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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Week 9

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The Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints battled Thursday in Charlotte and we saw the Saints put together two wins in a row. For the Saints, they seemed to have got their season back on track. The Panthers, however, looked like a mess. Unfortunately, we had to be witnesses to a pretty boring Thursday night football game between two teams in arguably the worst division in football. The play of the NFC South has to be something no one expected. It has been horrible and inconsistent. Thank goodness we have more games after that one. With that being said, welcome to Week 9 of The General’s Proclamations!

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton will throw for three touchdowns this week. With wide receiver AJ Green reportedly ready to go, expect Dalton to find him along with wide receiver Mohammed Sanu a few times in the end zone.
  2. Jacksonville defensive end Chris Clemmons will have two sacks this game. The veteran has been active and playing well for this team despite their record. I look for him to continue to bring pressure off the edge effectively as he has all his career.
  3. Denard Robinson will not get 100 yards this week. The Jacksonville running back has been playing very well these past few weeks, but everyone is going to have their time where defenses figure you out. This is that time for Robinson.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns

  1. Cleveland quarterback Brian Hoyer will throw for two touchdowns with no interceptions. Quite honestly, with the inconsistency he has shown the last few weeks, he needs this game to go smoothly for him.
  2. Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin, should he play, will not get 100 yards rushing. If Martin does not play, look for Bobby Rainey to come in and be effective, but not get 100 yards rushing.
  3. Cleveland defensive back Joe Haden will get an interception. The Bucs are unstable at the quarterback position and whoever it may be (Mike Glennon or Luke McCown) will make at least one mistake in the star cornerback’s direction/

New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs

  1. Michael Vick will run and pass for a touchdown versus the Chiefs. Vick, recently installed as the starter at quarterback, has had a full week to work with the starters. And with Harvin added as an additional threat, Vick will be that much more effective.
  2. Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith will throw for only one touchdown this week. I believe he will be effective in this one, but I think Charles and others will handle most of the scoring during this one.
  3. The Jets defense will make at least one big turnover. Whether it be a fumble or interception, the Jets will make a play. And when they do, it will be one that will change the game.

Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys

  1. Demarco Murray’s streak of running for 100 yards will stop versus the Cardinals. The Cowboys running back is on an incredible pace this season. But with that being said, I think the Arizona defense gives him some problems.
  2. Terrance Williams will have a career day. The young Cowboys wide receiver has been excellent so far this year. I expect he plays even better in this one as his confidence has grown even more. I think he gets two touchdowns and at least 100 yards if not more than that.
  3. Dallas quarterback Brandon Weeden, making his first start in Dallas, will make one big mistake in this game. They can only orotect him but for so long with the play-calling.

San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins

  1. The Chargers will have a running back score a receiving touchdown. The Chargers have been known to use their running backs in the passing game. And in this one, Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers will find one of those running backs and they will take it to the house for Rivers and the Chargers.
  2. Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline will go for at least 100 yards receiving. The veteran from Ohio State has been pretty consistent over his career. I look for him to have one of his standout days versus a beat-up Chargers secondary/
  3. Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget will have a big day. Look for this youngster from the University of Illinois to have at least a sack or two and a pass breakup. He has not played bad at all for San Diego this year.

Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans

  1. Texans defensive end JJ Watt will have at least three sacks. The Eagles have been having issues up front due to injuries and the last person they want to see if JJ Watt. Expect for Watt to be moved up and down that line of scrimmage. And that will make for a long day in Houston for the Eagles offense.
  2. Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy will not get 100 yards rushing. His line as struggled and consequently, he has as well. I look for another long game from McCoy. The season has not gone exactly has he had planned.
  3. Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw for over 300 yards and have two touchdown passes. Fitzpatrick has been playing well in terms of turnovers and interceptions recently. And with the issues the Eagles have had in their secondary this season, he will continue to play solid for the Texans.

Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings

  1. The Vikings defense will have at least two turnovers forced against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins always find a way to give the ball to the opponent via interception or fumble. And I don’t expect this one to be any different.
  2. RGIII will not complete 50% of his passes. I am happy that RGIII was able to get healthy and come back. But, he did not look that sharp before the injury and I do not think that the time off will help him magically get better on the field.
  3. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver/return man Codarrelle Patterson will have a special teams touchdown. He is way too talented not to have more of an impact on the game and I think this game is when he breaks out on special teams.

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots

  1. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will throw for two touchdown passes. Brady was excellent last weekend and lit up the Bears secondary. I expect more resistance from the Broncos secondary, but Brady will still throw for at least two touchdowns.
  2. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will throw for at least three touchdowns. The Patriots defense has been up and down. I suspect Manning finds some creases in the Patriots defense and makes some things happen through the air.
  3. Denver’s Von Miller will have at least two sacks in this game. The linebacker/pass rusher has been fantastic this season and I expect him to attack this Patriots line and have a field day.

Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks

  1. Oakland quarterback Derek Carr will have at least one interception. Of course Carr went at Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman in the preseason and had success. I expect he will go at him again, but he may not have some of the same results. At least one interception is coming for him in this game.
  2. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson will run and throw for a touchdown in this game. He has been the most consistent member of this offense all season long. And I expect that to continue this game as the Oakland Raiders gear up to take away Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
  3. Oakland linebacker Khalil Mack will have a sack in this game. Despite the bad season the Raiders are having, Mack has been a bright spot for them. And with Seattle’s line issues, I expect him to make something happen in this game…if he can catch Russell Wilson.

St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers

  1. San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin will go for 100 yards receiving. The veteran wide receiver has torched the Rams his entire career and this game will not be an exception. The Rams defensive backs are talented but young. Look for the veteran to teach them a few things.
  2. St. Louis running back Tre Mason will score a touchdown. The rookie running back has been very effective as he has received more playing time. I expect him to have an impact on this game. Maybe around 80 yards rushing this game.
  3. The San Francisco defense will get at least three sacks. Although they are missing outside linebacker Aldon Smith, the 49ers still have some guys that can create pressure. And with Jake Long out at tackle for the Rams, protecting their quarterback just got that tougher.

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

  1. Joe Flacco will throw for at least three touchdowns. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback has been taking advantage of defenses down the field and Pittsburgh is primed to be taken advantage of with the defensive back they are trotting out there at this point in the season.
  2. Ben Roethlisberger will only have one touchdown pass in this game. He lit up the Colts secondary last week, but I believe the Ravens secondary is better than the one the Colts put out there last week and will fare better than the Colts did.
  3. Ravens veteran pass rusher Terrell Suggs will have two sacks. In a rivalry game, expect him to show up and show out. And with how bad the Pittsburgh offensive line can be, he may not be the only pass rusher having an excellent day.

Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants

  1. Indianapolis wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will not have a catch versus his former team. Nicks has been virtually invisible for the Colts this year. And even though he is going back to where his career began, there will be no changes to the Colts offense. I expect him to get a lot of exercise running routes against his former team.
  2. Indianapolis will have two sacks as a defense. They are missing their best pass rusher for the season (Robert Mathis) and it seems like no one has stepped up to the plate to replace what he would have brought. But in this game and against this offensive line, the Colts will have some success putting pressure on the quarterback.
  3. Giants quarterback Eli Manning will have two touchdowns and no interceptions. I know it’s a stretch for me to say Eli has not interceptions in a game. But I believe this is one of those games where he is dialed in and does not make mistakes.

The General has spoken. The proclamations have been made. Week 9 is upon us. Everyone enjoy your Sunday of football.

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