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Last week sucked! The powers of prognostication went tumbling down as the second slate of games started rolling. I went 6-8 and now sit at 43-31 for the season.

Look at the standings and only Houston and Baltimore have winning records in the AFC; everyone else is .500 or worse. The Texans and Ravens meet Sunday at noon to get the inside track for the overall 1 seed in the AFC.

Picks are below.

Seattle (4-2) at San Francisco (4-2) Northwest haymakers at Needs to get it in Gear
 This game starts the weekend with a  battle for first place in the NFC West. The Niners laid an egg last week and Rookie Russell rallied to defeat the Empire. He’s on the road facing a very mad Niner team. Pick: 49ers

Baltimore (5-1) at Houston (5-1) The Contenders at Great Expectations
 The Texans laid an egg last week and the Ravens come in without a D. No sympathy from me. The Raven’s O has looked off for 2 weeks and the Texans want to avenge the playoff loss last year. Pick: Texans

Tennessee (2-4) at Buffalo (3-3) Bad but not Terrible at All Confused
 This game has clunker written all over it. Titans shocked the Steelers and the Bills managed to beat an overrated Cardinals team. I flipped a coin. Pick: Bills

Washington (3-3) at NY Giants (4-2) Wonderboy at The Champs
A major rivalry game. Giants are at home after a huge road win. The ‘Skins made the Vikings appear mortal. This game places the Giants in firm control of the NFC East. Pick: Giants

New Orleans (1-4) at Tampa Bay (2-3) Not this Season at The Pirates
 This game stinks! I have no faith in the Bucs and the Saints are a mess. However, the Saints had a week to plot out their offense and find some people to play D. Hope it helps. Pick: Saints

Dallas (2-3) at Carolina (1-4) Egomaniacs at Pouty McPouterson
WHY?!?! Carolina is having a bad year; Regressing as a team and an offense. Meanwhile the stupid Cowboys are in town. How can I possibly pick the Panthers? Guess I’m pouting now. Pick: Cowboys

Cleveland (1-5) at Indianapolis (2-3) Terrible, but under new Ownership at Rollercoaster Rookie
So the VP nominee unit can’t tell the difference between Weedon and McCoy. Neither can anyone else in the league. The Browns should put out a sign that says “Closed for Remodeling will return soon.”  I thought Colts would need that sign, but they are a game team. I trust Luck more than the Brown no-name QBs. Pick: Colts

Green Bay (3-3) at St. Louis (3-3) Recovering Contenders at Midwest Brawlers
The Packers Offense has returned. My fantasy team is happy for a Rodgers sighting! Can they keep it going? The Rams will be good, next year or so, but not this year. Pick: Packers

Arizona (4-2) at Minnesota (4-2) Reverting to Norm at Might be Reverting to Norm
 Two teams playing above their talent levels. The Cardinals offensive line has more holes than a block of Swiss cheese. No QB will survive the season in Arizona; my guess is they start five by week 17. Vikings are chomping to get to a chance to add to sack totals. Pick: Vikings

NY Jets (3-3) at New England (3-3) A Big ol’ Mess at The Empire
The AFC East is full of mediocrity at the moment. The Sith are not used to failure and Lord Tom needs a win to restore order; all the other teams smell the scent of disarray in New England. The Patriots know how to deal with Tebow. That this is a battle for first Place is SAD. Pick: The Empire

Jacksonville (1-4) at Oakland(1-4) Also Terrible at The Black Hole
OH GOOD ##%$!!!! Does anyone care about this game? I’ll take the Raiders because that is a scary place to visit and the Jags stink! Pick: Raiders

Pittsburgh (2-3) at Cincinnati (3-3) Old & Rusty at Sophomore Slumps
Old & Rusty needs to get it going, but they look OLD now. The Bengals had been on a good pace, but not sure what happened. Given the Steelers injuries and age I can’t pick them. Pick: Bengals

Detroit (2-3) at Chicago (4-1) Defanged kitties at The Midway Maulers
The Lions are another mess of a team. The Bears are the real deal as long as Jay keeps his temper under wraps. Maybe those jockstrap wedgies finally got him to behave. Word is the Lions want to be the Lions which mean an uptick in arrests coming soon. Geez. Pick: Bears

BYE: Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego

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