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Which NFC South quarterback will lead his team to victory to shake up the division? Matt Ryan (2) left; Drew Brees (9) right.

Which NFC South quarterback will lead his team to victory to shake up the division? Matt Ryan (2) left; Drew Brees (9) right.

By Kelton Brooks (@BrooksWeekly)

Ok, maybe I jumped the gun a little believing Johnny Manziel would flash his cape in his NFL debut.

A stat line of 10 of 18 for 80 yards with two interceptions and 13 rushing yards on five attempts in 30-0 drumming is not what the former Heisman Trophy envisioned.

Manziel needs to cash in on some points instead his patented money gesture.


Week 15 Predictions Results

Brooks: 13-3; Overall: 144-79

Perez: 13-3; Overall: 156-67

Wooten: 13-3; Overall: 134-73


Week 16 Matchups Brooks Wooten  Perez
TEN @ JAX JAX   TEN  JAX
PHI @ WSH PHI  PHI  PHI
SD @ SF SD  SF  SF
MIN @ MIA MIA  MIA  MIA
BAL @ HOU BAL  BAL  BAL
DET @ CHI DET  DET  DET
CLE @ CAR CAR  CLE  CAR
ATL @ NO NO  NO  NO
GB @ TB GB  GB  GB
KC @ PIT PIT  PIT  PIT
NE @ NYJ NE  NE  NE
NYG @ STL STL  STL  NYG
BUF @ OAK BUF  BUF  BUF
IND @ DAL IND  DAL  DAL
DEN @ CIN DEN  DEN  DEN

 

Brooks Bits

Indianapolis Colts (10-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (10-4)

The Cowboys have sole possession of the NFC East after grounding the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night. But if America’s team wish to make the playoffs for the first time since 2009, a win over the NFL passing touchdown leader (38) in Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts is vital.

However, the Cowboys are already at a disadvantage with the status of MVP candidate DeMarco Murray up in the air as he battles back from surgery on a broken bone in his hand. The Cowboys haven’t ruled Murray—the NFL rushing leader with 1,687 yards—out, but you’d’ have to think playing on the hand he had surgery on just three days ago is troubling for a running back who also has a league high of five fumbles.

The hand issue is troubling enough for Dallas, but playing at home has oddly been their Achilles Heel. The Cowboys are 7-0 on the road, but are 3-4 at home. Like Dallas, the Colts are also road warriors winning six of seven on the road.

If Murray can’t run the same way he has all season, I’d trust the arm of Luck over Tony Romo.

 

Atlanta Falcons (5-9) @ New Orleans Saints (6-8)

The NFC South could send a 6-10 team to the playoffs (if you include the 5-8-1 Carolina Panthers who are second in the division).

The last time this happened was in the 2010-11 season when the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks became the first team in NFL history to advance to the playoffs with a losing record and miraculously defeated the 10-6 Saints in the Wild Card.

As pathetic and comical the NFC West played that year, I’m inclined to believe that Seahawks team could’ve won at least nine games in the 2014-15 NFC East.

On paper, both the Falcons and Saints are two of the more talented teams in the NFL. Dress Brees has gluttony of targets in New Orleans and Matt Ryan has a top-5 wide receiver in Julio Jones.

But the offense isn’t the issue with these two teams. It’s their defenses. The Saints and Falcons are ranked 31st and 32nd respectively in overall defense. In other words, first to 50 wins.

Eddie P’s Philosophical Take

Tennessee Titans (2-12) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12)

Wow. Thursday Night Football has not been much to watch this season, but this game takes the cake.

Both teams are 2-12 and share the AFC South cellar. Both are vying for the top pick in the 2015 Draft (along with the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Bucs). The difference between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars? The Jaguars have their quarterback of the future in rookie Blake Bortles. Bortles has solid receiving options in rookies Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Marquise Lee. Also, the Jags two wins have come at home. Give me Shad Khan’s team.

Seattle Seahawks (10-4) @ Arizona Cardinals (11-3)

Arizona made a “statement” last week against the St. Louis Rams. The Cardinals will not be able to do the same this week. The Cards struggled against a “pretty good” St. Louis defense. The Seahawks are coming into the desert as one of the top defensively ranked teams. Seattle is first against the pass and fifth in run defense. Ryan Lindley will struggle mightily in his first start.

The Seahawks will be able to shut out the Cards and score points on the ground with Marshawn Lynch. Do not disregard Russell Wilson either. Despite their 31st-ranked passing offense, Russell will make key throws.

Words From Wooten

Detroit Lions (10-4) @ Chicago Bears (5-9)
It doesn’t get any better for the Chicago Bears. After a devastating loss at home against the Saints, now the Lions are coming into town with a top-5 defense to come take care of business.
Unfortunately for the Bears, Jimmy Clausen is now the starting quarterback after the benching of Jay Cutler. Of his 15 starts in his career, he has only won one game.
Brandon Marshall is injured so his weapons are not fully restored to where they should be. All in all, this will not be a pretty one for the Bears yet again.
Philadelphia Eagles @ at Washington Redskins (3-11)
The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to bounce back from a loss last week to their division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles had the lead and blew it. Now they’re going up against a Redskins team whose entire organization is questionable.
Mark Sanchez isn’t the best quarterback, but he seems to be holding his own against many teams he played this season. Look forward to him connecting on a few deep throws against the Redskins secondary.
Johnny Manziel (2) will get his first start of the season as the Cleveland Browns (7-6) hopes to make a late playoff push.

Johnny Manziel (2) will get his first start of the season as the Cleveland Browns (7-6) hopes to make a late playoff push.

By Kelton Brooks (@BrooksWeekly)

In the words of Jack Nicholson in famed movie “The Shining,” Here’s Johnny!

The Cleveland Browns will start the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

And quite frankly, it was time. Brian Hoyer led the Browns to a 7-6 record, but has been atrocious as the Browns’ starting quarterback recently. In the past eight games, Hoyer has thrown four touchdowns to 11 interceptions. He was thrown zero touchdowns passes to seven interceptions in the last three games. In the Browns last 26 drives on offense, they have scored only one touchdown.

Cleveland’s seven wins have been in spite of Hoyer, not because of Hoyer. In the Browns’ 25-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck was in a Christmas giving spirit as he tried his best to gift wrap the game to Cleveland. Luck threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. One interception was returned for a touchdown and so was his lost fumble.

The Browns scored just 10 points on offense.

It’s time for Manziel. It’s time for the player who I deem as the most exciting quarterback to enter the league since Michael Vick to become the new face of the franchise for a Browns’ team that hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2002.

It’s no better time for Manziel to make his presence felt than to travel on the road to face the division leading Bengals. He’s going to have his bumps and bruises, but Cleveland made the right choice in handing over the reigns to Manziel.

But enough of that. Here are this week’s game picks


 

Week 14 Predictions Results

Brooks: 9-7; Overall: 131-76

Perez: 12-4; Overall: 143-64

Wooten: 12-4; Overall: 121-70


 

Week 15 matchup Brooks Perez Wooten
ARI @ STL STL(L) STL(L)  STL(L)
PIT @ ATL PIT(W) PIT(W)  PIT(W)
WSH @ NYG NYG(W) NYG(W)  NYG(W)
MIA @ NE NE(W) NE(W)  NE(W)
OAK @ KC KC(W) KC(W)  KC(W)
HOU @ IND IND(W) IND(W)  IND(W)
JAX @ BAL BAL(W) BAL(W)  BAL(W)
GB @ BUF GB(L) GB(L)  GB(L)
TB @ CAR CAR(W) CAR(W)  CAR(W)
CIN @ CLE CLE(L) CIN(W)  CIN(W)
NYJ @ TEN NYJ(W) NYJ(W)  NYJ(W)
DEN @ SD DEN(W) DEN(W)  DEN(W)
MIN @ DET DET(W) DET(W)  DET(W)
SF @ SEA SEA(W) SEA(W)  SEA(W)
DAL @ PHI DAL(W) PHI(L)  PHI(L)
NO @ CHI NO(W) NO(W)  NO(W)

 


Brooks Bits

Minnesota Vikings (6-7) @ Detroit Lions (9-4)

Quietly, the Vikings are a game under .500 and Teddy Bridgewater has been the best rookie quarterback not named Derek Carr.

The media has been all over Vikings’ park, and rightfully so in the issue of the child abuse case of star running back Adrian Peterson. Even in his absence, Minnesota has mustered a competitive team.

Bridgewater started off shaky in his first few starts throwing zero touchdowns and three interceptions and battled through nagging injuries, a concern going forward for a wiry 210 pound quarterback.

But he has settled in recently throwing for six touchdowns to two interceptions in his last three games. The Vikings are 2-1 in those contests. It’s highly likely the Vikings won’t make the playoffs in the NFC North behind Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and a talented Lions’ team.

But Minnesota is headed on the right track behind Bridgewater.

As for the Lions, this is a must win game. If the playoffs started today, the Lions would be the sixth seed and face the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card. Capturing their 10th win of the season is vital to keeping the lurking 9-4 Dallas Cowboys at bay.

Detroit will have to win out to keep grasp of the sixth seed in the NFC.

Cleveland Browns (7-6) @ Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1)

If you took the time to read the opening statements, then you may have drawn the conclusion that I’m rolling with Money—I mean Johnny—Manziel and the Browns over the see-saw Bengals.

On paper, Andy Dalton and the Bengals are the most talented team in the NFL. But they are an enigma. One minute they appear to be a legit Super Bowl contender and the next they look like a bottom feeder team in the NFL.

AJ Green, Mohamed Sanu, Jeremy Hill, Jermaine Gresham and many others, the talent is there on the offensive side of the ball. The same on defense with Leon Hall, Vontaze Burfict (now out for the season), Geno Atkins and Reggie Nelson.

It starts with Dalton and head coach Marvin Lewis. Both have had success in the regular season, but falters in the playoffs. And to make matters worse, Lewis went on the air and was asked by WLW-AM in Cincinnati Monday night about facing the 5-feet-11 Manziel.

Lewis responded: “You’ve got to go defend the offense, you don’t defend the player.”

After a short pause, Lewis then added: “Particularly a midget.”

He later apologized, but it was an immature statement by a NFL head coach.

Eddie P’s Philosophical Take

Arizona Cardinals (10-3) @ St. Louis Rams (6-7)

St. Louis is riding a two-game winning streak. What is more impressive is the Rams have held their last two opponents to a grand total of zero points. Yep, the Rams have pitched a two-game shutout.

The Cardinals are the crème de la crème this season. Even without former Pro-Bowler Carson Palmer, Arizona is still capable of winning. With backup Drew Stanton under center, the red birds are 4-3. However, St. Louis is a scary place to play at right now. That defense is EATING! Give me the Rams.

Dallas Cowboys (9-4) @ Philadelphia Eagles (9-4)

These two teams are literally fighting it out for the NFC East. Both teams are 9-4, but the Eagles are 3-0 within the division – the Cowboys are 2-2. Their first meeting went to the Eagles (duh, they are undefeated within the division). That Eagle-victory came in Jerry’s house. Philadelphia sure as hell won’t find it too hard to beat Dallas again, this time at home.

Words From Wooten

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) @ Atlanta Falcons (5-8)

This is looking to be a good game between both teams. A healthy Julio Jones is a deadly Julio Jones. Going for 250+ yards against Green Bay’s secondary, but look for the inconsistencies of the Atlanta Falcons to come into play, particularly on defense.
With Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, both are top-5 in yards gained at their position. Atlanta is giving up 122 rushing yards per game on the ground, so you’re in for a treat if you’re a fan of Bell. On the other hand, the Steelers defense hasn’t been the greatest as of late.
With veteran players coming back from injury, they can use their leadership to help the younger players through the game. Look forward to the Steelers offense to keep them ahead in the game.
San Francisco 49ers (7-6) @ Seattle Seahawks (9-4)
San Francisco hasn’t been looking the same over the past few games, losing to subpar teams. Kaepernick isn’t looking like the $100 million man that the 49ers thought he was.
The entire Seahawks team is clicking like they should be. With the Seahawks rushing attack and Marshawn Lynch causing chaos to any front seven that he runs into, you can’t expect for him to have another good game. The Seahawks defense is back to their physical selves. Michael Bennett anchoring the front four and Richard Sherman being a shutdown corner that he is, and Kam Chancellor as the hard hitting safety, it’s hard to do anything against them.
Can Mark Sanchez (3) and the Philadelphia Eagles knockoff a surging Seattle team at home?

Can Mark Sanchez (3) and the Philadelphia Eagles knockoff a surging Seattle team at home?

By Kelton Brooks (@BrooksWeekly)

All for one and (no) one for the NFC South.

All but one division in the NFL has at least two teams posting a .500 record. There are three divisions with three teams hovering over .500 and the AFC North is the only division in the NFL where every team has a winning record. Every team except for the Cincinnati Benglas in the AFC North has a 7-5 record or better. The Benglas are 8-3-1, narrowly escaping defeat over the abysmal Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Speaking of the Bucs, agains, they reside in the lone division with no team has a winning record. The Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints are “tied for first” with a 5-7 record. Cam Newton hasn’t been 100 percent all season, leading the Panthers to a 3-10 record. And the 2-10 Bucs are battling with the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Only four weeks remain in the regular season. You know the drill. Let’s get to the picks


Week 13 Predictions Results 

Brooks: 11-5; Overall: 121-70

Perez: 10-6; Overall: 131-60

Wooten: 9-7; Overall: 109-66


 

Week 14 Matchups Brooks Perez Wooten
DAL @ CHI CHI(L) CHI(L) CHI(L)
PIT @ CIN CIN(L) CIN(L) CIN(L)
STL @ WSH STL(W) STL(W) STL(W)
NYG @ TEN NYG(W) NYG(W) NYG(W)
CAR @ NO NO(L) NO(L) NO(L)
NYJ @ MIN MIN(W) MIN(W) MIN(W)
BAL @ MIA MIA(L) BAL(W) BAL(W)
IND @ CLE IND(W) IND(W) IND(W)
TB @ DET DET(W) DET(W) DET(W)
HOU @ JAX HOU(W) HOU(W) HOU(W)
BUF @ DEN DEN(W) DEN(W) DEN(W)
KC @ ARI KC(L) ARI(W) ARI(W)
SEA @ PHI SEA(W) SEA(W) SEA(W)
SF @ OAK SF(L) SF(L) SF(L)
NE @ SD SD(L) NE(W) NE(W)
ATL @ GB GB(W) GB(W) GB(W)

 


 

Brooks Bits 

Seattle Seahawks (8-4) @ Philadelphia Eagles (9-3)

I have no idea who would win a real life bird battle between a seahawk and an eagle, but on a 100 yard field where men go to war in the trenches, I’d place my bet on the new found confidence in Seattle.

With the Arizona Cardinals ailing without starting quarterback Carson Palmer, the Seahawks know the NFC West is theirs for the taking. Seattle has won five of their past six games, with the lone loss falling in the hands of questionable play calling by coach Pete Carroll. Now, the 1st-ranked rushing team in the NFL (168.6 ypg) rumbles into Lincoln Financial Field who held the league’s leading rusher in DeMarco Murray to 73 yards on 20 carries.

Like Philadelphia, Seattle also has a formidable run defense, concerning news for a team with Mark Sanchez under center. If Seattle can corral the elusive LeSean McCoy, it all but seals a Seattle win on the road. Sanchez has rejuvenated himself in the City of Brotherly Love, but I don’t trust the turnover-prone quarterback to throw the ball 30 to 40 times while Richard Sherman—fresh off a two interception game—Earl Thomas, Byron Maxwell and Kam Chancellor are on patrol.

Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) @ Arizona Cardinals (9-3)

Every NFL player, head coach, or general manager will look you square in your eyes and say, “We’re going to take it one game at a time.”

But I’m neither.

Arizona has lost two straight and squeaked by Detroit in a 14-6 win in week 11. The Cardinals’ most recent lost was against the 5-7 Atlanta Falcons from the lackluster NFC South. If the Cardinals can’t soar over the lowly Falcons, than how can they expect to win their last four games?

This is the Cardinals remaining schedule: Kansas City at home against Jamal Charles, at St. Louis on Thursday night against a stingy defense, Seattle at home, then the Cardinals will finish off the season on the road in San Francisco.

The Cardinals could very well finish the season on a six game losing streak and miss the playoffs. I know about their 13th overall ranked defense, which sixth in rushing and tied for fourth in points per game (18.7). But the Cardinals are not a Super Bowl contender with Stanton at quarterback. Period.

Eddie P’s Philosophical Take

St. Louis Rams (5-7) @ Washington Redskins (3-9)

The St. Louis Rams are riding high after the 52-0 drubbing they put on the Oakland Raiders. This week, the Rams face the Washington Redskins . The Rams should win this game. The only obstacle is playing on the road, which is never easy. The Rams’ defense, however, should make this game a breeze.

Indianapolis Colts (8-4) @ Cleveland Browns (7-5)

The Cleveland Browns are still in the playoff hunt. At 7-5, they are tied with Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the AFC North, behind the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns need the victory to keep their hopes up. Cleveland is coming off a tough loss against the Buffalo Bills; a game in which starting quarterback Brian Hoyer got benched in favor of rookie Johnny Manziel. Not exactly what Cleveland was looking for, especially with the Indianapolis Colts (8-4) coming into town.

The Colts are sitting pretty atop the AFC South. Andrew Luck should have no worries coming into this game. The Browns are shook. The Colts can easily cement their post-season seed with this win.

Words From Wooten

 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-10) @ Detroit Lions (8-4)

It just doesn’t feel good to be Lovie Smith or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The losses won’t stop.

This weekend the Buccaneers are going up against the Detroit Lions with a healthy Calvin Johnson. Look for him to catch a few touchdowns against a struggling Bucaneers defense. Let’s not forget about Golden Tate either, who has over 1,100 receiving this season.

Now to talk about the Bucaneers… Well, what could I possibly say that would be a nice? Well, at least they can look forward to drafting a quarterback in the 2015 draft or even someone in the secondary to help them out. All in all, look for this one to be a bad one for the Bucs.

Atlanta Falcons (5-7) @ Green Bay Packers (9-3)

Green Bay has been on a hot streak as of late winning four of their past five games. The Packers have even gone up against playoff contending teams and proving that they have what it takes to get a win without their notable DT B.J. Raji, who has been on IR the entire season due to a torn bicep.

With Clay Matthews playing middle linebacker, it changed the way teams would approach their running game against the Packers. They are 28th in the league in rush defense, but lately, the front seven has been doing their job to minimize the run game of opposing teams.

Aaron Rodgers proved that he can use other weapons than Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson to get the job done, but with the accuracy that Rodgers possess, he can throw to anybody. Ask Darrelle Revis. Look for this one to be a blowout while Atlanta may keep their No. 1 spot in the NFC South playoff hunt with a soon to be 5-8 record on the season.

Robert Griffin III during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.

Is Robert Griffin III talking his way out of the nation’s capital?

By Kelton Brooks (@BrooksWeekly)

The worst division in football this year is the NFC South. At 4-6, the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers are tied for first. That’s a winning percentage of .400 at week 12 in the 2014 NFL season. At the final quarter of the season, a division leader has a losing record.

The 4-6 Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams would be tied for first in the NFC South. With a record of 5-5, the Buffalo Bills would have sole possession.

In short, move over Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Came Newton. Say hello to Kyle Orton.


 

Week 12 Predictions Results 

Brooks: 9-5; Overall: 100-61

Perez: 7-7; Overall: 109-52

Wooten: 7-7; Overall: 89-56


 

Week 12 Matchups Brooks Perez Wooten
KC @ OAK KC(L) KC(L) KC(L)
CLE @ ATL CLE(W) CLE(W) ATL(L)
TEN @ PHI PHI(W) PHI(W) PHI(W)
DET @ NE NE(W) NE(W) NE(W)
GB @ MIN GB(W) GB(W) GB(W)
JAX @ IND IND(W) IND(W) IND(W)
CIN @ HOU HOU(L) CIN(W) HOU(W)
NYJ @ BUF NYJ(L) BUF(W) BUF(W)
TB @ CHI CHI(W) CHI(W) CHI(W)
ARI @ SEA SEA(W) SEA(W) SEA(W)
STL @ SD STL(L) STL(L) SD(W)
MIA @ DEN DEN(W) DEN(W) DEN(W)
WSH @ SF SF(W) SF(W) SF(W)
DAL @ NYG DAL(W) DAL(W) DAL(W)
BAL @ NO BAL(W) NO(L) NO(L)

 


 

Brooks Bits

Washington Redskins (3-7) @ San Francisco 49ers (6-4)

Three years ago, Robert Griffin III became the 77th recipient of the Heisman Trophy Award as a junior at the University of Baylor. A year later he was drafted No. 2 overall and threw for 20 touchdowns to five interceptions as a rookie. Griffin was crowned Offensive Rookie of the Year and thought to be in the running for the future upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.

Fast forward to 2014, plus a torn ACL and a broken ankle along the way, RG3 has become “RG-Me,” talking himself out of the nation’s capital. No matter what Griffin does, whether it’s side-stepping questions, saying “other guys have to step up,” or simply not performing, everything points to him.

He has played in only four games in 2014, throwing only three total passes in one. After head coach Jay Gruden scrutinized Griffin and players not backing the quarterback, the damage is leaning on a side of unrepairable in Washington.

It wouldn’t raise the slightest brow if Griffin was traded in the offseason. But in sports, winning cures all. A win on the road against the 49ers would deescalate the tension in Washington, but it won’t happen. Tempers will continue to flare.

San Francisco’s defense will capitalize off their five interception performance against Eli Manning and the Giants and disrupt Griffin all game long.

Cincinnati Bengals (6-3-1) @ Houston Texans (5-5)

The Bengals are the most frustratingly talented team in the NFL. After winning three straight to start the season, Cincinnati lost two and had a tie game against the Carolina Panthers.

Now, the Bengals have won three of their last four. The Bengals are faced with a positive problem in with rookie running back Jeremy Hill rushing for over 100 yard two of the past three games and starting running back Gio Bernard returning from hip and clavicle injuries.

AJ Green is returning to form since coming back from a toe injury that caused him to miss a couple of games, catching six passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.

Cincinnati prepares to take on Ryan Mallet who took over for a struggling Ryan Fitzpatrick in Houston. Mallet went 20 for 30 for 211 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in his first game as a starter in a 23-7 win over Cleveland.

I believe the former Arkansas star is the answer in Houston. Mallet will lead the Texans to a win over an unpredictable Bengals’ team.

Eddie P’s Philosophical Take

Arizona Cardinals (9-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (6-4)

The Arizona Cardinals have the best record in the NFL at 9-1. The Seattle Seahawks (6-4) are not quite at a Super Bowl level this year, but are still a formidable team. While the Cardinals are the favorite to win the division – and a playoff spot – the Seahawks are in the hunt for a wildcard spot. Seattle, however, cannot afford many more mistakes. They need to win to return to the postseason.

The Seahawks boast a top ten defense and the highest ranked rushing offense. Marshawn Lynch is still on beast mode at running back. Russell Wilson, while not as dynamic in the passing game, is also a threat running the ball.

The Cardinals will not be able to muster enough offense to beat the ‘Hawks.

St. Louis Rams (4-6) @ San Diego Chargers (6-4)

Let the records show, this writer will be attending this game. It will be this writer’s first professional football game. The records also show the St. Louis Rams are this writer’s favorite team – hence, the writer’s motive for picking the Rams.

The rams are coming off a huge win over the mighty Denver Broncos. The defense played perfectly. The defensive line applied enough pressure on Peyton Manning to disrupt him and his throws. The offense played a balanced game and did not self-destruct.

If this same Rams team shows up in San Diego, the Rams will be victorious against the Chargers. And this writer will be a very happy fan.

Words From Wooten

Kansas City (7-3) @ Oakland Raiders (0-10)

Well, it just doesn’t get any worse for the 0-10 Oakland Raiders. Now they can look forward to the draft and the offseason to acquire new talent and a few weapons for Derek Carr as he develops. But on the other side, Kansas City has a little swag in their system beating the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Seattle Seahawks.

Jamal Charles is back to his old ways by finding holes and straight up torching defenders. Justin Houson and Tamba Hali are still at it with their strong side and weak side blitz schemes. All in all, this will not be a good one for Oakland. They’re inconsistencies will cause them the game.

Arizona Cardinals (9-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (6-4)

This should be a good one.

Arizona is one of the very few teams to beat the Seahawks in Seattle over the past few years, so they’re going to Seattle expecting to do the same. Unfortunately for them, they are without their starting QB Carson Palmer. Who would’ve thought that Carson Palmer would have a football career after Cincinnati? Not me, but I love the competition he brings to the table.

Arizona has the best record in the NFL with just 1 loss on their record and Seattle is looking to add another loss to Arizona’s record. Marshawn Lynch has been in Beast Mode as of lately, running over just about anyone who’s in his way and scoring a few touchdowns.

In the end, it’s Seattle. I say Seattle because they’re at home and the Cardinals are without their field general in Carson Palmer. This may be a cakewalk for Seattle defense, but I know it just may be a struggle for Arizona’s front seven to stop Marshawn Lynch.

 

How far has Andrew Luck (12) become to compete against arguably the best quarterback in the NFL in Tom Brady?

How far has Andrew Luck (12) become to compete against arguably the best quarterback in the NFL in Tom Brady?

By Kelton Brooks @BrooksWeekly

After throwing 12 touchdowns in two games prior to last week’s head-scratching loss to the New York Jets, word to LeBron James, Ben Roethlisberger threw not four, not five, not six, but one measly touchdown against the abysmal Jets.

A loss to the Jets was baffling and quite frankly shouldn’t have happened, especially in a division where every team has a .600 win percentage or better. Roethlisberger is big time when showcased on primetime stages. A showdown against the 2-7 Tennessee Titans is a remedy that will cure the mysterious sickness came over Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium last Sunday.

But week 11 features a slate of games that could drastically alter both conferences in Buffalo @ Miami in the AFC and Detroit and Arizona in the NFC. Without further ado, let’s get to the predictions.


 

Week 10 Predictions Results 

Brooks: 9-4; Overall: 93-53

Perez: 9-4; Overall: 102-44

Wooten: 9-4; Overall: 82-49


 

Week 11 Matchups Brooks Perez Wooten
BUF @ MIA MIA(W) MIA(W) MIA(W)
MIN @ CHI CHI(W) CHI(W) CHI(W)
HOU @ CLE HOU(W) CLE(L) CLE(L)
SEA @ KC SEA(L) SEA(L) SEA(L)
ATL @ CAR ATL(W) CAR(L) ATL(W)
CIN @ NO NO(L) NO(L) NO(L)
TB @ WSH WSH(L) WSH(L) WSH(L)
DEN @ STL DEN(L) DEN(L) DEN(L)
SF @ NYG SF(W) SF(W) SF(W)
OAK @ SD SD(W) SD(W) SD(W)
PHI @ GB GB(W) GB(W) GB(W)
DET @ ARI DET(L) DET(L) DET(L)
NE @ IND NE(W) NE(W) IND(L)
PIT @ TEN PIT(W) PIT(W) PIT(W)

 


 

Brooks Bits

New England Patriots @ Indianapolis Colts

The last time these two teams played each other, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots sent the up-and-coming pup in Andrew Luck home with a 43-22 shellacking in the AFC Divisional game. Brady went 33 of 53 for 333 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the effortless performance.

The Luck versus Peyton Manning attracts the spotlight because it’s pupil versus the predecessor, but luck hasn’t been on the side of the Colts quarterback when facing Brady. Luck has a pedestrian 51.6 completion percentage with seven interceptions in two games against New England while Brady has thrown three touchdowns and no interceptions in those matchups.

Brady and Luck are top-3 in the MVP voting in my book, with both putting up staggering numbers to this point. Luck has a streak of seven consecutive 300-yard passing games heading into Sunday’s battle with the Patriots. New England is fresh off a bye week since dismantling Manning and the high powered Broncos. Manning still threw for 438 yards, which appears as a great day in the office.

Numbers never lie, but they don’t always tell the whole story. Manning was held to a season-low 80.9 passer rating and a season-low of 59.6 completion percentage. The Patriots defense will face a similar test in the Colts offense that leads the NFL with 32.2 points per game, (Denver 31.8). The offense is there for Indianapolis behind the league passing leader in Luck, but the defense is what sets these two teams apart.

Since shutting out the Bengals in week 7, the Colts have allowed a brutal 881 yards and eight touchdowns through the air. Nightmarish news for Indianapolis as Brady is on a stretch of 18 touchdowns to one interception over the Patriots last five victories.

Luck will undoubtedly become the best quarterback in the NFL, but not right now. Game, Patriots.

 Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals

Arguably the best game of the week as two NFC powers go head-to-head.

The marquee matchup is Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson who is fresh off a seven catch, 133 yard and one touchdown performance since returning from an ankle injury, versus the reigning NFC Player of the Week in Patrick Peterson who intercepted two passes and returned one for a score in the fourth quarter in a win over the St. Louis Rams.

The duel on the outside will sale tickets, but all eyes will be on Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton. Stanton went 2-1 in the absence of Carson Palmer who was dealing with a shoulder injury at the time, but now, Stanton will take over on a full-time basis after Palmer tore his ACL last week.

The injury came only two days after the 34-year-old Palmer signed a three-year contract extension worth $50 million, including $20.5 million guaranteed. He also tore his left ACL in 2006, 10 days after signing a $118 million extension with the Bengals, according to ESPN Stats&Info.

Gut wrenching news for a Cardinals team with Super Bowl aspirations. If Arizona manages to capture a one or two seed in the NFC behind Stanton, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is a lock for the Coach of the Year Award. Mysteriously, the Cardinals passing defense ranks among the worst in the NFL statistically. Arizona is giving up 274.2 yards per game (29th). Matthew Stafford, Johnson, and Golden Tate—who’s having a career year—will test the Cardinals defense.

Detriots has been fool’s gold previous years, but a victory on the road in Arizona will put the league on notice.

Eddie P’s Philosophical Take

Philadelphia Eagles @ Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are the favorites going into this game. On the other hand, the reemergence of Mark Sanchez has the Eagles red hot.

The Eagles manhandled the Panthers on Monday Night. While the defense made life hell for Cam Newton, Sanchez effectively and efficiently led the highflying offense.

The Packers, however, are as potent as the Eagles on offense. The offensive weapons are pretty much on par to each other. The only difference is at quarterback. Aaron is definitely on a different tier than Mark. He will win this game for the Packers.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans 

Pittsburgh sits at 6-4. The Steelers are a team that has all the pieces to be the powerhouse of old. The defense is not the same, but it has young pieces that could step up. The team’s strength definitely is its offense. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had two back-to-back games with six touchdowns and zero interceptions. And then there are the games where the Steelers falter to lowly teams, like against the New York Jets.

This has happened before. The Steelers were supposed to beat Tampa Bay. The Steelers were supposed to beat the Cleveland Browns. This week, Pittsburgh is supposed to beat the Tennessee Titans. Lets see if the Steelers handle their business and do what they are supposed to do.

Words From Wooten

Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

With Adrian Peterson’s NFL future still up in the air, the Vikings have been a different team without their star player. Marc Trestman is on the on hot seat in Chicago, you can expect him to come and make a statement vicariously through his team. The Bears need to get a win against the Vikings just to ease the flow of everything that is happening within the organization. Players are calling out other players along with horrible coaching. The Bears will hopefully get a win at home against their division rivals.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Green Bay Packers

The Eagles looked very good against the Panthers this past Monday. In fact, I’m sure no one expected Mark Sanchez to come in and give a good performance.

It is as if Sanchez fits the system as well as Nick Foles because he’s leading his wide receivers with his passes, he knows how to read defenses a little better than Foles and he’s no longer showing his emotions on his sleeve. The receivers are looking very good in helping Sanchez as well.

Now to switch teams, Aaron Rodgers is straight up dismantling defenses. With a QBR of 120.1 on the season, you can assume that playing the Eagles will just be another game for him going against the Eagles’ 22nd-ranked pass defense.

All in all, you can expect for the Packers and his offense to have a field day against the Eagles in Green Bay Sunday.

Are the Detroit Lions (6-2) for real?

Are the Detroit Lions (6-2) for real?

By Kelton Brooks (@BrooksWeekly)

Is it too early to start talking about the playoffs?

If the postseason started today, the Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions would both have first-round byes in the NFC, and the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos in the AFC. Both Denver and New England, we knew they would be in that position, but the Lions and Cardinals are poised to turn the tides in their conference.

The Cardinals failed to make the playoffs last season even with a 10-6 record, but now 7-1 heading into week 10—unless a historical collapse happens—Arizona is the class of the NFC led by a healthy Carson Palmer and coach of the year candidate Bruce Arians. If Arizona can hold off a defensively tough NFC West, the the Cardinals will waltz into the playoffs.

And it’s not out of reach to say the Cardinals will make their first Super Bowl appearance since a 2008 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.


 

Week 9 Predictions Results 

Brooks: 10-3; Overall: 84-49

Perez: 10-3; Overall: 93-40

Wooten: 8-5; Overall: 73-45


 

Week 10 Matchups Brooks Perez Wooten
CLE @ CIN CIN(L) CIN(L) CIN(L)
STL @ ARI ARI(W) ARI(W) ARI(W)
KC @ BUF BUF(L) BUF(L) BUF(L)
MIA @ DET DET(W) DET(W) DET(W)
DAL @ JAX DAL(W) DAL(W) DAL(W)
SF @ NO NO(L) NO(L) NO(L)
TEN @ BAL BAL(W) BAL(W) BAL(W)
PIT @ NYJ PIT(L) PIT(L) PIT(L)
ATL @ TB ATL(W) ATL(W) ATL(W)
DEN @ OAK DEN(W) DEN(W) DEN(W)
NYG @ SEA SEA(W) SEA(W) SEA(W)
CHI @ GB GB(W) GB(W) GB(W)
CAR @ PHI PHI(W) PHI(W) PIT(W)

 


 

 

Brooks Bits

Miami Dolphins (5-3) @ Detroit Lions (6-2)

The Lions are 3-0 without the best wide receiver on the planet in Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. Even with their success without the All Pro receiver, Detroit will joyously welcome his return Sunday.

The loss of Johnson has been a blessing in disguise for Detroit as Matthew Stafford has spread the wealth amongst his receivers, tight ends and running backs. But the player reaping the most of Johnson’s absence is free agent acquisition Golden Tate. In his last three games, Tate has 24 catches, 349 yards and three touchdowns.

Detroit has always featured an air raid led by Stafford, but the Lions defense is a unit that no one is talking about as the league’s best. The Lions are giving up 74 yard on the ground (2nd), 216.4 through the air (5th), 15.8 ppg (1st) and have the No. 2 ranked total defense in the NFL.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill  set a career-best 125.6 passer rating as Miami chalked up a season-high 441 yards against the San Diego Chargers. Tannehill has been far from consistent since entering the NFL, but if he can duplicate his performance against Detroit, the New England may have a cause for concern in the AFC East.

Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) @ Buffalo Bills (5-3)

Like the Dolphins, the Bills are climbing the ladder in the AFC East. Buffalo has won three of their last four since making the switch from EJ Manuel to Kyle Orton. The Bills’ management paid close attention the the Patriots’ early season struggles and knew the division was up for grabs.

A strategic decision led to success in Buffalo, but the braintrust had to have known Tom Brady would shake off the rust and lead New England on a five game winning streak. Brady has catapulted himself into the MVP conversation with an 18:1 touchdown to interception ratio in those past five games.

The Bills don’t have an MVP candidate on its roster, but Buffalo does have a superstar rookie wide receiver in Sammy Watkins. The stud wideout has been limited in practice with a groin injury, but if he can muster through the pain, his services will be needed against a stingy Dolphins passing defense.

Both teams have had their ups-and-downs throughout the season, but both will look to extend its winning streak.

Give me Buffalo.

 

 Eddie P’s Philosophical Take

Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The NFC South has been horrid this season. Its division Leader sits at .500, meaning the other three teams have losing records. At the bottom are the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 2-6 Falcons are a talented team that somehow managed to falter.  With receiving options like Roddy White & Quintorris “Julio” Jones, there is no problem scoring. The Falcon’s issue is their defense, ranking near the bottom in both pass and run defense.

Tampa Bay has struggled to pick up new head coach Lovie Smith’s defense. They, too, rank at the bottom in terms of defense. The Bucs’ offense hasn’t faired as well either.

Ultimately, the win goes to the team that’s better off, and that is the Atlanta Falcons. They have a legit passing offense.

 

Miami Dolphins @ Detroit Lions

The Miami Dolphins are on a three game winning streak. They just absolutely thrashed the San Diego Chargers. They are a team with a stout defense and a strong running game.

The Detroit Lions are also on a three game winning streak. They are also getting back the best receiver in the game, Calvin Johnson, from injury. The Lions have shocked everyone by fielding a top five overall ranked defense.

The Lions will just be too much for the Dolphins. Megatron will try to come back in a fury. It’s a scary thing for the ‘phins.

 

Words From Wooten

Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers

Chicago is currently going through a rough patch.

With two consecutive losses to the Dolphins and a horrible performance against the Patriots, Brandon Marshall isn’t the only one who is frustrated at the team’s performance. The Bears have the pieces in
place to make it to the playoffs, but like many people believe, Marc Trestman isn’t using his offensive weapons like he should.

With a great wide receiver duo, tight end Martellus Bennett and running back Matt Forte, the offense should be unstoppable, but there’s an age old problem, and that problem is no one blocking on the offensive line. If they can fix that problem, then the Bears can improve.

The Packers are ready to play this weekend. Aaron Rodgers has been kicking their butts since he took over after the Bret Favre. Look for him to connect to both Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson as they breeze by the Bears this weekend.

Miami Dolphins @ Detroit Lions

This will definitely be a good game, or at least I like to think it will be. Here we have two teams whose defenses are respectively top-3 in the league. Both team’s offenses can hold their own against opponents as well.

At the end of the day, I feel like the Lions are going to take this W. They’re at home and it is always extremely difficult to go on the road and get a win, unless you’re the ’88 San Francisco 49ers who went on to win 18 straight games on the road. With Calvin Johnson’s status still unknown, you can assume that Golden Tate will produce like he’s been doing for the entire season.

Tate is currently fourth in the league in receiving yards, so Dolphins’ cornerback Brent Grimes needs to find a way to stop him if Miami wants to come into Detroit and get a win.

But all in all, I feel like the Lions will walk away with their heads held high after a close one here.

Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning: Clash of the Titans. Who will win?

Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning: Clash of the Titans. Who will win?

@BrooksWeekly

We have the AFC North—Bengals, Steelers, Ravens, Browns—with each team posting a record above .500. And then there is the surprisingly, awful NFC South that sent two teams playoffs last season in the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.

This year?

No team in the NFC South has a winning record. The Panthers and Saints are both 3-4, a deep and talented Atlanta Falcons team in 2-6 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 1-6. The season is still young, especially for New Orleans with Drew Brees under center.

But sending a team to the playoffs with a .500 record or worse is an embarrassment, but if you win your division, you in, but it appears no team in this division wants to win.


 

Brooks: 7-8; Overall: 74-46

Perez: 13-2; Overall: 83-37

Wooten: 11-4; Overall: 65-40


 

Week 9 Matchups Brooks Perez  Wooten
NO @ CAR NO(W) NO(W)  CAR(L)
TB @ CLE CLE(W) CLE(W)  CLE(W)
PHI @ HOU PHI(W) PHI(W)  PHI(W)
NYJ @ KC KC(W) KC(W)  KC(W)
JAX @ CIN CIN(W) CIN(W)  CIN(W)
ARI @ DAL ARI(W) ARI(W)  ARI(W)
WSH @ MIN WSH(L) WSH(L)  MIN(L)
STL @ SF SF(L) SF(L)  SF(L)
DEN @ NE DEN(L) DEN(L)  NE(W)
OAK @ SEA SEA(W) SEA(W)  SEA(W)
BAL @ PIT PIT(W) PIT(W)  BAL(L)
IND @ NYG IND(W) IND(W)  IND(W)
SD @ MIA SD(L) SD(L)  SD(L)

 


 

Brooks Bits

Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots 

The two future Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks have faced each other 16 times, dating back to Manning’s Indianapolis Colts days. The last time these two titanic quarterbacks met, Manning toppled his prolific counterpart in a 26-16 victory in the AFC Championship.

Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots went into the offseason with a mindset to derail Manning’s explosive offense by signing cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.

The Broncos added defensive stalwarts of their own in CB Aqib Talib, safety TJ Ward and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware who have all gelled.

Denver also added wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders who has excelled with Manning as his quarterback. Sanders is fresh off a nine catch, 120 yard, three touchdown performance against San Diego.

According to ESPN Stats&Information, Manning and Brady Manning each went 4-0 in October with their teams winning by roughly 18 points per game (Broncos +18.5, Patriots +17.8). They each completed 100 passes and had the top two QBRs in the league, while throwing 14 touchdowns.

The debate of who is the top quarterback of the century between Brady and Manning won’t come to a conclusion even after they retire, but on Sunday, Manning will come out on top on the road in Foxboro.

 

Indianapolis Colts @ New York Giants

That 51-34 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers had nothing to do with Luck.

No seriously, it had nothing to do with Andrew Luck. Ben Roethlisberger delivered the Colts defense one of the most masterful games in NFL history with 522 yards and six touchdowns.

In fact, Roethlisberger is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 500 yards two times in his career.

Luck too had himself a game with 400 yards passing with four touchdowns through the air, but he also added two interceptions. Like Roethlisberger, Luck faces another two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback from the 2004 NFL draft in Eli Manning.

The Giants have loss two straight after reeling off a three game winning streak. They’ve lost their star in Victor Cruz for the season and have a brutal schedule the rest of the way with San Francisco, Seattle and Dallas next in line. If New York (3-4), doesn’t pick up a win against Luck and the Colts Sunday, the Giants might be in for a downward spiral the rest of the way.

 

Eddie P’s Philosophical Take

Arizona Cardinals @ Dallas Cowboys

The Arizona Cardinals have the best record in the NFC at 6-1. They will look to keep it that way by going into Arlington, TX and pouncing on the Cowboys.

The Cards have a strong defense and a more than capable offense. Carson Palmer has three dangerous targets in receivers Michael Floyd, rookie John Brown, and the still lethal Larry Fitzgerald. Running back Andre Ellington ain’t too shabby either.

The Cowboys are among the conference’s top teams as well. Running back DeMarco Murray is a total beast, but he’s going up against a stingy run defense. Quarterback Tony Romo is also coming off a back injury, and nobody knows how well he will perform.

Cards win.

 

Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots 

I’ve clamored about top quarterbacks battling it out before. I’m dead serious this time – Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are thee top signal callers of this generation.

Plain and simply, the Broncos have a few more offensive weapons than the Patriots. Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders. Who do the Patriots have, Rob Gronkowski?

Broncos got this.