This is a tough season to pick as parity is wreaking havoc on power ratings. Last week’s 7-7 record put me at 43-45. Here are this week’s picks
Cincinnati at Atlanta – Carson Palmer has been less than effective so Ocho Cinco has resorted to tricks. The Falcons are looking for Mattie Ice to have a breakout game. This is it. Atlanta 35-14.
Buffalo at Baltimore – One of the two worst teams in the league plays one of the toughest D’s. Joe Flacco and the Ravens have their way with the Bills. Baltimore 24-10.
San Francisco at Carolina – The Panthers are the second nominee for league’s worst team. The ‘Niners avoided another collapse last week. San Francisco is about to begin its assault on the Western division. Forty Niners 31-20.
Washington at Chicago – The Redskins have been one of the surprise teams and find themselves in the thick of the NFC East hunt. Jay Cutler is blossoming in the new offense for the Bears. This is closer than I would have predicted a month ago. Chicago 24-21.
Jacksonville at Kansas City – The Chiefs have come crashing back to earth with two straight losses. The Jags top two QB’s are questionable so they’ll have to depend on Maurice Jones-Drew and the ground game. Kansas City 27-20.
Pittsburgh at Miami – Big Ben didn’t appear too rusty after the lengthy vacation. Miami surprised the Packers last week, but still turn the ball over too much. Pittsburgh 21-17.
Cleveland at New Orleans – The Saints were energized by the rushing of Chris Ivory and finally have emerged from their Super Bowl hangover. Cleveland is a team looking for a break. They won’t find it Sunday. New Orleans 34-17.
St. Louis at Tampa Bay – The Buccs finally played down to their preseason press last weekend. The Rams are riding the Sam Bradford train as the rookie continues to improve. These teams are going in opposite directions. St. Louis 31-27.
Philadelphia at Tennessee – This game pits two very similar teams against one another. The Eagles and the Titans both have stout defenses and capable, if not spectacular QB’s. The Eagles will be missing their top receiver and that is the difference. Tennessee 27-21.
Arizona at Seattle – The Cardinal’s latest answer at QB is rookie Max Hall. The Seahawks hope to rest their rushing attack on newly aquired Marshawn Lynch. Beanie Wells busts out in this one. Arizona 24-14.
Oakland at Denver – The Bronco ground game may be coming around, and they are through with the toughest part of their schedule. Kyle Boller may be the third Raider QB to start in as many weeks. Denver 31-21.
New England at San Diego – The Charger’s usual slow start is helped by the records of their division foes. It just looks like nobody wants to win the West. The Patriots look better without the Moss distractions and just keep winning the Belichick way. Traveling East to West sometimes causes problems. San Diego 28-24.
Minnesota at Green Bay – These two teams are looking to keep pace with the Bears. Bret Favre has perfected the latest “app” – the i-m a distraction – and the Packers will turn up the heat. The Pack are smarting after last week’s loss and need to establish the run. Green Bay 27-17.
New York Giants at Dallas – Before the season, predictions would have had these two teams records reversed. Who would have thought Dallas would continue their preseason struggles or that Eli Manning would play more like Payton? Tony Romo solidifies his reputation for blowing the big game. Giants 24-21.