The General’s NFL Proclamations- Week 4

Michael Vick is leading the Steelers this week. See what he does and others in this week's General Proclamations. (photo courtesy of Bill Wippert/AP)

Michael Vick is leading the Steelers this week. See what he does and others in this week's General Proclamations. (photo courtesy of Bill Wippert/AP)

Week Three of the NFL gave most of us a clearer picture of what to expect from our teams. Some loved what they saw while others were not as happy with the product their teams put on the field. Nonetheless, the season goes on and so do the players that play the game. And sprinkled in these good and bad performances were some players who showed up unexpectedly and others that shrunk in the limelight. Without any further hesitation, here are the General’s Proclamations.

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

  1. Ben Roethlisberger went down last week with a knee injury and Michael Vick stepped in and finished the game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Even though he was not impressive, he will be this week. The Ravens secondary is ripe for the picking and Vick is ready to star for Big Ben this week, throwing to “Downtown” Antonio Brown and crew. Vick will throw 3 touchdown passes and will throw for 250 yards. And one of the touchdown passes will be to running back Le’Veon Bell.
  2. The Pittsburgh defense is starting to find itself. And this week they will unleash carnage on the Ravens offensive line. They will get at least 4 sacks this Thursday versus the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco.
  3. Baltimore may lack in the pass protection this weekend, but they will still make some plays. Wide receiver Steve Smith is still a playmaker out there. And this week, he will make some plays against the Steelers’ secondary. He will account for at least one touchdown even though he will be under 100 yards.

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

  1. The New York Jets floundered last week and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was not as good as he had been. The Jets hope he rebounds this week, but it will be an uneven performance. He will throw for two touchdowns, but he will also have an inexplicable interception that no one will understand.
  2. The Dolphins were embarrassed last week and their big-money defensive player, Ndamukong Suh, was missing in action. There was even talk that he went rogue defensively out there. Some may wonder what he will do this week to atone for that talk. That’s simple: Nothing. He will be the biggest decoy on the field this week, not recording a sack and maybe a tackle or two. Nothing more or nothing less.
  3. The Miami Dolphins offense did not show up last week either and this week they show up with some pride maybe. Their leader, quarterback Ryan Tannehill, will show up this week. He will run for a touchdown and also throw for a touchdown. But he will not reach 250 yards passing in this one.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts

  1. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck led a comeback against the Tennessee Titans last weekend as the Colts escaped going 0-3. This week, a little less drama as Luck does not throw an interception against the Jaguars.
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is still trying to prove himself as an NFL quarterback. One player that can help him do so is wide receiver Allen Robinson. The young wide receiver out of Penn State will give the Colts’ secondary fits as he cruises for 100 yards and a touchdown.
  3. Indianapolis has struggled bringing pressure defensively this season. They got off the mat a little last weekend with some pressure on Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota. Well this week, they make a few things happen to the tune of three sacks as a team. Not a dominant performance there but it will show some consistency in bringing pressure.

New York Giants at Buffalo Bills

  1. Tyrod Taylor got his mojo going against the Miami Dolphins last weekend. This weekend he continues making things happen as he takes advantage of the New York secondary. He will get at least 300 yards passing on them this Sunday. Looks like the Bills may have found their quarterback.
  2. Eli Manning, not to be showed up, will make some things happen this game as well. The veteran quarterback for the Giants will have two touchdowns running this weekend versus the Bills although he will throw an interception that will accompany those touchdown passes.
  3. The Buffalo Bills defense was proclaimed as a tough defense that would give quarterbacks problems. Well, this week they will give Eli a slight problem. They will only get two sacks against the Giants.

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1. Cam Newton has been great for the Panthers this season. And against the Bucs, he will continue to thrive. He will actually do damage more with his arm than his legs. He will throw for 250 yards and three touchdowns.
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been inconsistent since he burst on the scene his rookie season. And in this game, he will prove to be inconsistent yet again. Martin will have some good runs in this game, but he will once again fail to reach 100 yards and the endzone.
  3. Tampa Bay’s defense will give up 35 points to the Carolina Panthers. It may seem crazy since the Panthers are not a prolific offense. But look at the Tampa defense. They may have played solid the last two weeks, but we all know it is entirely possible that they can revert back to their Week One performance.

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins

  1. The Philadelphia Eagles have been sputtering offensively all season long. Well, this week the sputtering continues. They will not score over 20 points this week at all. And with this performance, the Sam Bradford questions will come up again for another week.
  2. The Eagles may be struggling offensively, but it isn’t like the Redskins have made it happen offensively under quarterback Kirk Cousins. A continuation of last week may end up happening as the Eagles defense has not been completely bad this year. He will throw at least two interceptions and Walter Thurmond will be the player that picks off one of his passes.
  3. This game will go into overtime. Both teams have not found themselves and it is not for certain that either will find themselves the whole year. But in this game, both will definitely find themselves in overtime trying to salvage a win in this game that will be tough to watch.

Oakland Raiders at Chicago Bears

  1. Wide receiver Amari Cooper has been sizzling the last two weeks on the field for the Oakland Raiders. The Bears have been cold as in bad the whole season. With that being said, Cooper will continue to sizzle this week against a Bears defense that cannot stop anyone. He will have another 100 yard game and score at least one touchdown.
  2. Chicago failed to score a point last week with quarterback Jimmy Clausen at the helm for Jay Cutler. This week if Clausen starts, he will get the Bears in the endzone and they will score a total of ten points. That is a nice improvement, but not one that will help them win the game.
  3. Khalil Mack is a talented pass rusher that the Raiders are just learning how to use. In this game, he will definitely be the Mack of the Bears as he pimps he way around the corner of their offensive tackles and gets to paydirt three times. It’s going to be a long day for the Bears and their offense.

Houston Texans at Atlanta Falcons

  1. The Houston Texans have been wanting Jadeveon Clowney to break out and this week may be the game he does so. He is closer to home and he may be wanting to show off in front of them. He will get his first two sacks of his career in this game.
  2. Julio Jones has been a monster on the football field this year. And many wonder what he will do next. This week he will catch 10 passes and approach 200 yards receiving. The sky is the limit for him and he is definitely putting on a show.
  3. The Atlanta Falcons will let the Houston Texans take a 10 point lead on them before coming back and winning this game. For some reason, the Falcons like to come from behind and win games. And this week will be just more of the same from them.

Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. Alex Smith through the first receiving touchdown to a Kansas City wide receiver in forever last Monday versus the Green Bay Packers. In this game, he will get back to his usual and completely ignore the wide receivers. Look for him to connect with tight end Travis Kelce twice for touchdowns while not throwing for more than 200 yards.
  2. Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton has been solid this season. But he is due for a blip on the radar screen this year and this game is it. He will throw two interceptions this game versus a secondary that he should light up.
  3. Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is one of the best in the NFL. But this week he gets showed up by Bengals running back Jeremy Hill. The former LSU Tiger will outrush Charles by at least 50 yards and he will score a touchdown as well.

Cleveland Browns at San Diego Chargers

  1. The Cleveland Browns will not score over 20 points. Although this team denies there is no rift in the locker room over players wanting Johnny Manziel to start, it is obvious that he is needed in this offense at this point. Besides, they may as well find out what they have in him (or don’t have). Either way, look for Josh McCown to struggle mightily as he will rack up meaningless passing yards if they are down in the fourth quarter.
  2. San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers did not do so great last weekend. In this game, he atones for that. He will throw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in this game as he gets back on the right track.
  3. San Diego outside linebacker Melvin Ingram has been very active the last few games and this game will be no exception. The former South Carolina Gamecock will have three sacks in this game and wreak havoc on McCown all game long.

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers

  1. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers has been lighting up defenses this year. And in this game, he has to be licking his chops. But Eddie Lacy may be the one feasting this game. He will get 100 yards rushing in this one.
  2. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick had one of his worst games as a professional last weekend with four interceptions. But one thing about Colin is he’s resilient. Look for him to have at least one touchdown running and one passing as he throws for at least 225 yards and accounts for at least 50 yards on the ground.
  3. The Packers and the 49ers will have 100 yard receivers in this game. Torrey Smith can and will make some plays this game and so will Randall Cobb for the Packers. These two could make some highlight plays in this one.

St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals

  1. St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been solid this year. And in this game, he will definitely make some plays. Look for him to come up with at least one sack and one tackle for loss.
  2. The Cardinals have been solid offensively this year and this game will prove to be the same type of one. But the guy that will get it going in the passing game is wide receiver John Brown. The former Pittsburgh State wide receiver has speed to burn and the Rams are about to find out just how fast he is as he burns them for a big touchdown. He will go for 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.
  3. The Cardinals will put up at least 35 points in this game. Their offense is just that much better than it was last season. And the Rams will be the latest to experience the growth in their offense.

Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos

  1. The Vikings have been looking better offensively the last couple of weeks. Well, this week is the exception to that progress. The Vikings will bear witness to the stress that Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware can put on offenses. And as a result, the Vikings will allow four sacks at the last this week.
  2. Adrian Peterson has been running the football better. He will get 100 yards, but he will get them dominantly in one half of the game. The first half will hold all or most of his yards. He will also score one time on the Broncos defense.
  3. Peyton Manning will throw for four touchdowns and one interception versus the Vikings. Manning will throw one inexplicable interception that we all will wonder about, but he will right the ship with a couple darts out there to Emmanuel Sanders and company.

Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints

  1. The Dallas Cowboys are without wide receiver Dez Bryant and quarterback Tony Romo. All the offense is on the shoulders of the offensive line and back quarterback Brandon Weeden. So with that being said, look for running back Lance Dunbar to be the leading receiver for the Cowboys against the Saints with a little under 100 yards.
  2. New Orleans has had some offensive issues of their own going on. And with Drew Brees unhealthy, the team will lean on running back Mark Ingram. The former Alabama running back will have at least 100 yards rushing against the Cowboys.
  3. This game will have both teams scoring in the 20s. Both have had defense fail them and offense fail them too. This game will provide some issues for both defense and the offenses will find some kind of rhythm to make them pay.

Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks

  1. The matchup everyone is looking forward to seeing is Detroit’s Calvin Johnson versus Seattle’s Richard Sherman. In this one, look for Johnson to score a touchdown on Sherman, but Sherman and the Legion of Boom will have more of the upper hand in this one eventually.
  2. The Detroit Lions will not rush for over 100 yards. The team is trying to run the football but it just will not happen versus the Seahawks, especially since the Lions are on the road.
  3. The Detroit Lions will lose this game by 20 points. The Seahawks just don’t have enough to make this game close. The Seahawks will piddle around for a little while, but when they drop the hammer, it will be over just that quick.

Week Three is here and the proclamations are in. Let the game begin and let the big performances happen.

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1 Response

  1. Dallah Smith

    Green Bay Aaron Rogers get his first victory in his home state ……..

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