College has a funny way of violently consuming all of my time. It’s really convenient. As such, I am down to pretty much only having time to give you wonderful people a league preview article each week. I apologize for the inconvenience. I don’t think I need to tell you but last weekend I once again went 12-4. At this pace, I’ll destroy the experts. I can also guarantee that proclamation will cause me to stumble mightily eventually. It’s just science. Also, please not that bye weeks have started this week!
As always, my picks will be italics.
Eagles @ Bills – You can hear my thoughts on the game here.
Saints @ Panthers – I like what Cam Newton is showing a lot but this is the Saints we’re talking about. Newton has shown remarkable poise but against veteran defenses he still makes mistakes, which is to be expected. I certainly don’t see this being a total blowout but I absolutely see the Saints winning. They’re just a better team with plenty of veterans. Give me the Saints on the road.
Raiders @ Texans – No Andre Johnson hurts here. I won’t lie to you, it hurts a lot. However, if the Texans can still pound the ball against the Steelers defense (granted, that has been easier to do this season ), then I see no reason to believe they can’t do so at home against Oakland. The Texans defense has also done an excellent job of forcing QBs into mistakes, something Jason Campbell is already prone to do. Give me the Texans at home.
As a quick side note, may Al Davis rest in peace. He drove a lot of people insane but he is a huge reason we have the NFL like we do today. Thanks Al.
Chiefs @ Colts – This game is absolutely subject to change. Honestly, this is a coin flip. These teams are terrible. Both of these teams could very easily be in the running for Andrew Luck. As of now, I’m taking the Chiefs because they’ve looked slightly more competent. While the Colts have played tough that past two weeks, I think that will work against them. Playing tough and still losing kills a team’s psyche. Give me the Chiefs on the road.
Bengals @ Jaguars – The Jaguars find themselves in another Battle Royale between two highly drafted rookie QBs. Yet again, I think they find themselves on the short end of the stick. The Jaguars have a lot of problems (as do the Bungles) and it all comes down to Jack Del Rio refusing to utilize Maurice Jones-Drew properly for whatever reason. Give me the Bengals on the road. (Remember, whenever I pick the Bungles, I am wrong.)
Cardinals @ Vikings – Kevin Kolb has been receiving a lot of justified criticism so far. For this week, at least, the critics will be silenced. Teams are able to pass the ball at will against the Vikings….in the second half. Add Larry Fitzgerald to that mix and you have a sweet recipe for success. Also, how fun is it that Kolb and McNabb get to face off? Both QBs who were exiled from Philadelphia in favor of their respective backups. Give me the Cardinals on the road.
Seahawks @ Giants – The Seahawks have some fight in them, I’ll give them that. Pete Carroll does not coach a quitter. Unfortunately, fight isn’t enough to make up for egregious lack of talent. The Giants have shown some weaknesses but they keep churning out wins which is just like a Tom Coughlin team. I just complimented New York and I feel ill. Excuse me. Okay, I’m back. Uh, yeah. Give me the Giants at home.
Titans @ Steelers – The Steelers are in trouble. Pennsylvania professional football teams are in trouble. I couldn’t tell you about the semi-pro teams. However, the Steelers simply aren’t playing like the Steelers. They’re struggling to run the ball and to play defense. Weird. The Titans are playing well above how well I saw them playing this season and can easily contend for the playoffs. Give me the Titans on the road.
Buccaneers @ 49ers – The Bucs are simply a tough football team. Similar to the Lions, they have no quit in them. The 49ers are proving to be tough as well, but I think they’re in for a letdown at home this weekend after an emotional win over Philly. Alex Smith is looking good but I think the Bucs can bait him into mistakes. Give me the Buccaneers on the road.
Chargers @ Broncos – Neither team has looked great but only one has looked awful. That’s the Broncos. It’s about that time of the season when the Chargers kick it into high gear and the first victim on the schedule will be the Broncos. Give me the Chargers on the road.
Jets @ Patriots – The Jets simply don’t look good and things are only getting tougher this weekend with a trip to New England. The Patriots are an amazing Buffalo comeback from being the unquestioned dominate team in the NFL. Mark Sanchez has looked worse than a rookie lately and that’s got to be a huge concern for the Jets. By year three they should be winning because of him, not losing because or winning in spite of him. Give me the Patriots at home.
Packers @ Falcons – The Falcons are similar to the Eagles in my mind. A lot of flash, but they lack talent in the core. As a result, they’re another popular preseason pick (PPP for short?) that is struggling so far. Now they get to take on the Packers who pretty much look unstoppable. That does not bode well for a Falcons team that needs to keep winning to keep up with New Orleans. Give me the Packers on the road.
Bears @ Lions – For the first time all season, I am actually excited to see Monday Night Football. The Lions have been easily the most fun team of the season so far, having completed 3 big comebacks, and the Bears consistently winning games in solid fashion. However, I think with the electrified home crowd, the Lions come out swinging and take this game. This is going to be a great game. Give me the Lions at home.
Last week: 12-4