Last week’s report card – 9 out of 14 and I got the Cromartie playing offense call correct.
PIT @ TEN – Pittsburgh continues winning ways after rolling to a victory in Tennessee. Chris Johnson, as I mentioned last week, is not putting up numbers like he did in the past. Running on this Steelers D should be pretty difficult. Pittsburgh win.
OAK @ ATL – Atlanta. Sure they lost last week but these guys are still one of the top teams in the NFL. Oakland is not. Palmer is not. If you’re an Oakland Fan – hopefully you’ll still have the A’s to root for after this one’s done because your football team will be crushed this weekend.
DAL @ BAL – There are certain teams, where each week I have no idea which version of their team is going to show up. Dallas is one of those. Baltimore’s defense has been playing pretty well but I feel like they’ve fallen off a bit. Dallas has shown signs of brilliance and signs of awfulness – What to expect this week? I think Baltimore has more upside and would go with the Ravens over the Cowboys.
CIN @ CLE – This game is a toss up. I take the Brownies simply because they are at home. The Battle of Ohio should give us some great highlights – I’m thinking the over under on turnovers is 5 with each team trying to give the victory to the other. Trent Richardson should go off this weeks as should whoever is carrying the rock for the Bengals.
STL @ MIA – I assumed the Rams would be better under the ‘stache but wasn’t sure how long it would take. It looks like the defense has started picking up what he’s puttin’ down. The big question in this one is, will the offense show up? Miami’s Run D has been playing well and the Ram passing game has been lackluster. I’m thinking this will be a defensive battle but I give a slight edge to the Rams.
IND @ NYJ – After an emotional win over the Packers, some pundits are calling for a let down from the Colts. I say let the ponies run wild over the Jets. Luck did NOT run out this week and until I see something, anything from the Jets, I can’t pick them to win. If nothing else, Indy’s got heart whereas the Jets seem lost. The Colts take this one on the road.
DET @ PHI – Philly has won and lost some very close games this season and I think they will take another victory this week. If Vick can hold on to the ball, which I think he can, they should win this one from the banged up lions. Sure, Detroit has had a couple weeks to prepare but they are pretty dinged up right now. If the Eagles can cover Megatron, they should get the victory.
KC @ TB – Tampa, coming off the bye week, will take down the Chiefs. They are another team that is tough to read this year. Their defense should be able to limit J. Charles but he’ll have some modicum of success. It will be up to the passing game under, Brady Quinn. He has not shown me much at the pro level so, I give this one to the rested home team under the leadership of Josh Freeman.
BUF @ ARI – 2 teams with empty bandwagons clash in the battle of “who has more injured RB’s”. Arizona should move back to the win column even though Buffalo will make it a good show.
NE @ SEA – The Patriots should take their interchangeable offense lead by the one constant, Brady, to the northwest and take home a victory. They’ve hit a few bumps along the way but the Pats just keep on rolling along. The ‘hawks on the other hand have looked ok at times but they’re not consistent enough for me to pick them this week.
NYG @ SF – This is my ‘game of the week’ and should be a fun battle to watch. Last year’s powerhouses are strong again and look to establish bragging rights the rest of the way. SF is NOT looking past this one and should beat this New York team too. It won’t be quite the drubbing they put on the Jets but it will be a convincing Niner win.
MIN @ WAS – Minnesota looks to be for real but then so does Washington. I finally picked a Minnesota game right last week. This week I’m going against them. Washington and RG III, if he stays upright, will win this one over the visiting Vikes.
GB @ HOU – If I can pick two Game of the Week’s, this would be the second. Green Bay’s record doesn’t reflect the quality of the team. They are still solid. Houston is on a tear and appear to be doing everything it takes to have a very successful season. Can they stay undefeated? I think so – Houston moves to 6 and 0 in a nail biter.
DEN @ SD – These teams may tie. I know the odds are against an actual tie so I’ll take the home-team Chargers. Neither team impresses me. Denver seems only to play the 2nd half of most games and since the entire thing runs for 60 minutes, they are making their lives far too difficult. Manning throws another pick 6 and the Chargers escape with a victory.