The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to turn the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season upside down.
We’re closing in on Week 16 of a wacky NFL season where nothing has been guaranteed. Some teams have crashed and burned, while others have started off hot, tailed off and picked up the pace again. There are two weeks left in the season with a few divisions still up for grabs. Rule nothing out at this point.
Sunday December 23, 2012, Games beginning with 1:00 pm:
Atlanta Falcons (12-2) at Detroit Lions (4-10) - The Lions showed me something last weekend against the Rams. Matt Ryan’s head better be on a swivel.
Falcons 24 – Lions 20
Tennessee Titans (5-9) at Green Bay Packers (10-4) – The Pack better be careful here. It’s not like they walked all over the Bears last week.
Packers 33 – Titans 17
Minnesota Vikings (8-6) at Houston Texans (12-2) – I can see Adrian Peterson running for 150 yards on Sunday just because the Texans front four are going to give Christian Ponder hell.
Texans 29 – Vikings 16
St. Louis Rams (6-7-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8) - Two teams who should be in the thick of their division races next season.
Bucs 24 – Rams 23
Washington Redskins (8-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-10) – Andy Reid ain’t goin’ out like that in his last home game as coach of the Birds. No way!
Eagles 24 – Redskins 20
New Orleans Saints (6-8) at Dallas Cowboys (8-6) – Dangerous game for the ‘Boys here. They have the horses and the momentum to pull this out. Besides, Dez Bryant is on a roll.
Cowboys 31 – Saints 23
San Diego Chargers (5-9) at NY Jets (6-8) – Rex Ryan and the Jets Execs ruined this team. They deserve nothing.
Chargers 23 – Jets 10
Oakland Raiders (4-10) at Carolina Panthers (5-9) - It’s still possible for the Panthers to finish second in the division.
Panthers 30 – Raiders 21
Buffalo Bills (5-8) at Miami Dolphins (6-8) - Would keeping Chad Johnson have made a difference in Miami making the playoffs?
Dolphins 27 - Bills 14
Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7) - I hope I’m wrong, but the loss to the Cowboys last week may have been the kill shot to the Steelers season.
Steelers 23 – Bengals 21
New England Patriots (10-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) – Brady and the gang will be playing up until the final minutes of this season, attempting to lock down home field throughout the playoffs.
Indianapolis Colts (9-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-12) - Gotta win Sunday. Wouldn’t be fair for Chuck Pagano to be walking back into a must-win situation.
Colts 26 – Chiefs 7
Games beginning at 4:05 or later:
Cleveland Browns (5-9) at Denver Broncos (11-3) – Shoot man! The Broncos may not lose again.
Broncos 24 – Browns 13
NY Giants (8-6) at Baltimore Ravens (9-5) – The Giants have played themselves into a hole leaving no margin for error.
Ravens 17 – Giants 13
Chicago Bears (8-6) at Arizona Cardinals (5-9) - Someone cue Dennis Green!
Bears 23 – Cardinals 21
Monday December 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm:
San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1) at Seattle Seahawks (9-5) – Seattle has the Niners right where they want them.
Seahawks 22 – 49ers 16
Last Week: 8-8
2012 Season 135 -88-1