NFL Picks: Give some credit to the Dolphins
Published 9:49 am Friday, December 20, 2013
Here are the picks:
Miami at Buffalo
The Dolphins have put the Richie Cognito-Jonathan Martin mess behind them and they’re locked in on pursuing a playoff spot. The team has rattled off three straight wins and it has a decent chance at finishing 10-6 with the N.Y. Jets on the schedule next week.
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Taking into consideration that Miami has a second year quarterback at the helm, I think Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin has done a magnificent job with his team this season.
DOLPHINS 20, BILLS 17
Minnesota at Cincinnati
The Vikings looked legitimate last week as they opened up their offense for the first time in a long time. Matt Cassel looked solid, Greg Jennings looked worthy of his big contract and the defense held their own for the first three quarters.
I don’t expect the Vikings to look near that good on the road against the Bengals, who are coming off an embarrassing loss on Sunday night football.
BENGALS 31, VIKINGS 12
Indianapolis at Kansas City
The Colts’ offense hasn’t been the same since Reggie Wayne went down with an injury and I expect the Chiefs’ defense to dominate.
CHIEFS 28, COLTS 13
Tampa Bay at St. Louis
The Rams should take care of business at home.
RAMS 24, BUCS 17
Cleveland at N.Y. Jets
The Jets have been a lot better than I thought they would be this year. But 6-8 is still nothing to be too proud of.
JETS 17, BROWNS 13
Dallas at Washington
I expect a bounce-back game from the Cowboys after their huge letdown against the Packers on Sunday.
COWBOYS 35, REDSKINS 10
New Orleans at Carolina
The NFC South title is on the line in this one and I’ve got to say that I like Carolina’s chances. The Panther defense is tough and the Saints are just 3-4 on the road.
PANTHERS 20, SAINTS 17
Tennessee at Jacksonville
Ryan Fitzpatrick lit it up last week and he’ll probably do it again. He’s not a bad fantasy football pick-up if you’re looking for a boost in the finals.
TITANS 27, JAGUARS 17
Denver at Houston
I don’t expect the Texans to be very competitive as they have the inside track on the No. 1 pick in the draft right now.
BRONCOS 31, TEXANS 10
N.Y. Giants at Detroit
The Lions get a gift as the Giants have lost three of their last four and Eli Manning has thrown more interceptions (25) than touch downs (16).
LIONS 27, GIANTS 14
Arizona at Seattle
The Cardinals are still clinging to a faint playoff hope, but they won’t be able to win in Seattle.
SEAHAWKS 16, CARDINALS 10
Oakland at San Diego
The Chargers looked to have their act together in Denver last Thursday and they’ve got a chance to make a little noise in the playoffs if they sneak in.
CHARGERS 34, RAIDERS 24
New England at Baltimore
The Ravens are peaking at the right time as they’ve rattled off four straight wins, but the only team that has a chance at the playoffs out of the four teams they’ve beaten was the Lions, who did everything they could to beat themselves.
I think Tom Brady and the Pats will be OK on Sunday.
PATRIOTS 27, RAVENS 24
Pittsburgh at Green Bay
The Packers and the Steelers were facing off in the Super Bowl three years ago. Now they’re a couple of desperate teams hanging on to a glimmer of playoff hopes. I’m making this pick with the assumption that Matt Flynn is quarterback for the Packers and he just hasn’t been consistent this season.
If he struggles on Sunday, the Steelers will make him pay for it.
STEELERS 24, PACKERS 20
Chicago at Philadelphia
If the Eagles had problems stopping Matt Cassel and Greg Jennings, they’ll have a nightmare trying to stop Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
BEARS 34, EAGLES 31
Atlanta at San Francisco
This will not be competitive. 49ers should roll.
49ERS 35, FALCONS 13
Last week: 9-6