Sunday, 23 December 2012

SUNDAY (1PM): All Games - PART II


GAME CHART
9-5 (3-4 away)
ind
@
KC
2-12 (1-6 home)
avg DEF ppg
25.6
13.9
avg OFF ppg
avg OFF ppg
22.1
26.2
avg DEF ppg
pass DEF rank
21st
31st
pass OFF rank
rush DEF rank
23rd
7th
rush OFF rank
pass OFF rank
8th
7th
pass DEF rank
rush OFF rank
21st
27th
rush DEF rank
defensive formation
3-4
3-4
defensive formation
LB Conner (OUT)
C Satele (OUT)
RB Carter (OUT)
S Zbikowski (OUT)
key injuries
TE Moeaki (DOUB)
FORECAST
Cloudy
STAT ALERT
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ANALYST INSIGHT
The Colts' offensive line is in shambles and Andrew Luck's poor completion rate over past few games doesn't figure to get better until wounded return – R. THE HANDLE

Chiefs QB Brady Quinn will have tough task finding offensive help in this game – V. IYER

The Colts will beat the Chiefs on Sunday and clinch a playoff berth – M.D. SMITH

A playoff-bound team visiting a team that was just shut out by one of the worst defences around?! I’ll gladly give the points here – D. BILICKI
FINAL PREDICTION
IND
SU
vs SPR
KC (+8.5)
The Chiefs have been a sad sack bunch this 2012-13 campaign. With QB Brady Quinn now taking snaps under Center for the club, it’s all but evident KC has vowed to slink away into the shadows for the remaining weeks of the Regular Season in a bid to solidify the 2013 NFL Draft 1st overall pick. IND, on the other hand, are set to make a run at the playoffs this season and a win this weekend at Arrowhead will all but assure that dream becomes a reality. Though rookie of the year candidate IND QB Andrew Luck will likely struggle vs a strong pass defence front this Sunday in KC, the return of head coach Chuck Pagano to the sidelines and the promise of a playoff berth should be more than enough to ensure a Colts win on the road this weekend vs arguably the NFLs worst team.



GAME CHART
5-9 (2-5 away)
buf
@
MIA
6-8 (4-3 home)
avg DEF ppg
28.7
18.9
avg OFF ppg
avg OFF ppg
21.9
19.9
avg DEF ppg
pass DEF rank
15th
23rd
pass OFF rank
rush DEF rank
30th
16th
rush OFF rank
pass OFF rank
25th
26th
pass DEF rank
rush OFF rank
6th
8th
rush DEF rank
defensive formation
4-3
4-3
defensive formation
CB McKelvin (OUT)
WR Easley (OUT)
DE Anderson (OUT)
LB White (OUT)
LB Moats (OUT)
key injuries
WR Bess (OUT)
K Carpenter (OUT)
LB Misi (OUT)
FORECAST
Cloudy
STAT ALERT
-          BUF DE Williams has 7 sacks in his last 7 games
ANALYST INSIGHT
Buffalo's had another downtrodden season but still don't deserve this billing against this division foe – R. THE HANDLE

MIA RB Reggie Bush will continue his strong work against the Bills' buffaloed defense while Miami will slow BUF RB C.J. Spiller – V. IYER

Edge to the home team and the team that still have something to play for, which in this case is the same team – M. FLORIO
FINAL PREDICTION
BUF
SU
vs SPR
BUF (+5.0)
The Fish will fry this weekend in Miami. Having already defeated this division foe when they first squared off in week 11 of the season, expect the Bills, coming off an embarrassing blowout loss to the Seahawks in Toronto, to rebound in a big way when they face the Fins this Sunday afternoon. The defensive efforts of BUF DE Williams & MIA DE Wake should negate one another’s efforts in this matchup leaving the offences to make will of who wins in this spot. With Bills RB Spiller leading the league in average rush yards per carry and the Dolphins pass defence in total disarray, take the traveler to upset this weekend in the land of pensions and orange groves.



GAME CHART
5-9 (3-4 away)
sd
@
NYJ
6-8 (3-4 home)
avg DEF ppg
22.3
18.2
avg OFF ppg
avg OFF ppg
21.4
22.9
avg DEF ppg
pass DEF rank
20th
30th
pass OFF rank
rush DEF rank
7th
10th
rush OFF rank
pass OFF rank
22nd
2nd
pass DEF rank
rush OFF rank
27th
29th
rush DEF rank
defensive formation
3-4
4-3
defensive formation
DT Franklin (DOUB)
key injuries
TE Keller (DOUB)
CB Berry (DOUB)
FORECAST
Cloudy
STAT ALERT
-          NYJ QB McElroy has completed only 7 passes for 29 yds in his NFL career
ANALYST INSIGHT
NYJ QB Greg McElroy must make plays in his first start with the Jets because they won't be able to run well – V. IYER

NYJ QBs Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow will stand together on the sideline awkwardly watching the QB McElroy-led Jets win a low-scoring game – M.D. SMITH

There’s too much drama this week in the locker room for the Jets to come together and win – M. FLORIO
FINAL PREDICTION
SD
SU
vs SPR
SD (+0.5)
With the dysfunctional Jets having already put to bed their playoff hopes last MNF in TEN, don’t expect a concerted effort from NYJ this weekend, home crowd or not in tow. The J-E-T-S have had all season long to turn their fortunes around and have looked less than inspired to do so. With 3rd string QB Grey McElroy set to start for NY, INTs and Fumbles Lost will be the name of the game this weekend at the Meadowlands for the Jets and, as lowly as SD has played this season, rest assured QB Rivers & Co. won’t allow the opportunity to save some face for their Regular Season record to slip away here.



GAME CHART
8-6 (4-3 away)
was
@
PHI
4-10 (2-5 home)
avg DEF ppg
25.0
18.1
avg OFF ppg
avg OFF ppg
27.2
26.8
avg DEF ppg
pass DEF rank
30th
16th
pass OFF rank
rush DEF rank
6th
13th
rush OFF rank
pass OFF rank
18th
13th
pass DEF rank
rush OFF rank
1st
20th
rush DEF rank
defensive formation
3-4
4-3
defensive formation
none
key injuries
RB Havili (OUT)
RB Polk (DOUB)
FORECAST
Sunny
STAT ALERT
-          PHI has won only once in last 10 games
-          WAS RB Morris has 1300+ rush yds for the season as a rookie (3rd highest rushing total in NFL) & 9 TDs
ANALYST INSIGHT
This is a lot of points for a divisional road favourite, especially when both teams allowing almost same amount of points – R. THE HANDLE

A duel between Washington's young passer and Eagles rookie QB Nick Foles might not yield a lot of points – V. IYER

There’s just no way that this terrible Eagles team can cover – D. BILICKI
FINAL PREDICTION
WAS
SU
vs SPR
PHI (+7.5)
NFC East contests are almost always tight-knit matchups. There is not much to speak of with regards to positives within the Eagles organization at the moment. That said, rookie QB Nick Foles has appeared serviceable under Center for PHI in recent weeks (even accruing a win during his starting QB tenure) and the ‘Skins 3rd worst ranked pass defence shouldn’t prove too large an obstacle for the youngster QB to overcome in this spot. WAS leading rushers RB Alfred Morris & QB RGIII should abuse PHIs weak rush defence for big yards all day in this matchup. However, home field presence and the return of elite RB LeSean McCoy to the lineup should spell cover, if not outright win, for the Eagles this Sunday in Philadelphia.



GAME CHART
6-7-1 (2-3-1 away)
stl
@
TB
6-8 (3-4 home)
avg DEF ppg
22.5
25.3
avg OFF ppg
avg OFF ppg
18.4
24.9
avg DEF ppg
pass DEF rank
9th
12th
pass OFF rank
rush DEF rank
16th
14th
rush OFF rank
pass OFF rank
20th
32nd
pass DEF rank
rush OFF rank
17th
1st
rush DEF rank
defensive formation
4-3
4-3
defensive formation
none
key injuries
DE Morgan (DOUB)
FORECAST
Cloudy
STAT ALERT
-          TB has lost 4 straight games
-          TB allowing league worst 310+ pass yds per game
-          STL has won 3 of their last 4 games
ANALYST INSIGHT
Look for the Bucs to find a way to turn things around against a Rams team that saw its unlikely postseason run slam to a halt in Week 15 – M.D. SMITH
FINAL PREDICTION
TB
SU
vs SPR
STL (+3.5)
With nothing on the line for any club involved outside a potential .500 and/or winning record for their 2012-13 campaign, don’t expect much from this matchup outside of both teams playing to their strengths. TB will pound the run vs a Rams club that sports a mid-pack rush defence while STL will attack the league-low Bucs pass defence all afternoon long. At home, and with QB Josh Freeman still a viable threat in the toss attack, expect TBay to edge out a slight victory this weekend at Raymond James Stadium.

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