NFL Picks: I never knew the Eagles would be this badPublished 5:13pm Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Here are the picks:
Philadelphia at Seattle
It’s a short week for both teams, but Seattle is still a tough place to play and it couldn’t help that Eagles fans were chanting ‘Fire Reid!’ last week.
I was never impressed with the signings Philly made in the offseason – besides former Packer Cullen Jenkins – but I thought they’re talent from last year would at least get them into the playoffs.
It’s hard to blame Andy Reid, however, as this has been one of his few hiccups of his tenure. You can’t throw out many years of success because of one blunder.
SEAHAWKS 24, EAGLES 19
Tennessee at Buffalo
While I thought Stevie Johnson’s celebration where he mocked Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the foot was pretty funny, it definitely wasn’t worth a 15-yard penalty in a close game. Fate or karma seemed to intervene when the Bills shanked the ensuing kickoff, allowing the Jets to tie the game up at 17 on a short field.
The Bills just can’t do much right at this point.
TITANS 23, BILLS 10
Kansas City at Chicago
The start of Caleb Hanie’s stint as a starter didn’t go too well last week. Of course, the same can be said about KC’s Tyler Palko, who was equally bad against the Steelers Monday night.
The Chiefs have former Bear Kyle Orton, but I have no clue if he’s ready to go yet.
The Bears defense should be the difference in this one.
BEARS 27, CHIEFS 10
Oakland at Miami
Welcome back Raider Nation. Oakland is in prime position to get back to the playoffs. They just have to keep running the ball and let Carson Palmer make the easy throws, not the hard ones.
RAIDERS 28, DOLPHINS 17
Denver at Minnesota
I like Tim Tebow, I really do. But ESPN’s Skip Bayless’s love affair with the man is making me hope for a reality check to hit the Broncos.
Tebow’s biggest strength, and some would say his only strength, has been ball control. The Broncos are able to have long drives with short plays because they haven’t turned the ball over at all under Tebow.
The Metrodome can still get pretty loud on a Sunday afternoon, especially when the Vikings have a chance to play spoilers.
I say the pressure finally catches up to Tebow and he commits two costly turnovers. But Bayless will blame the defense or the kicker.
VIKINGS 19, BRONCOS 12
Indianapolis at New England
There’s not a whole lot to say here. The Colts are finished and the Pats are probably starting to hit their stride.
PATRIOTS 44, COLTS 10
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
The Bengals have been a great success story this year, but I don’t think that story ends with them in the postseason. The Steelers usually finish stronger than they start and they’ll handle their business at home.
STEELERS 30, BENGALS 13
Carolina at Tampa Bay
The Panthers almost let one slip away against the Colts last weekend. That’s not a good thing.
BUCS 23, PANTHERS 20
N.Y. Jets at Redskins
The Jets still have something to play for and they will embrace their newfound underdog tag.
JETS 24, REDSKINS 17
Atlanta at Houston
Did you know the Texans are tied with the Patriots and Ravens for the best record in the AFC? This team doesn’t get enough credit.
I don’t know what rookie quarterback T.J. Yates, who is now Houston’s No. 1 QB after Matt Leinart was knocked out for the year, is capable of but I do know he’ll have an extra week to prepare this time around.
He also has a lot of good players around him.
TEXANS 29, FALCONS 26
Baltimore at Cleveland
The Ravens have lost some games they’re not supposed to this year. After a big win over the 49ers and a week and a half to bask in their one-game AFC North Lead, this could be one of those weeks.
BROWNS 17, RAVENS 13
Green Bay at N.Y. Giants
The Packers destroyed the Giants in a must-win game for both teams last season. This time it’s only a really important game for the Giants and the game is in New York, but I expect a similar result.
PACKERS 33, GIANTS 20
Dallas at Arizona
If the Cards had a quarterback, they’d be feisty in this one. However, Dallas will continue to put its grasp on the NFC East.
COWBOYS 27, CARDINALS 17
St. Louis at San Francisco
Alex Smith took way too many sacks in a loss at Baltimore. I think the 49ers will stay on the ground against the Rams.
49ERS 20, RAMS 3
Detroit at New Orleans
The Saints are almost unbeatable in the dome and the Lions are looking more like the Lions as we know them every day.
SAINTS 37, LIONS 20
San Diego at Jacksonville
The Chargers have lost six straight and I can’t pick them over anyone right now. Even if the Jags have as rookie quarterback and just fired their head coach.
JAGS 20, CHARGERS 17
Last week: 13-3; overall: 110-64