|Cleveland Browns season
ticket holder since 1978.
Houston by 3 over Jacksonville: The Pick - Texans
Matt Leinert was picked 10th in the 2006 draft by the Cardinals, muddled through a few unproductive years in Arizona and has now settled into his role as a backup. Blaine Gabbert was picked 10th in the 2011 draft by the Jaguars, has muddled through nine unproductive games as a starter and . . .
Carolina by 3.5 over Indianapolis: The Pick - Panthers
As if the Colts needed more incentive, now they get to play the team with last year's number one pick and see first hand all of the benefits that go along with that. Next year's number one pick may, however, come with a price because the Colts have potentially overplayed their hand right into an 0-16 season. This Sunday is their best shot at a win as they go on the road to New England and Baltimore the next two weeks and then finish with three division games against the teams they've been slapping around for the last ten years. I thought it would be great to see the Colts tagged with the 0-16 stigma until I realized that half the guys on the NFL Network would spin it into more blather about the greatness of Peyton Manning. You know what, they're going to do that anyway. Down with the Colts!!!
Tennessee by 3 over Tampa Bay: The Pick - Titans
|"I'm just saying' I'd run faster with a
twenty dollar bill in each of these hands."
Atlanta by 9.5 over Minnesota: The Pick - Falcons
Viking fans don't get enough credit for the misery they've had to suffer. They are one of two franchises to be 0-4 in Super Bowls, they missed a chance to get to another one because their kicker who had made 39 field goals in a row missed a 38 yarder in the 1999 NFC Championship Game and then they had to watch Brett Favre throw away another chance in the 2010 NFC Championship Game, both at home. Now, just over a season and a half removed from being one play away from the Super Bowl, they're starting backfield is Christian Ponder and Toby Gerhardt. At least they're going to be spared watching the Timberwolves this season. (Since I wrote that, there was breaking news of an NBA labor deal. Sorry Minnesota).
Seattle by 4 over Washington: The Pick - Seahawks
|"I'm a funny guy right? RIGHT?"
Oakland by 4.5 over Chicago: The Pick - Bears
See what happens when you accuse your quarterback of being soft. He breaks his thumb trying to make a tackle just to prove how tough he is like G. Gordon Liddy holding his hand over a candle. I'm still not completely on board with the Raiders and the Bears have enough to beat average teams without Cutler. And now that the Broncos have laid out the blueprint for winning without passing, you don't even need a real back-up quarterback anymore. Caleb Hanie's projected stat line: 3-8 for 53 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
San Diego by 6.5 over Denver: The Pick - Broncos
You're offering me Tebow and points against a team Norv Turner is trying to coach out of a downward spiral?!? You shouldn't have.
New England by 4 over Philadelphia: The Pick - Patriots
|You mean this wasn't a documentary?
The Eagles have more talent at just about every position except quarterback which means they have about the same chance of me outracing Tony Stewart if you put me in a Shelby GT500 and Tony in a Hyundai Sonata . . . which would be no chance in hell. (My three year fantasy NASCAR stats - 3rd, 1st and out of the money. Then I quit. I think everyone in the league hated me because I knew nothing about racing and felt compelled to point it out every other week. "I don't know how I keep winning, I don't even watch the races." NASCAR fans are very sensitive and protective of their sport. Kind of like soccer fans with southern accents. It probably didn't help that I named my team "Shake 'n' Bake").
Pittsburgh by 10 over Kansas City: The Pick - Steelers
Remember when the Raiders started Kyle Boller right after signing Carson Palmer because Palmer wasn't ready, but after Boller threw three picks they put Palmer in anyway and he proceeded to throw three more picks? Well the Chiefs just signed Kyle Orton but he's not ready so they're going to start Tyler Palko against the Steelers and this could get out of hand in a hurry.
New Orleans by 7 over N.Y. Giants: The Pick - Saints
Savor this Monday night game because for the next two weeks we get San Diego at Jacksonville and St. Louis at Seattle. (Don't be surprised if they go all out to save the ratings for that second game and give Hank Williams, Jr. an open microphone to say whatever he wants at halftime). Give the Giants credit. They're hanging on despite being crushed by injuries and Eli Manning is actually being mentioned as one of the top quarterbacks in the league. I think Drew Brees puts that into perspective on Monday.
Last week: 6-5-2 . . . . Season: 41-37-2