So Nighthawk is unable to make his picks this week, so I was asked to pinch-hit.
A couple changes from the norm.
1. I will be picking the game and not against the spread. As Herm Edwards says "You play to wint the game!" Not the spread. Not once in my life have I given points to someone in a bet. I have taken them though, usually to my benefit.
2. The picks this week will probably be much better than usual, because I am doing them.
3. Nighthawk will probably be bragging next week at me going 2-12 or something like that.
Without further wait onto the picks.
San Diego at Buffalo
Tough game to choose. Bills QB Trent Edwards was knocked out of the game last week with a concussion. I expect him to be a little gun-shy this week against a tough SD defense.
Pick: San Diego
New Orleans at Carolina
I have learned to not bet on New Orleans due to their unpredictability. The Panthers have the advantage playing at home on a grass surface which will negate the Saints speed.
Minnesota at Chicago
Kyle Orton is playing efficient mistake free football this season. Meanwhile Minnesota has been playing the 2 headed atrocity that is Tavaris Jackson/Gus Frerotte. Minnesota's only hope is their running attack spearheaded by Adrian Petersen. The Bears run defense should limit big plays though. See above for comments about a dome team playing outdoors on grass.
Pittsburgh at Cinncinnati
Even if the Bungles had Carson Palmer playing, this game would still be a lock for the Steelers. Big Ben is undefeated in Ohio since he entered the NFL. Expect a big game from Mewelde Moore and the Steelers run game. If Moore can gash Jacksonville for 99 yards imagine what he'll do to the Bungles run D
Tennessee at Kansas City
While I have doubts about Kerry Collins leading a footbal team anywhere in the playoffs, he should be able to lead the Titans to a victory against the Larry Johnson-less Cheifs who was suspended for this game.
Baltimore at Miami
The Dolphins have been winning with solid defense and smoke and mirrors on offense. Baltimore has a good defense but no explosiveness on offense.
San Francisco at New York Giants
Last week the Giants lost against the Browns because they were looking ahead to the 49's. Yeah, I'm sure that's what happenend. Either way, the 49's aren't going to fly across the country and beat the defending Super Bowl champs.
Dallas at St. Louis
Romo is out (probably), so is Felix Jones, Terrance Newman, Adam Jones and Anthony Spencer. So of course I'm going to pick the Rams right? Wrong. Brad Johnson is a Super Bowl Champion QB, and I think he will do just enough to win. If I'm wrong, feel free to told me I told you so.
Detroit at Houston
This is simple. Never bet on Detroit. Especially on the road.
Indianopolis at Green Bay
Indy looked great last week against Baltimore's defense. I can't bet against them. Even on the road.
NY Jets at Oakland
This is easy. Never bet on Oakland, especially when they have a coach with 3 weeks experience.
Pick: NY Jets
Cleveland at Washingon
I hate both teams. Cleveland because well it is Cleveland and Washington because my old boss who I despise has wet dreams about the Joe Gibbs era.
Pick: No pick but I'm rooting for the Browns and Redskins team buses to crash and explode on the way to the stadium.
Seattle at Tampa Bay
Easy pick here. Seattle sucks this season. Jeremy Stevens gets revenge on his old team. For what I don't know, but Tampa Bay wins.
Pick: Tampa Bay
Denver at New England
Denver's run defense sucks but Laurence Maroney is probably out. So that is a wash. Jay Cutler and the Broncos secondary is better than New England's on both accounts.
Round 2, Game 2
5 years ago