|We had Dan Fouts for 15 years and
NOW we make it to the Super Bowl?!?
Atlanta by 7 over Indy: The Pick - Falcons
The Falcons posted solid wins over the Panthers and Lions before the bye and may prove to be a factor in the playoffs after all (if you can call losing in the first round being a "factor"). Meanwhile, Jim Irsay is doing everything but tweeting pictures of Andrew Luck wearing a Colts jersey.
New Orleans by 8 over Tampa Bay: The Pick - Bucs
|"Did Sean call yet?"
Houston by 11 over Cleveland: The Pick - Texans
That's a big number to cover but the Browns are suffering from that rare combination of having almost no talent and being dysfunctional at the same time. Someone needs to tell them that having talent is a prerequisite to being dysfunctional otherwise ESPN won't even send a reporter to your town.
Buffalo by 1.5 over the New York Jets: The Pick - Jets
I don't have any evidence to support this but there seems to be a correlation between Rex Ryan shutting his pie hole and the Jets playing good football and we haven't heard much from Rex since he spouted off about Norv Turner two weeks ago. The Bills need to score a lot of points to win (unless they're playing the Redskins) and I don't see that happening this week.
Kansas City by 4 over Miami: The Pick - Chiefs
We may need to start considering the possibility that Todd Haley is a good coach. He lost his best offensive player and one of his best defensive players at the start of a season where his team lost their first two games by a combined 78 points. Did he panic? No. Did he change the game plan? No. He just started acting like the Unibomber and the next thing you know they're 4-3. He's crafty.
San Francisco by 3.5 over Washington: The Pick - 49ers
|"We traded what for McNabb?
You're kidding right?"
Dallas by 11.5 over Seattle: The Pick - Seahawks
The Cowboys played five games where the largest margin of victory was four points and then they won 34-7 and lost 34-7. Factor in that you have Tony Romo against a potential combination of Tavaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst and you might want to put your money at risk somewhere a bit safer, like Libyan real estate.
Oakland by 7.5 over Denver: The Pick - Raiders
As a quarterback who is resisting his natural urge to run so he can show people that he is a pocket passer, Tim Tebow has to be a defensive coordinator's dream. It's like playing against a much less accurate Scott Mitchell. Let's just hope the Raiders fans don't get so carried away mocking Tebow that they accidentally light the fuse on the Apocalypse.
Tennessee by 3 over Cincinnati: The Pick - Bengals
|"Let me think that one over for a
minute and...get out of my store."
Arizona by 3.5 over St. Louis: The Pick - Rams
These two teams have each won one game. The Cardinals won their first and the Rams won their last. I'm going with the team riding the winning streak. Maybe CBS will send Gus Johnson to do this game to ensure it at least ends on a pick six in overtime.
New England by 8.5 over the New York Giants: The Pick - Giants
The Patriots haven't played one game this year that would indicate they can cover 8.5 against a decent team. If you're the Tom Coughlin, don't you invite David Tyree to come up and hang around during warm-ups reenacting his helmet catch over and over and over again? That would be hilarious until Belichik signaled the sniper.
Green Bay by 5.5 over San Diego: The Pick - Packers
|"Who likes putting on a tuxedo
after work on a Monday? I do!"
Pittsburgh by 3 over Baltimore: The Pick - Ravens
The Steelers are playing better football right now and the Ravens are struggling to find their offensive identity (again) but (a) The Steelers' linebackers are all banged-up which should give Ray Rice some opportunities to make a couple of cool Ray Rice plays (like catch a one-handed screen pass, break four tackles and go for 50 yards), (b) the Ravens would love to see Roethlisberger throw it 50 times like he did against the Patriots because that would give Terrell Suggs and Jarrett Johnson 50 chances to hit him, and (c) there is a lot more pressure on the Steelers to win this game because they lost the first one and their schedule the rest of the way is tougher with road games at San Francisco and Kansas City. Then again, I reserve the right to change my pick if the Steelers get the ball down by 3 with more than 1:30 on the clock (and now I will replace that image in my head with something more pleasant, "I'm sitting in the dentist chair now, the shrill whining of the drill begins and......").
Philadelphia by 8 over Chicago: The Pick - Bears
These are two teams that appear to be getting their acts together. If this quote is any indication, Jay Cutler even seems to be winning over some of his teammates. "He's a lot more outgoing, just more comfortable now,'' said Brian Urlacher who added, "we haven't even given him a swirly since training camp." (The fact that any of that quote is accurate is surprising). Strong defensive teams like the Bears always give Michael Vick trouble because of their radical game plans which include (a) covering his receivers and (b) slamming him on the ground.