Seattle at San Francisco: – I start the week 1-0 as this one went just like many had thought it would. Woot!
Tennessee at Buffalo:
The Titans had an offensive explosion last week when they had 26 at home, beating the Steelers by 3. The Steelers have lost their edge and the Titans really don’t have their own yet. Buffalo is able to run the ball, but keep their best back, CJ Spiller, under wraps with Fred Jackson healthy. The Titans are 28th and the Bills are 31st in defense. Surprisingly, the Titans – WITH CJ2K – are dead last in rushing. Buffalo would be wise to run it 50 times – 25 to Fred, 25 to CJ.
Bills by 13
Final: Titans by 1 – Loss. The Bills’ 2 backs were averaging 5.8 and almost 9 yards/carry….yet the idiots threw it twice for every running attempt. Had the Bills played to their own offensive strengths, they’d have won this one easily. I see coaching changes in Buffalo after this season ends…at the latest.
Dallas at Carolina:
Cowboys by 14
Final: Cowboys by 5 – Win. But a huge loss for Carolina as GM Marty Hurney got fired afterwards. More to come…
Baltimore at Houston:
Ravens by 4
Final: Texans by 30 – Loss. As bad as it was, it only counts once. And that’s what I get for being contrary simply for contrariness’ sake!
Cleveland at Indianapolis:
Colts by 3 – simply by virtue of playing at home.
Final: Colts by 4 – Win
Arizona at Minnesota:
First team to 11 wins this one, and I’ll be shocked if the Cards have 11 at the end of the game…including a defensive TD!
Vikings by 21
Final: Vikings by 7 – Win. The Vikings WERE the “first to 11″ – they had a 14-7 halftime lead and held on, 21-14
Washington at New York Giants:
The ‘skins have RG3, who should make enough plays to keep things competitive, but he can’t do it alone. The Redskins’ defense stinks. The only saving grace is that the Giants seem more vulnerable at home.
Giants by 8
Final: Giants by 4 – Win. It took a 77-yard TD by Victor Cruz with under 2 minutes remaining, but I’ll take it.
Green Bay at St. Louis:
The Rams are more of an upstart team than people realize. Yeah, they’re .500 now but have shown signs of putting together a very good defensive unit. Too bad their offense is still rather anemic. The Packers are beginning to awaken and historically the Rams haven’t played them well recently. Don’t forget the Rams’ best offensive weapon, rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein.
Packers by 24
Final: Packers by 10 – Win. Legatron didn’t disappoint. 2 FGs over 40 yards, one was 50+.
New Orleans at Tampa Bay:
Buccaneers by 4
Final: Saints by 7 – Loss. The Bucs haven’t begun to grow yet, but when they do, look out.
New York Jets at New England:
The Patriots are now tied for first place in the division…with all the other teams in the AFC East. Yes, that includes the schizophrenic New York Jets. This should be a game worth watching as Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan pretty much hate each other. Then again, show me someone BB LIKES…other than himself. Gronk and Hernandez should both play, and the home field should give them the edge.
Patriots by 11
Final: Pats by 3 – Win. The Pats are much weaker this year, aren’t they? Still, I’ll take the win…
Jacksonville at Oakland:
This game should decide the battle for the worst team in the AFC…and that’s sayin’ something. Oakland played Atlanta surprisingly tough in the Georgia Dome and beat Pittsburgh at home the previous week. They look like they’re improving. The Jags? Not so much.
Raiders by 17
Final: Raiders by 3 – Win. And being behind for so long to come back to win? Yeah, the Jags are competing in the “Blow for Barkley” movement, apparently…
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati:
Both of these teams appear to be on the downswing and the Steelers’ defense always suffers when Polamalu is out. He’s out for this one, and I think the Bengals are hungry to beat ‘em as part of their battle to climb the ladder within the division. This one might be a bit of a surprise, but I like…
Bengals by 7
Final: Steelers by 7 – Loss. It might’ve been a surprise that Pittsburgh won, I’m not sure. I do know they’re quite mortal without Troy Polamalu.
Monday Night Football:
Detroit at Chicago:
The “new” Monsters of the Midway are there…DAAA BEARSSSSS now have the #3 defense in the NFL and a defensive line that should keep the Lions’ offensive line’s hands full. No, not holding necessarily, but Stafford won’t find the going quite so easy and he’s been prone to throwing picks this year. Detroit’s defense is surprisingly #9 in yards allowed, and Alshon Jeffery is out for the game. The Bears will lean on Matt Forte more than ever, and hope that Brandon Marshall can get open…and stop dropping wide-open TD passes. The elements for an upset are nearly all there except for the fact that Forte is looking his best. Detroit doesn’t have an answer for him due to their own backfield situation and should be one-dimensional in the passing game. The Bears’ defense has scored 5 TDs this season and may pull out a 6th score on a pick-6…and that would probably be the difference in the outcome.
Bears by 7
Final: Bears by 6 – Win. Yep, Forte had 96 yards and that defense looks as good as anyone’s.
9-4 for the week. Not too shabby; better than 2-to-1.
My record for the entire season now stands at 63-41.
Okay folks, my track record here isn’t the best, so you’ve been warned:
Oakland over Jacksonville – Jax is pretty much last in offense and defense, and on the road playing an improving Raiders’ squad. Win – barely – but a win
Minnesota over Arizona – no Kevin “Korn on the” Kolb so Skeleton-man starts. Win
Dallas over Carolina – Both teams have issues but the Cowboys’ defense is MUCH better, even if Kuechly plays MLB for the Panthers. Win
Buffalo over Tennessee – if you’re feelin’ lucky, punk… Loss – hey, I said “if you’re feelin’ lucky…”
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