I didn’t do so hot in my picks last week, but I’ve been a little sidetracked by playoff baseball. I have officially picked the Oakland Athletics as the team I want to win the World Series, so, like the Astros, they are probably doomed. Regardless, they are real scrappy and fun to watch. I’m not sure if I like the wildcard play-in game format (sorry Rangers and Braves fans) but the games were definitely exciting. I’ll be content with any outcome of this years playoffs that doesn’t end with Satan’s team (the Yankees) winning. Now, on to the NFL!
Steelers (-6) at Tennessee – This game hinges on Chris Johnson’s ability to be a halfway decent running back. If he plays like the 2009 Chris Johnson, the Titans have a chance but I don’t see it happening against the Steelers D.
Bengals at Browns (+1) – The Bengals won their first matchup in Cincinnati by a touchdown but I think this one ends with the Browns getting their first win of the season! I don’t really have statistics to backup this prediction, but the Browns have to win sometime, right? Right?
Colts (+3.5) at Jets – The Jets have been anything but impressive this season, culminating in a loss last Monday to the Texans. The Colts pulled off a gusty win at home against the Packers last week and I think they keep rolling in New York this week.
Chiefs at Buccaneers – With Cassell hurt, I like the Buccaneers to win this in Tampa Bay.
Raiders at Falcons (-9) – Matt Ryan is #1 on most MVP ballots right now, and last I checked Carson Palmer wasn’t listed. I don’t think the Raiders defense will be able to come close to slowing down the Falcon’s offense.
Cowboys at Ravens (-3.5) – M&T Bank Stadium was recently ranked as the toughest stadium to play in the NFL and after seeing the way Romo played last week, I’m sticking with Baltimore.
Lions at Eagles (-4) – I still can’t figure out if the Lions are good or not. I think that they definitely have the personnel to be good, but something is holding them back. On the other hand, Michael Vick has thrown 6 interceptions to go along with his 6 touchdowns. I’m going to take the Eagles until the Lions show that they can a tough road game.
Rams at Dolphins (-3.5) – At the beginning of the season, I never would have believed I would pick a Tannehill-lead Dolphins team giving 3.5 points to anybody, much less the Rams. But that’s exactly what I’m doing.
Patriots at Seahawks (+4) - One of the best offenses vs. one of the best defenses pair up in Seattle. I like Seattle to at least keep it real close.
Bills at Cardinals (-5) – The Bills are poised to have yet another mediocre season. The Cardinals have trouble scoring points but at least they have the ability to stop the other team.
Giants at 49ers (-6.5) – The 49ers are the best team in the NFC but for whatever reason, the Giants tend to play well on the road. It is always hard for an east coast team to adjust to west coast time, so in this case, I’m sticking with SF to win by a touchdown.
Packers at Texans (-3.5) – The Texans didn’t cover last week for the first time this season, even worse, they lost Brian Cushing for the season with a knee injury. Having said that, the Packers are no where the offensive juggernaut they have been in the past. I like the Texans to cover.
Broncos (-1.5) at Chargers – It seems that the Chargers fall below their preseason expectations every season. I think Peyton Manning plays like the Peyton of old for this Monday Night showdown and the Broncos defense stops the Chargers.
Last Week: 7-7