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Last Weeks Record: 8-5
Season Record: 45-28 (.616)
Sunday, Oct. 23 games: (Home team in ALL CAPS and winner in bold)
Chicago -1.5 Tampa Bay: Game is in London
- Is anyone happy about this game? I have yet to hear about NFL players or owners lauding the annual overseas game, which to me seems abysmal. And really, why would anyone there want to watch this match-up. These are two of the more confusing teams in the league and each week I somehow butcher my picks with them. So, since my gut is saying Buccaneers, I will go with the Bears.
CAROLINA -2.5 Washington
- The one-win Panthers must be pretty happy with the QB carousel in Washington. Instead of facing the only guy who has turned the ball over more than Cam Newton, they get to face off against John Beck who has proved nothing in his career. If the Panthers can win the turnover battle and run the ball, they can walk away with their second win of the year. But if Ryan Torain, Tim Hightower and Roy Helu can stop Beck from having to play hero then the Redskins should pull it out. Redskins win in a close contest decided late.
NEW YORK JETS -1 San Diego
- LaDanian Tomlinson faces the team that made him a superstar once upon a time. This has been a year to forget, but he seems eager to show the Chargers they made a mistake letting him leave. Unfortunately, the Jets offense has looked rather pedestrian this season and the Chargers are in desperate need of a marquee win. Phillip Rivers should finally get his season going with Antonio Gates back in the line-up.
CLEVELAND -3 Seattle
- With Tarvaris Jackson out of the line-up, the Seahawks are a much better team. Charlie Whitehurst is certainly not a world beater, but I’m convinced there are 50 quarterbacks in the league better than Jackson. With that in mind, Seattle may finally resemble an actual NFL offense this week. On the other side, Cleveland has not been all that bad this year, even with their most productive player being fairly ineffective thus far. I think Colt McCoy can get his team to .500 with an ugly victory over Seattle this week.
TENNESSEE -3 Houston
- How many people thought the winner of this game would be in sole possession of the AFC South before the season started? Matt Hasselbeck has had quite the renaissance of a season without Chris Johnson there to support him, while the Texans have been what most people expected, a great offense with a collapse or two in them. If Andre Johnson was healthy I would go with Houston, but without him the Titans win big.
MIAMI even Denver
- It must have been pre-ordained that Tim Tebow would get his first start of the season on his Gators’ homecoming game in the Hurricanes backyard. The Dolphins are looking for their first win of the season, and facing Tebow and the pitiful Broncos may just be the team to give it to them. As much as it may hurt the whole plan of “Suck 4 Luck,” the Dolphins gut out a low scoring gritty affair.
DETROIT -4 Atlanta
- This is another game that would have blown my mind before the season started. The Falcons were many experts’ pick to represent the NFC in the Superbowl, while the Lions were expected to simply be better. Now Detroit is a trendy pick to make a playoff run, while the Falcons are scrambling to get a footing this season. Jahvid Best is out and Jerome Harrison is under the knife for a brain tumor which will hamper Detroit’s offensive output. The Falcons will finally get things going, even without Julio Jones, handing the Lions their second consecutive loss.
OAKLAND -3.5 Kansas City
- After getting absolutely killed the first two games of the season, the Chiefs are one win away from .500. This is the perfect week to make that happen with Kyle Boller starting in place of the injured Jason Campbell and recently un-retired Carson Palmer. Somehow Kansas City pulls this one out to complete their turnaround from the beginning of the year.
Pittsburgh -3.5 ARIZONA
- Arizona would love to level some sort of revenge after their loss to the Steelers in Superbowl XLIII, but with Ben Roethlisberger riding a hot streak it’s going to be tough. Kevin Kolb has been a fairly large disappointment this season, and Pittsburgh’s defense is not going to make it any easier. The Steelers breeze through this game to keep pace in the tight race that is the AFC North.
DALLAS -14 St. Louis
- No Sam Bradford, no win. It’s really that simple. (Not that it would be much different if he was playing)
Green Bay -9.5 MINNESOTA
- Christian Ponder has one of the toughest rookie debuts this season. Not only does Green Bay have a bruising defense, but they also score a ton of points. The Vikings will trail most of the game preventing Adrian Peterson from controlling the tempo, only hurting Ponder more.
NEW ORLEANS -13.5 Indianapolis
- It is so sad seeing how far the Colts continue to fall without Peyton Manning. Good news is that with their loss and Miami’s win, the Colts come closer to getting Manning’s successor in Andrew Luck.
Monday, Oct. 24:
Baltimore -9 JACKSONVILLE
- Blaine Gabbert’s rookie campaign from hell continues with a visit from the Ravens. Outside of Green Bay, Baltimore has been this years hottest team. Their hard-hitting defense is back with a potent offense to back it up finally. This could be Tyrod Taylors first chance to showcase his skills this season.