Not only did my Thanksgiving Day weekend leave me feeling a bit bloated and even a little exhausted, it pulled me back down to Earth a bit after having such a good week the week before only to finish 9-7 over this past weekend. Of course, when you have two 5-6 teams competing for the fourth seed in the NFC playoffs, anything can pretty much happen.
Here are this week’s picks:
Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles – The Texans easily beat the Titans this past weekend. But, unlike Tennessee, the Eagles have a quarterback. Eagles win.
Washington Redskins at New York Giants – The Giants are once again in the race for the NFC East. The Redskins last week proved they still have some work to do. Giants win.
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs last week proved they could win on the road. We already know they can win at home. Chiefs win.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans – Even with last week’s loss to the Giants, the Jaguars still look like the real deal. Jaguars win.
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers – Last week, the Packers could have won in Atlanta but beat themselves. They won’t make that mistake at home against a 49ers team that is now without their top playmaker. Packers win.
Cleveland Browns at Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins are a tough team to judge. I think they are a team that is good but one or two players away from being great. That should still be good enough at home. Dolphins win.
Buffalo Bills at Minnesota Vikings – Now that Brad Childress is gone, the Vikings have taken the ball out of Brett Favre’s hands a little. That might be the right formula to help them end with a respectable record. Vikings win.
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions – The Bears lead the NFC North and, if the season were to end today, would enter the playoffs as the number 2 seed. So, why do I still feel they are a pretender? It doesn’t matter this week though. Bears win.
New Orleans Saints at Cincinnati Bengals – I think the Bengals are due for a surprise win before the end of the season. I don’t see it happening this week though. Saints win.
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers – Just when I thought the Chargers were done for the year; they are back in the playoff picture. Chargers win.
Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks – For a while there, I thought it would be the Bills with the top pick in next year’s NFL draft. I now think it will be Carolina. Seahawks win.
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – There is nothing spectacular about the Falcons on offense or defense; they just manage to do just enough to win. Falcons win.
St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals – I watched the Cardinals’ Monday night game against San Francisco and had a hard time believing this was the same team that won their division last year. Rams win.
Dallas Cowboys at Indianapolis Colts – Two losses in a row are starting to make me wonder if the Colts are being hit with the same curse most other Super Bowl losers seem to get hit with. Good thing they still have Peyton Manning. Colts win.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens – This game could decide the division winner. I like Baltimore because they have yet to lose at home. Ravens win.
New York Jets at New England Patriots – Much like the Steelers/Ravens game, this one could eventually decide who claims this division. The Jets have a chance but I like New England at home. Patriots win.
My Overall Record – 94-79