After yet another wild weekend, I find myself still above .500 but not by much after finishing 8-6 last week; which included me misjudging both the Cowboys and the Steelers.
Now that all the teams have had their bye weeks, we are entering the home stretch; starting with this week’s picks; which I hope will be much better:
Chicago Bears at Miami Dolphins – The Bears really impressed at home against the Vikings last week. But, I still count myself among the doubters. Fortunately for them, they face a team that has a good chance of starting its third string quarterback. Bears win.
Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals – The Bills finally got into the win column last week against the Lions. Just for the heck of it, I am going to pick them again against a struggling Bengals squad. Bills win.
Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys – I’ll admit it, I had some doubts when the Cowboys decided to make a coaching change mid-season. But, if this team’s game against the Giants wasn’t just a fluke, interim coach Jason Garrett might end up landing the job permanently. Cowboys win
Washington Redskins at Tennessee Titans – I wonder if the Redskins are having buyer’s remorse after signing Donovan McNabb to a huge contract extension only to watch him throw 3 interceptions just a few hours later. Titans win.
Arizona Cardinals at Kansas City Chiefs – For a while there, the Chiefs looked like they should be considered one of the elite franchises in the league. Now, they have fallen back to the middle of the pack. That’s still a step above Arizona. Chiefs win.
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Coach Brad Childress still has a job in Minnesota. But, the way quarterback Brett Favre keeps bringing up new injuries, I am starting to suspect he is looking for an excuse to re-retire. Packers win.
Houston Texans at New York Jets – I don’t think the Jets have the tools to dominate teams. But, they do know what it takes to win. Jets win.
Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers – Just when I thought the Steelers were the team to beat in the NFL; they lose 2 of their last 3. The Raiders are on a 3-game win streak and part of me wants to give them the benefit of the doubt. Oh, what the heck, I’ll listen to that voice. Raiders win.
Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers – I think Carolina is simply riding out the season at this point. Ravens win.
Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars – A Hail Mary pass against the Texans gave the Jaguars a last second win and a 5-4 record. Something tells me the Browns will prevent them from going to 6-4. Browns win.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers are one of the biggest disappointments this season while the Buccaneers are one of the biggest surprises. Buccaneers win.
Seattle Seahawks at New Orleans Saints – Both of these teams have a legitimate shot of winning their division. But, the Saints play in a much tougher one. Saints win.
Atlanta Falcons at St. Louis Rams – The Rams aren’t as much of an underdog as they used to be but I don’t see them beating arguably the best team in the NFC. Falcons win.
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots – This game is good every year and could go either way but I’m picking New England both because they are at home and because they aren’t dealing with as many injuries. Patriots win.
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles – I feel very unclean saying this but Michael Vick is making a very strong case for league MVP. Eagles win.
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – Remember when the Chargers were the favorite to run away with the division every year? Broncos win.
My Overall Record – 73-68