NFL Picks: Vikings add a third QB to the circusPublished 4:01pm Thursday, October 10, 2013
Here are the picks:
N.Y. Giants at Chicago
As much as I’d like to say the Giants are going to rally and play the best game of their season in Chicago, I don’t believe it.
The home team always has the advantage in Thursday night games and the Giants are finished.
BEARS 27, GIANTS 13
Green Bay at Baltimore
The Packers did something crazy and unpredictable last week. They actually committed to the running game and they didn’t just throw deep passes on every down.
The concept worked and if the Pack can keep grinding out possessions, with the run they will keep their defense fresh and they will be a better team.
PACKERS 27, RAVENS 17
Cincinnati at Buffalo
The Bills are just good enough to stay in games, but I don’t see them beating the Bengals.
BENGALS 27, BILLS 23
Detroit at Cleveland
If Calvin Johnson can’t play for the Lions, this game could be a battle to the finish. Detroit’s offense was ineffective without him last week.
LIONS 14, BROWNS 13
Oakland at Kansas City
If the Chiefs win this game, they’ll be 6-0. That’s hard to believe, but that’s what the NFL is now. You can turn your franchise around in a year if everything goes right.
CHIEFS 20, RAIDERS 17
Carolina at Minnesota
The Vikings started Matt Cassel two weeks ago and he looked pretty effective in getting the team’s first win of the season. Then, as only the Vikings can, they made a confusing move by picking up Josh Freeman to add a third quarterback to their three ring circus of a passing game.
I know Freeman was good as a rookie and a second year QB, but when your own team doesn’t even allow you to sit on the sidelines, you now he did something wrong. Plus, Freeman has been wildly erratic and ineffective over the past two seasons. I’m not sure if he’s any better than Cassel or Ponder.
I guess we’ll see.
PANTHERS 28, VIKINGS 24
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets
I thought the Jets would be one of the worst teams in the league headed into the season, and now here they sit at 3-2 and Geno Smith has proven to be a clutch quarterback with two come from behind wins already.
The Steelers may have sealed this season as a lost year when the lost to the Vikes in London.
JETS 20, STEELERS 17
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
We’ll see if the Bucs play any better now that Josh Freeman is out of town.
BUCS 27, EAGLES 24
St. Louis at Houston
I’d like to say this is a big rebound game for Matt Schaub as he looked like he was trying to lose against the 49ers on Sunday night, but after he deleted his twitter account and had fans show up at his house to scold him, I’m not sure things are getting any better for Schaub.
Still, the Texans’ defense should help preserve this win.
TEXANS 13, RAMS 6
Jacksonville at Denver
The Broncos have the most explosive offense in the league and the Jaguars are by far the NFL’s worst squad.
BRONCOS 49, JAGUARS 13
Tennessee at Seattle
The Seahawks might lose a home game this year, but it won’t be to the Titans.
SEAHAWKS 31, TITANS 14
New Orleans at New England
I don’t think Rob Gronkowski coming back from an injury that’s kept him out for the whole season will be enough to help the Pats keep up with the Saints’ high powered offense.
SAINTS 35, PATRIOTS 21
Arizona at San Francisco
This is the Cardinals chance to make some noise in the NFC West and the 49ers really didn’t play that well against the Texans, even though they beat them 34-3. It’s really hard to describe how bad Schaub was in that game and if Houston would’ve had an average performance by their QB that game would’ve gone down the wire.
CARDINALS 27, 49ERS 17
Washington at Dallas
Robert Griffin III has now had a full bye week to get himself into full shape. I’m very interested to see if the Skins bring back the read-option and let Griffin do his thing or if they’ll continue to play it safe as their season slips away.
I know Tony Romo played the game of his life against the Broncos, but let it be known that I still wasn’t surprised with his costly interception on the Cowboys’ last possession. Romo just doesn’t react well to intense pressure.
COWBOYS 37, REDSKINS 24
Indianapolis at San Diego
The Colts are quietly 4-1 and they’re one of the top teams in the AFC. If they end up playing their old quarterback Peyton Manning and the Broncos to go to the Super Bowl, could you imagine the hype of that game?
Maybe we’ll find out.
COLTS 27, CHARGERS 20
Last week: 8-6; overall: 45-31