A losing week, back to 4 games below .500. I’m doing a lot better than my man Colin Cowherd this season! But he had an absolutely incredible year last year, so he can afford it. I just had an ok year, and he has a nationally syndicated radio show…and I have this website. So I could use a bounce back week, a hot streak, and finishing well above 50% on this season as well! 1 week at a time I know, but then again if I got undefeated the rest of the way I would be heavily praised so I’ll just shoot for that. Enough of this, here are the picks.
Cincinnati at Baltimore
Love the Ravens in this game. This is the game the Bengals NEVER win, and the Ravens are now really up against it. If they want any shot at the division title they need to win this game. It isn’t too often that you have the defending champs at home getting points, and I’m pretty positive that hasn’t happened when the road team are the Bengals! Ravens will win this one outright.
Detroit at Chicago
It’s a pick’em as I type this. So again, you have the home team and you don’t have to lay points. I know the Lions proved to be too much against the Bears earlier in the season, but in reality what decided that game was an awful stretch near the end of the 2nd quarter in that game where they just kept turning the ball over and allowed the Lions to get a big cushion. Jay Cutler is starting for the Bears, so I’m sure that will be a lift even though Josh McCowan did a great job replacing him, but I expect Cutler to be highly motivated in this game.
Seattle at Atlanta
Same story as the first 2 games. Home team not laying/getting points. The Seahawks have looked pretty ordinary lately. While I was dead wrong predicting that they would fall apart prior to the season, they are finally showing some cracks in their foundation. Mainly it is due to injuries. Offensive line is beat up, recieving core is hurt with Rice now done for the year, and their famed secondary is beat up. Meanwhile Matt Ryan is getting Roddy White back, and Stephen Jackson should be able to have a big day against this run defense. Love the Falcons here.
Carolina at San Francisco
San Francisco -6.5
This is the first of 2 games where I love a big favorite. I’m not big on the Panthers at all. I feel like Cam Newton is a front runner. Sure, he looks great when things are going right, but how is he going to look on Sunday once this Niners defense starts giving him big time problems? I’m guessing not well at all. Plus, this is an Eastern team going out to the West coast and that is always a problem. Maybe I love my picks too much this week, but I love the Niners going away in this one.
Dallas at New Orleans
New Orleans -6.5
The Cowboys are probably going to win the NFC East, but they aren’t a good team. They are being big time out scored on the season despite their record. The Saints are coming off a bad loss in Jersey against the Jets, and they’re simply a different team in the dome, especially in prime time games. The Cowboys being good is awesome for the league, it always makes things more intriguing. But they’re going to get hammered in this one!
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