OUCH!!! Another 6-8 week. Who would of thought the Cowboys, Saints, Chargers and Texans would have lost in the same week. I’m at 36-38 for the season, so I really need a good week. But the NFL schedule doesn’t get any easier to predict because on “any given Sunday…..”.
Atlanta at Philadelphia – The Falcons looked pretty pedestrian two weeks ago, but the victory over Cleveland was bigger than I would have thought going into the season. Philadelphia is up-and-down. The Vick/Kolbe QB flap is affecting play. Mattie Ice and Michael Turner have big games. Falcons 34-14.
Cleveland at Pittsburgh – Cleveland has lost some close ones – and played the Falcons close for a half. Big Ben couldn’t have picked a better team to open with – he’s 10-1 in his last 11 starts against the Browns. Steelers 31-10.
Seattle at Chicago – The Seahawks’ bandwagon is emptying fast. I didn’t think they could maintain the early thrust. The Bears just keep rambling along. Cutler will likely be back. Bears 27-19.
Miami at Green Bay – The Dolphins are coming off a rest week and Green Bay has hardly been dominant. Of course losing Ryan Grant has made them pretty one dimensional. The ‘Phins run D is suspect – so suspect that I tried to pick up Brandon Jackson for my fantasy team. Packers – 24-10.
Kansas City at Houston – The Chiefs finally came back to earth last week At the hands of Peyton Manning,Ã’ and need to regain some mo. The Texans D was thumped by brother Eli, and need some mo as well. I think Houston has too many weapons. Texans 21-17.
Baltimore at New England – I’m really surprised to see these two teams facing off with only one loss apiece. Their mutual success is a testimony to the value of systems. Don’t get me wrong, both teams have talent – but a lot of it is aging. Joe Flacco does exactly what he need to for the Ravens to be successful, and has a few more weapons. Tom Brady got rid of a receiver who made fun of his hair. Patriots, in a close one 21-20.
Detroit at NY Giants – The Lions D and special teams accounted for two TDs against the Rams. Eli comes in slinging the ball around with pretty good results. Detroit is not quite there yet. Giants 28-24.
San Diego at St. Louis – The Chargers should just pencil themselves in for a 2-3 ( or worse) start. Somehow, they always seem to turn it around. Sam Bradford is good…but Philip Rivers is better. Chargers 37-30.
New Orleans at Tampa Bay – Another surprise to find the Buccs tied with the Falcons atop the NFC South, a half game ahead of the Saints. New Orleans seems to have lost their cape after the Atlanta loss. This game finds the two playing more like predicted. Saints 27-17.
NY Jets at Denver – The Jets are looking pretty strong after an early set back. This should be the “every other week we in” Broncos week to prevail….and it is. Mile High proves too much for New York. Broncos 24-17.
Oakland at San Francisco – The ‘Niners can’t seem to catch a break – OK, they can’t keep from shooting themselves in the foot. Normally this neighborhood brawl would favor the men in gold, but the Raiders are playing some D. Raiders 21-10.
Dallas at Minnesota – The League hasn’t decided on Favre’s punishment for playing “dirty old man”, so I’m writing this under the assumption that he will start. The Vikings put all their eggs in the Bret basket – and they’re getting scrambled so far. Dallas has overcome it’s end zone allergy, but can’t seem to put up a W. I know it’s early, but the loser of this one will fade away. Cowboys 28-14.
Indianapolis at Washington – The Colts are better than 3-2. The Redskins are not – but somehow Donovan McNabb is getting it done. The lack of a quality back catches the Skins in this one. Colts 31-17.
Tennessee at Jacksonville – The AFC South is the most balanced division in the NFL. The Jags are riding a two game win streak. The Titans are riding the momentum of a big win over Dallas. Both teams can run the ball – look for over 275 total rushing between the two – but the Titans D is a little better. Titans 31-28.
C’ya Next Week.