SEA @ SF -As I look back at the records for these teams, I see Seattle’s losses are to teams are to teams with winning records. Then with San Francisco, they lost to a .500 team and a team with winning record. So, Seattle’s losses are to more ‘impressive’ teams. This is a home game for the 9ers and they are coming off a tough loss. I still think that from top to bottom, San Francisco has the better team and expect them to beat Seattle.
TEN @ BUF – Tennessee beat a depleted Steeler team last week (I’m not too impressed) and I think Buffalo has learned to deal with their injuries. So, I take the Bills to win this game at home.
DAL @ CAR – I’m not totally in Dallas’ corner and they played OK against the Ravens but Carolina should win this home game. I’m looking for Cam to scramble all over and be the difference maker in this one against the ‘boys.
BAL @ HOU – Houston is no longer unbeaten after losing to the Packers last week. We saw some weaknesses but this is still a very strong team. The Ravens are 5 and 1 but their defense was depleted even more last week with injuries to Lewis, Webb, Ngata and with Suggs still a question mark. Even if the Baltimore offense is clicking, Flacco is not Rodgers. I don’t see him tossing 6 TDs against the Houston D. With the Baltimore injury bug and Houston’s tough loss last week – I’m thinking Houston comes out firing on all cylinders and winning big on their home field.
CLE @ IND – Indy should win on their home field against the Browns. I felt good about Cleveland’s chances last week but not this time. Playing in noisy Indy stadium will not help. Luck and crew have shown a spark this year and despite the awesomeness of T. Richardson, the Browns will go home losers.
ARI @ MIN – Is Minnesota for real? I may not be picking them for the Super Bowl but I am picking them to beat the Cardinals this week. Both teams are 4-2 but Minnesota just looks a little stronger this game.
WAS @ NYG -The Giants looked impressive last week as they beat down a good 49er team. Washington’s RGIII is a great add to their team but won’t be able to pull out the victory this week. Eli and crew should take this home game against Washington.
GB @ STL – Aaron Rodgers will not be setting TD records this week but he shoud be able to take this Packer team in to St. Louis and snatch away a victory. Green Bay cannot over look this Rams team since Jeff Fisher has his defense playing well. If the offense catches up, be careful. I think it’ll take more time for that though so I give this one to Green Bay.
NO @ TB – Last week Tampa Bay was coming off a bye week and I gave the edge to them. This week we’ll go with the other team coming off the bye week. The Saints. The bye week should have given them ample time to prepare and I still think this team is nowhere near as bad as their record. Their defense will give up some points to Josh Freeman but Brees will cover for them and toss a few touchdowns of his own.
NYJ @ NE – This week we may see Tebow run the ball for a score but it will not be enough to contend with the Brady bunch. The Pats will be eager to erase the sour taste of the loss to Seattle and will take it out on the poor Jets team. Can Greene put up big numbers like last week? I don’t think so, but I think he’s good for at least one score if not leeched by Tebow at the goal line.
JAC @ OAK – OK – I’m going against my normal method of picking the team coming off the bye week. I don’t think it will do the Jaguars much good. Oakland showed a little life last week against the Falcons and I’m hoping for their sake that it was an omen of better things to come. I see them getting something going this week with the defense and if Palmer can avoid throwing to the teal jerseys, Oakland takes the W.
PIT @ CIN – Pittsburgh took care of the Bengals earlier in the season and believe they will do it again. Big Ben will have to carry the team this week since the defense and the offensive line seem to be dropping like flies. The Steelers always seem to have linebackers in reserve and other guys step in to the other roles to fill in adequately. The offensive line and running is the biggest concern so I see Ben making more plays with his feet while getting many of the receivers involved. Look for Heath Miller to have a big game plus whoever is in the backfield since I think Ben will have to dump the ball off in the flat and for short gainers up the middle.
DET @ CHI – Let’s see… Divisional Game. MNF… At Chicago.. questionable running back situation in Detroit (LeShoure and Bell likely to split carries). I have think Chicago is going to look pretty good against Detroit. Megatron will get his catches and may even break 100 yards but it won’t be enough to because Detroit won’t slow down the Chicago offense. Detroit passing defense gives up too many scores to compete (7 scores vs. 2 interceptions). Chicago gets another win on Monday Night Football but this time it’s at home.