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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Week 8

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This past Thursday saw Peyton Manning go off again in Denver. He threw for another three touchdowns and added to his growing record of touchdown passes over his illustrious career. It was obvious that he was going to pick up where he left off. But what was not so obvious was the game two of Peyton’s offensive teammates would have. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was the go-to guy for each touchdown pass, giving him a total of four for the year now. And running back Ronnie Hillman continued to produce, as he ran for over 100 yards. No one expected Sanders to catch three touchdown passes Thursday and it was definitely unexpected that Hillman ran for over 100 yards. The unexpected can happen at any time on the football field. With that being said, let’s dive into the General Proclamations for Week 8 of the NFL season.

Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons (from London)

1)      Detroit will get at least three sacks in this game. The Atlanta Falcons offensive line is not very good. The Lions have a great defense this year. With these two coming together, it could be a long day for Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

2)      Quarterback Matthew Stafford will throw for 2 touchdowns and no interceptions in this game. Seems as if Stafford has started to adjust to playing without wide receiver Calvin Johnson. I believe he will take what the Falcons give him until biting them for some big plays.

3)      Speaking of the Detroit Lions passing game, look for wide receiver Golden Tate to have a big game. With the aforementioned Calvin Johnson banged up, the Super Bowl champion will have to step up in a big way.

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

1)      The Bengals will show up. Seems like the Bengals’ play goes up and down like the Dow Jones. At home they tend to show up more than usual, so I expect the Ravens will be in for a battle.

2)      Terrell Suggs will not have a sack. The veteran pass rusher for Baltimore is not quite the sackmaster he once was. The Bengals will handle him. But expect help to be there when or if he starts to do some damage.

3)      Cincinnati’s Terrance Newman will not whiff on a tackle. Last weekend, he had one of the worst misses on a tackle that I have ever seen. Mr. Newman, don’t mess round and get your job taken not doing your job correct.

Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1)      Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will have at least two touchdown passes with no interceptions. The learning curve is very steep for young Mr. Bridgewater and so far he has had his moments and his struggles. I think this game will be one of his brighter spots.

2)      Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will rush for 100 yards. It seems as if Martin has struggled this season. I think this game is the one he starts to get some success and also some confidence.

3)      Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will celebrate his new contract with a two sack game. After becoming the highest ever paid defensive tackle in the NFL, I look for him to have a big party with the Vikings offensive line.

St. Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs

1)      The Rams will pull out even more stops in this football game. Last week, the Rams brought out all the trick plays to beat the defending NFL champion Seattle Seahawks. I look for maybe an onside kick or some kind of fake. It should be fun to see what they do for an encore from last week.

2)      St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn will get at least two sacks this game. After struggling out the blocks, I look for Quinn to get himself back on track. And when he does, look for the Chiefs to be in for some trouble.

3)      Jamaal Charles will rush for over 150 yards and a touchdown. Charles has been the feature back for the Chiefs for a few years now. I look for him to feast on the St. Louis defense, which has had the propensity to allow big runs.

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars

1)      For as much as he grew up last game, Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles will struggle this game. The Dolphins are playing well at this point in the season and Bortles may feel the heat they bring. I expect two interceptions in this game from him.

2)      Miami Dolphins will have a running back rush for 100 yards. Lamar Miller and company may have 100 yards combined, but there will be one of them step up this week.

3)      Jacksonville will not have very many fans in the crowd. Seems like the state of Florida is hurting in the wins department. The product Jacksonville puts on the field will not help justify crowds to come into the game.

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

1)      New weapon Percy Harvin will get at least 25 touches this game. With the season on the brink (almost mathematically illuminated from any playoff possibility), the Jets have to win and win now. Harvin could help that cause.

2)      Buffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Orton will not throw an interception. Orton has been an adequate replacement for EJ Manuel and has the Bills winning. I expect him to keep up the good things he is doing for the Bills.

3)      The Jets defense will not force a turnover in this game. The Jets are a very solid defense, but it seems like they have issues forcing tunovers sometimes. And on Sunday they will continue their tradition of not forcing turnovers.

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers

1)      Russell Wilson will get another 300 yards passing this weekend. It seems as if the young signal-caller is hitting his stride and this game will again allow him to display his talents passing.

2)      The Seahawks will have at least 10 penalties. That seems like a lot, but they were one of the most penalized teams in the NFL when they won the championship. And they seem to be picking up right where they left off.

3)      The Panthers will give up at least four sacks. With that offensive line in shambles, the Seahawks have to be licking their chops at the possibilities. I hope Cam iced up, because he is going to need it once the hits keep compiling.

Chicago Bears at New England Patriots

1)      Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will have a good day. He, like the rest of the Bears, play better on the road that at home. He has one of the best receiving corps in football, and I expect him to respond to the comments that were made through his play on the field.

2)      Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will pass for three touchdowns and no interceptions this week. The Bears secondary is bad and one of the best is starting them down and ready to make a big play or two against them.

3)      Patriots’ defensive back Patrick Chung will have a nightmare game. Chung may have to guard Martellus Bennett. And that task is something that he would need tremendous help with.

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans

1)      Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw an interception. It’s almost a given that Fitzpatrick will throw an interception. It’s just what he does. The Titans just need to be in position to receive this Christmas gift Fitzpatrick is about to throw.

2)      Jadeveon Clowney will more than likely be back and in affect this weekend. Look for he and JJ Watt to wreak havoc. And when those two come together, there is no telling what can happen.

3)      Titans’ defensive end Jurrell Casey will get two sacks this weekend. He is the best player the Titans have on defense and there only going to be but so long he can be held down.

Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals

1)      Eagles’ running back LaSean McCoy will not reach 100 yards. It has been a tough go at it for this season for McCoy. He got on track against the Giants, but I think the Cardinals defense is way tougher and different.

2)      Arizona Cardinals will throw the ball to wide receiver Larry Fitzpatrick a bunch. Look for him to get at least 10-15 touches in this one.

3)      Philly will get off to another slow start. The Eagles have had a few games where they got off to a fast start, but for the most part, they are a slower team. Funny for a team that preaches tempo, they have they seem to be slow to wake up.

Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns

1)      Oakland Raiders quarterback David Carr will not throw an interception. Carr has been playing well and almost led his team to a victory against the San Diego Chargers. I think this game is just like that game and he will have fun attacking the Browns secondary.

2)      Cleveland Browns will get off to a fast start offensively. Quarterback Brian Hoyer was not exactly sharp last week in the embarrassing loss they had Jacksonville. I expect him to bounce back and come out swinging this week. His job could depend on it.

3)      Both teams will have over 25+ points. Neither team has been playing exemplary defense in their defensive secondary. I expect to see some offensive fireworks in this one.

Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers

1)      Big Ben’s suddenly hot Pittsburgh offense will slam on the brakes. The Colts have been pretty good defensively and have two cornerbacks that have been handling business and making front seven’s jobs easier.

2)      Le’Veon Bell will get 100 yards rushing against the Colts. Look for Bell to continue playing hard and making great plays.

3)      Andrew Luck may have some good numbers this game, but he will make a mistake all the time. Look for Luck to throw an interception this game despite what will probably be big numbers.

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints

1)      Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers will throw an interception versus the Saints. I know it does not happen often, but Rodgers does make mistakes.

2)      New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will throw for four touchdowns. I expect the Saints to clean up all the mess-ups they had this past weekend. With that being said, I think the cleanup on plays they ran will help Brees make some exceptional plays.

3)      Clay Matthews will get at least two sacks. The veteran has been bringing the pain to opposing offenses for a while now and he will continue to do so during this game. Look for Clay to add to his career records.

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

1)      Colt McCoy will prove he is not the answer. The Redskins have gone from Robert Griffin III to Kirk Cousins and now to Colt McCoy this year. And like the other three, it does not look promising to turn out in her favor.

2)      Dallas quarterback Tony Romo will throw for three touchdowns. Looking at the Redskins secondary again, Romo may even go for four or five touchdowns.

3)      Redskins’ running back Alfred Morris will continue to struggle. He will not even get over 60 yards rushing.


The General has spoken. The proclamation has been made. Would love to know what you all think.

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  1. Russ

    October 26, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    The Bears are better on the road but I am not a believer in Jay Cutler and actually think he will struggle today. The Patriots will let him beat himself with the mistakes he tends to make. You can have the arm for the NFL but to be an elite QB you have to be a great decision maker and he is not.

    • Mike Patton

      October 26, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Indeed we shall see what happens, but it seems the road is Cutler’s friend.

  2. tophatal

    October 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Another loss by the Jets and I believe both Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik will have to be shown the door . Strange how Idzik can go from being one of the main architects of a Superbowl winning team like the Seattle Seahawks to creating the crap now on show with the New York Jets this season .

    tophatal ………..

  3. tophatal

    October 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Best game on the week nine schedule will be the meeting of old acquaintances , when Tom Brady and Peyton Manning meet for the fourteenth time of their professional career, in all AFC clash at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough , Massachusetts ,.

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