My prediction for Sunday have things breaking quite well for the Chicago Bears.
Washington at Philadelphia
Bob Griffin returns for the Redskins and I can’t imagine them blowing what has become a remarkably resurgent 2012 campaign against a lifeless Eagles team finishing out the Andy Reid string. The one wild card in the proceedings is Nick Foles – who is clearly auditioning for the next coaching regime as starting quarterback. It’ll be closer than folks think but Redskins pull away late. Washington 31, Philadelphia 21
New Orleans at Dallas
I don’t trust the Tony Romo Cowboys. And I am sensing a lot of confidence emanating out of north Texas. This one ends with Cowboys fans saying things like, “Of course they lost this game.” New Orleans 34, Dallas 30
Minnesota at Houston
Adrian Peterson’s stat line: 27 carries, 145 yards, 1 touchdown. The rest of the Vikings offense: no things. Houston 24, Minnesota 10
New York Giants at Baltimore
The Giants are the most enigmatic team in the league. They’ve embarrassed the Niners and Packers and been embarrassed by the Bengals and Falcons. They are capable of winning and losing every single game they play by 30 points. And their quarterback is just as likely to throw four interceptions as he is to throw four touchdowns. But everyone believes the Giants are capable of simply flipping a switch and going on another Super Bowl run. That’s why they are favored in Baltimore.
But I do not like this match-up for the Giants. They have struggled to stop the run all season and Jim Caldwell’s ascension to the OC role in Baltimore was predicated upon handing the rock to Ray Rice. And when the Giants don’t get to the opposing quarterback their secondary – which is not good – can be exploited for big plays and big yardage. Joe Flacco has struggled but when this offense is humming they are one of the better downfield passing groups in the game.
So I think Baltimore will score – just as each of the other teams in the AFC North did against the Giants. But will the Giants score enough? My answer? No. Baltimore 27, New York 20