Maybe I need to do what Cam Newton suggested and implement a suggestion box. Maybe I need to contemplate what Michael Vick brought up and contemplate making a change.

Or, considering it is Halloween, maybe I make some sort of a deal I’d probably regret later.

Every time it appears I’ve got the 2012 season figured out, I don’t. Last week was an utter disaster … as in 3-10.


So it’s once more into the breach as there are just nine weeks to turn this season around and make it somewhat respectable.

Here are this week’s picks, with home teams in CAPS:

Thursday night
Chiefs (plus 7½) over CHARGERS:
Kansas City is bad. I get that. But how could anyone take 7 ½ points on San Diego when they fell 1½ short of scoring that many last week?

Cardinals (plus 10) over PACKERS: I love Green Bay to win this one. But the one-dimensional offense allows a good defense such as Arizona’s to load up against the pass. That keeps it reasonably close.

Lions (minus 3½) over JAGUARS: This just in. Jacksonville isn’t very good. The Lions might be turning the corner after a good win over the Seahawks last week and getting Mike Thomas in to help dissect the Jags’ offense can’t hurt.

Bears (minus 3½) over TITANS: Tennessee will struggle to generate any offense against this opportunistic Chicago defensive unit. So it’s really an easy choice.

Broncos (minus 4) over BENGALS: Denver is starting to find its stride and Peyton Manning seems to just be getting better and better every week. Cincinnati is coming off a bye but is still looking to define its identity.

REDSKINS (plus 3) over Panthers: Sophomore slump continues for Cam Newton as Washington heads into its bye at 4-5.

Ravens (minus 3½) over BROWNS: The Baltimore defense ain’t what it used to be. But the Cleveland offense is exactly what it has been for several years now.

COLTS (plus 2½) over Dolphins: The line for this one appears to be a direct overreaction to Miami’s win over a Jets team that someone in Vegas still thinks is good.

TEXANS (plus 10½) over Bills: Buffalo seems to get blown out when they play quality teams. Houston is very much a quality team.

SEAHAWKS (plus 7) over Vikings: The NFL’s best home-field advantage against a Minnesota team that is floundering after a 5-1 start.

RAIDERS (plus 1) over Buccaneers: If Oakland can avoid hurting itself with mistakes, the Raiders can beat a young Tampa Bay team in the Black Hole.

Steelers (plus 3 ½) over GIANTS: Pittsburgh is figuring it out on both sides of the ball. New York tried desperately to give away a game at Dallas last week.

FALCONS (minus 4) over Cowboys: Dallas is a mess and Tony Romo is second in the league in turnovers. Atlanta rolls.

Monday night
SAINTS (minus 3) over Eagles:
This isn’t so much endorsement of New Orleans as it is an indictment of Philadelphia. As they used to say when I was a kid in Jersey, the Eagles are done … D-U-N, done.

Last week: 3-10 (that’s Halloween horror-scary)
Season: 45-66-5