I ended up getting myself a bit closer to .500 last week, predicting 8 of the 13 games correctly. But, with the Saints losing to the Browns and the list of injured key players growing on a weekly basis, I think it is still going to be difficult for me to crawl out of the cellar; simply because it’s so hard to tell what might happen next.
Here’s this week’s picks:
Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions – The Redskins are currently 2-0 against NFC North teams this season. But, I just have a feeling a rested Detroit team will end that win streak. Lions win.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas Cowboys – Even as recently as last week, I would have picked Dallas to win this. But, even a mistake prone Tony Romo (who was injured against the Giants) is better than their backups. Jaguars win.
Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals – The Dolphins are going to have a big chip on their shoulder after losing to the Steelers on a very questionable call. Dolphins win.
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs – The Bills lost a heartbreaker last week against the Ravens and I just can’t see them getting their first win against a surprising Kansas City team. Chiefs win.
Carolina Panthers at St. Louis Rams – The Rams made some mistakes that cost them a win last week against the Buccaneers. This week, they play a team that isn’t good enough to take the same advantage. Rams win.
Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers – I wonder if the Broncos are looking at the Redskins 4-3 record and asking themselves why they fired Mike Shanahan. Of course, the same thing could be said about the 49ers in reference to Steve Mariucci. Broncos win.
Green Bay Packers at New York Jets – The Packers’ flaws can be summarized into one truth; they have the potential to dominate games but are allowing teams to stay in it until the very end. This hurt them against the Bears, Dolphins and Redskins and almost cost them a win against the Vikings. Unfortunately, as much as I want to vote for them this week, I just don’t see them being able to do that against New York and win. Jets win.
Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers – This one is a bit hard to call but I think Tennessee will use its run game to control the clock and take it. Titans win.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals – Don’t look now but the Buccaneers are making a playoff run. Buccaneers win.
Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots – I’m glad my Green Bay Packers won Sunday night. But, Brett Favre put up such a classic, gutsy performance; I probably would have applauded him if he would have pulled off the win while playing on just one good foot. It’s too bad he’s probably not going to be able to do that for the rest of the season. Patriots win.
Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders – I watched the Raiders’ dominating performance against the Broncos and think it was just a fluke win. But, I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt this week. Raiders win.
Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints – All the spirits in New Orleans could not stop the Madden Curse from striking again. Steelers win.
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts – The Colts recently lost tight end Dallas Clark. But, Peyton Manning has a way of finding a brand new weapon whenever someone gets hurt. Colts win.
Bye Week Teams –
Atlanta Falcons – The NFC is a very tough conference to pick this year but the Falcons look to be among the favorites.
Chicago Bears – The Bears are learning the hard way that they still need to run the ball if they want to win.
Cleveland Browns – They have to be thrilled after their big win against the Saints. But, I think this team still has some work that needs to be done.
New York Giants – It looks like the NFC East race will come down to this team and the Redskins.
Philadelphia Eagles – On second thought, if Michael Vick can stay healthy, the Eagles might be in that mix too.
Baltimore Ravens – They nearly lost to the Bills. But, the fact they found a way to win that game keeps them among the AFC favorites.
My Overall Record – 50-51