Week 11: Lion Lowdown NFL Picks

James Gullett (( Last Week 3-2) This Season 21-12)

Lions at Bears
Pick: Lions 24-17
Reason: The Lions are coming off of back to back wins and looking for three in a row. Stafford has been amazing at spreading the ball around to the open man– hitting eight different players in each of the last three games. However, Stafford is 0-4 this year when facing a top 10 defense. The Bears rank exactly 10th.  Stafford and the Lions are however 3-1 in their 4 road games this year. That being said, I think the Lions win this one on the road. This would be the first time in franchise history that the Lions have won every divisional away game.

Ravens at Packers
Pick: Ravens 17-10
Reason:  Both of these teams are bad, but I’m going to go with the team with the better QB. Green Bay may be playing in Green Bay but with Hundley at the helm, it is difficult to pick them to win anything. Green Bay’s top Draft pick CB Kevin King is out for this one so look for Flacco to target his side.

Rams at Vikings
Pick: Rams 28-24
Reason:  The Rams have been firing on all cylinders this year after the coaching change. The Vikings have had a great year as well, they are the home team and have a great defense. I think Goff and Gurley will be enough to bring home the W.

Eagles at Cowboys
Pick: Eagles 35-10
Reason:  Dallas is plagued with injuries. No Smith, Zeke (suspension), or Lee, mean no win for the Cowboys. Even if all three were in this game, I’d still take the Eagles because they are the hottest team in the NFL today and the Cowboys defense has always been their achilles heel.

Falcons at Seahawks
Pick: Falcons 31- 10
Reason: With the Seahawks riddled with injuries, I find this game impossible for them to find a way to win against the high powered offense of the Falcons. Between the Falcons many receiving threats and the Seahawks missing two of their starting four defensive backs, the Falcons should roll the Seahawks.

Jace Osborn-Sweet (( Last Week 4-1) This Season 19-14)

Lions at Bears
Pick: Lions 24-14
Reason: With Stafford coming off four big games in a row, I don’t expect him to slow down against bears. This will be a tough, grind-it-out type game. Detroit must stop the Bears rushing attack with Howard/Cohen and keep Trubisky under wraps.

Ravens at Packers
Pick: Ravens 28-17
Reason: These Ravens always have a good defense and people seem to forget that in the first three weeks, they were No. 1 in turnovers. Now with that being said, the Rodgers-less Packers are coming off of a big win versus the bears, but I don’t expect them to further their win streak. If the Ravens can get that offense going it’ll be a tough one.

Rams at Vikings
Pick: Rams 21-17
Reason: This Rams offense is one of the best this season, but so is this Vikings Defense. I expect this to be a battle of defenses and I just don’t think Case Keenum & Co have enough firepower to get past this Rams squad.

Eagles at Cowboys
Pick: Eagles 35-17
Reason: After their 27-7 loss to the Falcons, the Zeke-Less cowboys might also be missing their starting LT for a second straight game. Last week they allowed six sacks… to one guy. With that said, this is a division game and Smith is questionable. Either way, I see the Eagles coming out on top with a big win.

Falcons at Seahawks
Pick: Falcons 28-21
Reason: This Seahawks secondary is being torn apart by injury (Sherman, Chancellor out for season). I don’t see how they could come out of this with a win. The Falcons could come out and hang 50, but I don’t think they will. I do expect a Falcons win.

Tyler Bantle (( Last Week 3-2) This Season 3-2)

Lions at Bears
Pick: Lions 31-23
Reason: The Lions offense is on a tear and the outdoor cold air of Soldier Field won’t change that. The original preseason offensive line is finally healthy and ready to prove why there was serious cash spent on that unit this offseason. Abdullah and company should put on a good show and help open up some PA offense for Stafford. What will hurt Detroit is their inability to consistently stop the run, but in the end, Detroit is more talented and should win this matchup.

Ravens at Packers
Pick: Packers 24-21
Reason: Ravens have their best chance to take down the Packers at Lambeau, but Hundley seems to have collected his bearings under center and will make just enough plays to take down an inconsistent Baltimore team. Flacco hasn’t been the same this year, largely because everyone he wants to throw to is on injured reserve. The Ravens will stay in it thanks to a special teams or defensive score, but in the end, Green Bay stays alive in the playoff hunt with a win.

Rams at Vikings
Pick: Rams 21-20
Reason: Game of the week here– no question. Rams’ offense will be slowed down a bit by the Vikings, but Goff and McVay’s scheme will hold strong and find a way to score enough points. The Vikings D is beatable with the right mismatches, and a strong running game will soften the secondary for Goff to throw. Thanksgiving makes for a game to decide the NFC North lead between Lions-Vikings.

Eagles at Cowboys
Pick: Eagles 34-17
Reason: Eagles prove themselves as the NFC powerhouse in Dallas this week. The Cowboys are reeling without Zeke and it’ll show versus a strong, aggressive Eagles defense. Wentz’s day should be easy thanks to his four-headed running attack, allowing the North Dakota boy to tear apart the weak secondary of Dallas. The Cowboys are no match for the Eagles while Ezekiel Elliot is out of the country. Fly Eagles Fly.

Falcons at Seahawks
Pick: Falcons 27-20
Reason: No Kam Chancellor, no Richard Sherman. Don’t need to say much else. Falcons are playing better and are fresh off a big win versus Dallas last week. Matt Ryan and company should take care of business offensively and put enough pressure on Russell Wilson to win it. Wilson is phenomenal, but he can’t play defense too. The Falcons will be without their stud back Devonta Freeman, but Tevin Coleman has proven himself capable of handling more carries and will do so versus a depleted Seattle D.

Walker Kelly (( Last Week 0-0) This Season 0-0)

Lions at Bears
Pick: Lions 24-17
Reason: Chicago always seems to play the Lions tough at Soldier Field, so I expect this to be a close game. However, the Bears allowed Brett Hundley to have his best game of the season last week. Matthew Stafford should be able to find holes in Chicago’s secondary, and the Lions defense will hold the Bears under 20 points to pull out a victory.

Ravens at Packers
Pick: Ravens 16-13
Reason: The Packers have injury issues at running back that will render them one-dimensional. The Ravens defense is talented and will force Brett Hundley to beat them, something I’m not convinced he can do. Baltimore will muster just enough offense to win due to the return of Danny Woodhead from a hamstring injury.

Rams at Vikings
Pick: Rams 31-23
Reason: This Rams offense looks unstoppable. Minnesota has not faced a running back like Todd Gurley yet this season, and they proved they can be scored on in their 38-30 win over Washington last week. The Vikings have won five straight games after their home loss to Detroit, but their momentum will be stalled this Sunday.

Eagles at Cowboys
Pick: Eagles 28-20
Reason: Tyron Smith is unlikely to play. His absence led to Dak Prescott being sacked eight times in a blowout loss at Atlanta. Philadelphia has a solid front seven anchored by Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham that should pressure Prescott effectively. That pressure combined with another good performance from Carson Wentz equals an Eagles win.

Falcons at Seahawks
Pick: Falcons 27-24
Reason: This should be an entertaining contest. The Falcons are flying high after crushing the Cowboys, while Russell Wilson is playing great football for Seattle. The difference in this game will be Julio Jones. Richard Sherman is out for the season, leaving no one to match up with Jones. Julio will make one or two big plays to swing the game and lead Atlanta to an important victory.

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