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Steelers roll on; Browns to score upset special

October 13, 2011
By RICH GIBSON - Times Leader Sports Writer (rgibson@timesleaderonline.com) , Times Leader

We're surprised the NFL didn't administer a fine after this column endured a that's-more-like-it 5-8 week five hit of providing readers with the "most accurate" information available (at the time).

Of course, much can happen between Thursday (date of publication) and Sunday (actual game day).

Thus, if you thought last week was lame, consider the following:

SUNDAY GAMES

BUFFALO AT NEW YORK GIANTS. Jimmy Hoffa rolled over as G-men went belly-up last week against Seattle. As Hoffa would have declared, it's Redemption Week. Giants, 27-21.

PHILADELPHIA AT WASHINGTON. It's an NFC East encounter in a battle of role reversals. Another loss and Philly's officially on life support. Eagles, 23-17.

JACKSONVILLE AT PITTSBURGH. It's the proverbial trap game for Black & Gold. But don't expect Big Ben and teammates to take the fall. Steelers, 31-16.

CAROLINA AT ATLANTA. These two NFC South residents have boldly combined to surrender 262 points in just five weeks. Can Atlanta's 'D' keep up with Cam? Falcons, 33-21.

INDIANAPOLIS AT CINCINNATI. At 3-2, Cincy's an early surprise. Marvin Lewis and company now confidently staring at 4-2. Bengals, 21-14.

SAN FRANCISCO AT DETROIT. Is there no method to the madness in Motown? And who saw this week six showdown coming? Lions 27-17.

ST. LOUIS AT GREEN BAY. A short week and inevitable letdown isn't enough to stop the planet's premier team. Packers, 28-14.

HOUSTON AT BALTIMORE. Season loss of Mario Williams is bad enough for Houston which encounters Baltimore club coming off its bye week. Ravens, 24-14.

CLEVELAND AT OAKLAND. With a packed house plus an emotional pre-game tribute to Al Davis, why should Browns even bother getting on the plane? Mostly to secure this week's Upset Special. Browns, 20-17.

DALLAS AT NEW ENGLAND. When last located, Cowpokes were coughing up big lead to Lions in suffering embarrassing home loss. So what did their bye week achieve? Cowboys, 27-24.

NEW ORLEANS AT TAMPA BAY. Bucs absorbed one of franchise's worst-ever beatings last week in Frisco. They enter Sunday's NFC South matchup one game behind Saints all of which makes for a miracle recovery. Bucs, 30-24.

SUNDAY NIGHT

MINNESOTA AT CHICAGO. Vikes finally showed signs of life last week while Bears were succumbing to second half comeback by Lions. A good, old fashioned Black & Blue Division slugfest. Bears, 17-14.

MONDAY NIGHT

MIAMI AT NEW YORK JETS. Natives are beyond restless in the Big Apple. Miami's season quickly fading to black. Jets, 21-17.

OPEN DATES: Arizona, Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle, Tennessee.

LAST WEEK: 5-8. SEASON: 43-34. UPSET SPECIALS: 1-4.

Gibson may be reached at rgibson@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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