I’m starting to appreciate the fact I’m not a betting man because, if I were to put my money where my mouth is this season, I would be very poor; especially after finishing at .500 again last week with only 7 of 14 correct.
Because of that, I still won’t put my money where my mouth is as I make this week’s picks:
Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons – The Bengals should be well rested after their bye week. But, I just don’t see the Falcons losing at home in this one. Falcons win.
Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears – Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz appears ready to abandon the run game completely when Jay Cutler is his quarterback. Unfortunately, that just means Cutler will spend more time on the ground. Redskins win.
St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – I honestly did not think the Rams would beat the Chargers last week but they dominated that game. So, I think I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt this week. Rams win.
Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens – The Bills had a chance to rest last week. But, they still don’t have a quarterback. Ravens win.
Philadelphia Eagles at Tennessee Titans – A lot of teams have quarterback envy when they look at the Eagles right now. Eagles win.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs – After being the league’s last undefeated team, the Chiefs have now lost two in a row. I think they end that losing streak against the Jaguars. Chiefs win.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins – In a season that has very few dominating teams, I think Pittsburgh is one of them. Steelers win.
Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints – The Saints seem to have returned to their winning ways. The Browns seem to still be looking for some sort of improvement. Saints win.
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks – It’s hard to figure out either of these teams this season so I’m just going to go with the home team. Seahawks win.
New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers – I think the Chargers’ time as a Super Bowl favorite is now over. Patriots win.
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos – It’s a wide open AFC West race so this is a hard game to call. However, I think Oakland’s 0-3 road record will work against them this time. Broncos win.
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay – The number of injuries in Green Bay is making me back off my Super Bowl prediction a bit. However, with defensive reinforcements coming via a trade and players returning from the PUP list, I do think they will be able to turn their season around; starting in this game against an underachieving Minnesota team. Packers win.
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – The Giants are going to enter this game as the favorites against a 1-4 Dallas team. But, this is one of those divisional games that require you to ignore the records. Cowboys win.
Bye Week Teams –
Detroit Lions – The Lions have managed to move the ball through the air but they need to find a way to run the ball and play some defense if they want to improve from 1-5.
Indianapolis Colts – Their defense can’t seem to stop the run but, at 4-2, they are on pace for another playoff year.
New York Jets – They enter their bye week as the team to beat in the AFC.
Houston Texans – This might finally be their year; not only to make the playoffs but possibly even win their division.
My Overall Record: 42-48