Chargers @ Steelers, Jets @ Jaguars, Titans @ Colts, Dolphins @ 49ers: Picks
December 9, 2012 by luckylester
San Diego Chargers @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-7.5)
Phillip Rivers is so lacking for confidence that I don’t think he’ll ever get it back. It’s now been reported that which we already know, there will be new dudes running the Chargers next year. So now the 15 guys on the team that held out hope that they weren’t playing for a lame-duck coach know the truth. Dang. The Steelers are too good defensively not to feast on a Chargers attack that has done little to impress poop flies.
Very tough call here, but the Jaguars can’t run and the Jets can’t defend the run, so the Jets biggest defensive weakness doesn’t really hurt them. The guy that has been blowing the top off defenses over the last few weeks for the Jags, won’t be playing. Cecil Shorts is out, and now all pass attention can go toward Justin Blackmon who still isn’t ready to the guy. The Jets’ offense is horrendous, but they’ll find some running room against the Jags and win on the road.
I know this is the week the Colts stumble, but shouldn’t they still outlast the Titans? Tennessee doesn’t beat good teams, heck, they hardly even compete. I know Chris Johnson has run well but the Titans just don’t put drives together and they are hardly a threat for big passing plays. I’m only hoping that the Colts don’t need another comeback in this one or the cover will be tough to pull off.
The Niners actually do get out and go for the jugular against teams that can’t hang with them defensively. I just don’t see the Dolphins producing a lot of big plays against the 49ers, as rookie QB Ryan Tannehill will find it tough with his All Pro left tackle out and Aldon Smith and company with their ears pinned back. Look for a lopsided game in Northern California this Sunday.