Ravens @ Patriots -3
The Ravens are a top 3 team in the NFL. I’m very surprised to see that they are getting points here, but I know it is solely because the Patriots are the home team here. The Ravens have all cylinders clicking on both sides of the ball. Ray Rice finally picked it up last week too. This will be the first game the Patriots play without Moss. I like the points for the Ravens here.
Chiefs @ Texans -4.5
The Texans have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL, however were stuffed by the Giants last week. The Chiefs don’t have a defense like the Giants though, but they do have a shut-down corner in Brandon Flowers that could give Andre Johnson some trouble. Look for the Texans to get their top ranked run game back on track against the surprising Chiefs.
Chargers -8.5 @ Rams
The Rams are contending for first in the weak NFC West and that is surprising a lot of people. They are starting to turn that franchise around over there. The Chargers on the other hand are somewhat disappointing as they keep betting themselves up. Their special teams are nonexistent to say the least and that’s what is keeping them from being 5-0. Philip Rivers is on pace to shatter Dan Marino’s single season passing yardage record. I’m sticking to my guns and taking the Chargers here in a bounce back victory.
Lions @ Giants -10
Well the Giants finally stringed together a couple of good defensive games, so I’m on board now. Like I said in earlier weeks, the Lions have been playing some good football this year and it showed in last week’s clobbering of the Rams. The Giants are home but these points are a lot here so I’m sticking with the Lions.
Saints -4.5 @ Buccaneers
The Bucs are on an upswing winning 3 of their last 4 games, granted they were against bottom of the barrel teams. The Saints on the other hand are struggling and are battling in close games with the likes of the winless 49ers and Panthers and losing to the Cardinals. Perhaps the loss of Reggie Bush was more than they could account for. The Saints are still the defending champs, so I still got faith in them here.
Browns @ Steelers -14
Now that Big Ben is done rapin chicks, he can start throwin picks. Nahh, well at least not this week. The Steelers are playing the Browns, who have been somewhat surprising this year due to Peyton Hillis and his beastly arms. Colt McCoy sounds like will be getting the start this week for them. Welcome to the NFL Colt, have fun against one of the topped ranked defenses in the game. The Steelers are going to dominate here.
Seahawks @ Bears -7
The Bears will be getting Jay Cutler back this week, which is good considering Todd Collins threw 4 picks and has a passer rating lower than 10 and still managed to win thanks to the outstanding performance by Matt Forte. The Seahawks are coming off a bye and will look to pull ahead in the NFC West. They acquired Marshawn Lynch from the Bills and will now have a feature back to hopefully compliment their pass game. The Bears may win here, but I don’t think they will cover.
Falcons @ Eagles -3
The Falcons looked impressive all year. They haven’t skipped a beat since their opening day OT lose to the Steelers. They are easily a top 3 team in the league, with a very explosive offense. The Eagles have Kevin Kolb under center again and he will need to prove he is the starter before Vick returns healthy to the line-up for them. Even though the Dirty Birds are away, I like them in the torturous city of Philadelphia.
Raiders @ 49ers -6.5
Congratulations to the Raiders. You have finally managed to beat the Chargers for the first time in about 6 years. I guess they were due. Jason Campbell did step up for the injured Bruce Gradkowski and showed why they brought him in the first place. I think he should remain the starter, but what do I know? The only word to describe the 49ers this year: disappointing. They are winless yet Mike Singletary still believes they will win the division. Win a game first Mike, and then start talking like that. There heavy favorites here, maybe based on Singletary’s words? I’ll take the Raiders.
Jets -3 @ Broncos
Guess I will start to believe in the Jets hype. I may even go as far as saying that they are the best team in the NFL right now. OK, I’m not going that far…yet. The Jets still prove that they can take on any team by beating the Vikings despite giving up their most yards this year. Mark Sanchez continues to improve every week. The Broncos are slowly falling, due largely in part to all the injuries they are sustaining, despite the high-caliber effort of Kyle Orton. The Jets will show why they may be the best team in the league again here.
Cowboys @ Vikings -1.5
Desperate times call for desperate measures and this is that time for both teams. This game is a must win for both teams, however we all know that only one team can win, except if they tie of course. Favre had a chance against the Jets to pull that one off but once again threw a late game pick to seal the deal for them. Some people are calling for the benching of Favre. Really? Do you really think Tarvaris Jackson is a better alternative? Doubtful. The Cowboys cannot seem to figure out how to win a game, even with Tony Homo throwing 400yd games left and right. This games a pick’em and I’m picking the home team here.
Colts -3 @ Redskins
The Colts did not look all too impressive last week against the Chiefs. I guess the only real good they got out of last game was that Adam Vinateri got a lot of game reps in. Peyton will be Peyton for the rest of the year and as long as they have him they’ll be fine. If Donovan McNabb can rally his troops together at home, they may have a shot. That’s a big if though.
Titans -3 @ Jaguars
CJ once again had another fantasy feast of a game, leading the Titans to victory. It didn’t hurt that Vince Young also had 3 touchdown passes in the game as well. The Jaguars have been flying under the radar this year posting a solid 3-2 record thus far with wins over the Broncos, Bills and Colts. Mighty Mouse has been leading the offense, as David Garrard and WR core have not been much to talk about. The Titans always play well against the run and will look to stop MJD at all cost and make Garrard beat them. I’m locking up the Titans this week.
Lock of the Week- Tennessee Titans
Record: 37-37-2 (7-7) Locks- 5 for 5