I don’t normally post my picks but I was asked to do it for something else so here they are.
Pittsburgh over Cincinnati: The Bungles are so woeful this year I cannot fathom they have a prayer against the Steelers on Thursday night. It might be fun to watch just to see how many sacks and turnovers the Steelers’ defense gets. This is an easy pick.
Baltimore over Philadelphia: I don’t see Philadelphia bouncing back from last week’s debacle in Cincinnati. The Eagles seem to be a team on the decline. Despite having a rough week against the Giants I think the Ravens defense will shut down the Eagles and their offense should do enough to win the game.
Chicago over St. Louis: The Rams are another miserable, no account team with a ton of injuries. They had a few surprising moments this year, but the last few weeks have been a disaster. Chicago hasn’t been exactly impressive of late either, but they should come out with a win here.
Tennessee over New York Jets: The Jets are a hot team right now with a four game winning streak, including wins over division rivals Buffalo and New England. Brett Favre and Thomas Jones have been playing well of late, and Kris Jenkins is starting to look like the terror he was when he was with the Panthers. But the Titans are even hotter and the Jets are not as good as their fans think they are. I will be the biggest fan the Titans have this weekend and I think they will win a close game. But wouldn’t it be just our (Patriot’s fans) luck that the Titans choose this week to lose their first game?
New England over Miami: Miami spanked my New England Patriots in Week 3. Both of these teams are better than they were then but New England has the better team. Even though the game is in Miami, given the stakes I think the Patriots will be bring playoff intensity and pull it out.
Cleveland over Houston: Sage Rosenfels. Need I say more? While Cleveland has looked pretty mediocre the past few weeks, their defense is tough (even though it fades in the 4th quarter) and they should be able to put up enough offense to beat Houston.
Tampa Bay over Detroit: I am picking Detroit to be the first team to go 0-16. The last team to go winless was the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers who went 0-14. They need company.
Minnesota over Jacksonville: This is a tough one to call but Minnesota should win this game if Gus doesn’t chunk up a bunch of interceptions like he did against the Packers. The Vikings have a solid defense that is hard to run against and Adrian Peterson who is hard to stop. Meanwhile, Jacksonville continues to implode internally.
Kansas City over Buffalo: Other than I think Kansas City is bound to win another game I don’t know why I am picking them over Buffalo. Monday night Trent Edwards looked awful and I think the Chiefs are primed to pull off an upset and what better time to do it against a down team after a tough Monday night loss?
Dallas over San Francisco: With Romo back the Cowboys are back in the saddle and will ride over the tough, but not good enough, 49’ers on Sunday.
Denver over Oakland: Denver sometimes actually can play defense when they have a mind to. Oakland has had a couple of close games but they are a lousy no account team and the Denver offense just may put up 50 points on them.
Carolina over Atlanta: The last time these two teams played Carolina held Michael Turner and Matt Ryan in check and won the game rather handily. Even though they are playing in Atlanta I don’t see a different outcome this week.
Arizona over New York Giants: Yes, I am predicting an upset. This game is in Arizona and the Giants are ripe for a let down. Either Kurt Warner will turn the ball over six times and the Giants will blow out the Cardinals, or the Cardinals offensive line will man up against one of the best defensive lines in the league, allowing Kurt Warner just enough time to take advantage of the Giants’ weak secondary to win a close one. I’m predicting the latter. (Or I’ve lost my mind).
Washington over Seattle: Poor Seattle. This is another team that came into the season with a lot of (empty) promise. No running game, all their receivers hurt, injured quarterbacks, and a defense that has taken the year. The Redskins are not as bad as they looked the past few weeks and will want to win this one to keep their playoff hopes alive. And Jim Zorn should be fired up to beat his old team.
Indianapolis over San Diego: I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the whiniest team in the NFL get the beat down this year. Peyton looks to be back in his groove, the Colts running game has come to life, and their defense has an occasional pulse. I think the Colts pull out another close one in San Diego and bury the Chargers’ season, especially given how the refs LOVE the Colts and seem to HATE the Chargers.
Green Bay over New Orleans: Even with Reggie Bush supposedly coming back and Drew Brees playing well, I just have a good feeling about the Packers in this game. I know Green Bay hasn’t looked as good as they did earlier in the season, but their defense is a turnover machine (even if they can’t stop the run). If Greg Jennings would get his head out of his behind and stop dropping passes Green Bay should be able to pull this one out.