Baltimore (6-2) 17 @ Atlanta (6-2) 20
The Game of the Week here. Let the Thursday games begin. I hate these games for the simple fact that I got to hand my picks in earlier than usual. Possibly the best teams in their respected conferences face off in the Georgia Dome. The battle between the 2008 QB rookies, who are the only two NFL QB rookies to win a playoff game. This could also be a preview for the Super Bowl. Michael Turner has been hot as of late and the Falcons will need that to continue here. Same goes for Rutgers Alum Ray Rice for the Ravens. There is a new rule in the gambling book and that is never bet against Matty Ice at home.
Detroit (2-6) 21 @ Buffalo (0-8) 24
Is this the week Buffalo finally gets a win? Has Stafford's entire contract money gone to his doctor who keeps repairing his shoulder? Tough break for the young fellow who will most likely be out for the rest of this season. Word is that this tear is worse than the one earlier in the season. Shaun Hill is still hurting but might be able to play. I'm doubting that he will. That means Drew Stanton will get the start. The deck has been dealt for the Bills for their first victory this season.
Minnesota (3-5) 27 @ Chicago (5-3) 17
With Green Bay on their bye, this is the week for Minnesota to pull within two games of the division lead. I'm tired of the praising of Brett Favre for his 446 yd career day. That game shouldn't have been that close first of all and the reason why it was that close was because of Favre. I honestly believe that Jackson gives this team the better chance to win. Pull the trigger on the old man Childress and show some guts in that locker room. But we all know that is not going to happen. This game could possibly be a record for most interceptions thrown.
New York Jets (6-2) 34 @ Cleveland (3-5) 17
What a game played by the Browns last week. The Mangenius beating Belichick must have felt good. Now he will face his old team this week. And not only that the Ryan brothers will be facing each other. Classic press conference by Rex yesterday dressing up like his brother. Colt McCoy looks like he is the guy of the future for Cleveland. Maybe he is the one and not LeBron to bring a championship to a city desperately need of one in whatever sport. I think with such a close call in Detroit last week, Rex is calling for an ass whooping. I think his players will respond.
Cincinnati (2-6) 20 @ Indianapolis (5-3) 23
Gotta say, Manning had me worry a lil bit at the end of the Birds game last week. Its a rarity when his squad loses two in a row. As for Cincy, it only seems that T.O. is the only one showing up on offense these days. They did fought back last week against Pittsburgh but fell short in the end. The Bengals just don't have it this year.
Tennessee (5-3) 28 @ Miami (4-4) 24
Chad Henne take a seat. Chad Pennington has been given the chance to start since his shoulder injury last year. Miami is a good team this year but are not beating teams that are better than them. Tennessee is one of those teams. Interested to see what they have for store in Randy Moss and how much will Chris Johnson's game open up because of it. It's still up in the air if Young is starting or not. Either way I like the Titans in this one.
Carolina (1-7) 6 @ Tampa Bay (5-3) 31
Josh Freeman is human in the 4th quarter after all. Amazing how Tampa is playing this year and after a tough loss in Atlanta, the Panthers are the right remedy to get their confidence back on track. Clausen gets the start in this one as Matt Moore was put on the injured reserve list.
Houston (4-4) 34 @ Jacksonville (4-4) 24
The battle of staying out of last place in the AFC South. Houston has been an up and down team all year, actually the past couple of years. The Jags are coming of their bye while the Texans are coming off a crushing defeat against a depleted Charger team. It was a tough break as Houston was driving down the field for the go ahead TD and a pass intended for Andre Johnson was in his hands but fell out and ricochet off his leg to a Charger defender to seal the game. Jacksonville will need to contain Arian Foster to be in this one.
Kansas City (5-3) 24 @ Denver (2-6) 14
The Chiefs need a victory here to keep the division lead. Denver just needs a win period. Dwayne Bowe has been playing great as of late, but when it came down to it last week he didn't catch the most important ball thrown to him to seal the game in Oakland. I can actually see the Broncos winning this game but I think the running game of KC is going to be too much for them.
Dallas (1-7) 13 @ New York Giants (6-2) 31
I can't believe I will be pulling for the Cowboys in this one. Actually I kinda want them to win a few more games (just not against the Birds) to avoid the 1st pick overall in next year's draft. The Giants are probably the hottest team in the NFL right now. The only question in this game is whether or not the Cowboys actually show up. I think Giant fans wanted that Wade Phillips firing a week later.
Seattle (4-4) 13 @ Arizona (3-5) 20
NFC West matchup. Picking the home team.
St. Louis (4-4) 17 @ San Francisco (2-6) 27
NFC West matchup. Picking the home team. It's amazing how it is possible the 49ers can be 1 game back at the end of the day on Sunday. Troy Smith should get the start and also should be the starter for the rest of the year. It really hurt writing that sentence. But let's face it he is better than the two #1 overall picks on their roster.
New England (6-2) 13 @ Pittsburgh (6-2) 17
Four 6-2 teams in the AFC and one of them at least will drop to 3 losses. New England's defense just got expose in Cleveland. Normally I wouldn't pick against them because Brady just doesn't lose games back to back. But this is big task for them to win at Pittsburgh.
Philadelphia (5-3) 28 @ Washington (4-4) 10
The annual Monday Night Football between these two teams. Finally get to see the much anticipated McNabb vs. Vick hopefully for the all game. Philadelphia dominated the Colts last week but weren't able to throw the Knockout punch as they had to settle for FGs three times when they were inside the 10. They had to fight til the end for the victory. The 'Skins are coming off their bye. McNabb did just enough to win the game that was played in Philadelphia. I don't think that is happening in this one though.
Green Bay- Who are they pulling for in the Minnesota vs. Chicago game?
Oakland- Rest is much needed, but I don't think the Raiders want it with the way they have been playing.
New Orleans- Ready to start looking like the Saints for the the 2nd half.
San Diego- No other team needs this bye as much as the Chargers do.
Last Week- 10-3