Just when I thought I was turning my season back around, I had a week like the Patriots did and came away with an unexpected losing week, predicting just 6 of the 13 games correct. I’m still above .500 for the year so far but not by much.
Here are this week’s predictions:
Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons – Normally, I would pick the Ravens in this contest. But, it’s a short week for both teams and I always feel the home team gains a slight advantage. Falcons win.
Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills – The Lions have improved but are being held back by quarterback Matthew Stafford’s inability to stay healthy. I think this will result in Buffalo’s first win of the season. Bills win.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – One thing that was overlooked a bit in the Vikings’ win against the Cardinals was the return of their pass rush. This is bad news for a Chicago team that has allowed Jay Cutler to be sacked 28 times. Vikings win.
New York Jets at Cleveland Browns – I never thought I would pick Cleveland over the Jets. But, they are at home and did just beat the Patriots. Browns win.
Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins still have some work to do if they want to be considered an elite team. Titans win.
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts – The Bengals are already out of the playoff hunt and I just don’t see Indianapolis losing two in a row. Colts win.
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars – For a while there, the Texans looked like they would make a playoff run. But, I think the Jaguars are going to end up being the surprise AFC team this year. Jaguars win.
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – With nobody at quarterback, the Panthers’ season is pretty much over. Buccaneers win.
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – The Chiefs are trying to rebound after a loss to Oakland last week. But, I have a gut feeling the Broncos will find a way to win this one. Broncos win.
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – Something tells me the Cardinals are regretting their decision not to do a better job replacing Kurt Warner at quarterback. Seahawks win.
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – Jerry Jones’ firing of Wade Phillips mid-season allows him to get a head start on finding a replacement. But, when the owner gives up on the Cowboys’ season, there’s really nothing stopping the players from doing the same. Giants win.
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers – I don’t think the Rams are a legitimate playoff contender yet but they do have a quarterback; something the 49ers don’t. Rams win.
New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers – This is a game that could go either way since these are the two best teams in the AFC and both have flaws. I’ll stick with the home team though. Steelers win.
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins – Last time these two teams met, Michael Vick got hurt and Donovan McNabb was able to get revenge on his former team. I think Vick stays healthy this time. Eagles win.
Bye Week Teams –
Green Bay Packers – Green Bay has been a notorious slow starter since Mike McCarthy took over at head coach. However, they enter their bye with a 6-3 record despite numerous injuries. They could be very dangerous if they are able to get healthy.
Oakland Raiders – A 3-game win streak has Oakland in contention for the AFC West and the week off gives them a chance to decide once and for all who the starting quarterback is.
New Orleans Saints – For a while there, the Saints looked like they would have a problem repeating as Super Bowl champs. But, the magic that carried them last season seems to be returning.
San Diego Chargers – Norv Turner needs the week off to figure out how to turn his season around or he might be joining Wade Phillips on the unemployment line.
My Overall Record – 65-62