Season Record – 62-42
Struggling after a very disappointing 7-7 last week. I’m having a tough time getting a consistent read on the ups and downs of a lot of teams this year. One team I’m not having any trouble figuring out is the Bucs. With Thursday night’s loss, they’re 0-7 with a loss at
on the agenda next week. Whether or not
the players have quit on Schiano (I believe they have) this is an unrecoverable
situation in my opinion, and it’s time for the Glazers to start over. This includes Mark Dominik, the GM whose
tenure may not be as repugnant as Schiano’s but features plenty of failures of
its own. Mike Glennon isn’t the answer
to any question I’m interested in asking, so QB should be at the top of the
team’s on-field needs. That’s
replacements at the three most important positions – Quarterback, Head Coach,
and General Manager. More on that
later. On with the picks.
Can I get a free W for the Thursday game even though I didn’t make an official pick? You really think I would have taken
Cowboys @ Lions
I actually think this is a good spot for the Lions. Will
win three in a row? DeMarco Murray is
doubtful. A rookie from
will start at strong safety. I’m looking
forward to the Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant back and forth, and I think the
Lions win by at least 7. Saginaw Valley State
Browns @ Chiefs
Jason Campbell gets the start for
Cleveland against the league’s top ranked
defense thus far. Kansas City is going to lose eventually, but
I just can’t see it happening at home this week against a reeling Browns team
and with the way Alex Smith has taken care of the football. Chiefs by 17.
Hali and Houston combine for 4 sacks.
Dolphins @ Patriots
Is there a chance the Patriots slip up at home against a reeling Dolphins team and let the Jets sniff the division lead? I can’t see it. Even without Aqib Talib to shadow Mike Wallace, I think the Patriots can effectively limit Ryan Tannehill. Danny Amendola looks good to go this week, so Tom Brady will have he and Gronk on the field together for the first time. It’s another ugly one, but the home team wins.
Bills @ Saints
Sean Payton and the Saints have had two weeks to focus on their faults after that heartbreaking last second loss at the Patriots. In their way stand the somewhat surprising Bills. Yes they’re 3-4, but they beat
Miami on the road last
week and nearly beat the Bengals the weak before with Thad Lewis at QB, banged
up running backs, and a depleted defense.
I won’t be surprised if this is close for a while, but I expect the
Saints to take control in the second half.
Giants @ Eagles
This is what I was talking about when I said I had no clue about some teams. I can’t figure out the Eagles. I liked them last week against
Dallas, and while their
defense showed up for the first time, their offense laid an egg. They already beat the Giants on the road in
week five. With Dog Killer back under
center, I give the edge to the home team, but then again, what do I know?
49ers v. Jaguars (in
I don’t care where they play this one. The Jags don’t win it. San Fran may sleep walk through this one making it a lot closer on the scoreboard than it should be, but
Jacksonville will still
have a 0 in the W column tomorrow morning.
Jets @ Bengals
Here’s one I’m really interested in watching today. The Jets look like they may give the Patriots a run the rest of the way, and a win on the road against a Bengals team who plays well at home would be a big statement. I think their defense keeps them in this one throughout, but
Cincinnati gets it done
again at home. Bengals by 4; giving them
a very quiet 6-2 record.
Steelers @ Raiders
has won two in a row. They’re back! Not so fast.
Wins against the Jets and struggling defending champs don’t tell me a
ton. I’m again going with the home team
(this week’s theme apparently). The
Raiders are coming off their bye.
They’ve had two weeks to prepare for the Steelers, and Darren McFadden
is reportedly looking sharp. Raiders by
Redskins @ Broncos
Is it just me, or did it look like something was wrong with Peyton Manning in last week’s homecoming loss? His passes looked very “uncrisp” throughout the game, especially in the second half. Sure it was only
Denver’s first loss of
the year, but they haven’t exactly looked like Super Bowl material in their
last three games - @ Dallas, v. Jacksonville, and @ Indy. The Redskins had their best offensive output
of the season last week against the Bears, putting up 45 points in earning
their second win. They’ll need at least
that many this week. 144. That’s the number of points the Broncos have
scored in their three games against the other NFC East teams. Sticking with the averages, Denver scores 48 today.
Falcons @ Cardinals
This Falcons team sucks, but the Cardinals have that trend of teams facing
losing the following week going against them as well. They’ve had a little longer to heal up for
this one, and will, in my opinion, be able to shut down a Falcons offense
missing both Julio Jones and Roddy White.
Andre Ellilngton has a big day for the Cardinals.
Packers @ Vikings
Here’s the first game where I’m not picking the home team, and they won’t kick off until Sunday night. This could be a sneaky spot for the Packers to slip up, but I expect them to be focused to stay atop the division, especially if
Detroit wins earlier in the day as I expect
them to do. I don’t see Aaron Rodgers
having a down game when he has a chance to beat up on the vulnerable Vikings
and give his team a fourth straight win and 5-2 record before heading back home
for a big MNF matchup against the Bears.
Seahawks @ Rams
I don’t care if Sam Bradford didn’t tear up his knee. The Rams weren’t beating
Pad up Kellen Clemens. So not
only will the Rams lose this week, by rule of the Seattle trend, they’ll lose next week at home
against the Titans.