NFL Picks: A few ways to make the Viking-Giants game interestingPublished 4:16pm Thursday, October 17, 2013
Here are the picks:
Seattle at Arizona
The Cardinals have been just good enough to make me hesitate on this pick. Plus they’re at home on a Thursday night which gives them an edge.
I just think the Seahawks are too good on both sides of the ball and they need to keep winning now that the 49ers are starting to get going.
SEAHAWKS 21, CARDINALS 13
Tampa Bay at Atlanta
The Falcons looked to be falling completely apart, but then they got a bye week and now they get the dysfunctional Bucs.
FALCONS 27, BUCS 13
Cincinnati at Detroit
This is about the time in the season where the Lions usually stop looking like a playoff time and begin to look like the Lions.
BENGALS 24, LIONS 17
Buffalo at Miami
The Bills have gone through four quarterbacks already – Kevin Kolb, EJ Manuel, Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis. Now they’ve signed Matt Flynn, who seems to be doing a tour of the NFL as a backup quarterback.
DOLPHINS 25, BILLS 20
New England at N.Y. Jets
The Tom Brady love was in full effect last week, even though he was somehow able to get three separate chances at the two-minute drill when there was only like four minutes left in the game. I think the proper credit goes to the Patriot defense for shutting down the Saints on two straight possessions to give Brady a chance.
Now that defense will be without Jerod Mayo for the rest of the year.
I don’t see the Pats going deep in the playoffs, but they will continue to find ways to beat lesser teams.
PATRIOTS 17, JETS 14
Dallas at Philadelphia
I couldn’t trust either of these teams less. One of them looks like an elite squad at times and then their quarterback makes a mind-numbing miscue.
The other team is running a college offense, but playing defense like a high school team.
COWBOYS 34, EAGLES 31
Chicago at Washington
I think Washington is cooked. They’re done.
BEARS 21, REDSKINS 17
St. Louis at Carolina
The Vikings made the Panthers look really good last week and Houston made the Rams look good last week. I’ll go with the Panthers since Cam Newton may finally be ‘getting it.’
PANTHERS 28, RAMS 24
San Diego at Jacksonville
As always, I won’t pick the Jaguars until they prove they can win.
CHARGERS 27, JAGUARS 17
San Francisco at Tennessee
The 49ers won’t have trouble against Ryan Fitzpatrick.
49ERS 28, TITANS 6
Cleveland at Green Bay
The Packers will miss Randall Cobb, but not as much as they would’ve missed him last season. Eddie Lacy has revived the Green Bay running game and the play-action fake is sure to produce plenty of big plays for Jordy Nelson and James Jones.
PACKERS 21, BROWNS 17
Houston at Kansas City
The Texans fans wanted Matt Schaub benched for throwing interceptions for touchdowns in four straight games and then TJ Yates comes in last week and what does he do? Throws a an interception for a touchdown!
You couldn’t make that up.
I wonder what the Texans did to receive such an awful streak of misfortunes.
CHIEFS 28, TEXANS 10
Baltimore at Pittsburgh
The Ravens still got a lot of fight in them and they’re certainly not going to just let the Browns take the AFC North on their watch.
RAVENS 31, STEELERS 17
Denver at Indianapolis
Peyton Manning will be on full vengeance mode for this one. He’s said that he will always be a Colt and hasn’t talked about having hard feelings, but you know it’s got to burn in him deep inside that his team traded him and then handed the franchise over to a rookie named Andrew Luck.
At least when the Green Bay Packers traded Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers had been a back-up in the system for three years and the team had a good idea of what it was giving.
By sending Manning packing for a rookie, even a highly hyped one, the Colts basically told Manning he was washed up and wasn’t a threat anymore.
Needless to say No. 18 will be throwing a lot of TDs on Sunday night.
BRONCOS 49, COLTS 21
Minnesota at N.Y. Giants
Somehow this is a Monday night game. Is there any way they can add props to make it more interesting? For instance, the Vikings have to put in Christian Ponder for at least three plays any time they commit a penalty or the Giants have to make Eli Manning do Victor Cruz’s salsa dance after every one of his interceptions.
VIKINGS 24, GIANTS 17
Last week: 8-6; overall: 53-37