NFL Picks: Ponder or McNabbPublished 2:28pm Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Here are the picks:
Green Bay at Detroit
The Packers haven’t faced a lot of challenges this season, but this will certainly be one. The Lions will do everything they can to knock Aaron Rodgers out of the game, including late hits, but it won’t rattle him.
Rodgers and his receivers have worked their timing down to a point where it seems the only thing that can stop them is terrible weather conditions. The weather under the roof in Detroit should be just fine.
PACKERS 34, LIONS 31
Miami at Dallas
The Dolphins are surging by winning three straight and they won’t lay down on national TV. The Cowboys struggled against the lowly Redskins, but Tony Romo is starting to play solid. If Romo doesn’t turn the ball over, the Cowboys shouldn’t have much trouble.
San Francisco at Baltimore
While both teams are coached by a Harbaugh, that’s not the only similarity between the squads. They both rely on the running game and their physical defenses to win games.
They both have a quarterback who can be vulnerable on some days and good on others.
However, the Ravens have been doing it for a lot longer than the 49ers, and that gives them the edge here.
RAVENS 23, 49ERS 21
Minnesota at Atlanta
I’ve heard some Viking fans saying how good Christian Ponder is and how he should’ve been the starter all along. Well, take a pick between both of these quarterbacks after five starts (each won one game).
QB A: 1,026 passing yards, 4 TD, 2 INT, 1 FUM, 82.9 RATING
QB B: 955 passing yards, 5 TD, 6 INT, 2 FUM, 67.3 RATING
While neither quarterback is getting it done, McNabb (QB A) was giving Minnesota a better chance to win games. I still think the Vikings should go with Ponder, because they aren’t going to the playoffs and they might as well see what he can do.
FALCONS 34, VIKINGS 17
Cleveland at Cincinnati
The Bengals lost to the Browns and Ravens, but I think they showed something by having a chance to win both of those games. It could be interesting if they sneak into the playoffs.
BENGALS 27, BROWNS 10
Tampa Bay at Tennessee
The Bucs gave the Packers quite a scare in Lambeau Sunday and they’re not ready to give up on the season just yet.
BUCS 23, TITANS 19
Carolina at Indianapolis
While the Colts have a real shot of winning this one, I’m not sure they want to. They may be tanking.
PANTHERS 25, COLTS 17
Arizona at St. Louis
The Cardinals are now on their third string quarterback. The Rams just got Sam Bradford back from injury.
RAMS 24, CARDINALS 21
Buffalo at N.Y. Jets
Bury the Bills. After losing three straight by more than 15 points, they’re finished.
Houston at Jacksonville
With Matt Schaub out for the year, the Texans will have to rely on the arm of Matt Leinart for the rest of the season.
I just want to know if the Texans keep winning games with their rushing attack and defense, if he’ll get all the credit for being a winner like Tim Tebow does in Denver.
Chicago at Oakland
The Bears will turn to Caleb Hanie as Jay Cutler is out with a broken thumb. Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz runs everything through his quarterback, so this will be no meaningless change.
I don’t know if the Bears’ defense is good enough to make up for an inexperienced quarterback.
RAIDERS 17, BEARS 13
Washington at Seattle
The Seahawks are always tough to beat at home and they’ve shown the ability to be feisty this year.
SEAHAWKS 19, REDSKINS 13
New England at Philadelphia
The Eagles’ defense played one of its best games in years as Philly beat the Giants. Too bad, they’ll be going against Tom Brady and not Eli Manning this week.
PATRIOTS 28, EAGLES 17
Denver at San Diego
Phillip Rivers threw another two interceptions last week and he may just want to get this year’s stats exchanged with INJURED – DID NOT PLAY on his football card.
BRONCOS 20, CHARGERS 17
Pittsburgh at Kansas City
The Steelers will be ready after a bye week.
STEELERS 38, CHIEFS 20
N.Y. Giants at New Orleans
The Saints have way too much firepower for the Giants to match.
SAINTS 41, GIANTS 27
Last week: 9-5; overall: 97-61