Yikes! After an 11-5 week 3 ATS, nearly forgot to post these picks, sure to be 5-11 or worse. Today is Oktoberfest in Smithville, NJ, which I’ll have to race to get back in time for the Eagles game today.
|@TENNESSEE||-6½||Denver||I find nothing to reccommend either team. I’ll take … Titans -6½, under protest.|
|@PITTSBURGH||-2½||Baltimore||Charlie Batch. Charlie Batch! Can you imagine? I don’t see a 3TD performance, but the Steelers defense is awfully good, especially at home. Steelers – 2½|
|Cincinnati||-3||@CLEVELAND||The Bengals have won all kinds of games against the AFC North. I just don’t like them, their smartass uniforms, wobbly quarterback, ancient loudmother receivers, etc. Cleveland +3.|
|@GREEN BAY||-14||Detroit||Packers were the Bears’ best friend last week. 18 Penalties! That’s 152 yards! The Bears only passed for 199! Without a healthy Jahvid Best (he has not practiced this week), I just don’t think the Lions have enough offense to stay in the game. Pack -14.|
I’ll take the Saints.
|@ATLANTA||-7||San Francisco||The Mike Singletary watch begins, just after he gives yet another press conference explaining what the team needs to do, instead of having the team actually do it. I think the Falcons are for real, and the ESPN’s Power Rankings are not only useless but comical. How you can rate the Saints over Atlanta 2 days after the Falcons beat them? You can’t, so stop with the ESPN already, except for Greg Easterbrook. Oh! The pick – I like the Falcons again. And I do think there’s something to this West->East Travel stuff. I’m going to do some research on that.|
|Seattle||-1||@ST. LOUIS||Sam Bradford wins again! Seattle had 271 yards of Total Offense last week. Leon Washington had 253 yards in kick returns. That is not happening two weeks in a row.|
|NY Jets||-5½||@BUFFALO||Revis is still out, and the Jet Secondary looks suspect. The Bills are woefully short on talent, but they are gamers with Fitzpatrick at QB. Two road division games for the Jets is awfully tought. I think the Bills can keep a home division game close. I’ll take Buffalo with the points, and risk the wrath of the Foosball Wizard for picking against the Jets for a third week in a row, having lost the previous 2. Insanity? Possibly.|
|Indianapolis||-7||@JACKSONVILLE||Jacksonville always plays Indianapolis tight. I simply can’t take them though. They really, really stink. Trent Edwards.|
|Houston||-3||@OAKLAND||This is a Big Test for the Texans. Coming off a tough loss at home last week, are the Texans good enough to bounce back and win on the road? I think Oakland will be better than last week, and we’ll have a close game. Oakland +3|
|@SAN DIEGO||-8½||Arizona||A so-called Super Bowl contender will not sell out – again – and San Diego will be blacked out again. The NFL is headed for trouble. I think the Chargers win going away, though. Unless Leon Washington flies in after his early game and suits up for Arizona.|
|@PHILADELPHIA||-5½||Washington||Washington stinks. And they have stunk for a long, long time. But this is a divisional game and goofy stuff happens. I think the Eagles win, though. I could go either way, but I’ll go with my Eagles and lay the 5½|
|@NY GIANTS||-3½||Chicago||How on earth are the Giants favored? Expecting a bounce back? That New Meadowlands stadium induces sleep and nausea. I am counting on the Giants dropping 4 INTs. And the Giants starting center is out. That’s a bigger deal than most people think. Chicago somehow wins this snoozefest and somehow goes 4-0.|
|New England||-1||@MIAMI||Miami is going to win this game, because the NFL is, as we all know, fixed, and this keeps the division tight. And the NE pass defense. Phew! This game could be a 56-52 kind of a thing.|