Remember two months ago when Jeff Fisher wore a Peyton Manning jersey to a charity event because he "wanted to feel like a winner?" in the midst of the Titans' 0-6 start? Well now that the Titans have ripped off five straight wins and made themselves plausible, if still far-fetched, playoff contenders, Fisher can feel comfortable in a Tennessee uniform. With the Titans traveling to Indianapolis this weekend, the big question is whether Fisher will continue to feel like a winner, or whether the Titans' playoff hopes will die courtesy of Peyton Manning's right arm. After going 11-4 their last time picking games, SB Nation's NFL bloggers wiped off their eight-balls, and their answer will upset Chris Johnson fans everywhere: look for the Colts' mojo to trump Tennessee's in what should be a scintillating matchup.
In other notable games, our bloggers think the Saints will continue their march towards 16-0, the Cowboys will shake off the ghost of Decembers past, and the Vikings to win a clash of NFC division leaders.
Oh, and they think the Browns, Bucs and Rams will stay stuck at one win apiece.
As always, home teams are listed second.
|Buffalo Bills||SBN's Buffalo Rumblings lays out the Bills' keys for victory against the Jets: stop Thomas Jones, force Sanchez into mistakes and avoid throwing it Darrelle Revis' way. Ryan Fitzpatrick's rapport with Terrell Owens won't hurt either. Look for the Bills to give the fans in Toronto a reason to cheer.|
|Chicago Bears||Movable object, meet resistible force. The Bears' bottom-ranked rushing attack will be on display against the Rams' putrid run defense this Sunday. With less pressure on Jay Cutler to move the ball himself, our bloggers think the Bears will get|
|New England Patriots||SBN's Pats Pulpits asks whether the Dolphins will be able to follow the Saints' defensive blueprint, doubling Moss AND Welker, while still generating enough pressure on Brady? Our bloggers say no. Look for the Pats to get their first true road win of the year.|
|Philadelphia Eagles||With their season on the line and Matt Ryan sidelined, will backup quarterback Chris Redman be up to the challenge for the Falcons? Our bloggers say no. They don't expect the Falcons offense to keep up with the Eagles, who should light up the scoreboard against Atlanta's generous defense.|
|New Orleans Saints||This is a textbook trap game for the Saints. Coming off an emotional win over the Pats, it'd be easy for them to overlook the downtrodden Skins, especially on a short week for them -- at leas that's what SBN's Hog Havens hopes. Our bloggers aren't so sanguine, and expect the Saints to continue their undefeated run.|
|Indianapolis Colts||It's not often that a contest involving a 5-6 team is the game of the week, but this might just be the exception. Rebounding from their 0-6 start thanks to Vince Young's resurrection and Chris Johnson's ridiculousness, the Titans are halfway home to their stated goal of running the table for their last 10 games. But Indy, of course, has their own little winning streak going as well. While VY just wins football games, our bloggers think traveling to Indy will be too tough a task.|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin promised they would "unleash hell" in December. It's convenient that they're playing the Raiders then, because Oakland players are very, very familiar with NFL hell. Our bloggers like the Steelers to win -- and win big.|
|Denver Broncos||Can the Chiefs get a "momentum win" and prove that they are on their way to climbing out of the AFC West basement? While the Broncos have certainly been vulnerable the past month, their strong showing on Thanksgiving has our bloggers cautiously back on the bandwagon. Look for Denver to inch closer to a playoff berth with a win.|
|Carolina Panthers||The Panthers will have to adjust to playing without Jake Delhomme. As wideout Muhsin Muhammad explained, "obviously, we won't do a lot of things that Jakes does well" -- which presumably means throwing interceptions. As long as backup Matt Moore can avoid turning it over at a Delhommian rate, our bloggers expect the Panthers to edge the scrappy Bucs.|
|Cincinnati Bengals||With Cedric Benson set to return and Larry Johnson showing signs of rejuvenation, our bloggers like the Bengals to grind out another win and maintain their grip on the AFC North.|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||In a matchup of inconsistent, struggling AFC South teams, our bloggers think the Jags will eke out another win. Gary Kubiak might want to dust off that resume (and possibly get ready for his former mentor to replace him).|
|San Diego Chargers||Shaun Rogers? Out. Brodney Pool? Out. Jamal Lewis? Out (for his career). The Browns' hopes? Bleak. Look for the Chargers to roll in a rout.|
|Dallas Cowboys||Eli is banged up again, the Giants still can't run the ball and the Cowboys have the second best scoring defense in the league. Sounds like a recipe for a Dallas win to our bloggers.|
|San Francisco 49ers||In a matchup between generally even teams, the more desperate one usually wins. With the Seahawks essentially playing for next year, and the Niners fighting to stay in the NFC West race, that's advantage, San Francisco.|
|Minnesota Vikings||In a battle of division leaders, SBN's Revenge of the Birds points out that the Cardinals will have to pick their poison, as they try to stop both the Vike's prolific running and passing attacks. Don't count on them to do that, as Brett Favre continues his march to the what would be the most improbable MVP season in NFL history.|
|Green Bay Packers||On the road after an emotional primetime win over their division rivals last week? Our bloggers think the Ravens will have a letdown this week when they travel to Green Bay.|