Saturday, December 12, 2009
NFC Beast Predictions Post
By Dan Graziano
Every Saturday during the season, I make my predictions for games involving NFC East teams. I'm really riding the fence on both the Eagles-Giants and Cowboys-Chargers games. The Eagles have owned the Giants in December and early January, but Tom Coughlin's team is as healthy as it's been in a couple months and the Eagles don't have a lot of veteran leadership.
But before I unveil my predictions, let's take a look at what the experts from Bristol came up with this week. Merril Hoge has been on a roll this season, but he's coming off a rare 8-8 week. Mike Golic went 10-6 during a week where there were some upsets, so let's keep an eye on him.
The esteemed panel came to a split decision on Cowboys-Chargers. Eric Allen, Mark Schlereth, Golic and Hoge went with San Diego. Ron Jaworski, Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Seth Wickersham picked the Cowboys.
Beast prediction: Cowboys 31, Chargers 28
I was shocked that Schefter was the only human panelist to pick the Giants. That doesn't make a lot of sense to me -- especially since the game's being played in Giants Stadium. I think the desperate-team theory will work again for the Giants this week.
Beast prediction: Giants, 21, Eagles 17
Golic, Hoge, Schlereth, Schefter and Wickersham are all picking the Raiders to beat the Redskins. I think Jason Campbell will take advantage of the Raiders' man coverage and have a big day.
Beast prediction: Redskins 21, Raiders 13