By Scott Taylor and Dave Petrishen
The San Francisco 49ers are going all the way to England to beat the crap out of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Christian Ponder is going to start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. And the St. Louis Rams asked Brett Favre to come out of retirement. It must be getting close to the middle of the NFL season.
The National Football League keeps getting crazier, but on the bright side, Kings of Prognostication just keep winning.
In fact, The Coach has now gone eight straight weeks picking the correct answer on Thursday nights. This past Thursday, the Carolina Panthers whipped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-13 as Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and ran for a another.
The Panthers are an interesting group. They feast on lousy teams. They’ve won four of their last five by beating the Giants 38-0, Minnesota 35-10, St. Louis 30-15 and Tampa 31-13. Their three losses have come against Seattle (12-7), Buffalo (24-23) and Arizona (22-6). They have a handful of shaky opponents coming up, including Atlanta, Miami, Tampa (again), the Jets and Atlanta. There is a chance the Panthers could make the playoffs and who would have thought that back in Week 1?
Meanwhile, our two experts are the Panthers of Prognosticating. Not great, but certainly not horrible.
Last week Dr. Football was 8-7 (68-39) straight up and 6-9 (48-59) against the spread while The Coach went 9-6 (70-37) straight up and 8-7 (56-51) against the spread.
This week The Doc writes our brilliant while The Coach coughs and chews on lozenges.
San Francisco 49ers (5-2) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7) Line: 49ers by 16.
The 49ers have won their last four games by at least twelve points, and Sunday should be no different. Poor fans in London… The Coach says: Why would you go all the way to England to do this? You can bore people to tears without flying across an ocean.
The Doc: TAKE THE 49ers TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE 49ers TO WIN AND COVER.
Dallas Cowboys (4-3) at Detroit Lions (4-3) Line: Lions by 3.5.
Dallas has played some pretty good ball this year; and have Tony Romo playing way better than anyone could have expected. This is their second road game in a row, which is tough for any team. But if Romo can keep up with Peyton Manning, he should out sling Matthew Stafford. The Coach says: When things look their darkest, the Lions can always count on Tony Romo.
The Doc: TAKE THE COWBOYS IN AN UPSET.
The Coach: TAKE THE LIONS TO WIN AND COVER.
New York Giants (1-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) Line: Eagles by 5.5.
The only team the Giants have been able to beat so far this season was the Vikings. That might be their only win. With injuries to Nick Foles and Michael Vick, Matt Barkley could be forced to make the first start of his career…and get his first career win. The Coach says: I’m taking the Eagles, but really, your guess is as good as mine.
The Doc: TAKE THE EAGLES TO WIN BUT NOT COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE EAGLES TO WIN BUT NOT COVER.
Cleveland Browns (3-4) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-0) Line: Chiefs by 7.5.
The Chiefs already great season just got better. The Browns haven’t won with Brandon Weeden as their starter this season. He won’t get the chance at Arrowhead. The Browns are going with Jason Campbell (see featured image). The Coach says: Jason Campbell? Brandon Weeden? Why haven’t the Browns called Brett Favre?
The Doc: TAKE THE CHIEFS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE CHIEFS TO WIN AND COVER.
Buffalo Bills (3-4) at New Orleans Saints (5-1) Line: Saints by 11.5.
New Orleans is a tough place to be a visiting team, especially a team under .500. The Saints Jimmy Graham is still banged up, and he didn’t catch a pass in the Saints only loss. They’ll still win, but the Bills will keep it close. The Coach says: Thad Who?
The Doc: TAKE THE SAINTS TO WIN BUT NOT COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE SAINTS TO WIN BUT NOT COVER.
Miami Dolphins (3-3) at New England Patriots (5-2) Line: Patriots by 6.5.
Last week the Patriots were embarrassed by the Jets. Tom Brady doesn’t lose two in a row. The Dolphins won’t solve their turnover issues in New England. The Coach says: The Pats defense has to be better against Miami. But not that much better.
The Doc: TAKE THE PATRIOTS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE PATRIOTS TO WIN AND COVER.
New York Jets (4-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) Line: Bengals by 6.5.
The Bengals return home after winning their last two games on the road. The Jets run defense is outstanding, so Andy Dalton will use A.J. Green a lot. The Bengals pass rush will give Geno Smith fits. The Coach says: Two road wins and the Bengals are roaring.
The Doc: TAKE THE BENGALS TO WIN BUT NOT COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE BENGALS TO WIN AND COVER.
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4) at Oakland Raiders (2-4) Line: Steelers by 2.5.
Crazy things happen in the NFL, and I think this will be the case. Just when you think the Steelers are getting it together, they go west to Oakland, where the Raiders just might not be as bad as originally thought. And they’ll be rested coming off the bye. Look for Terrelle Pryor to have a big day. The Coach says: Two bad teams going toe-to-toe. Take the home side.
The Doc: TAKE THE RAIDERS IN AN UPSET.
The Coach: TAKE THE RAIDERS TO WIN AND COVER.
Washington Redskins (2-4) at Denver Broncos (6-1) Line: Broncos by 12.5.
After a minor setback last week in Indy, Peyton should be foaming at the mouth at the thought of playing against one of the worst defenses in the league. No one can keep up with the Broncos at home. The Coach says: This will be ugly.
The Doc: TAKE THE BRONCOS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE BRONCOS TO WIN AND COVER.
Atlanta Falcons (2-4) at Arizona Cardinals (3-4) Line: Cardinals by 2.5.
Last week, did the Falcons look good or did Tampa look that bad? I think a little of both. Matt Ryan really misses having Steven Jackson at his disposal, but he’ll still find a way to win. The Coach says: Aiozona is overachieving, the Falcons and underachieving. I’ll take the overachievers.
The Doc: TAKE THE FALCONS IN AN UPSET.
The Coach: TAKE THE CARDINALS TO WIN AND COVER.
Green Bay Packers (4-2) at Minnesota Vikings (1-5) Line: Packers by 9.
Josh Freeman wasn’t the answer, Matt Cassel wasn’t the answer, and Christian Ponder has never been the answer. This once was a heavily anticipated game on the schedule, now it’s a good reason to watch The Good Wife. The Coach says: Wonder how close the Vikings ownership family is to blowing the whole thing up?
The Doc: TAKE THE PACKERS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE PACKERS TO WIN AND COVER.
Seattle Seahawks (6-1) at St. Louis Rams (3-4) Line: Seahawks by 10.5.
St. Louis will go with some guy named Kellen Clemens as their starter against one of the top secondaries in the league. No wonder Brett Favre turned down the Rams offer. The Coach says: How does Sam Bradford feel when the Rams ask a 44-year-old with memory loss to take his job.
The Doc: TAKE THE SEAHAWKS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE SEAHAWKS TO WIN AND COVER.