This weekend should provide us with another plateful of NFL surprises. Here are my picks for this weekend’s games:
Colts at Bengals: Simply put, the Colts have yet to win a game and Curtis Painter won’t do the trick in this game. As the Colts take another step toward the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, the consistent rookie Dalton and his Bengals will please the home crowd with a win.
49ers at Lions: If any of you readers predicted the 49ers and Lions to be a combined 9-1 after five games each, please stand up. Now that all of you are seated, let’s take a look at this thriller. While Harbaugh has Smith playing like a true pro, the Lions’ pass rush will be too intimidating. Throw in the high-octane offense and the thundering crowd support, and the Lions will take this game.
Rams at Packers: Put together the best quarterback in the game with the best team in the game with home field against an underperforming Rams squad and what do you get? You got it, another Packers victory to remain undefeated.
Panthers at Falcons: I want to call this my upset special pick of the week; however, the way the Falcons have been playing, it may not even deserve upset status. Cam Newton looks wonderful so far this season, and the Falcons do not. Look for the Panthers to steal this one at the Georgia Dome.
Jaguars at Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger looked fantastic last week, throwing for 5 touchdowns. I just don’t see Blaine Gabbert sparking the Jags’ offense to enough points to beat the Steelers at Heinz Field this week.
Eagles at Redskins: In my opinion, this is a must win game for the Eagles. If they fall to 1-5, their season is all but over. While the Redskins have looked promising, I’m not sold by their quarterback play. Here’s to thinking Andy Reid gets his squad in enough shape to take this game.
Bills at Giants: As I was about to pick the Giants at home, my mind kept flashing back to Eli Manning’s inconsistent play. And then my mind turned to remember that these Bills find a way to win wherever and whenever. I like this team, and I think they will win this one in a nail biter.
Browns at Raiders: After the death of owner Al Davis, Hue Jackson helped his team overcome the emotion to earn a victory. There’s something different about this Raider’s squad, and I like them for the first time in a while. I don’t have much doubt that they will take this game from the unpredictable and unimpressive Browns.
Texans at Ravens: I do think that both of these teams will find their way to the playoffs by the end of the regular season. At this time, the Ravens at home are just too tough to beat, and the lack of Andre Johnson doesn’t help the cause.
Cowboys at Patriots: You never know with Tony Romo and the Cowboys. Some weeks they win games that they have no business winning, and some weeks they lose games that they have no business losing. With the Patriots, you know what you’re getting. The Patriots will take this one at home.
Saints at Buccaneers: After getting demolished by the 49ers this past week, the Buccaneers are looking to show that they are for real. It’s too bad that this game of redemption has to come against the Saints. Drew Brees is just too good, and the Saints find ways to win games in the NFL.
Vikings at Bears: This is a tough one to pick. The Bears own the better record, and will be playing at home. However, I think that this is the game that Donovan McNabb responds to the criticism and plays a solid game. Also, Adrian Peterson will help to send his team to a victory.
Dolphins at Jets: With Chad Henne out with an injury, in comes Matt Moore. Does it make much of a difference? Probably not. The Jets need this game to get back on track, and the Jets will take this one with a balanced attack.
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