I will apologize upfront for not getting a league recap article out to you this week. I’m afraid that’s one of the many side effects of taking almost a full course load of production based classes. Last week I managed to scrape out another 12-4 record. I sensing a pattern here.
As always, my picks will be in italics.
Panthers @ Bears – My feelings on the Bears are already well documented. I don’t buy them. However, I buy the Panthers less. Cam Newton looks like a rookie now and this weekend he gets to face one of the elite defenses in the NFL. Said elite defense also has some pride issues to account for after getting beaten down in consecutive weeks. Give me the Bears at home.
Bills @ Bengals – The Bills have absolutely no quit in them. I love that. The Bengals are the Bungles. I refuse to remove that nickname until they prove worthy of it and I don’t think that’s happening soon. I don’t believe the Bills will need to rely on another huge comeback orchestrated by Ryan Fitzpatrick this weekend. Give me the Bills on the road.
Titans @ Browns – Chad Henne of the Dolphins has more rushing yards and touchdowns than Chris Johnson of the Titans. Think about that for a moment. It makes the Titans being at 2-1 all the more impressive. However, this is a team that has now lost their best WR and can’t seem to win on the road. The Browns are also getting Peyton Hillis back from an illness. Give me the Browns at home.
Lions @ Cowboys – The Cowboys offense has some problems. Kicking 6 field goals will not be enough to defeat these Lions. These Lions are the absolute real deal. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are currently the most dangerous offense duo in football. The Cowboys have a very suspect secondary and offensive line. Give me the Lions on the road.
Steelers @ Texans – The Steelers fans should be very concerned. They got hammered by the Ravens, beat down a terrible Seahawks team, and squeaked out a win over the lost Colts. The Steelers are not the elite team folks are used to. They now get to face a revamped Texans team, that much like the Lions, are not the Texans people are used to. Yes, they lost to the Saints in New Orleans. There’s no shame in that. They also forced Drew Brees into a lot of mistakes. Now they get to take on a defense that has shown their age and an offensive line that’s barely holding together. Give me the Texans at home.
Saints @ Jaguars – This is one of those games I don’t even feel like writing up a preview for. The Saints are going to kill the Jaguars. If the Broncos weren’t traveling to Green Bay, this would be the lock of the week. As such, it isn’t. It’s close. And I know close only counts in horseshoes and grenades but it’ll do alright here as well. Look at that, I took up all the space I needed for this game. Give me the Saints on the road.
Vikings @ Chiefs – Congrats Vikings fans! You’re finally going to break into the win column this weekend! I also think it’s gonna be a close game and that’s not a good sign because the Chiefs are terrible. Of course, maybe Leslie Fraiser will remember to give the ball to Adrian Peterson. But either way, I’m taking the Vikings. The Chiefs are just awful. Give me the Vikings on the road.
49ers @ Eagles – You can hear a full preview here.
Redskins @ Rams – The Rams need some viable offensive weapons for Sam Bradford. For now, he has nothing, especially if Steven Jackson can’t get and stay healthy. The Redskins certainly looked last weekend against the Cowboys so I’ll admit I won’t be surprised at all if the Rams win this game. However, the Redskins have at least looked competent even while losing. The Rams have looked terrible each week. Give me the Redskins on the road.
Giants @ Cardinals – What can I say? The Giants looked for real last week. They looked excellent. They may be finding their groove though I still have doubts about them. I think the Eagles gave that game away (or they’re just flat out not good). Either way, I think the Giants pose some matchup issues for the Cardinals. They should be able to go blow for blow with the Cardinals. Give me the Giants on the road.
Falcons @ Seahawks – This is by no means a lock. The Seahawks are bad but the Falcons haven’t looked good either. However, I can’t pick the Seahawks. I just can’t pick a team like by Tavaris Jackson. Give me the Falcons on the road.
Broncos @ Packers – Come on now. Don’t make me type a write up for this game. That’s just not fair. Yes, I’m taking the Packers. I want to know if anyone is taking the Broncos. If you know someone who is, take them to a physician immediately and have them undergo concussion tests. Give me the Packers at home.
Patriots @ Raiders – At the beginning of the season I would’ve called this game an obvious blowout. Now I think this should be a very fun game. Darren McFadden is proving to be among the best rushers in the league and the Raiders offense looks very good in general. The Patriots were forced into a lot of mistakes last weekend but I don’t see that happening again. The Patriots are one of those teams I’ll never pick against when they’re coming off a loss. Angry Tom Brady is not a Tom Brady I want to deal with. Give me the Patriots on the road.
Dolphins @ Chargers – If the Dolphins and Chiefs were to play a game in the forest and no one watched, would it still happen? I don’t know. All I know is that the Dolphins are terrible and are a true contender in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. The Chargers sure haven’t looked great yet but that’s to be expected at this stage of the season. They’re still far better than the Dolphins no matter where the game is played. Give me the Chargers at home.
Jets @ Ravens – Oh man, I cannot wait for this game. I’m a sucker for defensive games and that’s exactly what this will be. Rex Ryan undoubtedly has a beef with the Ravens for not giving him the head coaching job. This is going to be a fun one. However, I see a lot of issues with the Jets. I see a lot of great things with the Ravens. Give me the Ravens at home.
Colts @ Buccaneers – The Colts almost beat the Steelers last weekend which was remarkably impressive. Truly. I don’t see that same luck carrying over on the road in Tampa Bay. I especially don’t see that happening when the Colts will be led by Curtis Painter. Give me the Bucs at home.
Last Week: 12-4