The USC BOWL - If newly aquired Raider Carson Palmer starts on Sunday he will be facing his former backup Mat Cassel, who is pictures on the right as the back up of Matt Leinart. Carson was at one point mentioned as a top 3 QB in the league, has never seem to fully recovered from his season ending injury a few years back. Leinart has been to the Superbowl but only as a backup, he has failed to establish himself as a starter. Cassel on the other hand got the opportunity to shine when Tom Brady missed an entire season and was able to lead the Patriots to a 10 win season, I believe that they missed the playoffs that year. But that year earned him faith from other teams and the Chiefs made the move to make him their starter and paid him a pretty penny. As a starter for the Chiefs Cassel won his division and took the team to the playoffs.
Can the Raiders be a bounce back team for Carson, I believe so. They are an established running team and they really just need someone to manage plays. Carson can do that and he can get ball down the field to his young and fast WRs. I'm picking the Carson Palmer Raiders to beat the Matt Cassel Chiefs on Sunday. But if Carson doesn't start, I'm not as confident in this pick.
Now for the Superbowl Rematches this weekend. We have The Saints vs. The Colts and The Steelers vs. The Cardinals in Superbowl Rematches, the only issue is the teams that lost these particular Superbowls are also losing a lot of games this year and aren't anywhere near a Superbowl or Playoff quality team.
Seattle over Cleveland - I really don't want the Seahawks to win, but I think they are a better team than they appear and I really don't think Cleveland has what it takes to win.
Detroit over Atlanta - The Lions are one of the NFL's toughest teams, great defense and dynamic offense, The Falcons have just been OK this year.
Tennessee over Houston - I'm going with the home team in this divisional battle. The fact that the Texans are missing a few key players makes this decision easier to make.
Miami over Denver - Miami has to get a win at some point, Matt Moore didn't look terrible against a good defense, so I think he will look better against a subpar defense. He was able to get the ball there but the coverage of the Jets was very good against the pass. Even though its Tebow Day in Miami, I feel that the Dolphins can win this one.
San Diego over NYJ - This was a tough pick but I think a rested Philip Rivers will do better at leading his team to victory than Sanchez. For the Jets to win this game they would need to do it on the ground and on defense, not just one, but both of those and I don't see it happening.
Tampa Bay over Chicago - Eh.... Who knows, I just picked the underdog in this one, if they stick to their formula and run the ball as well as the Lions did against the Bears, the Buccs can control the clock and win this game.
Carolina over Washington - I really want the Skins to win this game, but I'm looking at the close games against tough team that the Panthers have loss. They have the ability to put up points, I haven't seen that yet from the Skins. Hopefully they prove me wrong. The Skins best bet as winning is to just run the damn ball, the Panthers suck against the run. If they get away from that and attempt to make a name for John Beck, then it will be a long ride back to DC. Skins Please Prove Me Wrong.
Dallas over St. Louis - The Rams are an average team with a lot of injures which makes them a bad team. They also appear to have the toughest schedule in the west, this game isn't any easier. The Cowboys can have multiple turnovers and mistakes, but still win this game.
Green Bay over Minnesota - Neither Ponder or McNabb stand a chance against this unreal Packers team. The Packers score at will, the Vikings aren't able to do that.
Baltimore over Jacksonville - The Jaguars are another team that just don't seem to have it together enough to win tough match ups. The Ravens are one of the top 3 or 5 teams in the league this year, wins like this should be easy.