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Thumper's Picks - Week 14

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Dec 7, 2006.

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    By Thumper
    <em>Bolt Talk Staff Writer</em>

    The playoff picture is beginning to come into focus, but in both the NFC and the AFC there are several teams on the cusp. This week will be pivotal to make the playoff picture come just a little more in to focus. It looks like we've got an exciting week ahead of us. Now, here are the picks.

    <strong>Chris Carter 118-74
    Bob Costas 115-79
    Dan Marino 114-78
    Thumper 113-79
    Chris Collinsworth 113-79</strong>

    <strong>Thursday, Dec. 7</strong>

    <em><strong>Cleveland 13, Pittsburgh 24</strong></em>
    The Browns pass defense doesn't look good. They gave up four touchdown passes against the Chiefs last week. Look for Steelers' QB, Ben Rothlisberger to have a big game.

    <strong>Sunday, Dec. 3</strong>

    <em><strong>Atlanta 24, Tampa Bay 18</strong></em>
    The Falcons have been an enigma this year and as such one of the hardest teams to predict. Whether they throw first or run first, one constant is that their defense needs to improve. Another is that the Falcon's receivers need to step up their play. I say the Falcons are going to win, but one can never be sure with this team.

    <em><strong>Baltimore 16, Kansas City 19</strong></em>
    Here is a battle of the running backs, Larry Johnson vs. Jamal Lewis. If all things were equal, I've say advantage LJ, but the KC defense is soft against the run, the Ravens' defense is not. The passing game might be the difference maker. Look for Trent Green and Tony Gonzalez to have big games.

    <em><strong>Indianapolis 24, Jacksonville 28</strong></em>
    Run defense has been the achilles tendon of the Colts all season. The Jaguars have shown they can be an effective team running the ball. This is going to be a slug fest won in the trenches and the Colts are going to get punched right in the mouth.

    <em><strong>Minnesota 13, Detroit 14</strong></em>
    The Vikings and in particular, QB Brad Johnson, have been struggling lately. With the home field advantage, mark this one down as a Lions win.

    <em><strong>New England 18, Miami 21</strong></em>
    I imagine the Patriots are the clear favorites in this game, but I'm calling for the upset. This game is in Miami which favors the Dolphins. The Dolphins have been a hot team recently. The Patriots just seem to find new ways to win. Sometimes your luck just runs out. Miami wins this one at home.

    <em><strong>N.Y. Giants 20, Carolina 24</strong></em>
    This game will the way of Panthers QB Jake Delholme. He has struggled in the last few games, but if plays the way he's capable, the Panthers should take this. Key to the game is to get your playmaker Steve Smith involved early and often.

    <em><strong>Oakland 10, Cincinnati 28</strong></em>
    The Raiders defense has been steadily improving as the season has gone on, but the Bengals just have too much firepower on offense to be stopped.

    <em><strong>Philadelphia 21, Washington 20</strong></em>
    Is QB Jeff Garcia the savior in Philly? Maybe not, but he has been better than most expected. Can he stay on a roll by beating the Redskins?

    <em><strong>Tennessee 21, Houston 19</strong></em>
    Vince Young is a difference maker. I know it's still early in the careers of the QBs drafted in '06, but so far Young is the cream of the crop. The Texans will have to account for him on every play because of his playmaking ability.

    <em><strong>Green Bay 13, San Francisco 17</strong></em>
    Frank Gore is going to be a real force in the league for many years. How did he slip to the 3rd round in '05? He's showing 1st round talent. 49ers' QB, Alex Smith is improving, but Gore is the one that will lead the team to victory.

    <em><strong>Seattle 24, Arizona 13</strong></em>
    The Cardinals have shown they can play with any team this year, just not win. The Seahawks need to get rolling if they want to make a playoff run. With Hasselbeck and Alexander back, they have the talent to do it.

    <em><strong>Buffalo 16, N.Y. Jets 24</strong></em>
    Last year Willis McGahee proclaimed himself the best running back in the league. He's done little to prove it. Yes he does have injured ribs, but he's not even putting up numbers similar to what LaDainian Tomlinson did last year with broken ribs. After attending the game in Buffalo, I'm going to have a huge smile on my face when they lose and I think about what complete idiots some of the Bills fans were. Thank you the Bills fan that felt the need to come up to me out of the blue and tell me I'm a ‘fat ***'. Well dude, your team sucks.

    <em><strong>Denver 16, San Diego 31</strong></em>
    The Broncos' rookie QB, Jay Cutler is going to have a tough day making his first away start against a tough Chargers defense. LT may break the all time season TD record, but also look for LB Shawne Merriman to have a huge day.

    <em><strong>New Orleans 24, Dallas 28</strong></em>
    This is a match up of two of the better NFC teams. They will both be a factor in the post season, but right now Dallas QB Tony Romo is on a roll. Playing in front of a home crowd, I expect that roll to continue.

    <strong>Monday, Dec. 4</strong>
    <em><strong>
    Chicago 21, St. Louis 13</strong></em>
    Bears' QB Rex Grossman has been struggling lately. Fortunately the Bears can win games with their defense and special teams. The Rams are on a skid and probably won't be able to pull out of it this Monday.
     

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