After 3 weeks with the replacement refs, I was sitting with a .500 record on my weekly pick’em (unlike some, I took my lumps for the Packers Faily Mary defeat). Last week we got the regular officials back and going 11-4 with my picks was a nice way to celebrate their return. Hopefully order has been restored to the galaxy. Time will tell.
Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams
The NFC West race is shaping up to be a good one. The Cardinals offense has struggled, but they have the weapons to make big plays. Defensively both teams are solid, even though the Cardinals allowed Ryan Tannehill to break Dan Marino’s single game record for passing yardage. Bradford is better than Tannehill.
Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Dolphins have been very competitive this season, but just can’t seem to translate solid effort into wins. The Bengals will have to rely on Andy Dalton’s arm this week as the Dolphins run defense is extremely strong. Look for AJ Green to once again have a big day.
Green Bay Packers @ Indianapolis Colts
This is a trap game plain and simple. The Colts are at home, coming off a bye week. They will no doubt be inspired to play well for their Head Coach Chuck Pagano who is currently undergoing treatment for Leukemia. Andrew Luck has the highest QBR of any QB this season. The Packers are missing Greg Jennings. If the Colts defense was slightly better, or the Packers offense wasn’t incredible, I’d take the upset, but the Pack are down in the NFC North race and should be focused…
Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs
I really thought the Chiefs would be competitive this season. Romeo Crennel is a great defensive coordinator, but doesn’t seem to have what it takes as a head coach. The Harbaugh’s definitely do.
Cleveland Browns @ New York Giants
The Giants will need to be on point as the Browns will start playing with nothing to lose. That being said, this is the defending world champs quarterbacked by Eli Manning against the most dismal franchise in the last decade quarterbacked by Brandon Weeden. Every game that goes by, the Browns get one step closer to the Geno Smith/Matt Barkley era.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Pittsburgh Steelers
If you watch the Eagles, they look out of sync and similar to last year. That being said, they are 3-1. I don’t think they can play much worse offensively, which is scary to think about considering they are 3-1. I’ll stick with the Eagles over a Pittsburgh team with no running game.
Atlanta Falcons @ Washington Redskins
Expect a huge day from Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense. The Redskins lost 2 of their 3 best pass rushers for the season which means a red hot Ryan will have time in the pocket to pick apart a mediocre secondary. Could be a high scoring game in Washington.