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NFL predictions: Can Dallas hang with Denver?

by Berry Tramel Modified: October 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm •  Published: October 3, 2013
Do the Dallas Cowboys stand a chance against the Peyton Manning and the explosive Denver Broncos?
Do the Dallas Cowboys stand a chance against the Peyton Manning and the explosive Denver Broncos?


The NFL standings are kooky. Starting in the AFC North, where the winless Pittsburgh Steelers could lay their heads Sunday night one game out of first place in the loss column. All it would take is New England winning at Cincinnati (who doesn’t expect that?), Baltimore losing at Miami (could happen) and Buffalo winning in Cleveland on Thursday night (certainly doable). Such is life when three teams are tied for the division lead at 2-2.

Or take the venerable NFC East, where the division leader going into Week 6 is almost surely going to have a losing record. The only way to avoid that is for the Cowboys to beat the Broncos. Good luck.

Or the NFC North, where the Packers host the Lions in a virtual must-win for Green Bay, which otherwise would be 21/2 games out of the division lead.

Bills at Browns: Cleveland 23-13. Two of the nation’s three most economically-depressed cities collide in a meaningful game.

Saints at Bears: New Orleans 37-28. Right now, Seattle’s biggest threat for the Super Bowl is New Orleans.

Lions at Packers: Green Bay 31-26. Something seems a little amiss in PackerLand, but Green Bay gets this one.

Chiefs at Titans: Kansas City 13-10. What a story. The Chiefs won two games last year. They’re about to go 5-0.

Seahawks at Colts: Indianapolis 19-17. Seattle has been awesome — and against a tough schedule. If the Seahawks win this game, when will they lose? 

Jaguars at Rams: St. Louis 26-11. Sam Bradford gets well, which most people do against Jacksonville. 

Eagles at Giants: Philadelphia 27-20. New York is a mess. A total mess. But it’s not like Chip Kelly’s Eagles have been dominant.

Ravens at Dolphins: Miami 21-19. Of the last six Super Bowl champs, only New Orleans currently has a winning record, and the Giants and Steelers are winless.

Panthers at Cardinals: Arizona 17-16. Cardinals aren’t half bad. Too bad they’re in a division with Seattle and San Francisco

Broncos at Cowboys: Denver 41-31. The only way to beat Denver is via shootout. Is Tony Romo up to the task?

Texans at 49ers: San Francisco 30-20. Houston, ye have a problem.

Chargers at Raiders: Oakland 23-20. Upset special. The Raiders bring the Chargers back to Earth.

Jetropolitans at Falcons: Atlanta 33-7. Lock of the century. No way is this game close.

Last week: 10-5. Season record: 36-27.


by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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