This is easily my best week in picking games. Yeah, I made a boneheaded decision in going with the Raiders over the Steelers but everybody makes mistakes. If the awful Miley Cyrus song just popped into your head while reading that last sentence please stop reading and hand in your man card. It was an exciting week in the NFL with some shutouts, big comebacks, and games going back and forth all day. Let’s do it!
My picks will be in italics. The winning team will be in bold. If I got the pick right it’ll look like this.
Bears @ Dolphins – I will give the Bears some credit where they deserve it. That defense is for real, no doubt about it. I’d also like to formally welcome Julius Peppers back to NFL relevancy. Nice to see you earn your millions. That said, I still think the Bears‘ offense is lousy. To the Dolphins, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Tyler Thigpen isn’t the answer. It’s just a hunch. The Bears blanked the Dolphins in Miami and came away with the win. Game ball goes to the defense.
Ravens @ Panthers – This wasn’t fair. However, I’d like to personally congratulate the Panthers for getting the number one overall pick. If the season ended now the pick would be yours and yours alone. It will be yours because you won’t win another game all season. The Ravens rolled and scored on both sides of the ball. But really now, Ray Lewis VS. Brian St. Pierre just wasn’t fair.
Bills @ Bengals – Wow. I can’t decide what’s more mind blowing. Is it how feisty the Bills are or how bad the Bungles are? I’ll say it’s a tie. The Bungles at one point held a commanding 28-7 lead. The final score? The Bills win it 49-31. Wow, just wow. I’ve got to hand it to the Bills, they aren’t quitters. That kind of attitude will pay off in the long run. The Bungles…well, let’s just say we can expect Marvin Lewis to join the ranks of Wade Phillips and Brad Childress in the offseason.
Lions @ Cowboys – OMG THE COWBOYS ARE 3-7. Okay, let’s calm down folks. They’ve beaten a Giants team that I’ve been saying isn’t that good and they beat a Lions team that is decimated by injuries. Dallas is in for a rude awakening this week (teaser!) but they did win very decisively over the Lions and credit goes to them for taking care of business. I continue to pity the Lions and their fans. I just want to see a ball bounce their way or for a guy (Stafford for instance) to stay healthy.
Browns @ Jaguars – The Jaguars are becoming the league’s next great comeback team. Okay, that’s not entirely true. However they are winning games by coming from behind and that’s got to be good for the ratings. Rumor has it a whole 12 fans tuned in for the game down in Florida. 3 of those fans were just flipping through the channels and landed on CBS at one point but hey, it still counts. The Browns lost a close one which is why I’m not buying them yet. Good teams win close games. Bad teams let them slip through their fingers.
Cardinals @ Chiefs – You know things are bad in Arizona when the normally soft spoken Larry Fitzgerald is starting to grumble about the current situation. I don’t blame him. He’s a top 3 WR in the league and he’s stuck on a terrible team. The Cardinals truly are a joke. Meanwhile the Chiefs rebounded nicely from the embarrassment in Denver. Again, that’s the mark of a good teams. You will get beat badly at times. How you respond is the key. Props to the Chiefs. I can’t wait to see them square off with San Diego again (Week 14).
Packers @ Vikings – The Chili has been canned. Do you know how long I’ve been wanting to say that? It’s been a while. Brad Childress got himself fired after his Vikings got beat by the Packers 31-3. The Packers continue to make their case for clearly being the best team in that division and I look forward to their rematch with Chicago. I’m not ready to call the Packers the best team in the NFC but they are a mighty fine team right now.
Texans @ Jets – Are the Jets lucky or are they clutch? I’m of the belief that you don’t get that lucky that often. I think the Jets are a team that plays to their opponent’s level but knows how to win in the end. Meanwhile the Texans are proving they’re still not for real. I swear, someday I’ll get my prediction of them going to the playoffs correct. Someday. The Jets have a last minute drive for a winning score yet again and they continue to impress me. Mark Sanchez is for real.
Raiders @ Steelers – I swear I thought through this pick. I swear it. I think what I did was over-think it. But it happens. I picked the Raiders and the Steelers rolled. Granted, Richard Seymour’s ejection (Sir, I salute thee) didn’t help too much. However, I want to say to the Steelers fans that they need to calm down with the talk. Beat a good team and get back to me. They started off very strong but they’ve tapered off significantly. I’m not buying Pittsburgh (and maybe not Oakland).
Redskins @ Titans – Good game by McNabb. There, I complimented him. That proves I’m a hater. Wait, that doesn’t make sense. Does it? Oh well. However, I can tell that McNabb has been mentoring Vince Young given his awful redzone play. Ah, there’s the insult. The Redskins fought hard and were able to get the win. Meanwhile the Titans are in free fall mode. If only they’d claimed a certain WR off waivers. He’d take them to the Super Bowl.
Seahawks @ Saints – I love watching fans of really miserable teams (The Seahawks) make excuses and point out the positives when they get crushed. What people don’t understand is that when your team is getting beaten so badly, numbers on offense tend to get inflated by the end because you’re doing nothing but passing. The Saints are beginning to regain that swagger and they’re not even at full health yet. I really want to see a rematch between them and the Falcons.
Buccaneers @ 49ers – The 49ers are now 3-7 and not eliminated from division contention. That should tell you just how bad the NFC West (Worst) is. They could still win that division because they are a mere two games out of first place. Wow. The Buccaneers too another step in the right direction by going across the country and beating a team on the road that had their backs against the wall. Granted, the 49ers aren’t that good, but it was a prime situation for the Bucs to be flat. Kudos to Tampa Bay. Aren’t you guys glad you finally got rid of John Gruden (hint to ESPN).
Falcons @ Rams – The Rams are a young, upcoming team. Because of the previously mentioned ineptitude of the other teams in the NFC Worst, I still believe they win the division and make the playoffs. They came out of the gates and played hard but were eventually outclassed by the clearly superior Atlanta Falcons.
Colts @ Patriots – Here’s a scary thought for Colts fans: I see your team going the way of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last year’s team was coached by Jim Caldwell but everyone knows that it was Tony Dungy’s team. A Tony Dungy team would be battling through these injuries. However, Caldwell has now had two years with the team and he is no Tony Dungy. Very few coaches ever will be. I think we are seeing the end of the Colts. Their quality of play is way down. The Patriots continue their roll and they are certainly deserving to be in contention for talks as the league’s best team.
Giants @ Eagles – You can find my thoughts on the game here.
Broncos @ Chargers – Why do fans and media panic every time the Chargers stumble out of the gate to begin the season? We know it’s going to happen and then come November/December they get their act together and start killing teams. That’s what happened this week as they steamrolled the Broncos 35-14. The Broncos need a lot of help. It’s a shame that a guy like Brian Dawkins will see the end of his playing days as a member of a truly pathetic defense.
This weekend: 14-2