Season Record: 11-4
Well, can’t gripe too much about last week. I missed the Thursday game this week and as always I’m not picking the Bills game because I’m a giant homer and don’t even want to get into it, so you’ll get fourteen picks this week.
CAROLINA over Houston: I’m bearish on the Panthers this year, but the Texans are starting Mallett sans a starting left tackle. That makes it a wash for me, and in a wash you look at the better QB and/or the home team. Carolina has both advantages so perhaps they’ll have a more inspiring performance than a less than convincing win over the Jaguars.
Arizona over CHICAGO: TWEAK ALERT, TWEAK ALERT. I had been calling this for the Bears all week, but this morning I had to tweak it like a salty nipple. Arizona will be coming across the country for an early start time and will be trotting out Chris Johnson as the starter (groan). With that said, Alshon Jeffery is riding pine and the Cards secondary should be capable of covering a receiving corps highlighted by Eddie Royal (groan). Arizona’s run defense should be enough for them to squeak by in this one.
CINCINNATI over Sand Dawg: Another West Coast team coming to play early in the East gives Cincy the edge. Regardless, this should be a fun game to watch.
Tennessee over CLEVELAND: I am a firm disbeliever in all things Johnny Football. I think the Mariota show will dazzle another week before he hits a rookie valley.
Detroit over MINNESOTA: The Lions are snakebitten off that loss in Sand Dawg last week. If there’s anything left in the tank in Detroit they’ll pull past a struggling Vikings club.
NEW ORLEANS over Tampa Bay: Nothing to see here, folks.
GIANTS over Atlanta: My close game bone is a-tinglin’ on this one. New York showed flashes against the Cowboys last week, could be enough to beat a traveling Falcons team.
PITTSBURGH over San Francisco: I’m not convinced the Niners are for real this year, the Steelers should have enough to beat them at home.
St. Louis over WASHINGTON: Can the Rams please trot out the players they got in the trade for RGIII for the coin toss again? I never tire of that, it was one of my favorite coaching head games of all time.
Miami over JACKSONVILLE: Is this really a road game for the Dolphins? There may be more Miami fans in that stadium than Jaguars fans.
Baltimore over OAKLAND: It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Baltimore could take back-to-back flights out west to get spanked, but let’s give Flacco the benefit of the doubt here that he can pull something out.
PHILADELPHIA over Dallas: The Eagles should be able to bounce back against a Dez Bryant-less Cowboys squad.
Seattle over GREEN BAY: This should be a really good game, but for some reason the Seahawks tend to have the Packers’ number, I think they may squeak by.
INDIANAPOLIS over Jets: I’d like to think the Colts are a decent team that a great Bills team dismantled. If they lose to the Jets at home, then maybe the emperor has no clothes.