Buffalo beat Miami earlier – actually wasn’t a big stretch for once to see the Bills winning that one going in with the issues Miami’s offense has been facing lately and their pass defense. Trading away Brandon Marshall left them toothless on offense and trading Vontae Davis didn’t help their secondary.
Arizona at Atlanta: ‘Zona started 4-0 and are 0-5 since. The Falcons showed they’re human last week, but should easily defeat the Cardinals.
Falcons 34, Cardinals 20
Carolina at Tampa Bay: The young Bucs are on the upswing; the Panthers are not. This is the defining game for Carolina’s offense as they face off against the league’s worst defense. The Panthers’ D-line should be active again this week and Doug Martin won’t get 100 rushing yards, but he’ll get over 100 yards from scrimmage on receptions in addition to running. This game might be closer than other think, but Carolina’s lost 4 home games in a row.
Buccaneers 28, Panthers 27
Philadelphia at Washington: RG3 is healthy, Vick is not, and that actually could help the Eagles out. Two rookie QBs will face off as unheralded Nick Foles faces RG3. RG3 certainly has the higher ceiling but both QBs also seem to have high floors. Foles has more talent around him than does RG3 – on both sides – and it’s a pivotal game for Andy Reid’s job.
Eagles 34, Redskins 30
New York Jets at St. Louis Rams: I still wanna call them the St. Louis Cardinals. Yes, I’m old – I grew up with Neil Lomax, a Dr. Suess-created QB if ever there was one, throwing passes to Roy Green. But no, that’s now Arizona’s Cardinals. The Rams were all Vince Ferragamo and…oh goodness never mind. The Jets suck.
Rams 28, NY Jets 10
Houston at Jacksonville: Why even comment? Blaine Gabbert DOES belong in the league…the Arena League.
Texans 44, Jaguars 9
Green Bay at Detroit: careful here, closer game than you think. I’d not pick GB for an “eliminator” game this week…Detroit is showing signs of running it and the Pack isn’t built on D for that. It could be interesting, and Detroit’s D isn’t quite so horrid as it was.
Packers 30, Lions 28
Cincinnati at Kansas City: Neither team is very good, but Cincy’s got more talent overall and shows signs of being dangerous on offense…in fits and starts. It’ll be enough this week.
Bengals 34, Chiefs 21
Cleveland at Dallas: The Browns are starting to wake up it seems like, but I don’t think they can overcome the aura of America’s Team in Dallas. All those wonderful corners Dallas has aren’t playing up to their ability, but they’re playing well enough to win today.
Dallas 24, Cleveland 16
New Orleans at Oakland: Careful; the “upstart” Saints are getting their coaches back and it’s showing. They’ve gone from 32nd in the NFL Power Rankings to the middle of the pack…and they’re rising. Oakland is playing a little better but don’t have the team chemistry that the Saints have.
Saints 44, Raiders 28
Indianapolis at New England: This used to be a “marquee matchup” every time Peyton Manning and Tom Brady faced off. Now it’s Andrew Luck. Both teams are 6-3 and something is just itching at me to pick the Colts. The Pats are mortal this year.
Colts 34, Patriots 31 – in OT
San Diego at Denver: The Broncos are “only” 6-3 with Peyton, but they’re playing as well as anyone in the NFL. San Diego started strong and has faded.
Broncos 35, Chargers 20
Baltimore at Pittsburgh: Probably the most intriguing matchup outside New England this week. The Ravens play uneven on the road and the Steelers are so tough to beat at home, and Dick LeBeau has figured out how to dominate without Troy Polamalu’s help. No Big Ben? PROBLEM.
Ravens 24, Steelers 19
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Chicago at San Francisco: The Niners aren’t the juggernaut they were last year. For some reason, they seem to have dropped off a notch even after adding all those bodies at WR. The Bears are eating with their “Bear” paws today as they left their Cutlery on the bench today. Veteran QB Jason Campbell is a capable backup, but this is the Niners at home…and I like the way the Niners’ DL matches up with that Bears OL. Campbell will have to get rid of the ball quickly, but with Alshon Jeffery back and big Brandon Marshall to throw to, he’ll have targets. Is JC up to it? I think so.
Bears 24, Niners 20
Rams over Jets
Bengals over Chiefs
Saints over Raiders
Broncos over Chargers < —- LOCK
Falcons over Cardinals < — LOCK
Texans over Jaguars < —- LOCK
If you’ve used up your teams in the “LOCK” games as I have, look at the Bengals over the Chiefs if you haven’t used Cincy in the first couple of weeks. Or the Saints over Raiders should work. Rams over Jets is a little shakier but a nice pick.