Jason Butt and Daniel Park take a crack at predicting this week’s slate of games.
Daniel Park: Great pick last week Jason, the Seahawks proved me wrong.
Jason Butt: Thanks, you too on the Chargers‘ selection. I pictured the Rams‘ defensive line raising hell for San Diego, breaking their offense’s rhythm and imagined them sacking Phillip Rivers more than tw. … Daniel?
Butt: For the year Park is 111-63-1. I’m 110-64-1. There’s no way on earth I’m buying this kid a Chipotle meal at the end of all this.
Butt: WAKE UP!!!
Park’s take: zzz … Jay. …Cutler. … zzz … isn’t elite. …
Park’s pick: Lions 34, Bears 23
Butt’s take: Brian de la Puente was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. Yeah, good luck Bears. Your line is in shambles and Detroit is angry after being embarrassed by New England.
Butt’s pick: Lions 31, Bears 17
Park’s take: This is how our NFL schedule-makers shut the bank down. They knew while piecing the future together that this heavyweight title match had to take place on Thanksgiving. Winner takes lead of the NFC East division until they meet again two weeks later.
Park’s pick: Eagles 28, Cowboys 27
Butt’s take: This has the makings of being one of the best games of the season. Expect a high-scoring affair between two top offenses. Tony Romo comes through in the fourth quarter.
Butt’s pick: Cowboys 31, Eagles 30
Seahawks at 49ers
Park’s take: Simple pickings. The 49ers know exactly how to snap the Seahawks in half after watching multiple reruns of the Seahawks-Cardinals tape.
Park’s pick: 49ers 31, Seahawks 28
Butt’s take: This game has defensive struggle written all over it. They know each other well and can defend the run. With the game at San Francisco, I’m taking the Niners.
Butt’s pick: 49ers 21, Seahawks 17
Park’s take: Hmm… I’m calling the upset. Josh Gordon’s return isn’t as healthy for the team as it appears.
Park’s pick: Bills 31, Browns 19
Butt’s take: Buffalo’s a strong defensive team and Brian Hoyer was ineffective for 59 minutes against the Falcons – repeat, the Falcons. Cleveland needed luck to win last week.
Butt’s pick: Bills 24, Browns 21
Park’s take: Is the biggest headline for this game Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick faces former team, should give Texans upper-hand?
Park’s pick: Texans 20, Titans 17
Butt’s take: Ryan Mallett will have to wait until next season to prove he’s an NFL quarterback. Not many people outside of Houston and Nashville will tune into this one.
Butt’s pick: Texans 17, Titans 16
Park’s take: The NFL schedule-makers earn bonus points again, this time for trying to set up what would’ve one been of the marquee matchups of 2014. (Didn’t work out according to plan because they had forgotten Robert Griffin III isn’t a real quarterback.) I’m sorry, I worked for the Redskins Hall of Fame team store at FedEx Stadium in 2013 and nearly cried every time fans walk out with an overpriced RG3 jersey purchase.
Park’s pick: Colts 400, Redskins 19
Butt’s take: Colt McCoy is responsible for two of Washington’s three wins. He won’t be responsible for three after Sunday.
Butt’s pick: Colts 40 (not 400), Redskins 10
Park’s take: Everyone in the world awaits the next one-handed catch made by Odell Beckham Jr.
Park’s pick: Giants 34, Jags 14
Butt’s take: Pick up the Giants defense in fantasy football if you can. They’re not a good defense. But they’re playing Jacksonville.
Butt’s pick: Giants 31, Jaguars 14
Park’s take: Finally, I could say this without second-guessing myself.
Park’s pick: Vikings 27, Panthers 21
Butt’s take: The NFC South is a finesse division. Jerick McKinnon has incredible potential but has yet to bust out for a big game since playing the Falcons, tied for first place in the NFC South at 4-7. McKinnon, get ready for a big game.
Butt’s pick: Vikings 31, Panthers 20
Park’s take: The Steelers know the importance of nabbing their eighth win in a division of seven-win teams. A loss doesn’t hurt the Saints as much- they’ll only slide into second or third in a sloppy division (depending how the Panthers and Falcons do). What happens when you’ve nothing to lose?
Park’s pick: Saints 31, Steelers 28
Butt’s take: These Saints are not the same Saints you’re used to. The Ravens proved that. Six other teams have too.
Butt’s pick: Steelers 27, Saints 21
Park’s take: The Rams are overdue for a blowout victory.
Park’s pick: Rams 45, Raiders 18
Butt’s take: Can the Raiders extend their winning streak to two games? Hahaha, I crack myself up sometimes.
Butt’s pick: Rams 27, Raiders 16
Park’s take: The perplexing NFC South division isn’t a batch of terrible teams — actually, none of them are true underdogs. This game has too many angles to choose from. I’ll be bummed if the Bengals hand the Bucs their third win of the season.
Park’s pick: Bengals 27, Bucs 10
Butt’s take: Thing is, when the Bucs offense is clicking, it can be dangerous. But this defense isn’t good and the Bengals are back to playing solid football.
Butt’s pick: Bengals 24, Bucs 14
Cardinals at Falcons
Park’s take: Sorry, head coach Mike Smith doesn’t get my vote ever again, not after his questionable play calling this season.
Park’s pick: Cardinals 28, Falcons 17
Butt’s take: Andre Ellington has had some frustrating games against quality opponents. That changes this week as he’ll get to run wild against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
Butt’s pick: Cardinals 34, Falcons 24
Park’s take: One of the best games of the season, yes, the Patriots will Belichick-mate the Packers at Lambeau. Yowza.
Park’s pick: Patriots 34, Packers 31
Butt’s take: These are the two best teams at the moment. I’ll go Packers for the sake of disagreeing with Park.
Butt’s pick: Packers 34, Patriots 31
Park’s take: The Broncos will play 76,416 fans on Sunday. No Eric Berry on the field, but his strong presence will be felt in the hearts of his teammates. #WinForEric
Park’s pick: Chiefs 42, Broncos 23
Butt’s take: Park, you’re making me feel bad for picking the Broncos. I do wish Eric Berry a full and speedy recovery though so that he can hurry back and continue his career.
Butt’s pick: Broncos 34, Chiefs 23
Park’s take: The Jets fuel tank is on empty again now that Michael Vick will not start next Monday. The Dolphins’ loss to Denver may have cost them a playoff spot.
Park’s pick: Dolphins 21, Jets 12
Butt’s take: J-E-T-S STINK! STINK! STINK!
Butt’s pick: Dolphins 31, Jets 10