Well, I’m starting to feel a bit like the Green Bay Packers this week; I entered the season with high expectations and, after finishing 6-8 last weekend, I feel like I am not meeting those expectations. Like the Packers, I started out strong; correctly predicting a Chiefs’ loss and a Cardinals’ win last week. But, I struggled to finish and watched as the Lions beat the Rams and the Eagles trounced the 49ers.
With 12 more weeks to go, I can only hope I can fight through my slump; starting with this week’s predictions:
Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears – I don’t think the Bears are a very good team. But, I am starting to think they will win the NFC North simply because they are facing teams that aren’t any better. Bears win.
Miami Dolphins at Green Bay Packers – There’s a good chance Aaron Rodgers will be forced to sit out because of a concussion. But, at least from what I’ve seen in pre-season, I think back up Matt Flynn has just enough to pull off a close victory at home. Packers win.
San Diego Chargers at St. Louis Rams – After two surprising wins, the Rams were finally brought back down to Earth by the Lions last weekend. I think the Chargers, who are desperate for a win, will capitalize. Chargers win.
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots – The Patriots play in their first game since trading Randy Moss. And, I think they will realize they didn’t really need him. Patriots win.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – This is one of those games that really could go either way so I’m going to pick the home team. Buccaneers win.
Detroit Lions at New York Giants – The Giants have a two game winning streak and I see no reason why they wouldn’t extend that to three games. Giants win.
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles – So, Kevin Kolb really can play. That means the Eagles have a situation that every team would love to have; they can win regardless of who their quarterback is. Eagles win.
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers – Big Ben returns for the 3-1 Steelers. Enough said. Steelers win.
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans – As predicted, the Chiefs lost to the Colts last week. But, they kept that game much closer than I thought they would. Chiefs win.
Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers – The Raiders have been inconsistent all season so it is really hard to tell how well they will play. The 49ers, however, have been consistently bad. Raiders win.
New York Jets at Denver Broncos – I don’t really have a reason, but I have a gut feeling Denver wins this one. Jets win.
Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings – Simply put, this is a game between two desperate one-win teams with quarterbacks that can look brilliant one moment and then throw the game away the next. I’ll take the quarterback that has been doing that longer. Vikings win.
Indianapolis Colts at Washington Redskins – The Redskins got the win over the Packers last weekend. But, that had more to do with Green Bay than anything they did. Colts win.
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars – Another tough one to call so, once again, I’ll go with the home team. Jaguars win.
Bye Week Teams –
Buffalo Bills – Even if football games lasted just 15 minutes (one quarter), the Bills would still be 1-4. Don’t be surprised to see this team trade away a couple more players before the deadline as they begin planning for next season.
Cincinnati Bengals – The 2-3 Bengals are a good example of why you can’t expect great things from a franchise simply because they signed a top name free agent.
Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals made a move to an un-drafted rookie at quarterback and were rewarded with a win. At 3-2, they still have a legitimate shot in a NFC Conference with no clear front runner.
Carolina Panthers – Expect to hear Bill Cowher rumors in the near future if John Fox doesn’t figure out a way to turn this team around.
My Overall Record – 35-41