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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Weekend Football Preview

Ed-Delayed, but I excuse the writer who was tough to track down this week between Antlantic City and a fight in New York this weekend.


Had I posted a weekend preview last week, I would have been correct in all of my predictions. Trust me. It’s too bad that I was intoxicated all of last week and unable to function at all, much less write anything coherent. Call it alcohol-induced-writers-block.

Jaguars at Titans (-4)
In arguably the best division in the NFL, these two teams are battling for second place behind Indy – the likely AFC South champs. The 6-2 Titans trail the Colts by only one game; the 5-3 Jags are an extra game back. A Titans win solidifies their status as an elite team in the AFC. A Jacksonville victory keeps them on par with Tennessee, where a loss would drop them into the crowded middle of the AFC playoff hunt. Needless to say, this is a big game for both squads.

The Jags suffered an opening day loss against Tennessee, where they allowed a team-record 282 rushing yards. They won’t let this happen again. I don’t think Vince Young is going to beat this defense with his arm, either. The game is large for both teams, but larger for the Jaguars. I think their QB, David Garrard, comes to play, and plays well enough to win a low scoring game. Final Score: Jags 17 – Titans 13.

Lions at Cardinals (-1)
How bad is Kurt Warner? If last week’s game tells us anything, it’s that Warner is a horrible quarterback and his Cardinals might as well start focusing on the 2008 NFL Draft. Offensively against Tampa Bay last week, Arizona looked like a high-school football team. A bad one. To compete with this 6-2 Lions team, Warner needs to step it up. With weapons like Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, stepping it up should be a possibility. But I don’t think it will happen this week, even against Detroit’s 30th ranked pass defense.

Arizona is favored by a point and I’m not sure why. Sure the Cards are at home, but Jon Kitna and the Lions are hot. This win would give them a truly impressive 7-2 record and keep them close to the NFC North division leaders – Green Bay. I think their offense keeps rolling, and the one-armed-Warner and the Lions offense doesn’t keep pace. Final Score: Lions 24 – Cardinals 17.

Eagles at Redskins (-2.5)
The Redskins should win this game. Outside of the forgettable game against the Patriots, the Washington secondary has been stellar. They should be able to focus on shutting down Brian Westbrook, while still keeping the Philly WRs from doing any major damage. Injuries to their top three cornerbacks throughout the season have been tough to deal with, but the Skins have still been able to stop the pass for the most part. I see now reason why they can stop the low flying Eagles.

The Redskins are at home. McNabb is slow these days. Portis seems to be revitalized. The Redskins should win. I think they will. Final Score: Redskins 23 – Eagles 20

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