TULSA - Every week we seem to have a "Best Team in the NFL." The flavor of the week. This week the award goes to New England. They just embarrassed last week's "Best Team of the Week," the Jets.
The New York tabloid headlines screamed, "Rexposed", as in Rex Ryan getting schooled by Bill Bellichick. New England goes to Chicago this week. The Bears were considered the overachieving team of the year, at 8-3.
I am going with New England, to be the "Best Team in the NFL" for two straight weeks. Close though, 24-21. By the way, is it true? Tom Brady has fake hair to cover the bald spots? That is the rumor. As I said a few weeks ago, whatever Giselle wants, Giselle gets. And she should.
The over-under on the number of interceptions thrown by Peyton Manning this week is 3. At Tennessee Thursday night, Manning is coming in with 11 interceptions in the last 3 games, 3 returned for touchdowns. Manning is not that bad, is he? Indy by 13.
One team that is not as bad as the 2-10 record is Buffalo. This is a game that would not be an upset, so they will probably get hammered. I go with the Bills, 24-10 over Cleveland.
Now that Washington has cut ties with pain in the neck Albert Haynesworth, some order has been restored. I pick the upset here, Washington over visiting Tampa.
A division mismatch on paper. Atlanta 10-2, at Carolina 1-11. I would love to pick the upset here, but it is too risky. Falcons win 31-10.
Oakland at Jacksonville. Both teams trying to make the playoffs, and now that we are in the final quarter of the season, this should be a good one. Go with the home team, 13-10.
Green Bay at Detroit. I've had it with the Lions. I have picked them most of the year, only to get burned by trying to pick the upset of all upsets. I'm done with 'em. Cheeseheads by 13.
Giants at Minnesota. Giants, the "Best Team in the NFL" in early October, have battled back, winning two in a row, and play at a splintered Vikings outfit. Favre or no Favre, Giants better on defense. New York 31-20.
Broken nose and broken foot, Big Ben will take it to the Bengals. Thanks to the man who shampoos his hair every 30 seconds on TV. That would be Troy Palamalu. Steelers beat Cincy by 20 unless there is more snow. Then its by 30.
St. Louis has its third straight road game. How can the league pull that one? At any rate, the Rams won its first road game in 25 games two weeks ago, and won on the road again last weekend. Can they make it a third. Tough to do, considering it is at New Orleans. Saints get it done, 34-10.
The 49er's are on the brink of firing Mike Singletary. One last gasp? No. Seattle wins at Candlestick. Bad game, though. 14-10 Seahawks.
Jets host Miami. Despite last week's blowout by New England, Miami gets beat here. I am still amazed the Dolphins have won six games.
Many thinking Denver will get a win with the coaching change, and heading for a bad Arizona. This could be the worst game of the year. 6-3 Arizona.
Kansas City will likely lose QB Cassel with the appendectomy this week. Also on the road at San Diego. As goofy as the Chargers play from week to week, it is always a shaky pick, but the Chargers win this one 35-27.
Baltimore just can't score, even with the upgrade. They struggle again after losing a heartbreaker to Pittsburgh. Texans in the upset in Houston, 20-16.
And finally, Philly at Dallas. The thought of Tony Romo coming back soon may not be the best news for Cowboy fans. Lets face it, Jon Kitna is not too shabby. Maybe he should stay the starter. At any rate, if Vick gets hurt for the Eagles, the season ends for them. Vick still healthy. Go with the visiting Eagles, 37-28.
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