Record so far: 8-8
Kansas City Chief ( 3.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
These Thursday NFL games are always sloppy, as the teams only have three days of rest. With Andy Reid coming back to Philadelphia expect a big game from Jamaal Charles and down game from Michael Vick.
Pick: Chiefs 3.5
San Diego Chargers ( 3) at Tennessee Titans
It”s nice to see Philip Rivers back to his old gunslinging ways but don”t expect Eddie Royal to keep up his hot touchdown streak. The Titans outplayed the Houston Texans last week but lost it at the end. This week they”ll keep there foot on the pedal the whole time and wear down the Chargers.
Pick: Titans -3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( 7) at New England Patriots
This game could end up 3-0 or 50-48, nothing would surprise me with these two teams. Both are struggling on offense, with Tom Brady having no receivers besides Julian Edelman that can catch a pass. If Gronkowski plays that will help but they”re going to have to rely on Stevan Ridley in this one, and so far this season he”s been a disappointment.
On the Bucs side of the ball Josh Freeman is about two more losses from holding a clipboard. Doug Freeman has been solid this year but Tampa Bay”s season rides on Freeman”s arm. I think the Patriots win this game but by a field goal.
Pick: Buccaneers 7
Cleveland Browns ( 7) at Minnesota Vikings
Josh Gordon is back and Brian Hoyer isn”t a terrible quarterback. He isn”t great either, but is he really that much worse than Christian Ponder? The Vikings have looked bad this year while the Browns defense has looked solid. Without Trent Richardson they”re going to have to take to the air to beat the Vikings.
Pick: Browns 7
Houston Texans (-2.5) at Baltimore Ravens
Ray Rice is banged up and if he does end up playing won”t be very effective against Houston”s defense. Joe Flacco still doesn”t seem to have any chemistry with his receivers and the Texans offense should beat up on the Ravens. This game should be determined more by what the Ravens can”t do then the Texans being a dominant football team.
Pick: Texans -2.5
St. Louis Rams ( 3.5) at Dallas Cowboys
Upset of the week, look for the Rams to beat the Cowboys this week. Tavon Austin and Chris Givens should be able to have nice days against the Cowboys secondary while Isaiah Pead could cause some problems for Dallas catching balls out of the backfield.
Romo and Dez Bryant will still be on the same page, but the defense won”t be able to keep up.
Pick: Rams 3.5
Arizona Cardinals ( 7.5) at New Orleans Saints
The Honey Badger is coming back to New Orleans, and the Cardinals defense is playing well with him in the lineup. The Cardinals aren”t a team that”s going to make much noise in the playoffs, but for now they”re fun to watch and should keep this one close.
Pick: Cardinals 7.5
Detroit Lions (even) at Washington Redskins
Detroit has never won in D.C. but I expect that to change this Sunday. While RGIII has been struggling and the offensive line has had a hard time blocking, the real problem in D.C. is the defense. With Joique Bell catching passes out of the backfield and Megatron cutting through the secondary the Lions offense should be comfortable all day. Expect a high scoring game, but the Lions defense should be able to get a few key stops to take the victory.
Green Bay Packers (-3) at Cincinnati Bengals
Probably the best matchup this week as both teams are coming off big wins. A.J. Green and Tramon Williams should be a matchup to watch throughout the game. The Packers big men up front played well last week against RGIII and Alfred Morris but this week will be tasked with not giving Andy Dalton time to throw the ball.
Pick: Packers -3
New York Giants (-2) at Carolina Panthers
With yet another who has to close to getting fired if the Panthers continue to be awful. Then again, the Giants have given up 77 points throughout two games and Eli Manning has thrown seven interceptions. If there was ever a game for Cam Newton to have a breakout game this season, this would be the one.
Pick: Panthers 2
Atlanta Falcons ( 2) at Miami Dolphins
What were the odds that Miami would have been favored in this game at the start of the season? With the Falcons looking plain and Steven Jackson out, Miami could be sitting at 3-0 with a fairly good schedule remaining and looking towards the playoffs.
Pick: Dolphins -2
Indianapolis Colts ( 10) at San Francisco 49ers
If there”s anyone you don”t want to face after a big loss, it”s Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers. The Colts should be better with Trent Richardson but not this week against San Francisco. Aldon Smith got charged last Friday for a DUI and possession of marijuana but Harbaugh has said that he”ll still be playing. Kaepernick should have no problem splitting the Indianapolis defense through the air.
Pick: 49ers -10
Jacksonville Jaguars ( 20) at Seattle Seahawks
Obviously this game won”t be close but 20 points is an awful lot of points to give up for an NFL team. This is probably going to end more as 14 point win for the Seahawks.
Pick: Jaguars 20
Buffalo Bills ( 2.5) at New York Jets
The Jets know how to stop the run so E.J. Manuel is going to have to win this game. Which rookie quarterback will win this game? In another upset pick I think the Bills win this one straight up.
Pick: Bills 2.5
Chicago Bears (-2.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Bears are the better team but the Steelers can”t lose this game to go to 0-3. If Ike Taylor can play up to form and contain Brandon Marshall and the rest of Pittsburgh”s defense can find a way to force some turnovers Pittsburgh should remain close.
Pick: Steelers 2.5
Oakland Raiders ( 16) at Denver Broncos
Terrelle Pryor is at least fun to watch and Darren McFadden has been playing well this season. That said they don”t have a chance to win this game, but should cover this ugly Monday Night Football game.
Pick: Raiders 16
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