NFL Picks: Packers and Vikings set for Thursday night showdown
Published 10:22 am Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Here are the picks:
Vikings at Packers
The first two weeks of Teddy Bridgewater have been a success. He has shown that he values possessions and doesn’t make stupid mistakes and he seems to have a good grasp of the offense. The next step for Bridgewater will be to be able to hit throws over the top when defenses start playing up on his receivers. He, and the Minnesota coaching staff, also has to find a way to get Cordarrele Patterson the ball more often.
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This week will be a big test for Bridgewater as he goes into a hostile environment coming off an ankle injury. The Packer defense can be had with the run and the pass, but they’ve shown the ability to force turnovers in their last two games – they’ve had five takeaways in the last two games.
As for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers reminded everyone in the NFL last week that he still is one of the top quarterbacks in the league. The throw that he made to Davante Adams while being hit by two defenders may be the best throw I’ve ever seen him make. Of course it was called back by a holding penalty, but it was still impressive.
Green Bay’s biggest problem is they haven’t gotten their running game going. I think Eddie Lacy is not the problem. The offensive line needs to start creating holes and that will be tough to do against a stout Viking defense.
I think this game will be close going into the fourth quarter, but I think Bridgwater may make a rookie mistake at the wrong time and the Packers will take advantage of it.
PACKERS 28, VIKINGS 24
Bears at Panthers
The Panthers’ defense isn’t the same as it was last season and their offense is lacking a lot of punch without Steve Smith. It’s very hard to go with Jay Cutler on the road, but the Bears have enough talent to win this one comfortably.
BEARS 24, PANTHERS 14
Browns at Titans
I wonder how much Johnny Manziel will be involved in trick plays after the Browns had the bye week to install some new stuff?
BROWNS 17, TITANS 13
Rams at Eagles
The Eagles offense didn’t show up in San Francisco, but I expect that to change for them in Philly.
EAGLES 35, RAMS 23
Falcons at Giants
If the Falcons’ defense was questionable before last Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, it’s downright terrible now. I don’t think Matt Ryan can make up for a defense that makes the 2014 Vikings look like the 1998 Vikings.
GIANTS 34, FALCONS 28
Bucs at Saints
The Saints had their problems in Dallas, but they are a much different team when they play in New Orleans.
SAINTS 41, BUCS 22
Texans at Cowboys
Maybe the Cowboys are for real this year? I don’t see them winning the Super Bowl or anything, but maybe they could make the playoffs?
COWBOYS 21, TEXANS 17
Bills at Lions
The Bills decided that Kyle Orton throwing a football gives them the best chance to win. Yikes.
LIONS 27, BILLS 17
Ravens at Colts
Joe Flacco has a new favorite receiver in Steve Smith and the Ravens are starting to look good again. Andrew Luck is tough to stop, but if the Colts can’t establish a running game at some point, they could be in trouble.
COLTS 23, RAVENS 21
Steelers at Jagaurs
Jagaur fans’ dreeams come true when Blake Bortles rallies them back to win the fourth quarter. Too bad the Jags will be trailing by an insurmmountable ammount before that quarter even starts.
STEELERS 40, JAGAURS 24
Cardinals at Broncos
Peyton Manning at home and coming off a bye week? I don’t expect the Cardinals to be undefeated after this one.
BRONCOS 27, CARDINALS 19
Chiefs at 49ers
Alex Smith and the Chiefs are coming off a huge win at home and everybody’s talking about how Kansas City is a team to be reckoned with. One ESPN pundit proudly declared that these 2-2 Chiefs are better than the KC team that started off 9-0 last season.
The 49ers are apparently having locker room issues and ESPN has ran with that story like their downfall is imminent.
I’ve watched the NFL long enough to know how these things go. I don’t expect this to be a very close game.
49ERS 33, CHIEFS 20
Jets at Chargers
This could be Rex Ryan’s last season in New York.
CHARGERS 31, JETS 21
Bengals at Patriots
Everyone trying to bury the Patriots after their loss to the Chiefs, is forgetting a few things. In the NFL, teams can look very different from week to week, especially early in the season. Also, Tom Brady may be declining, but I don’t think he’s compeletely finished yet.
PATRIOTS 27, BENGALS 24
Seahawks at Redskins
Seattle is vulnerable on the road, but their defense should feast on Kirk Cousins.
SEAHAWKS 31, REDSKINS 17
Last week: 9-4; overall: 34-27