If the New England Patriots had lost on Thursday Night Football, then I would have been completely bummed out. I expected the New York Jets to fall flat on their faces again, but I was wrong. A win is a win though and I am sure Tom Brady and the Patriots will take this one without regret.
- Last Week: 11-3
- Season: 57-34
I skipped that game, because the San Francisco Giants of baseball were on. For those of you who know me somewhat know that I waste no time making fun of baseball and proclaiming my hatred of the sport. However, back in the 80s, they were my childhood team. Add that to the fact that this team is actually must watch TV, and for the first time since the 2012 MLB playoffs I am digging baseball.
Okay, I've talked more about baseball than I should have.... Here are my picks this week, tell us yours in the comments!
Minnesota Vikings (2-4) at Buffalo Bills (3-3)
Could you have dialed up a less interesting game this week than the Vikings and Bills? One team has had their season completely ruined by a child-beating former-MVP in Adrian Peterson, while the other is about to have theirs ruined by Kyle "Wet Balls" Orton. The Bills at least have Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller to keep those balls dry for Orton, so I'm going to have to go with the home team here. Prediction: Bills 20, Vikings 14.
Miami Dolphins (2-3) at Chicago Bears (3-3)
So I have this theory that Jay Cutler reads our blog. I base this theory on the fact that I always make fun of him, yet Cutler helps the Bears always do the opposite of what I pick them to do. If I pick them to lose, Cutler makes sure they win. If I pick them to win, Cutler throws victory away. He is a Bad Santa from Santa Clause, Indiana. I hereby select the Bears to win, so if you have money, throw it at the Dolphins this week! Prediction: Bears 24, Dolphins 20.
New Orleans Saints (2-3) at Detroit Lions (4-2)
Here comes my upset pick of the week, even though its mostly split 55-45 in favor of the Lions in Yahoo leagues. I base this on the fact that Matthew Stafford is 2-27 against teams that finish above .500. I do believe the Saints and Drew Brees will find a way to 9 wins, which means the Lions absolutely must lose. Although, those two wins Stafford has are against teams that finished with 9 wins and 8 wins with a tie. Seriously, 2-27... Prediction: Saints 31, Lions 24.
Carolina Panthers (3-2-1) at Green Bay Packers (4-2)
My gut is tingling on this pick as its the kind of game that Aaron Rogers and the Packers tend to come out with a loss. The homefield dominance of old at Lambeau Field is highly overrated anymore and the Panthers tend to play well on the road. This one feels like an upset, but I'm still going to play it safe with the team that is playing with the hot hand. Prediction: Packers 23, Panthers 20.
Cincinnati Bengals (3-1-1) at Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
Two plus weeks ago, the Bengals were atop many "expert" power polls and now they are probably on the cusp of being bounced from the top ten, especially with the red hot Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts up next. This fact is why I snickered at Peter King's #1 love of the Dallas Cowboys this week. The season is long and the only constant each week will be the real contenders of this NFL. Prediction: Colts 27, Bengals 17.
Seattle Seahawks (3-2) at St. Louis Rams (1-4)
The Seahawks got tired of Percy Harvin attacking his teammates and being completely uncoachable. This was a good move for them, even though they paid a King's ransom to get Harvin on their team two years ago. The Vikings surely got the better end of this trade and the Jets too were able to steal a top talent away from the Seahawks, but now they must figure out how to keep Percy from freaking out all the time. Good luck. Prediction: Seahawks 23, Rams 14.
Tennessee Titans (2-4) at Washington Redskins (1-5)
Finally, a matchup that favors Kirk Cousins and the Redskins. Apparently, Robert Griffin III is again the starter, but for now I am going to try to use up Cousins fantasy value one more time before he is benched. The Titans secondary is not very good and their quarterback is even worse. There is no reason the Redskins should not come out of this with a victory. Prediction Redskins 27, Titans 20.
Cleveland Browns (3-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6)
I'll say this right now. I love picking teams that are 0-6. Mostly because it paid off for me last year with the Giants. That said, I took the Jaguars last week and it screwed me. So that bitterness is keeping my boldness in check this week. If only the Browns were not red hot right now. Prediction: Browns 23, Jaguars 20.
Atlanta Falcons (2-4) at Baltimore Ravens (4-2)
Mike Smith should not be coaching the Falcons anymore. This team has zero heart and looks as though they will lose every single road game this season, which is why I am going with the elite Joe Flacco and the Ravens here. You know things are bad when the fans have a better grasp of how to help their team win than the coaching staff. Josh McDaniels anyone? Prediction: Ravens 31, Falcons 16.