NFL Sunday: Previews and Predictions.

Ravens @ Panthers

So, the Ravens, a team with one of the league’s most superstar-laden defences, face off against the Panthers, a team without their two starting QBs. They have been forced to bring in Brian St Pierre, a man who has never started a game in the NFL despite being active for eight years. This can surely only go one way.

Prediction: Ravens 35 Panthers 3

Bills @ Bengals

Terrell Owens returns to Buffalo (he was there last season, honestly) on a rich vein of form, which is more than can be said for the hapless Bengals. Tipped highly at the start of the season, the Bengals have fell to 2-7, and what might have seemed unthinkable at the start of the season could easily happen this weekend, as the Bills have won nine straight against the Bengals, and could easily complete the feat again on Sunday.

Prediction: Bills 17 Bengals 14

Lions @ Dallas

Coming off the back of only their second win of the season last week in New York, Coach Garrett’s Cowboys will hope to finally give the Dallas crowd a win at home. They will be favourites to beat a Lions side still without Matthew Stafford at QB, and the ‘Boys will be looking for Dez Bryant to be their big-play WR for consecutive Sundays.

Prediction: Lions 14 Cowboys 21

Browns @ Jaguars

The Jags ride back home on the back of a ridiculous victory last weekend, as David Garrard’s last ditch 50-yard Hail Mary beat the Texans with time expired. The Browns endured a horrible OT defeat to the Jets, but will still think back to their Week 9 defeat of the Patriots to prove anything is possible, and they have beaten the Jaguars on their last three meetings. Maurice Jones-Drew and Peyton Hillis will compete in a battle of the running backs in a game that will most likely be tight, as even when the Jags are good, they rarely win big.

Prediction: Browns 24 Jaguars 21

Cardinals @ Chiefs

The Chiefs have faded from a fantastic start to 5-4, but should be perfectly capable of beating the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11. After a stellar statistical performance last week in a defeat, Matt Cassel will look to get his two stars running backs in Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles going this week against a weak Cardinals defence. Kansas’ own D will look to improve after giving up a whole load of points last week against Denver.

Prediction: Cardinals 14 Chiefs 35

Packers @ Vikings

Ever since he went to the Vikings in 2009, this game has only been about one man. Favre, Favre, Favre. The Vikings are done for the season if they fail to beat their biggest rivals here, and Brett Favre is deservedly in the spotlight. The aging QB has 21 turnovers this season, whilst Green Bay are opening to catching those picks, with 19 take-aways themselves (and a massive eighty points coming off those turnovers). Vikings have one-up on their rivals in the running game, but the Packers defence may be too much for Favre, Peterson et all to cope with. Green Bay could hammer the final nail in the Vikings’ coffin here.

Prediction: Packers 28 Vikings 21

Texans @ Jets

The Texans go to New York enjoying a mixed season, whilst the Jets are flying high above all expectations at 7-2. One of the Jets’ biggest strengths this year has been their sturdy run defense, and Houston’s own strengths play right into the Jets’ hands. Arien Foster may struggle to get anything out of New York, whilst Mark Sanchez’ transformation into the real-deal could let to the Jets having a field day through the air.

Prediction: Texans 7 Jets 21

Raiders @ Steelers

The Oakland Raiders are on a three-game winning streak, and are enjoying one of their better seasons in recent times. However, they haven’t beaten the Steelers since 2002, and will face a tough task this Sunday. Darren McFadden leads the NFL in yards-per-game this season with 108.1, but comes up against a Steelers defence that has only allowed one 100-yard rushing game in a mammoth 43 match-ups. The Steelers are banged-up a little and endured a mauling at the hands of the Patriots last Sunday, whilst the Raiders are coming off a bye-week, but Jason Campbell is not Tom Brady, and the Raiders will have their work cut out at Heinz Field.

Prediction: Raiders 14 Steelers 28

Redskins @ Titans

There are more stories off-the-field than there are on it in this match-up. Randy Moss arrives for his first home game in Tennessee, whilst Albert Haynesworth returns to his own team. Donovan McNabb jets into Tennessee on the back of one of the most unexpected contract extensions of the season, and it may not be a happy day against the Titans for the QB. Whilst both Kerry Collins and Vince Young are struggling with injuries and consistency, the Redskins defence have given up a shocking amount of yards this season, and the Titans should still easily find a way through on the run.

Prediction: Titans 28 Redskins 10

Seahawks @ Saints

The story of this game is the return of Reggie Bush from a broken leg, against the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks. The ‘hawks have little in the offensive line to protect their key asset, Matt Hasselbeck, and Drew Brees will look to return to the Championship-winning form he displayed in Week 9, albeit against the Panthers. With the Saints at home after enjoying a bye, a win should be relatively straight-forward.

Prediction: Seahawks 7 Saints 28

Bucs @ 49ers

West Coast versus East Coast in San Francisco, in perhaps one of the most unpredictable games in Week 11. Troy Smith comes off two straight wins in his first games as 49ers QB, which although impressive, have seen some wild throws and more than a few strokes of luck. Josh Freeman is proves to be another impressive youngster at QB for the Bucs, who will not leave the playoff picture alone. The Frank Gore Show may prove to be the difference between the sides.

Prediction: Bucs 14 49ers 17

Falcons @ Rams

Recent weeks have seen the Falcons become serious Superbowl contenders. Matt Ryan has begun to move from ongoing rookie to the league’s elite, and the Falcons will look to reproduce their invincible home form on the road against the Rams, who also look impressive in the own backyard. No. 1 pick Sam Bradford will have to play out of his skin to defeat the high-flyers from Atlanta.

Prediction: Falcons 21 Rams 17

David Dickson

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