My self inflicted curse wasn’t quite as bad as I feared it would be. Last week I did okay. Not great. No terrible. There are some teams who are getting very easy to figure out. There are other teams that I’m prepared to give up on trying to figure out. Like the Bills.
But, nonetheless, we shall keep chugging along. Looking at the ESPN expert picks, I’m right up there with the leaders which is especially comforting given many of the subpar weeks I’ve had.
Let’s hit it. Pick will be in italics.
Seahawks @ 49ers - The 49ers might be the worst team in the league when it comes to handling embarrassment. And by worst, I mean it drives them into a rage that’s scary. Really scary. The 49ers do not lose consecutively…at least not under coach Harbaugh. The Seahawks are primed for a let down after their upset victory over New England (called it!) and the 49ers are out for blood. Give me the 49ers.
Titans @ Bills – No, the Bills don’t make sense. As is the case with many of my picks, this is a gut feeling. The Titans are looking better with each passing week and Chris Johnson is officially almost back from milk carton status. Take that to mean as you wish. Matt Hasselbeck has also found a small droplet of the fountain of youth. Paging Brett Favre (OH NO HE DIDN’T!!!). Give me the Bills.
Cowboys @ Panthers – I need to admit something here. I just wrote an entire preview for a Cowboys @ Chargers game. Then I looked at the schedule again and I realized that game is not happening this weekend. Oops. And it’s a shame because I had some great Norv Turner jokes. Next time. Give me the Cowboys.
Ravens @ Texans – Have you ever seen a team take such a brutal hit as the Ravens did this past weekend? I completely expect Ray Lewis to call is a career after this season and it saddens me to see him go out like this. Were it not for the devastating injuries the Ravens, I’d be taking them. As such, they have to go on the road to take on a team that was embarrassed last weekend. And this is a team that’s supposed to be among the elite in the NFL. I still think they are and they show why. Give me the Texans.
Browns @ Colts – The Browns are a steadily improving team. Brandon Weeden seems to be learning each and every week. Statistically speaking, he and Andrew Luck are very similar. This should be an oddly fun game. Give me the Browns.
Cardinals @ Vikings – More teams that continue to puzzle. Yay. Kevin Kolb’s story continues to be an up and down roller-coaster. Back to John Skelton we go. John Skelton VS. Christian Ponder. Both teams are 4-2. We all saw this coming, right? Give me the Vikings.
Redskins @ Giants – RG3 gets to take his first NFC East test. Unfortunately for him, it comes against a team that has an incredibly smart defense. By that I mean they disguise their coverages so well which will make life far more difficult for the rookie phenom. Give me the Giants.
Packers @ Rams – Welcome back to the land of the living, Mr. Rodgers. 6 touchdowns. Holy wow. These teams are both 3-3. This is a weird season. On paper, this might appear to be a cakewalk for the Packers. I say otherwise. The Rams have some great pass defense to boast about. This will be no easy task, but give me the Packers.
Saints @ Buccaneers – Two vastly underachieving teams. Should be a fun one. Actually I really think it will be. Losing CB Aqib Talib is not going to make life any easier on the Bucs and I imagine Drew Brees will exploit the hole he’s left behind. Give me the Saints.
Jets @ Patriots – Mark Sanchez lives to fight another day. How? No idea. Last week was a fluke in my mind. No way the Jets are able to keep up the work they did against the Colts. In the same way there’s no way the Patriots would be 3-3 at this point in the season. So yeah. Again, this is a weird season. Give me the Patriots.
Jaguars @ Raiders – Hmmm….do I want to watch the Jets/Patriots or the Jags/Raiders during the late afternoon games? Oi vey. I guess I’ll take the former over the college matchup that is the Jags and Raiders. Give me the Raiders.
Steelers @ Bengals – The Steelers aren’t very good. They’ve also had some time off from an embarrassing loss to the Titans. The Bengals aren’t very good either (didn’t see that coming at all) but they do have a game up on the Steelers. The Steelers weak defense gives way for the Bengals to finally establish something on offense but I don’t see it happening. Give me the Steelers.
Lions @ Bears – The Lions reaped the benefits of Juan Castillo running the Eagles defense last weekend. That’s not entirely fair. The Lions have all the firepower they need to always be in a game. However, they’ve been inconsistent. The Bears have a defense that can take full advantage of that. Give me da Bears.
Last week: 8-6