49'ers @ Falcons <-- I was pretty clear that SF was going to win
Well, I mentioned about the 49ers offense.. and if you look at the games, they tend not to score very much offensively. The Falcons have some talent (minus Vick) in Alge Crumpler and Warwick Dunn (Dunn is having an off year probably because of Vick's absence).
Bengals @ Bills <-- Again, I was certain the Bungles were going to win
When you originally consider the Bengals, they had
a good offense, but that was inconsistant at best.. their defense is the bigger letdown, but that's been their track record. Given how their offense is simply not compensating for their defense (last year's final game loss to the Steelers to not get in the playoffs is one indication)... they are piling up losses like crazy. I mean, noone saw that Derek Anderson game coming (Bengals-Browns), but it did
happen, so you can't quite call this an abberation when this trend was actually continuing throughout their season.
The Bills on the other hand aren't giving up... if you don't recall their Cowboys game.. get familiar with that. They haven't given up, even after losing lots of starters on defense.
Chargers @ Vikings <-- Also, I was certain about this pick by picking the Chargers
Only the coaching of Norv Turner is the failure to this game. Sure this was "luck" for some people, but seeing how the Chargers offense was completely ineffective the first two games of their season (Pats+Bears), you could see how they could struggle against the Vikings. What idiot would continue to run
LT against the best run defense in the game (especially if you were fortunate to watch this entertaining game like I did). It is worth pointing out that LT's success usually defines how the game goes.. and the Rivers hasn't been that great on offense is in turn probably a symptom of poor coaching by Norv Turner and/or just regression of LT hiding said deficiencies of Rivers.
Seahawks @ Browns <-- And this one was going to be an easy pick when I picked the Birds...or so I thought
When I've seen clips of the Seahawks losses, they are a symptom of two things. Their receiving core has been injured, which is affecting Hasslebeck's offense a bit... on the other hand, Shaun Alexander has been a shell of himself for a long while since his record setting TD season. Alexander's lack of production to the run game is a symptom of so many key losses to the Seahawks which include Minnesota getting Steve Hutchison in free agency (see Vikings run game actually kick ass with Peterson), the retirement of Matt Strong (I think that's his name), and a semi-weak offensive line. This isn't just a "trend" that started this year.. it started back when the Seahawks post-Super Bowl loss against the Steelers (which I was rooting to win the Super Bowl that year).. the Seahawks are currently just leading the crappy NFC West (as if the NFC didn't already take a beating by me) so it isn't just coincidence how I came to that "upset" decision.
The Browns are pretty average, but they aren't incompetant in either side of the ball... the Seahawks are very inconsistant on both sides of the ball.