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A good weekend for the picks; I went 11-3 for an overall record of 74-41. There are some elimination games this weekend – win or wait for next year. A few coaching staffs can see the writing on the wall.

On to the picks:

Indianapolis Colts (5-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) - Amazing Luck! at Misery
How has the NFL Network ended up with such bad games? Andrew Luck is every bit as advertised. The Jags are awful. Watch the Jags win to spite me. Pick: Colts

Denver Broncos (5-3) at Carolina Panthers (2-6) – Peyton’s Place at A Cam Sighting
A week ago the Broncos were the IT team. People have moved on already after that so-so showing this past weekend. The Panthers decided to show up for a game. I trust Peyton more than Cam. Pick: Broncos

N.Y. Giants (6-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) - The Champs at Sophomore Slumps
The Giants D-Line was called soft this week by the coach. OUCH. I feel bad for Andy Dalton since he will feel their wrath. The Bengals are slowly falling apart. They need a win in the worst way, but not this week. Pick: Giants

Tennessee Titans (3-6) at Miami Dolphins (4-4) – On Notice! at Better than Expected
Bud Adams blew a gasket after watching his team stink up the joint against the Bears. He’s cheap, so I don’t expect him to eat many contracts, but there will be changes this offseason since they will lose another one against the very surprising Dolphins. Dolphins lost a game they needed but aren’t done. Pick: Dolphins

Detroit Lions (4-4) at Minnesota Vikings (5-4) - Rebounding at Not so raging Hordes
These teams confuse me. Lions have issues and the Vikings are a team that needs more – something. Lions are slowly getting it together while the Vikings had it together early in the season. Honestly, I’m not sure who to pick so I’ll go with the team that will give me fantasy points. Pick: Lions

Oakland Raiders (3-5) at Baltimore Ravens (6-2) – New raging hordes at Not Contenders
On paper, this should be a mismatch. However, the Ravens D is a shell of its former glory and the O is having trouble finding the gear shift; they’re in neutral right now. Raiders- they compete, except when giving up hundreds of yards on the ground to a rookie RB. Maybe Ray Rice will get some touches. Pick: Ravens

Buffalo Bills (3-5) at New England Patriots (5-3) – Overrated at The Empire
The Bills are bad and overpaid. The Empire is back from London. No sure if the Sith are complaining this week, but I’m sure something has them mad. A playoff bye is there for the taking in the AFC. I expect an offensive explosion out of the Empire this weekend.  Pick: Empire

San Diego Chargers (4-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4) – Fire Norv! at Pirates Ahoy!
Chargers are on the road in the Eastern Time Zone against a very tough Bucs team. If you have Doug Martin,  play him again. Norv needs to keep winning, but I’m not sure this is going to be close. In Rivers I trust not! Pick: Buccaneers

Atlanta Falcons (8-0) at New Orleans Saints (3-5) – Prove it in the Post Season at Not this Season
If the Saints win, they might have a shot at the post season. Lose and that is pretty much it. No one is talking about the Falcons because they talked about them for the last three years and they flamed out in their first playoff game. Until they win that first game – NO ONE CARES. Still, unbeaten at this point is impressive. Pick: Falcons

N.Y. Jets (3-5) at Seattle Seahawks (5-4) – Media Hos at Not Sleepwalking in Seattle
Another game with major implications. Jets need to win to hope for a playoff shot while the Seahawks have to keep pace in the NFC. Beating the Vikes put them in the driver’s seat, but there is a lot of football left. The Jets…they are a mess and have lots of injuries and are playing in a very tough place. The mocking Tebow chants will be hounding the Jets by the 4th quarter. Pick: Seahawks

Dallas Cowboys (3-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) - Egomaniacs at Bye Andy
Elimination game. Winner has a chance, loser is done. Cowboys are a better mess than the Eagles. The Andy Reid countdown has started. I am so mad that I am actually doing this. I hate the Cowboys! Pick: Cowboys (I need a shower!)

St. Louis Rams (3-5) at San Francisco 49ers (6-2) – Rebuilding with Jeff at We Will BREAK YOU!
Rams got crushed in London. The Niners are still a team that will break you in two pieces and laugh while doing it. This might get ugly. Pick: 49ers

Houston Texans (7-1) at Chicago Bears (7-1) – Great Expectations at Midway Maulers
Game of the Week. The Texans don’t play well past their bed time. Night games aren’t their thing. The Monsters of the Midway should be mobsters; they will rob you blind. Jay may be snarly but he is getting the job done. I have a feeling that Barwin and Watt will be sitting on him a few times. Pick: Bears

Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) – Terrible at Old & Rusty
The Chiefs are just BAD. The Steelers may be old and they may be rusty, but they are still the Steelers! The Chiefs already have QB issues and after this game they will be on starter number three. Pick: Steelers

Bye: Arizona, Green Bay, Washington, Cleveland

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Comment Preferences

  •  I'd like to see Dick Morris' Football Predictions (4+ / 0-)

    Dick Morris' upset special:

    Kansas City 45 - Pittsburgh 0

  •  NOLA homer here... (3+ / 0-)

    ... have to take exception with your pick of dirty birds over the home team.  Saints will be fired up, defense is perfecting its strategy of wearing out the opposing offenses by letting them run themselves to exhaustion, Brees will do whatever he needs to do to win this game (could be 450+ yards passing).  Hey, I'm a homer, what did you expect?

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:22:43 AM PST

  •  Only one disagreement, and it surprises me (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Farkletoo, IB JOHN, Texdude50

    Oh, ye of little faith! I'm guessing also that you think that outside in the cold at night presents a lot of problems for your team, hence the Bears pick.  The Bears are my default team when the 49ers are doing terribly so I SHOULD be agreeing with you on this game, but I'm not. This is exactly the game the Texans need to win to show that FINALLY they belong in the conversation with the Patriots and the Ravens.  I think the team knows that, and I think they'll rise to the occasion.

    Of course, if it's snowing, all bets are off.

    12-2 last week (I was right about the Eagles) and 82-49 for the season.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:37:57 AM PST

    •  While I love the Texans (1+ / 0-)
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      Dave in Northridge

      I mean that with all sincerity because Conner Barwin is funny and a major gay rights supporter, Shaun Cody is insane, there are divas on the team and JJ Watt is a true beast, but until they show me a good win in prime time, I'll have to pause. It could be a good game. And if they get after Cutler like they can, then the Bears are in trouble.

      I should've named Cowboy- Eagles game as the Someone is getting Fired Bowl.

      The Spice must Flow!

      by Texdude50 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:55:11 AM PST

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  •  I was 0-3 in my disagreements with your picks (0+ / 0-)

    last week. But I was 1-1 in my presidential pick so I think I came out ahead!

    I am going with the iggles this week. It is a must win game and they are at home.

    I agree that Andy is on the clock. The fans will be wishing he was back after a couple of seasons without him.

    Good predictions this week, again, TD50!

    Go Ravens! Go Eagles!

    "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room." - President Merkin Muffley

    by Farkletoo on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:56:58 AM PST

  •  I disagree on the Chargers. (0+ / 0-)

    Of course I live in San Diego, so I'm a biased by my heart and not my head. I will say that San Diego does seem to gather some steam at this point in the season based on prior years. The defense is playing better now. I see the turnovers falling for the Chargers in a close game. Chargers by 3.

    What are their names and on what street do they live-David Crosby-"If I Could Only Remember My Name"

    by IB JOHN on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:57:31 AM PST

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