A nine-win week for us here at Bears 101 has our confidence a little on the high side. The 9-3 record for the week improves us to 53-45 overall — not good, not great, but respectable.
Josh Freeman and Doug Martin led the way for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week against the Minnesota Vikings, which is great news for the Bears. Minnesota was expected to win this one, but we had a feeling the Bucs would show up. They've shown the ability to move the ball on offense recently, and continued that in Minnesota.
As for this week, we have a bunch of even matchups, a game from London and a few "big" games. Let's see who will win them.
We'll start across the pond. The New England Patriots will be taking on the St. Louis Rams in London. The last time New England made a trip home to the mother land, they trounced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Expect more of the same in this one, as Bill Belichick has the team showing off for a new fan base.
Staying in the AFC East, there is a rematch between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. The first matchup went to overtime, and expect this one to be close. But the Dolphins will come out on top as Tony Sporano will likely try to give Tim Tebow the ball too much.
Looking at our division, we have the Detroit Lions in a home game against the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers home vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars. Green Bay will be without both Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, but expect them to prevail against a weak Jacksonville team without Maurice Jones-Drew. The Lions on the other hand have looked bad this year. Until Matthew Stafford can prove he can get it done this year, we're taking Seattle and its defense.
There is a highly anticipated match between birds this week as well. The 6-0 Atlanta Falcons welcome Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles into the Georgia Dome for a game of strength against strength. We still like the Falcons as they've proven they can win all types of games this year.
Getting the NFC East out of the way, we like Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins to beat the under-manned Steelers, and the New York Giants to beat the Cowboys in "America's Game of the Week."
In the dud games this week, we like the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts to all come away with victories.
The only other game taking place before primetime is the Chicago Bears vs. the Carolina Panthers. Do we really need to tell you who we think will win? Cam Newton hasn't played bad, but his team sure has.
As for primetime, Drew Brees has a matchup with Peyton Manning. We still don't like the Saints' defense, and will take the Denver Broncos. On Monday, we're taking the San Francisco 49ers as the Cardinals seems to be falling very, very fast.
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