Rodgers is currently in New York cheering on his beloved Jets so he will not be writing his opinion for these games. (Not like it matters) We will both pick Monday Night Football tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for everyone’s support.
New Orleans at Atlanta-
Great match up between two big divisional foes. You have the consistent, elite quarterback in Drew Brees against the “looks great so far” rookie, Matt Ryan. Even more important for this game is the fact that both of these teams control their own destiny in this fierce division. The NFC South is so close that a win for either of these teams is a big statement. The defenses are very similar both giving up about 330 yards per game, give or take. The main difference here is the way they get it done on offense. The Saints air it out, averaging 314 passing ypg. The Falcons continuously pound it out on the ground with Michael Turner, who already has 794 yards throughout 8 games. Personally, I really like the Falcons offense and know they have the ability to step up and make big plays. This and home-team advantage will make my decision.
Price’s Pick: Atlanta 27, New Orleans 24
Tennessee at Chicago-
Both teams playing very well so far this year and each leading their divisions. X-Factor for this game is Rex Grossman. Kyle Orton is doubtful to play with his ankle injury and we all remember over the last couple of years how inconsistent Grossman can be. The Titans defense will put him on his ass all day.
Price’s Pick: Tennessee 28, Chicago 24
Jacksonville at Detroit-
The defeated Lions may actually have some hope for this game. Jacksonville have not proven themselves so far this year and they currently occupy the pit of AFC South. This game is all in the hands of the Detroit Quaterback, whether that be Dan Orlovsky or Daunte Culpepper. The Jaguars defense have been nothing but ordinary to this point, leaving the Lions a chance at their first win. This being said, it’s still the Detroit Lions.
Price’s Pick: Jacksonville 17, Detroit 10
Baltimore at Houston-
Really? Can anyone actually show me a valid point as to how the Texans could actually compete with the Ravens. Not going to happen. Expect Joe Flacco to have a big day.
Price’s Pick: Baltimore 24, Houston 10
Seattle at Miami-
The Seahawks might as well not even get on the plane to Miami. Chad Pennington, Ronnie Brown, and the “what the hell” wildcat offense is going to paralyze Seattle. The Seahawk defense will be back against the wall the entire game.
Price’s Pick: Miami 27, Seattle 7
Green Bay at Minnesota –
Tough game to call. Aaron Rodgers hasn’t put on the show that everyone expected up to this point. The Packers are 4-4. This is mainly because neither the offense nor defense have been anything more than decent. On the other hand, The Vikings have woken up from a disappointing first couple of weeks. They are also only 4-4 but at least they are moving in the right direction. Gus Frerotte has really stepped up to the plate. He may not be one of the better quarterbacks on paper, but he is still managing to win some games. His main job on the field is to give the ball to Adrian Peterson. When AP is getting 25 or more touches in a game, you should win. Especially now that he is back into his “100 yard per week” rhythm.
Price’s Pick: Minnesota 27, Green Bay 21
Buffalo at New England-
Another game in which you have two different directions. The Bills have lost 3 of their last four games. They got beat at home by the Jets and absolutely demolished in Arizona. The Patriots’ Matt Cassel is finally coming into his own. Both teams need this game both sitting at 5-3 in the AFC East. Just for Rodgers, Ill mention the Jets are also tied with both of them at 5-3. The X-Factor for me is the Bills overall offensive performance. Trent Edwards needs to get back on track. Marshawn Lynch may only get 15 carries a game but you have to make the most of them. He is only averaging 3.5 yards per carry giving the Bills the 28th ranked Rush in the NFL.
Price’s Pick: New England 24, Buffalo 21
St. Louis at NYJ-
Just like the two teams above, The Jets need this win. Only difference being there playing the 2-6 Rams. The only problem I could see for the Jets is that Brett Favre has already thrown 12 interceptions this season. His mistakes, like all quarterbacks come from no time in the pocket. But, St. Louis has no defense from any angle and will allow big yards in the air and on the ground.
Price’s Pick: NYJ 34, St. Louis 17
Carolina at Oakland-
This game is almost not worth talking about. The Panthers are having a hell of a season at 6-2. The Raiders having one they wish they could just end already at 2-6. Julius Peppers and the rest of Carolina’s D-Line will be all over Jamarcus Russell. Russell should just fall into fetal position all day to avoid injury.
Price’s Pick: Carolina 24, Oakland 10
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh-
The Colts are sitting at 4-4 looking up at the 8-0 Titans in the AFC South. The Steelers are a game up on the Ravens in the AFC North. Peyton is not having a bad year by any means but I expected a lot more out of him and I’m sure he did to. The Colts need to light a fire under their ass if they have any hope of catching up to Tennessee. On the other side of things, the Steelers have the 1st rated pass defense. So even though its necessary for Manning to go big, it’s not going to happen.
Price’s Pick: Pittsburgh 24, Indianapolis 21
Kansas City at San Diego-
San Diego’s Defense has been absolutely atrocious so far. But, Kansas City’s quarterback is Tyler Thigpen. Kansas City is just that bad. Plus, I still have faith in Phillip Rivers. Kansas City has the worst rated rush defense so look for Tomlinson to have a huge day.
Price’s Pick: San Diego 28, Kansas City 14
NYG at Philadelphia-
This truly is a battle in the trenches. The D-Line to pressure the quarterback the most will win. Both quarterbacks can put up numbers. Brandon Jacobs and Brian Westbrook are completely different backs but still manage the game in their own ways. This game will be decided by the defense with the most heart. Everyone make sure they are by a television come 8:15 tonight. This will be one for the ages.
Price’s Pick: Philadelphia 21, NYG 17