varsity team. They should thank the Redskins everyday for that SB they won in 2000 because if the Redskins don’t embarrass them that season in FedEx, Tony Banks is never pulled out for Trent Dilfer. Stephen Davis trampled over the 2000 Ravens defense. I laugh when people say that unit is one of the greatest in NFL history. Anyways, the holy trinity of Morris, Garçon and RGIII will be too much for the Ravens. Redskins win 35-13.

    ___________________________________

    C’mon man. Washington, DC is not Maryland and the Redskins play in VA.

    I may be a Ravens fan who agrees that this game could get ugly, but at least I know basic geography.

  10. patriotenvy says: Dec 6, 2012 11:32 AM

    If Pats win this game I will believe they are Superbowl bound. I believe they will lose though and we will be left hoping for a rematch.

  11. jackblackshairyback says: Dec 6, 2012 11:32 AM

    Jets at Jaguars is easily a worse game than Chiefs at Browns. At least the Browns are showing some positivity. The Jets are a complete train wreck, the Jags completely suck.

  12. erle1139 says: Dec 6, 2012 11:36 AM

    This is why you guys should stick to being a clearing house for NFL news across the country and not attempt analysis.

  13. dukemarc says: Dec 6, 2012 11:37 AM

    “The Redskins currently look more like the potential Super Bowl team, beating every other team in the NFC East in a three-game stretch.”
    —————–

    In what world does that make them a Super Bowl contender? The NFC East is probably the 2nd or 3rd worst conference in the league this year.

  14. thehuckster404 says: Dec 6, 2012 11:42 AM

    Confused by the “Jets have the D to shut down the Jags’ O” comment.

    Houston couldn’t shut down the Jags’ O. Are you saying that the Jets’ D is better than Houston’s D?

    Rex Ryan appreciates the support.

  15. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 6, 2012 11:45 AM

    bosfaninva says:
    Dec 6, 2012 11:15 AM
    The Texans peaked too soon and are now getting beaten up.

    The Pats are simply playing the better football right now.

    —–

    The same pats who squeaked by the mighty Miami dolphins?

    Not a fan of either team, and frankly, both teams fans are annoying as hell. That said, the texans are exactly the kind of team that gives the patriots fits. They can keep the ball out of Brady’s hands behind an amazing running game, and they can create game changing plays on defense.

    Houston 28, patriots 27

  16. boomnutz says: Dec 6, 2012 11:53 AM

    Not only do the Patriots match-up well with the Texans at full strength, the Texans are also going into this game potentially without J-Jo and Bradie James and are missing Brooks Reed (and Brian Cushing). The Pats have a stout run defense and can score points, two things that will aid them well in stopping the Texans. Not too mention Foster isn’t having nearly as good a year as he’s given credit for, YPC and YAC both down this year. If J-Jo doesn’t play, Welker is going to have a field day.

  17. theralph2012 says: Dec 6, 2012 11:56 AM

    How do the Rams have a better shot at the postseason than the Bills? They are both two games back with 4 to play, and the Rams have 3 games against .500 or better teams, the Bills have 1. (for the record I know neither team will make it, but get your facts straight Florio!!!)

  18. boomnutz says: Dec 6, 2012 11:57 AM

    C’mon man. Washington, DC is not Maryland and the Redskins play in VA.

    I may be a Ravens fan who agrees that this game could get ugly, but at least I know basic geography.

    —-
    Do the Skins really play in Virginia? I didn’t know that, guess I never gave it much thought.

  19. bosfaninva says: Dec 6, 2012 11:58 AM

    “C’mon man. Washington, DC is not Maryland and the Redskins play in VA.

    I may be a Ravens fan who agrees that this game could get ugly, but at least I know basic geography.”

    Oh dear. The Redskins play in Landover MD, hon.

  20. geniusfan says: Dec 6, 2012 12:00 PM

    “Though it remains to be seen whether God really is on the Redskins’ side, He’s definitely not on the Ravens’ this year.”

    I don’t know about that. The Ravens have been getting lucky all year long, from a replacement ref boosted win against the Patriots to a miracle 4th and 29 conversion that could only happen against a Norv Turner coached team, and they played the Steelers twice without Roethlisberger this year as well.

    I definitely expect the Redskins to win this week.

  21. eventhorizon04 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:01 PM

    With Percy Harvin out and Ponder struggling, the Vikings should try direct-snapping the ball to Adrian Peterson on every play, just to see what happens.

  22. bosfaninva says: Dec 6, 2012 12:03 PM

    “The same pats who squeaked by the mighty Miami dolphins?

    Not a fan of either team, and frankly, both teams fans are annoying as hell. That said, the texans are exactly the kind of team that gives the patriots fits. They can keep the ball out of Brady’s hands behind an amazing running game, and they can create game changing plays on defense.

    Houston 28, patriots 27″

    Actually, the Dolphins have a track record of giving the Pats fits.

    The fact that the Pats not only won that game, but sealed it with a long drive consisting primarily of runs by Ridley, is an excellet sign. Two months ago the Pats would have lost that game.

    The Pats rushing offense is virtually tied with the Texans now, and their rushing defense is very good too.

    The Pats also have the best turnover margin in the league, by an incredible margin. +24 to the Texans’ +14. I think they know how to create game changing plays on defense too.

  23. emajj says: Dec 6, 2012 12:04 PM

    I think the Texan’s secondary and defense as a whole are far to beat up to be able to stop the Patriots passing game. They should get pressure, but the dump pass to Welker will take over.

  24. flash1283 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:06 PM

    tokyosandblaster says: Dec 6, 2012 11:45 AM

    bosfaninva says:
    Dec 6, 2012 11:15 AM
    The Texans peaked too soon and are now getting beaten up.

    The Pats are simply playing the better football right now.

    —–

    The same pats who squeaked by the mighty Miami dolphins?

    Not a fan of either team, and frankly, both teams fans are annoying as hell. That said, the texans are exactly the kind of team that gives the patriots fits. They can keep the ball out of Brady’s hands behind an amazing running game, and they can create game changing plays on defense.

    Houston 28, patriots 27
    —-
    The same Texans that let a backup QB drop 4 td passes on them at home. The same Texans that needed OT back to back games to beat 2 sorry teams.

    If Chad Henny shredded that “game changing defense” you would have to be a little over confident to think that the #1 offense in the NFL wont put up the same kind of numbers. Kinda like Green Bay did.

  25. 4gone says: Dec 6, 2012 12:09 PM

    “with Adrian Peterson in the backfield, there’s never a reason to pass the ball.”

    I would add a small change…

    with Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder in the backfield, there’s never a reason to pass the ball.

    I would add another small change…

    with Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder in the backfield, there is never a reason, nor the ability to pass the ball.

  26. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 6, 2012 12:10 PM

    Really defensive little kids in here today.

    I never said the Pats were bad. In fact, I said they’d lose by one point to what many consider the best team in football.

    You don’t have to agree.

  27. gisellichek says: Dec 6, 2012 12:13 PM

    This game has been circled on my calendar since the schedule came out… In August I picked The Pats to win 24-21. In a really close tight battle.

    Now one note … The Pats are not even close to coming at this game with the A team… I know everyone’s hurtin’ … every team has injuries… but I would feel way better about a win if we had Mankins, Connolly, Gronk and Edelman. I just think we are too banged up to rout this team.

    Is it Monday yet?

  28. patriotenvy says: Dec 6, 2012 12:16 PM

    The weather forcast for Monday night in Foxborough is upper 30s and 50% rain. Monday night at home, local climate. Maybe the pats will win this one.

  29. EJ says: Dec 6, 2012 12:16 PM

    1) Raiders 24, Broncos 21- The Raiders pull out a last minute win with a good Defensive show.

    2) Bills 31, Rams 10- Buffalo has a rough 1st and 2nd quarter, to only come back strong in the 3rd and 4th with a W.

    3) Cowboys 35, Bengals 24- Tony Romo has a great day spreading the ball around to the Offense instead of the Defense this week.

    4) Chiefs 21, Browns 20- Close game but, Kansas City enjoyed their win last week too much to let this one go.

    5) Titans 34, Colts 24- Luck has trouble moving the ball with the Titan D bringing heat all day. Indianapolis has won tough games lately, they won’t get close enough today.

    6) Bears 24, Vikings 13- Despite a big day from Adrian Peterson, the Purple Pride can’t stop Brandon Marshall and the Bears.

    7) Chargers 31, Steelers 24- This game changes face after halftime, when the Chargers come together for the win.

    8) Eagles 27, Buccaneers 21- The Eagles Offense gets rolling after a rough first quarter to take Tampa down.

    9) Redskins 30, Ravens 24- RGIII shows why he deserves Offensive Rookie of the year in this game. The Ravens sure do miss Ray Lewis and his run stopping ability.

    10) Falcons 42, Panthers 14- Big offensive game, big defensive game for the Dirty Birds. Cam Newton finds out that all birds defecate Kryptonite.

    11) Jaguars 14, Jets 7- Mark Sanchez gets benched again after 3 quarters of garbage play. The Jags Defense has no problem stopping the Sanchez/Tebow duo.

    12) 49ers 35, Dolphins 13- Reggie Bush is no factor. Kapernick has more yards on the ground than the rest of the 49ers running backs. The stout 9er D gets major props for their big day.

    13) Giants 24, Saints 21- Eli Manning plays a solid 2nd half to take this game right at the end.

    14) Cardinals 24, Seahawks 19- The Hawks come up short as the Cards turn up the heat in the second half. Skelton earns the start next week.

    15) Packers 49, Lions 35- A high scoring game between Rodgers and Stafford, but Green Bay scores a little more.

    16) Texans 35, Patriots 27- New England loses more than the game when JJ. Watt takes out Tom Brady for the remainder of the year.

    My Record- 121/70/1

  30. tbd3 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:18 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Dec 6, 2012 11:45 AM

    The same pats who squeaked by the mighty Miami dolphins?

    ——————–

    The Phins are a hell of a lot better than the Jaguars, and the Patriots win over the Dolphins was much more impressive, and easier, than the Texans’ win over the Jags.

    And if you actually watched the Patriots-Dolphins game, you would know that it was actually a boon to the Patriots’ confidence. This is a team that has struggled in the fourth quarter, both offensively and defensively. Against the Dolphins and their excellent run defense, Ridley and the Patriots ran the clock out with successful run after successful run. The Patriots finally proved that they could sustain a clock-draining drive – and they did it against a great run defense.

    Furthermore, this game may have been Tom Brady’s weakest performance all year. A large part of that had to do with the Pats’ offensive line finally facing a good pass rusher (Cameron Wake) with RT Sebastian Vollmer out. But from the outset, Brady was just missing open receivers. That’s not to mention several early drops by Hernandez and Welker. Don’t expect either of those to continue.

  31. truetrue85 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:23 PM

    I have the utmost confidence that my Patriots CAN beat Houston, it’s whether or not they WILL beat Houston. The Patriots always seem to find ways to lose games like these, Indy in 09 was supposed to be a statement game too… remember? Though with that being said, if Brady and company do pull it off, I will truly start considering this team contenders again rather than writing them off as super bowl cursed with no chances of returning. Go Pats!

  32. wolfpack152 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:38 PM

    tokyosandblaster:

    Texans soundly beat the Dolphins. Patriots lost to Arizona. Monday Night Watt will happen. And then Tom’s woman can complaign that he can’t throw and block!

  33. rtant2013 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:39 PM

    I saw someone say the NFC east is one of the worst divisions in football this year. I’m curious as to how that is, the NFCE has 3 top 10 offenses, 2 top 10 defenses, the best rushing attack in the league, and not to mention 2 of the top 5 qbs in the league this year in Manning and RG3. Also, NFC east games are hard smash mouth games. I won’t say its the best division in the league but its no where near the bottom. I expect the Redskins to get a win against the Ravens. With Suggs out, its going to be really hard for the Ravens to stop Morris and Griffin on the ground. And when that running attack starts moving, boom 60+ yd bomb to Robinson, Garcon or Moss. Plus the Skins have a good run stopping D, I don’t see Rice going over 100 yds. I believe it’ll be 31- 24 skins. Skins will put up more points then 13 or 21 as you to predicted.

  34. allday38 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:43 PM

    14) Cardinals 24, Seahawks 19- The Hawks come up short as the Cards turn up the heat in the second half. Skelton earns the start next week.

    Seriously? In Seattle where the Hawks are undefeated. Have you seen the Cards offense lately?
    Seattle 31 Arizona 9

  35. chrisknowsdbr says: Dec 6, 2012 12:43 PM

    Cmon pats make this AFC first seed chase more interesting

  36. hendawg21 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:45 PM

    Boy someone needs a geography class…

    mdmid14 says:
    Dec 6, 2012 11:31 AM
    logicalvoicesays says:
    Dec 6, 2012 11:17 AM
    The Ravens are Maryland’s junior varsity team. They should thank the Redskins everyday for that SB they won in 2000 because if the Redskins don’t embarrass them that season in FedEx, Tony Banks is never pulled out for Trent Dilfer. Stephen Davis trampled over the 2000 Ravens defense. I laugh when people say that unit is one of the greatest in NFL history. Anyways, the holy trinity of Morris, Garçon and RGIII will be too much for the Ravens. Redskins win 35-13.

    ___________________________________

    C’mon man. Washington, DC is not Maryland and the Redskins play in VA.

    I may be a Ravens fan who agrees that this game could get ugly, but at least I know basic geography.

    The Redskins play in Landover Md…not Virginia, their practice facility and HQ is Ashburn, Va.

  37. ravenator says: Dec 6, 2012 12:46 PM

    Ravens have owned the Redskins for years. RGIII may be real deal, but outcome remains the same, Ravens win.

    Also note, steelers are still in 2nd place. Never seen such a pathetic fanbase huff and puff for playing second fiddle.

  38. htown1035 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:47 PM

    Why is everyone saying the Texans secondary is beat up? Joseph will more than likely play, which means their entire starting secondary would be playing. The only one they’re missing is McCain, who’s the nickel slot CB and they have Harris filling in for him.

  39. ravenator says: Dec 6, 2012 12:49 PM

    How quickly steeler fans forget losing to the titans and raiders (with Ben), and committing 11 turnovers in their last two games! Chargers are gonna beat them, because Steelers cant beat inferrior teams, fact!

  40. moneey31 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:51 PM

    Gosh, I can’t wait to the Redskins lose to the Ravens and Browns and come back down to reality. You guys are the doormats of the East. Your lucky Philly took a nose dive due to injuries. RGIII s great BUT, he will only last so long running the read option in the NFL. As soon as defenses learn to hit him whether he pitches the ball or not (during read option), Shanahan will stop calling it as much out of fear of him getting hurt. I tend to think the Ravens defense will be a little more discipline in option responsibility than the Giants were. Enjoy your last couple of days of bragging Skins fans

  41. Grulks says: Dec 6, 2012 12:52 PM

    mdmid14 says:

    ___________________________________

    C’mon man. Washington, DC is not Maryland and the Redskins play in VA.

    I may be a Ravens fan who agrees that this game could get ugly, but at least I know basic geography.
    —————————————

    Clearly you don’t. The Skins play in Landover Maryland. The closest they come to playing in Va is their practice facility (Ashburn this year, Richmond in 2013).

    I’m a Dallas fan and I know this. Keep up, if you’re gonna trash talk :)

  42. originalsteelcurtain says: Dec 6, 2012 1:01 PM

    I can’t wait to see the *Cheats/ Texans game so I know where the Steelers will be playing the AFC Championship Game.

  43. htown1035 says: Dec 6, 2012 1:07 PM

    Enough bringing up the Jags and Lions – the Texans had played (at the time) the biggest game of the season in Chicago. The Jags came in, Gabbert and his short passing game went out, and Henne threw downfield on them which they weren’t expecting. In addition, they did what most teams do after a huge game on the road – they had a letdown.

    Then they played the Lions 4 days later IN Detroit against the #1 passing team in the league and kept them from scoring their last 6 possessions. So what that they gave up a lot of yardage – they won the game despite the blown call.

    They came back the next week and forced 6 turnovers and 6 sacks against Tennessee.

    The Patriots haven’t faced a good defense all year long and won – they lost every time they faced one (Arizona, Seattle, Baltimore). No reason to think they’ll all of a sudden play better against a defense much better than those teams.

  44. stevincinci says: Dec 6, 2012 1:17 PM

    Ravens and Steelers lose. Bengals win. One step closer to AFC North crown (or wildcard).Oh yeah, Colts lose also.

  45. wanderingtwayne says: Dec 6, 2012 1:33 PM

    If you follow the A,B,C rule founded by “The Fan”, on ESPN radio in Green Bay, WI., with Bill and Wookie. You are both right and wrong, and come close to going either way.

  46. huffdaddyco says: Dec 6, 2012 1:36 PM

    Broncos fan here. I think there is a real possibility Oakland wins this game tonight.

    1. Thursday night game on the road – check
    2. Raiders playing with a lot of emotion for their coach – check
    3. Rivalry game the Raiders get up for – check
    4. Possible Broncos letdown after just clinching division – check.

    Just think there is a lot more to this one than ‘Raiders aren’t good’ and ‘Peyton undefeated in Oakland in two prior starts’

  47. klownboy says: Dec 6, 2012 1:41 PM

    I think the Texans will win the game on Monday night. I think this is their time.

  48. cowboysallday says: Dec 6, 2012 1:49 PM

    You really don’t think the cowboys won’t throw all over Terrence Newman and pacman? Hahahaha

  49. nesportsfan0428 says: Dec 6, 2012 1:51 PM

    Anyone else remember the Cardinals beat the Patriots this year?

    Damn NFL, you crazy!

  50. anthonykornheiser says: Dec 6, 2012 1:55 PM

    Man, enough with all this redskins talk already, no matter the post, no matter who it is about. We are talking about a 6-6 team here, not even ONE game over 500. A team that if the season ended today wouldnt even be in the playoffs. A team that hasnt sniffed the NFC east crown since the 90’s, ouch. A team that the last time they go into the playoffs a division rival has won 2 super bowls. Can you imagine that? more sb’s won than playoff appearances over that span. A team that since the yr 2000 has amassed an above 500 record. Since the turn of the decade having a record of 87-109, more than 20 games under 500. Who are we talking about here? Come on already.

  51. footballfan01 says: Dec 6, 2012 1:57 PM

    Flacco is awful

  52. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2012 2:01 PM

    I’ll give you that the Pats may win… Brady rarely loses in Foxborough.

    But to think the #2 scoring offense in the league will put up only 14 against the 26th ranked defense…. C’mon MDS…

  53. flash1283 says: Dec 6, 2012 2:04 PM

    htown1035 says:
    Dec 6, 2012 1:07 PM
    Enough bringing up the Jags and Lions – the Texans had played (at the time) the biggest game of the season in Chicago. The Jags came in, Gabbert and his short passing game went out, and Henne threw downfield on them which they weren’t expecting. In addition, they did what most teams do after a huge game on the road – they had a letdown.

    Then they played the Lions 4 days later IN Detroit against the #1 passing team in the league and kept them from scoring their last 6 possessions. So what that they gave up a lot of yardage – they won the game despite the blown call.

    They came back the next week and forced 6 turnovers and 6 sacks against Tennessee.

    The Patriots haven’t faced a good defense all year long and won – they lost every time they faced one (Arizona, Seattle, Baltimore). No reason to think they’ll all of a sudden play better against a defense much better than those teams.

    —-

    Again, if Aron Rogers and chad hene can blow that D up what makes you think TB and the #1 offense in the NFL won’t.

  54. kegrun says: Dec 6, 2012 2:08 PM

    Does anyone really care?

    Everyone knows the Falcons are gonna beat the Texans in the Superbowl.

  55. htown1035 says: Dec 6, 2012 2:15 PM

    flash1283 says: Dec 6, 2012 2:04 PM

    Again, if Aron Rogers and chad hene can blow that D up what makes you think TB and the #1 offense in the NFL won’t.
    ———————————————————
    Rodgers blew it up because GB’s backs were against the wall and he had something to prove.

    Henne blew it up because they had gameplanned for Gabbert and his dinking and dunking.

    Ironically, both of those games Joseph was hampered with hamstring issues. Coincidence?

  56. skins1970 says: Dec 6, 2012 2:31 PM

    @ Antho Kornheiser You are talking about future and that is irrevelant the only thing that matters is the now and future, The Skins have a chance at he playoffs and the future is bright and that is just the fact.

  57. flash1283 says: Dec 6, 2012 2:45 PM

    htown1035 says: Dec 6, 2012 2:15 PM

    flash1283 says: Dec 6, 2012 2:04 PM

    Again, if Aron Rogers and chad hene can blow that D up what makes you think TB and the #1 offense in the NFL won’t.
    ———————————————————
    Rodgers blew it up because GB’s backs were against the wall and he had something to prove.

    Henne blew it up because they had gameplanned for Gabbert and his dinking and dunking.

    Ironically, both of those games Joseph was hampered with hamstring issues. Coincidence?
    ——-

    Last 3 weeks vs the Texans,

    Locker 21-45, 309 yds, 1 td-2nd year QB

    Stafford 31-61, 441 yds, 2 td – TOP 10 QB (maybe)

    Henne 16-33, 354 yds, 4 tds-back up QB

    All I’m saying is if you don’t think Brady can do the same, if not better with all the weapons they have (even without Gronk) you’re crazy!

  58. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2012 2:56 PM

    @flash1283

    Not saying he can’t… In fact I expect him to shred our defensive secondary that is as thin as I’ve seen.

    But the common denominator between the last 3 weeks for the Texans… they have won. The defense can give up as many points as it wants as long as the offense can score 1 more…

    If you don’t think Schaub, Dre, and Arian can’t match wits against the 26th ranked defense, you might be mistaken. I’m not sure what the O/U is on this game but I would take the over for anything up to 65 pts. This has all the makings of a good ole fashion shootout.

  59. htown1035 says: Dec 6, 2012 3:07 PM

    @flash1283

    All three of those games they were missing Joseph, Ball, and in the last game, McCain.

    Plus the Titans were down by 14 points and were forced to throw it all over the place, and they sacked Locker 6 times in the process.

    They will be full strength against the Pats, and while they may throw a ton of yards that doesn’t guarantee a win. As 8to80 said, all of those games the Texans won despite all the yardage.

  60. flash1283 says: Dec 6, 2012 3:09 PM

    8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2012 2:56 PM

    @flash1283

    Not saying he can’t… In fact I expect him to shred our defensive secondary that is as thin as I’ve seen.

    But the common denominator between the last 3 weeks for the Texans… they have won. The defense can give up as many points as it wants as long as the offense can score 1 more…

    If you don’t think Schaub, Dre, and Arian can’t match wits against the 26th ranked defense, you might be mistaken. I’m not sure what the O/U is on this game but I would take the over for anything up to 65 pts. This has all the makings of a good ole fashion shootout.

    I don’t disagree with you. I too think it will be a shootout.
    My response was to the other guy who said TB would have a problem against the Texans D.

  61. saint2112 says: Dec 6, 2012 3:13 PM

    Patriots vs Texans is definstely the game of the season to watch! Best MNF game in a while

  62. jamaltimore says: Dec 6, 2012 3:15 PM

    The Ravens are the Best Team that plays in MD. Yes idiots landover, MD is in maryland not DC..

    Ravens d is down but my guess is RG3 ain’t come across Ed Reed yet. Plus all the hype making a 6-7 team with Rookie QB a 2.5 point favorite over the Ravens is going to come crashing down on Sunday!

    Everyone’s expecting a big dose of Ray Rice,but it will be Flacco that wins this game chewing up weak skins secondary.

    Should be a good game but the ravens win 27-17.

  63. 2difshoe says: Dec 6, 2012 4:41 PM

    EJ says:
    Dec 6, 2012 12:16 PM

    6) Bears 24, Vikings 13- Despite a big day from Adrian Peterson, the Purple Pride can’t stop Brandon Marshall and the Bears.

    ==========================================

    You are a wise man !
    Sounds good to me.

  64. RUAHORNH8R says: Dec 6, 2012 4:46 PM

    Bears 41 Vikings 17
    AP is the greatest running back in the league and is a super star! But, with the coaching staff still needing 4 more games to determine Ponder is / was a bust, this team has nothing to look forward to!
    I am so disappointed that the Vikings didn’t do more to address the Vikings needs. It’s clear Ponder needs way more weapons, as now with Harvin out for the year, there is not 1 WR worthy of a starting role, yet , where were they when Danario Alexander was signed, he would be the receiver they so badly need! Spielman , sucks and the Vikings OC, is horrible! It’s inexcusable to have such a poor passing game, when AP is rushing for 12 yards a carry last week to the Overrated Packers!

  65. voight444 says: Dec 6, 2012 8:33 PM

    it won’t be the end of the world if the Texans lose this game. NE needs a win more than Houston. In fact it would be difficult for either team to win both games assuming they meet again in the playoffs.

    As a Houston fan, I would of course want to win the playoff game. if we don’t have Joseph for this game, I want him ready for the next one. He is the next best thing to a shutdown corner. if the Texans lose this game, they will win the next one. NE still needs to beat the 49ers the following week.

  66. larryboodry says: Dec 6, 2012 10:32 PM

    Bears 28, Vikings 17…AP gets his 100 yards, but in the end Cutler-to-Marshall is the difference.

  67. calipatsfan420 says: Dec 6, 2012 10:36 PM

    Patriots 39 – Texans 27

  68. nbcruinedpft says: Dec 7, 2012 2:00 PM

    “with Adrian Peterson in the backfield, there’s never a reason to pass the ball.”

    I would add a small change…

    with Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder in the backfield, there’s never a reason to pass the ball.

    I would add another small change…

    with Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder in the backfield, there is never a reason, nor the ability to pass the ball.

    I would add another small change….

    with Julius Peppers and Henry Melton in the backfield, there is never an opportunity to pass the ball.
    ;-)

  69. rsoandb says: Dec 7, 2012 5:18 PM

    Brady is the best QB in history. Belichek is the best coach in history. Cleveland could win with them. Enjoy Pats fans. When they’re gone, Pats will never be heard from again.

  70. fobsessed20 says: Dec 7, 2012 6:34 PM

    “The Ravens are Maryland’s junior varsity team. They should thank the Redskins everyday for that SB they won in 2000 because if the Redskins don’t embarrass them that season in FedEx, Tony Banks is never pulled out for Trent Dilfer. Stephen Davis trampled over the 2000 Ravens defense. I laugh when people say that unit is one of the greatest in NFL history. Anyways, the holy trinity of Morris, Garçon and RGIII will be too much for the Ravens. Redskins win 35-13.”

    I will take it you were probably dropped when you were little. Thats why the Ravens have gone to the playoffs the past 4 years, are 9-3, and are 1 win away from making it to the playoffs 5 straight years. Tell me when is the last time the Redskins made the playoffs? Yeah I can’t even answer that because its been so long…you my friend, are a complete idiot

  71. tonyarnold2 says: Dec 8, 2012 3:45 PM

    Why are the reactions to ONE Ravens loss to a DIVISION RIVAL by a FIELD GOAL so massive? Was it a bad loss? Yes, every team has them. No reason to hit the panic button on the season. Can’t remember the last time I’ve seen this much hate on the Ravens.

  72. 13champlain says: Dec 9, 2012 10:40 AM

    Texans cant win in Denver/cant beat Manning
    Texans cant beat Baltimore
    Texans win a big prime time matchup against a good NFC team (on the road)
    Texans cant win a shootout
    Texans cant win 2 overtime games in 5 days

    Texans cant win against NE

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