Last week was horrendous to pick. This week, there seems to be just a little more clarity, but, there are still some games which promise to be very competitive.
(4-2-0) Ravens The Falcons can’t seem to get it going. It’s strange because they have some outstanding weapons on offense, and there’s no reason for their defense to suck as badly as they do. The Ravens, OTOH, seem to get the most out of the limited talent they have. Note: “Limited talent” being relative. To simply make it to the NFL means that person has tremendous talent compared to the rest of the population. That said, the Ravens do have exceptional talent at the Wide Receiver position. The reason I mention this is because I would take the Falcon’s receivers over the Raven’s, any day. It’s just that the Ravens are winning with their package. I didn’t think Steve Smith would make the transition to the Ravens. I thought his age would get the best of him. It didn’t and he’s tearing it up. Torrey Smith seems to becoming more involved of recent. Those boys can fly! While I’m on the subject of the Falcons, talent, and not using it properly ….. They have a running back who has some amazing numbers, but, they don’t give him the ball!!! Antone Smith has carried the ball 13 times this year. He’s gained an amazing 126 yards on the carries and has 2 TDs! But, that’s not where the story ends with him. He’s also caught 10 passes and has gained an amazing 220 yards from the 10 catches. A running back! Oh, yeh, and he’s scored 3 TDs with the catches. Why are the Falcons losing? Because their talent sits on the bench. Give that boy the ball!!! Ravens take this one.
(2-4-0) Titans Well, at least this can be a competitive game, but, not in the way people like to watch. Simply put, neither team is very good. Usually, I’d go with the home team in these situations, but, I think as poor as the Titans are, they’re better than the Redskins, which irks me to no end. How would you quell calls to change the Redskins’ name? By winning as “Redskins”. Instead, they’re a bunch of losers. And, because they’re a bunch of losers, I think the Titans will take this one.
(3-2-0) Seahawks Poor Rams. So far, their season is nothing but a bunch of “ifs” and “buts”. Other than their opener, they’ve been in every game. I think at some point they’ll turn the corner and start winning some of the close ones. But, not today. I expect the Seahawks to come into St. Louis with some attitude. The loss last week to the Cowboys has to leave a bad taste in their mouth. It wasn’t so much that they lost, but, how they lost. This will be a game to watch, though. Sometimes a team responds poorly to such events. Other teams of good character use it as fuel. I think the Seahawks will rise instead of letting the loss deflate them. We’ll see.
(3-2-0) Browns Are the Browns for real? ……. I don’t think so. I think they’ve played some poor quality teams. And, this week is no exception. That said, I fully expect the Browns to be 4-2 after this week. Someone tell me, again, why the Jags are not interested in Tebow suiting up for them?
(4-2-0) Colts This is one of the games to watch! It should be a great game! Luck is tearing up the league! But, the Colts do have their weaknesses. For some reason they seem unwilling to give up the notion that Richardson is of a starting running back caliber. He isn’t. Bradshaw is, hands-down, the better RB. And, because they’re stubborn about this, the Bengals have the better running game. How do you beat a team with a hot QB? By running the ball, and keeping the ball out of the QBs hands. I don’t believe the Colts defensive is good enough to stop a very good running game. Will the Bengals recognize this? IDK. But, I do know championship teams are rarely one-dimensional. That said, I think the Colts will prevail this week.
(3-3-0) Bills Well, this is another yawner. But, it’s timely for the Bills if they can win, and I think they will. It’s just one game, but, 4-3 is so much better than 3-3.
(3-3-0) Bears If the above game is a yawner, then this one is doubly so. But, it is a very important game for the Dolphins. If they’re going to have a decent season, then they need to get started. But, watching them this year, they don’t seem so inclined. The Bears need this win to stay in the hunt, and I think they’ll get it. I hope not, but, I think they will.
(4-2-0) Lions Who would have thought the Saints would be in this position in week 7? Megatron is gimpy, but, the Lions are still very tough at home, with or without him. I’m picking the lions in this one.
(4-2-0) Packers This is another great matchup. The Panthers are a tough team, but, the Pack seems to be rolling of late ….. or are they? The Packer wins have come against some mediocre or poor teams, so this will be a test for the Pack.
(5-1-0) Chargers I really feel sorry for the Chiefs and their horrendous schedule. That said, some of the reason why the Chiefs are 2-3 is because ….. well, the Chiefs. Their loss to SF falls squarely on the coaching and their play selection. Charles is one of those backs you have to keep feeding the ball. The Chiefs also have found a find RB in Davis …….. you use these two to open up the pass, not the other way around! And, now they’re going to SD, who are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. While it certainly isn’t beyond the reach of the Chiefs to win this game, I don’t see it as likely.
(4-1-0) Cardinals This should be a nice exercise for Carson Palmer to get ready for a real NFL game next week.
(5-1-0) Cowboys Well, the Cowboys are on fire! But, this is a rivalry game. Current standings mean very little in the Cowboy/Giant matchups. I think the Cowboys have a fine team this year. But, reaching back to the recesses of my memories, when the Cowboys were a perennial powerhouse in the NFL, they always had a game or two in which they just wouldn’t show up to play. They would come off huge wins only to let down the next game …….. As a Cowboy fan, these are the games in which you just hold your breath and hope for the best. Still, I think the ‘Boys will take this one.
(4-1-0) Broncos Woot!!!! Another great matchup! The 9ers and the Broncs! There’s a lot of players to mention and things to note about this game, but, fans already know this stuff. I’ll only point out that they’re playing at Mile High, and that’s a game changer.
(3-3-0) Texans Wow, it seems like only last year this game would have held great interest. Today, the question is ‘which team is better at mediocrity?’ I think the Texans are the better team, but, that’s not saying much, this year.
(1-6-0) Jets 25
(5-2-0) Patriots 27 Brady has continued to quell critics after his slow start. The Jets surprisingly made it a very close game. A note about the Jets. They’ve recently acquired Percy Harvin from the Seahawks. The NY Jets is a place where people’s careers go to die. Harvin is a fine talent and exciting player to watch, but, the Jets coaching staff isn’t very imaginative and they won’t have any idea how to use Harvin.
Well, those are my picks for this week. What do you think?