Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Colts were my preseason wildcard pick for the playoffs because of a fairly easy schedule and my boy Andrew Luck. Jacksonville historically is a tough out at home during primetime games, but they don’t have the talent and the Colts have all the momentum.
New York Giants @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals have been better on the road than at home. Although they have the potential to shock a better team, the Giants aren’t ones to usually get caught looking ahead. A loss last week will provide increased focus for the G-men.
Tennessee Titans @ Miami Dolphins
The Titans got embarrassed last week by the Bears. We could see Jake Locker and Ryan Tannehill square off, but won’t know for sure until kickoff. The Dolphins play well at home and have been more consistent as of late.
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
Matt Stafford seems to be exiting his slump which is good news for Lions fans. On the other hand Christian Ponder started the season on fire and has really struggled lately. In a game that likely will come down to the last 2 possessions, I’ll still take Stafford to make the necessary plays. It doesn’t help the Vikings that all world receiver Percy Harvin might not play either.
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots
Anything can happen in football, but the Patriots beating the Bills at Gillette Stadium coming off a bye week is the easiest pick of the week.
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints
When Michael Vick had even 1.5 seconds to throw, he was finding open receivers against the Saints. Matt Ryan will exploit his matchup advantages in the secondary. Moreover, the Falcons won’t be scared to run the ball into the heart of the Saints defense.
San Diego Chargers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Chargers offense isn’t what it used to be, and in actual fact the Bucs offense is playing much better. Travelling across the country never bodes well for the Chargers.
Denver Broncos @ Carolina Panthers
The Panthers are a sneaky upset pick this week. Think about taking them with the points, but straight up, go with Denver.
Oakland Raiders @ Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco and Ray Rice are the new faces of the franchise in Baltimore. The Raiders defense is awful and Carson Palmer will be missing his top two threats in the backfield.
New York Jets @ Seattle Seahawks
I expect the Jets to play inspired football after Rex Ryan was voted the most overrated coach by NFL players. Seattle rarely loses at home though and I can’t see Mark Sanchez making the necessary plays to help the Jets win in such a hostile environment.
*A bad weather game in Seattle screams Tim Tebow.
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles
Unless the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line improves exponentially this week, they don’t stand a chance. Rob Ryan knows how to dial up zone blitzes and with Todd Heremans likely out for the Eagles I can actually see their line playing worse.
St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
The Rams long term prospects are very solid with the gluttony of draft picks they have from the RGIII trade. That being said, the 49ers are simply better in all phases right now.
Houston Texans @ Chicago Bears
What a treat for Sunday Night Football. The Texans defense is better than the Bears offense. The Bears defense is better than the Texans offense, but it’s close.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Season Record: 82-50