It's not too often we get to brag about a big upset, but here goes. Rams over 49ers. You're welcome.
Almost had Miami over New England, but at least the Fish beat the spread.
Unfortunately that was about all that went well for me this week; I finished 9-7 in a so-so outing.
But enough about that. Let's talk picks.
Denver at Oakland - Darren McFadden may be back, maybe not. Too up in the air to believe they have a chance against the mighty Peyton Manning. Let's just hope he stays upright. The Raiders have been known to play...dirty. Denver 34-13.
St. Louis at Buffalo - This was a tough one. Wanted to go with an improving St. Louis team but the Rams are used to playing indoors and this one's in frigid Buffalo. Bills in a close one, 17-16.
Dallas at Cincinnati - Listening to Cowboy fans getting all excited over getting to 6-6 after beating Philly, and talking playoffs. To quote one-time NFL coach Jim Mora,"Playoffs? You're talking Playoffs? Playoffs?" Dallas was lucky to go 2-1 against three stiffs on the schedule and should have lost to Cleveland. Bengals win 34-13.
Kansas City at Cleveland - Emotional roller coaster for KC continues. Are the Chiefs emotionally spent? Maybe, but I think they win a tight one. Chiefs 14-13.
Philly at Tampa Bay - Last week I said if Dallas doesn't beat the Eagles, Jerry Jones should fire everybody in the Cowboys camp, including himself. Well that didn't happen, but it shows how bad the Eagles are right now. TB wins 37-20.
Baltimore at Washington - Washington is getting better and I think the Ravens are fading a little. Robert Griffin's great, but he needs to avoid those hard hitters from Baltimore if he's going to survive. No one wants to see a Michael Vick remake. The Redskins take it, 19-17.
Atlanta at Carolina - Should have my head examined here, but I'm picking the Carolina upset. Atlanta has been living a charmed life, but even those teams lose once in a while. Panthers 34-31 in OT.
Jets at Jacksonville - Yawn. Jets ended up benching Mark Sanchez for former Alabama quarterback Greg McIlroy last week and they win 7-6. You have to be kidding me. But call me a believer -- at least for this week. Jets crawl to a 10-6 victory.
Tennessee at Colts - Indy has to be best story of the year. Even with Manning's comeback in the mountains, this Colts story is terrific. Coach Pagano fights cancer, team and city rally with shaved heads, Andrew Luck's great. Colts win 27-21.
Chicago at Minnesota - Adrian Peterson is a freak, and I mean that in a good way. No way this former OU running back should be doing what he is doing after the kind of knee surgery he had last year. But he is. Amazing stuff. The Bears are due for hibernation and are all banged up with Brian Urlacher out with a pulled hamstring. Minnesota wins 27-16 on the legs of No. 28.
San Diego at Pittsburgh - Big Ben is back. Norv Turner will not be. Enough said. Steelers getting healthier all around. Home team wins 29-13.
Miami at San Fran - At this writing, we still don't know who the 49ers quarterback will be. Alex Smith getting raw deal, but oh well. 49ers win 23-20.
Arizona at Seattle - The Seahawks a different team at home. Plus Arizona's pathetic to watch at this point. Seattle stomps 20-0.
New Orleans at New York - "Field Goal" Giants. Incredible how this team be 2-time Super Bowl champs and absolutely stink in the Red Zone. But I think they'll turn it around here. Giants by an eyelash, 39-37.
Houston at New England - Depends on the weather here. If it's mild in New England, the Texans should win. If it's below 32 degrees, New England all the way. Guess I should talk to Dan Threlkeld on this one, but I'm going with the new kid on the block. Houston over Patriots, 37-34.
Detroit at Green Bay - The Lions are about finished after blowing the game last week. The Packers aren't playing the greatest right now, but win this one. Green Bay rolls, 31-20.
Have a good week!
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