Brad's Picks was 14-2 last week.
Bears 16, Miami 0. - Bears sacked Tyler Thigpen 6 times.
Pittsburgh 35, Raiders 3. - A very physical game.
New York Jets 30, Texans 27. It was Texans 27, Jets 23 with 55 seconds to play. But Mark Sanchez led a long scoring drive for the win. (The final 6 yard TD pass came with ten seconds left).
Bills 49, Cincinnati 31. - Bills were down 31-14 at the half.
Kansas City 31, Cardinals 13. - It wasn't that close - Cardinals scored a TD as time expired.
Jacksonville 24, Browns 20. - Close game. Maurice Jones-Drew took a screen pass late in the game and rumbled 75 yards to the one. He then scored on a one yard run to make the score 24-20. Browns almost came back, but a pass from Colt McCoy to Mike Bell at the goal line was tipped by Sean Considine. Jags overcame 6 turnovers to win the game (Browns turned it over once).
Packers 31, Minnesota 3. Vikings fired HC Brad Childress after this game.
Falcons 34, St. Louis 17. - St. Louis had won 4 in a row at home (Panthers, Chargers, Seahawks, and Redskins).
New Orleans 34, Seahawks 19. - Matt Hasselbeck passed for 366 yards, the most allowed by the Saints this year. But they mostly had to settle for field goals.
Buccaneers 21, San Francisco 0. - First shutout at home for the Niners since 1977. Bucs are 7-3 and will be a factor as we slide through December.
New England 31, Colts 28. It was 31-14, but Manning led the Colts to two 70 yard drives for TD's. Then the Colts started another long drive (from their 26). Fifty yards later Manning threw an INT. Game over.
Philadelphia 27, Giants 17. - Michael Vick got sacked three times and hit behind the line 5 more times, richly deserved after all the torture he's laid on defenseless animals.
the rest after the jump:
Redskins 19, Tennessee 16. OT. - Vince Young had another temper tantrum and Coach Fisher put him securely in the dog house. But then he was placed on IR anyway.
San Diego 35, Broncos 14. Broncos had a great scoring drive to start the game, but it was all San Diego after that.
It was AFC 2, NFC 2 last week. AFC 24, NFC 20 on the season. Home teams 9, Visitors 7 so on the season it's H 93, V 67. Brad's Picks is 93 - 67. 190 games have been played, 96 left to go.
the Thursday games:
the 10:30 MST game:
New England (8-2) at Detroit (2-8) - A short week for both teams. Detroit was at Dallas last week, while the Patriots were at home so maybe it balances out. No sense in not taking the Patriots. Just look at the records.
the 2:15 MST game:
New Orleans (7-3) at Dallas (3-7) - Dallas has won two in a row since Wade Phillips was fired, but the Saints have won three in a row.
the 6:20 MST game:
Cincinnati (2-8) at New York Jets (8-2) - The Jets whipped Cincinnati in the first round of the playoffs last year, 24-14. Bengals would like a little payback, but if they couldn't beat the Bills at home, it ain't gonna happen. Take the Jets. Even though all their wins lately have been very close, they have been wins. I doubt this one will be close.
the Sunday games:
the 11:00 MST games:
Green Bay (7-3) at Atlanta (8-2) - This should be a great game. I'll take the Falcons because the Packers are coming off a division game at Minnesota, so two road trips in a row. But mostly because Matt Ryan has thrown 5 TD's the last two games with no INT's and is 17-1 at the Georgia Dome (his only loss at home was in Week 11 of his rookie year, a 24-20 loss to the Broncos).
Tennessee (5-5) at Houston (4-6) - Division game. Titans lost a close game at home to the 5-5 Redskins last week, while the Texans lost a close one to the Jets at New York. Titans will have to go with rookie Rusty Smith at QB, a 6th round pick out of Florida Atlantic. Smith was 3-9-1 and 62 yards last week in relief of Vince Young. (Young is now on IR and Kerry Collins is still injured). Houston.
Minnesota (3-7) at Washington (5-5) - Vikings fired Old Baldie and replaced him with Leslie Frazier, the DC, as interim coach. Frazier is a good coach who has been mentioned as a HC candidate the last few years. I'm taking the Vikings because I think the Viking players are really glad to be rid of Old Baldy and I don't think Frazier is dumb enough to try to make huge changes at this point and the Redskins' pass defense is just awful.
Pittsburgh (7-3) at Buffalo (2-8) - Bills had a great game in Cincinnati, coming back from a 17 point deficit at the half to win by 18. Meanwhile, the Steelers crushed the Raiders. I'm not sure what is happening with the Bills right now, but I'll take the Steelers. They seem to have done a decent job of adjusting their O line after all the injuries.
Carolina (1-9) at Cleveland (3-7) - Just go with Cleveland.
Jacksonville (6-4) at New York Giants (6-4) - Giants have two receivers out (Nicks and Smith) and injuries on the O line. Jags have been playing great and are tied with the Colts for the division lead. Weather should be decent for this time of year. Tough call, actually. And I hear George calling. George says take the Jaguars. I'm with George.
the 2:05 MST games:
Kansas City (6-4) at Seattle (5-5) - These two teams lead their divisions. This is a tough call. Seattle is pretty good at home, 3-1, but 3-0 with Matt Hasselbeck at QB. Chiefs are a better team than the last couple years but I'll take Seattle.
Miami (5-5) at Oakland (5-5) - Raiders got trounced in Pittsburgh last week, while Miami got pushed around by the Bears. I'll take Oakland because the Dolphins have too many players out or playing hurt, the Raiders are pretty healthy and are at home.
the 2:15 MST games:
St. Louis (4-6) at Denver (3-7) - Weather should be decent, maybe a little precipitation but nothing to cry about. Broncos know how to light it up and will do so to this dome team.
Philadelphia (7-3) at Chicago (7-3) - Michel Vick has been playing very well but he's also been taking a beating, and the Bears defense knows how to beat people. I'll take the Bears because Jay Cutler has been playing pretty good and the game is in Chicago.
Tampa Bay (7-3) at Baltimore (7-3) - Take Baltimore cause they're at home; they're off an easy win over Carolina, and the Bucs had a long road trip to San Francisco last week. Plus they're probably the better team, although the Bucs are starting to impress.
the SNF game:
San Diego (5-5) at Undianapoolis (6-4) - Chargers are full of themselves after a beat down of the Broncos on MNF. Take the Colts at the Drum - they're pretty hard to beat there. Although Austin Collie won't play this week. Should be a good game.
the MNF game:
San Francisco (3-7) at Arizona (3-7) - Division game. Who knows? Who cares? I'll take the Niners.