Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 11
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Last week: 5-9 (.357)
Season record: 79-65 (.548)
GAME: Steelers (7-2) at New York Jets (1-8), 4:05 p.m.
THE SKINNY: The Jets better hope Leon Washington returns two kicks for touchdowns. Either that, or there's a snowstorm and the Steelers borrow Mike Mularkey's 2003 game plan.
PREDICTION: Steelers, 27-13
GAME: Cleveland Browns (5-4) at Baltimore Ravens (4-5), 1 p.m.
THE SKINNY: The Ravens have scored 28 points in their past four games. The Browns put up that many against the Steelers, thanks to Joshua Cribbs.
PREDICTION: Browns, 20-13
GAME: Arizona Cardinals (4-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-6), 1 p.m.
THE SKINNY: One thing Ken Whisenhunt learned when he was with the Steelers was how to beat the Bengals in Cincinnati. But the Cardinals are 1-4 on the road.
PREDICTION: Cardinals, 24-23
GAME: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-4) at Atlanta Falcons (3-6), 1 p.m.
THE SKINNY: Don't look now, but the Falcons have won two in a row. They've also held the Bucs without a touchdown in the past two meetings. But, c'mon, it's the Falcons.
PREDICTION: Buccaneers, 16-13
GAME: New York Giants (6-3) at Detroit Lions (6-3), 1 p.m.
THE SKINNY: The Giants had their six-game win streak ended at home by the Cowboys. The Lions, though, are unbeaten at Ford Field, the warehouse they call home (4-0).
PREDICTION: Lions, 34-31
GAME: Carolina Panthers (4-5) at Green Bay Packers (8-1), 1 p.m.
THE SKINNY: Not too many games where Brett Favre (ITAL) isn't (END ITAL) the oldest quarterback on the field. The Packers are 12-1 in their past 13, dating to last season.
PREDICTION: Packers, 33-7
GAME: New Orleans Saints (4-5) at Houston Texans (4-5), 1 p.m.
THE SKINNY: After winning four in a row, the Saints should be embarrassed losing at home to the Rams. Wait till the Texans, coming off a bye, make it two in a row.
PREDICTION: Texans, 24-17.
GAME: Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) at Indianapolis Colts (7-2), 1 p.m.
THE SKINNY: After a 7-0 start, the Colts have lost two in a row. But, even with half their offense, they will rebound against the Chiefs, who scored just 11 points against the Broncos.
PREDICTION: Colts, 34-10
GAME: San Diego Chargers (5-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3), 1 p.m.
THE SKINNY: The Chargers have won four of their past five, even though they were lucky to beat the Colts. The Jaguars are back home after three consecutive road games.
PREDICTION: Jaguars, 24-20.
GAME: Oakland Raiders (2-7) at Minnesota Vikings (3-6), 1 p.m.
THE SKINNY: The Vikings' No. 1 rush offense will be without RB Adrian Peterson (knee). The Raiders offense has been without punch, scoring just two TDs in the past four games.
PREDICTION: Vikings, 20-12
GAME: Miami Dolphins (0-9) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-5), 1 p.m.
THE SKINNY: The winless Dolphins keep getting closer to that first victory, losing their past two by a field goal. Unfortunately for the Fish, their next two games are in Pennsylvania.
PREDICTION: Eagles, 24-6
GAME: Washington Redskins (5-4) at Dallas Cowboys (8-1), 4:15 p.m.
THE SKINNY: The Cowboys haven't started 9-1 since 1983. That was back when the rivalry with the Deadskins -- their name for the Redskins -- really meant something.
PREDICTION: Cowboys, 34-17
GAME: St. Louis Rams (1-8) at San Francisco 49ers (2-7), 4:15 p.m.
THE SKINNY: The 49ers have won four of the past five meetings with the Rams, including 17-16 on Sept. 16. But they have scored just one TD in six of their past seven games.
PREDICTION: Rams, 23-10
GAME: Chicago Bears (4-5) at Seattle Seahawks (5-4), 4:15 p.m.
THE SKINNY: Goodness, is it Rex Grossman to the rescue for the Bears? The Seahawks are 4-1 at home and coming off a shutout against the 49ers.
PREDICTION: Seahawks, 17-10
GAME: New England Patriots (9-0) at Buffalo Bills (5-4), 8:15 p.m.
THE SKINNY: Someone at the networks smelled an upset when they switched this game to prime time. That should be enough incentive for another 30-something victory for the Patriots.
PREDICTION: Patriots, 34-7
GAME: Tennessee Titans (6-3) at Denver Broncos (4-5), Monday, 8:30 p.m.
THE SKINNY: The Titans have won their past two road games on Monday Night Football. Their No. 4 rush defense will stop their former teammate, Travis Henry.
PREDICTION: Titans, 23-17
First Published November 16, 2007 12:00 am