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NFL Picks: Curse of the Super Bowl loser is striking

Published 12:00pm Thursday, September 26, 2013

Here are the picks:

San Francisco at St. Louis

To say the 49ers had a bad week would be a pretty big understatement. First, Aldon Smith was busted for DUI and then the 49ers lost to the Colts at home, and Smith left the team to go to rehab .

Now Collin Kaepernick is getting on twitter and saying how much he appreciates people ripping on him.

It seems like the curse of the Super Bowl loser is starting to rear its ugly head.

I do think the 49ers will handle their business against the Rams, who don’t have an offense that can put up big points. But I don’t think it will be easy.

49ERS 20, RAMS 17

Baltimore at Buffalo

The Ravens should take care of business on the road.

RAVENS 31, BILLS 21

Cincinnati at Cleveland

The Bengals have a legit front four and a secondary that will make the Browns’ offense look like a high school team.

BENGALS 34, BROWNS 10

Chicago at Detroit

The Bears continue to live off of forcing turnovers and the Lions are prone to committing turnovers.

BEARS 27, LIONS 17

N.Y. Giants at Kansas City

I knew the Giants would be this bad, but I never expected they would be this bad. Their 38-0 loss to the Panthers has to be a low point for the franchise over the past decade.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs are rolling with Andy Reid’s offense, which has turned Jamaal Charles into Brian Westbrook 2.0.

CHIEFS 27, GIANTS 20

Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota in London, England

I don’t know if the Brits were expecting to get two winless teams when they heard the Vikings and Steelers were coming to London going into this year. The Steelers have looked helpless on offense at times, and the Vikings have made some costly mistakes.

Somebody has to win this game, so I’ll go with the team who has a two-time Super Bowl champ at quarterback.

STEELERS 21, VIKINGS 17

Arizona at Tampa Bay

It only took three games for the Bucs to bench Josh Freeman and go with a rookie. I think they were trying to top the Browns on for the ‘Giving up on your team the fastest’ award.

CARDINALS 24, BUCS 13

Indianapolis at Jacksonville

I wonder if the Jags are feeling pressure from the Bucs and Giants in the completion of being the NFL’s worst team.

COLTS 41, JAGUARS 10

Seattle at Houston

The Seahawks aren’t the same team on the road as they are in Seattle.

HOUSTON 17, SEAHAWKS 14

N.Y. Jets at Tennessee

I’m quite surprised that both of these teams are 2-1.

TITANS 14, JETS 10

Philadelphia at Denver

I love how the Peyton Manning bandwagon is picking up again. So far he’s following his normal script.

Have a great regular season, win an MVP, and flame out in the first playoff game.

I don’t see that trend changing this year.

BRONCOS 37, EAGLES 17

Washington at Oakland

Will the real Robert Griffin III please stand up? Griffin just isn’t the same player without his ability to make big plays with his feet.

RAIDERS 27, REDSKINS 17

Dallas at San Diego

This is a classic letdown game for the Cowboys. They’ve built their fans’ hopes up with a big win last week and now it’s time to put them back down.

CHARGERS 31, COWBOYS 27

New England at Atlanta

This is New England’s toughest opponent so far and the Falcons are off to a 1-2 start. With the Sunday Night lights on, I’m expecting for Matt Ryan to be at his best.

He also has a much better group of targets right now than Tom Brady.

FALCONS 27, PATRIOTS 24

Miami at New Orleans

The Dolphins have proven to be legitimate, but I can’t pick against the Saints in the Dome on Monday night.

Last week: 8-8; overall: 30-18

 


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