Many apologies for the tardiness of this post!
- Packers vs Jets: My cousin Jim and I were just talking about this game today at lunch. Naturally, we agreed that there is NO WAY the Packers are going to win this game. Even though Mark Sanchez isn’t charismatic, he’s better than a QB who throws passes to imaginary receivers repeatedly. Jets 28, Packers 17.
- Panthers vs Rams: This is an interesting match-up. Rams were looking hot for a while with Bradford at the helm but they’ve tapered off. The Panthers haven’t looked too hot this season at all – and their record reflects that (unlike the Packers’ record that over-inflates their capabilities). Rams 21, Panthers 7.
- Bills vs Chiefs: The Bills can’t purchase a discounted win on eBay while the Chiefs were the last undefeated team in the NFL for the 2010 season. I don’t see the Bills getting their first victory with this game. Chiefs 31, Bills 10.
- Broncos vs 49ers: This is an interesting match up after what the Raiders did to the Broncos at their own house last weekend! 59 points? FIFTY-NINE??? Mike Singletary will be looking for a new job (perhaps in London) if he doesn’t get a few wins going. The Broncos are either looking for revenge this week or they’re completely humiliated. 49ers 17, Broncos 14.
- Redskins vs Lions: The Lions are looking for a win and the Redskins are trying to look good (notice, please, that they did beat the Packers who looked even worse in that game and that the Lions nearly beat the Packers at Lameblow). Shaun Hill timed his forearm injury well with the return of my favorite 2nd year QB: Matt Stafford. I think the home team has the advantage. Lions 20, Redskins 17.
- Dolphins vs Bengals: The Dolphins got ripped off against the Steelers last weekend. The Bengals are living up to their divisional name: The Bungles. Even though the Bengals are playing at home in their beautiful stadium along the Ohio River (where I have, in fact, attended a Bengals/Ravens game when I lived in Cincy), the Bengals aren’t going to get the job done. Dolphins 24, Bengals 10.
- Jaguars vs Cowboys: Even though the Romo-less Cowpokies are at home for this game, I think the Jaguars could pull an upset for this game. Luckily for the Jaguars fans, this game will be televised in their market since it’s not a home game they can’t sell out. Jaguars 20, Cowboys 14.
- Titans vs Chargers: The Chargers have been struggling all season. To be fair, 90% of the teams in the NFL have been struggling all season. Nevertheless, the Chargers have been turning over the ball like crazy people and they’re not giving fans a reason to attend the game (hence numerous black-outs in their local market). Titans 17, Chargers 14.
- Buccaneers vs Cardinals: This is an interesting match up. Interesting in its badness, that is. Cardinals can’t count on their QB and the Bucs – well, they’re the Bucs and there’s a reason they have black-outs at home. If they’re going to attract fans to the stadium, they really need to provide some consistency. Cardinals 21, Buccaneers 14.
- Vikings vs Patriots: I don’t know which QB is starting for my team (ok – of course I do – it’s Brett Favre) but it doesn’t really matter. Because we’re going to WIN THIS GAME on principle. We got RIPPED OFF against the Packers (and Childress with his non-challenge did not help, as per the usual) so we’re going to come out swinging against the spy-gate team. I predict that Favre will throw 3 TDs (2 to Moss) and that Jared Allen will finally realize that his damn honeymoon is OVER and he will start sacking Tom Brady and his 70’s shag cut. Vikings 24, Patriots 20.
- Seahawks vs Raiders: I believe we are all aware that the Raiders scored 59 points in a reduced oxygen environment last week. We were all stunned. They will be celebrating at home this week against the Seachickens. Who will not win under the guidance of Hasselbeck. Raiders 28, Seahawks 13.
- Steelers vs Saints: The Saints are very much looking like the Aints we’ve all known and loved for their badness the last 44 years. Their unicorn year is behind them and they’ve reverted to the team that ain’t gonna win. They’re not going to beat the Steelers this week. Drew Brees will continue to throw INTs so that he can stay on pace with Brett Favre. It’s a mutual respect thing after last year’s NFCCG. Steelers 31, Aints 17.
- Texans vs Colts: Given my dislike of Mr. Slip-n-Slide, Mr. Billboard Head, Eli’s Brother – whatever you like to call him – I’m going with a Texans upset at the Colts’ house. Let’s not forget the Texans beat the Colts handily in their first match-up this year. The Texans are going to be the proverbial bull in the china shop and tear up that depleted Colts offense. Texans 24, Colts 19.
Byes: Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Browns, Giants, Eagles
Those are my picks this week. Look forward to your comments.