LIONS 31, vikes 23
Megatron, a.k.a. Calvin Johnson, puts the Fox NFL robot to shame in the Motor City today. Facing a dismal Vikings pass defense, Johnson hauls in eight receptions for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Detroit extends its playoff hopes with a with at home.
BENGALS 14, texans 10
Quietly, coolly and calmly, the Texans are looking for its seventh consecutive victory. A team perennially known for its pourous defense, Houston enters its contest at Cincinnati with the league’s No. 1 defense. However, the team is unable to overcome key injuries (WR Andre Johnson and QB, Matt Schaub) today, as Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and the Bengals get the win.
saints 27, TITANS 17
Domed-home New Orleans would like to prove its toughness with a road win against the surging Tennessee Titans today. It will be a tall task, especially having to contain the NFL’s hottest running back (Chris Johnson), but Drew Brees and Co. get the job done and improve to 10-3.
Michael Vick returns to the field for Philadelphia today. But will he be ready against the mystifying Miami Dolphins (a team that is 4-1 in its past five games after beginning its season 0-7)? Vick plays well, but it’s Philadelphia’s defense –
keyed by CB Nnamdi Asomugha’s coverage of Miami WR Brandon Marshall – that particularly rises to the occasion as the Eagles triumph in South Beach.
JETS 23, chiefs 6
The Chiefs pulled off a shocking road upset in Chicago last week. Can they do it again? Not quite. No Tyler Palko-Dexter McCluster miracle today. The Jets win this game handily.
pats 27, SKINS 17
Washington was embarrassed at home last week against the Jets. So the Skins are looking to rebound for its home fans … The problem is, the Patriots are the team invading the nation’s capital today. Tom Brady continues his astounding season, Rob Gronkowski runs his touchdown total to 15 and New England marches to its fifth win
in a row.
PANTHERS 27, falcons 24
Super Cam has already doubled his team’s win total from last season. Newton makes it three wins in a row for Carolina today, as the Panthers earn the upset win and put a damper on Atlanta’s playoff hopes.
JAGS 20, bucs 17 (in OT)
The Jaguars looked lost and distraught last week in interim head coach Mel Tucker’s debut. Today, however, Jacksonville takes advantage of its star running back’s matchup against the league’s 29th-ranked rush defense. Maurice Jones-Drew bowls through the Buccaneers defense and Tucker’s team emerges victorious in overtime.
RAVENS 38, colts 13
Ray Rice has a chance at history today, seeking his second straight 200-y
ard rushing day at home against the Colts. Baltimore wins big.
SUNDAY (LATE GAMES)
BRONCOS 17, bears 10
All Chris Carter does is catch touchdowns. All Tim Tebow does is wins games. Tebow’s lack of passing prowess could catch up to him next week against New England, but the Miracle Man does just enough to lead the Broncos past the wounded Bears today. Denver
wins its sixth straight.
CARDS 17, niners 14
Upset alert. Beanie Wells becomes the first opposing player earn a rushing touchdown against San Francisco this season, as the Cardinals follow its upset of the Cowboys last week with an impressive defeat of the 49ers today.
PACK 34, raiders 17
Oakland poses no match for the Pack today.
CHARGERS 38, bills 17
After a dominant win in Jacksonville last week, San Diego takes another big step towards salvaging a woeful season today. The Chargers score early and often in beating Buffalo to a pulp.
giants 23, BOYS 20
Under the radar, Giants WR Victor Cruz could earn a Pro Bowl spot the way he’s playing. The second-year receiver out of Massachusetts adds to his 62 receptions, 1,076 receiving yards and 7 TDs tonight in Dallas, as the Giants improve to 3-0 against its archrival Cowboys in Jerry World.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
HAWKS 24, rams 10
Marshawn Lynch has been a wrecking ball for Seattle in recent weeks. So who’s to think the revolting Rams can stop him tomorrow night? Certainly not me. Seattle dispatches St. Louis and improves to 6-7.