So, here goes, my picks for this week:
Green Bay at Detroit: One year removed from “the stomp” the Packers and Aaron Rodgers roll into Detroit to exploit the Lions’ depleted secondary. Green Bay takes over first place in the NFC North when they win and the Bears lose Monday night.
Green Bay 31 Detroit 19
Arizona at Atlanta: This one’s a no-brainer. Atlanta’s coming off their first loss of the season and all Arizona knows how to do lately is lose.
Atlanta 38 Arizona 13
Dallas at Cleveland: Dallas isn’t a bad team; Cleveland has an excellent defense. In this one I have to go with the team concept.
Dallas 24 Cleveland 16
Cincinnati at Kansas City: One of these weeks the Chiefs are going to surprise a good team. They nearly did it last week. This might be the week.
Kansas City 20 Cincinnati 17
New York Jets at St. Louis: The Rams defense will shut down the hapless Jets in this one and the Tebow controversy continues.
St. Louis 23 Jets 10
Philadelphia at Washington: The Eagles troubles just continue to spiral out of control as Andy Reid’s time in Philly dwindles. Washington shows some stuff today.
Washington 28 Eagles 17
Tampa Bay at Carolina: The Buccaneers have shown they can win, though they aren’t quite good enough for prime time. Carolina is just not consistent enough.
Tampa Bay 20 Carolina 12
Jacksonville at Houston: The Texans should win this easily, but Jacksonville has had the propensity of stick around late in games. However, they won’t be able to pull this one out as the Texans’ defense makes one more big play.
Houston 26 Jacksonville 20
New Orleans at Oakland: Drew Brees will chew up the Raiders’ defense in this one and New Orleans continues its roll.
New Orleans 33 Oakland 20
San Diego at Denver: The time for Norv Turner’s exit inches closer. Peyton Manning only adds one more nail in his coffin today.
Denver 26 San Diego 13
Baltimore at Pittsburgh: This is always a slugfest and tonight will be no different. Well, I guess the only difference is that the Ravens won’t have Ben Roethlisgberger to kick around tonight.
Baltimore 17 Pittsburgh 13
Chicago at San Francisco: Jason Campbell will look like the deer in Wisconsin this weekend when he faces the San Francisco defense Monday night. Expect a rather low-scoring affair, but the Bears won’t be on the high side of that low score.
San Francisco 16 Chicago 10