Easy Like Sunday Morning is a quick hitting NFL game previews post that looks at the games to be played later in the day where I give you a little insight on each matchup and what I’m watching for.
It’s a lighthearted way to blend comedy with America’s true, favorite pastime. So crack you a cold one, fire up the computer and let me guide your way to the day’s games ahead. Six days a week you may dread, but today I give you football knowledge that’s easy like Sunday morning.
I’ll also give my pick for each game with my “comfort level”. Usually when I give people my picks, they ask me how comfortable should they be with them and I always reply with a real life situation. For instance, if I was to say “riding in a car with Kenny Britt and the cops pull us over,” then I’m not too confident in the pick. But if I tell you that I’m “lying in the hammock with one sock on, wearing boxers and a pair of Blu Blockers,” then it’s a safe bet.
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Arizona Cardinals (2-6) @ Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)
When you look at all of the talent on this Eagles team, it’s crazy that they are 1-3 at home. The one consistent that Philly has going for them in this game is that they beat bad teams and Arizona is awful. The Cardinals haven’t looked good at any point this year. Their only hope is to run Beanie Wells effectively and keep the Eagles’ offense off the field. Philly’s offense is to potent for this matchup.
Comfort Level: Ten open urinals and “that guy” walks in and stands right next to you.
Tennessee Titans (4-4) @ Carolina Panthers (2-6)
This is a tough game for me to pick. The Titans have been spoiled with three straight home games before they take to road to Carolina. Tennessee was only able to win one of those games at home and they’ve lost 3 of their last four games. While the Panthers aren’t the caliber of the teams that the Titans loss to during that stretch, this offense can put up the yards with ease. Tennessee’s defense started the year off fast but has been victimized of late. The biggest weakness on Carolina is their rush defense. The Titans haven’t shown the ability of talking advantage of that, yet.
Comfort Level: Being a certain kicker from the state of potatoes. (Disclaimer: If anything happens to the Boise State kicker, it happened after this went to press.)
Houston Texans (6-3) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4)
On paper this should look like a run away for the Texans. With the Texans there is always that seed of doubt in believing in them. They have a three game winning streak going, the bye week after this game, and Andre Johnson coming back for the final 6 games. The Bucs play well at home and have beat the Falcons and the Saints at home. They were in close games with Detroit and Chicago before losing by a touchdown or less at home. Josh Freeman is having an off year and his job won’t get easier against this Wade Phillips’ Texans defense.
Comfort Level: Trying a new brand of condom’s called “Magic Johnson” Tagline – “Where the Magic happens…..or you get HIV.” (Don’t be so sensitive, I waited 20 years)
Washington Redskins (3-5) @ Miami Dolphins (1-7)
The Redskins have loss 5 out of their last 6 games, including their last four in a row. The Dolphins were 0-7 but they have been competitive for most games. Miami is understanding how to use Reggie Bush and Matt Moore is becoming more comfortable. Mike Shanahan doesn’t know which direction he’s going but at least it appears as if he’s finally realized that Roy Helu should be the starting running back. Leonard Hankerson should step into his own as the second half of the season begins. Washington is 1-3 on the road this season and I expect them to struggle with John Beck in the first half before Rex Grossman returns to make this game competitive in the 2nd half. Falling just short.
Comfort Level: Running into “Mall Santa” in prison and not being able to fend him off, then next Christmas explaining to the kids why you can’t go visit “Syphilis Santa”.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-9)
If there was a week that the Colts were going to win this year, this would be the week. They face a bad Jaguars team at home that can only run the ball on offense. The bad news for Indy fans, they can’t stop the run and the Jags play great defensive football. Jacksonville will shut down the offense of the Colts and give plenty of chances for Blaine Gabbert to improve. Even if he doesn’t the Colts aren’t capable of stopping Maurice Jones-Drew.
Comfort Level: Being able to bet money against anything Phil Simms says or the chance to punch Craig James.
Denver Broncos (3-5) @ Kansas City Chiefs (4-4)
Last week was the beginning of the end for the Chiefs. They are an awful team that hasn’t beaten any great teams this season. If they lose to Denver after losing to Miami, then the wheels will fall off the following 5 weeks when they face playoff caliber teams such as the Patriots, Steelers, Bears, Jets, and Packers. Tim Tebow is 2-0 on the road and seems to perform better when his back is against the wall. Denver runs the ball well and while good defenses can shut down this Broncos’ offense, the Chiefs aren’t a good defense. I also expect the Broncos to add a new wrinkle in this read option offense this week. One in which Tebow pulls up and starts to stretch the field when defenders rise on their toes.
Pick: (Upset) Broncos
Comfort Level: Taking your kids to the mall to see Santa and he keeps asking your kids to pressure daddy to take a turn on Santa’s lap.
Buffalo Bills (5-3) @ Dallas Cowboys (4-4)
The Bills showed last week that they live and die with Fred Jackson. Dallas can move the ball with ease but they have to quit shooting themselves in the foot. The Cowboys have a strong enough defense to slow down Jackson and force Ryan Fitzpatrick to try and beat them. The Bills have a few guys that can make plays on defense but as a unit they aren’t playing well. Both teams have lost 3 out of their last 5 games and if either wants to build some consistency, it needs to start today. I’ll go with the more talented roster.
Comfort Level: Buying stock in a new lingerie fad called “Great Granny Panties”. Tagline – “The bigger the panty the less likely the tranny.”
New Orleans Saints (6-3) @ Atlanta Falcons (5-3)
It’s going to be a tough task for the Falcons to slow down the passing attack of Drew Brees. New Orleans has struggled on the road this year. They are currently 2-3 on the road and their only wins are against the Panthers and the Jaguars. Atlanta plays well at home and they are hitting their stride at the right time. The major concern for the Falcons, outside of their pass defense, is keeping the office fluid. Matt Ryan will have opportunities against the Saints but he has to start playing better. Against the Colts, Julio Jones mad Ryan’s stats look a lot better than how Matt Ryan played.
Comfort Level: Entering a squinting contest against Ellen Barkin and Renee Zellweger.
St. Louis Rams (1-7) @ Cleveland Browns (3-5)
We all know how bad the Rams are. Don’t let the 3 wins of the Browns fool you though. Other than their pass defense the whole team is playing atrocious. Now their pass defense takes a big hit with TJ Ward out for some time. The Rams should come out in this game and run the ball as if they’re playing their own defense. The Browns will want to take advantage of St. Louis’ worst rank run defense but they are without Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty. Chris Ogbonnaya will get some yards but he isn’t a game changer. Austin Pettis will step up as a chain mover for the Rams.
Pick: (Upset) Rams
Comfort Level: Being a company that put their biggest Pay Per View fight on free TV to gather more interest in the sport. Then not having any under card and the Main Event ends in 1 minute after what seemed like 6 hours of hype. Also having Brock Lesnar talk on a microphone as if he had a coherent thought.
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) @ Cincinnati Bengals (6-2)
The Bengals want respect. I believe they have a talented young team but I won’t respect them as a playoff team until they beat a team like these Steelers. If they want respect all they have to do is take it this week. The Bengals are just now hitting the fierce part of their schedule. They’ll face the Steelers twice, the Ravens twice, and the Texans over the next 8 weeks. Pittsburgh can’t afford any more divisional losses after dropping two games to Baltimore. I expect the Steelers to bounce back this week and pass up the Bengals to stay within reach of Baltimore.
Comfort Level: Being married to one of the people that spell check others on Twitter. I imagine if you’re that douchey to people you don’t know, you’re even more annoying to your spouse.
Baltimore Ravens (6-2) @ Seattle Seahawks (2-6)
The Seahawks don’t match up well with the Ravens. The only thing that Seattle has going for them in this game is that the Ravens have to travel all the way across country. You do have to factor that in and it may cause the Ravens to start sluggish but by the end of the day I expect Baltimore’s talent to overcome the troubles will travel. However, the Ravens have lost to the Jaguars and the Titans on the road this year. If Seattle has a chance they’ll need a big day from their lengthy defensive backs, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman .
Comfort Level: Being stuck on Gilligan’s Island and finding out that Mary Ann and Ginger prefer Mary Ann and Ginger too. And having to convince Mrs. Howell into “creeping.”
New York Giants (6-2) @ San Francisco 49ers (7-1)
The 49ers are physical on defense and physical on the ground running the ball. They will attempt to keep Eli Manning on the ground all day. The Giants don’t have the rushing attack to keep the 49ers honest. Eli will see a wide array of pressure and if the Giants are forced into a lot of 3 and outs, San Francisco will eat up the clock all day with the running game. San Fran wants to win and use Alex Smith as little as possible.
Comfort Level: Being Jim Irsay and after going 0-16, Andrew Luck announces “one more year” and returns to Stanford.
Detroit Lions (6-2) @ Chicago Bears (5-3)
These two teams are evenly matched. Matt Forte will have a little chip on his shoulder for turning the ball over twice against the Eagles. The Lions struggle against the run and it doesn’t help Detroit that Jay Cutler is looking the best he has since coming to Chicago. The Lions will have to force pressure on Cutler early and often to stand a chance of going in to Chicago and coming out with a victory. Matt Stafford is always a deadly threat with Calvin Johnson but another option needs to step up in a big role to go blow for blow with the Bears.
Comfort Level: Betting that the “Dr Pepper Ten” guy will be joining the “Clear Pepsi” guy in the unemployment line soon. Seriously, who comes up with this? “It’s for Men” Marketing for pubescent teen boys.
New England Patriots (5-3) @ New York Jets (5-3)
The Jets started off this year as if they wanted to prove that Mark Sanchez could be a game changer…they were right, he can lose you games. New York is now on a three game winning streak which is due mostly to going back to a run first offense and allow Sanchez to make throws when needed. This game the Jets should stick to their philosophy but allow Sanchez to look for more opportunities. The Patriots can’t cover anyone this year. Tom Brady has been able to overcome the Patriots shortcomings in years pass but with Darrelle Revis covering Wes Welker all day, he will come up short. The Jets have an opportunity of reaching a four game winning streak while giving their nemesis a three game losing streak in a tightly contested division.
Comfort Level: Getting a celebrity girlfriend right as she enters her fat phase. Wink wink, Jessica Simpson.
Minnesota Vikings (2-6) @ Green Bay Packers (8-0)
So, do you think Christian Ponder has a better chance of taking advantage of the Packers 31st ranked pass defense or Aaron Rodgers facing the Vikings 30th ranked pass defense. Please NFL, figure out a way to flex Monday night football games. It’s the last game of the weekend. The only people who are looking forward to this game or in Green Bay or Minnesota or have Packers on their fantasy team.
Comfort Level: Stung by a jellyfish on Halloween. You just happen to be dressed up as a teen girl and R Kelly walks by.
Thursday Night Football
 Oakland Raiders (5-4) @  San Diego Chargers (4-5)
Everyone knows that the Chargers are a second half team. Someone forgot to tell Norv Turner and Philip Rivers that the ninth game of the year started the second half…..
Bye Week Teams