NFL Picks: Saints and Seahawks will have a showdownPublished 8:08pm Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Here are the picks:
Green Bay at Detroit
The Lions aren’t exactly inspiring confidence after losing to the Bucs and Steelers in back-to-back weeks and the Packers looked a lot better with Matt Flynn at the helm Sunday.
It really doesn’t give Packer a fans a lot of faith in Mike McCarthy and the Packer organization when it took them that long to get Flynn in the lineup after virtually every Packer fan wanted Flynn in as soon as Aaron Rodgers was injured.
Despite that fact, I might as well pick my Pack in an upset.
PACKERS 27, LIONS 25
Oakland at Dallas
The Cowboys usually play well on Thanksgiving Day and the Raiders fell back in what is a loaded AFC playoff race last week.
COWBOYS 34, RAIDERS 20
Pittsburgh at Baltimore
The loser of this game could very well be out of the playoff race. Each team has five losses and there’s a lot of good teams in the AFC. Expect a lot of hard hitting and a lot of trash talking.
STEELERS 17, RAVENS 13
Jacksonville at Cleveland
The Jaguars have somehow looked like a winning football team over the last few weeks.
JAGUARS 17, BROWNS 10
Tennessee at Indianapolis
Andrew Luck is very to beat in Indy.
COLTS 27, TITANS 21
Chicago at Minnesota
The Vikings nearly tasted a win in Green Bay and they looked good enough at times for me to think they can beat a Chicago team that has struggled as much as anyone in the last few weeks.
VIKINGS 20, BEARS 17
Miami at N.Y. Jets
I can’t get a grasp on the Jets or Geno Smith. They lost by 25 to the Titans and they lost by 23 to the Bills, but they also beat the Patriots and Saints. They might be the strangest NFL team in recent memory.
JETS 13, DOLPHINS 6
Arizona at Philadelphia
Both of these teams are hitting their strides right now.
CARDINALS 27, EAGLES 25
Tampa Bay at Carolina
The Panthers are legit.
PANTHERS 31, BUCS 17
New England at Houston
The Patriots are starting to look like themselves on offense again and their defense is managing to stay in games, despite not being able to stop the run.
PATRIOTS 38, TEXANS 17
Atlanta at Buffalo
I think Atlanta gave up on the season a long time ago.
BILLS 27, FALCONS 17
St. Louis at San Francisco
The Rams bring a dangerous front four, but I don’t see them being that dangerous in San Francisco.
49ERS 19, RAMS 13
Denver at Kansas City
The Chiefs get another shot at Peyton Manning and they have to feel good as Manning literally looked like old man winter as he watched the Pats come back from down 24 to beat his Broncos. I don’t think Peyton likes the cold and it could be a bit chilly in KC Sunday.
He’ll also have to deal with a packed Arrowhead Stadium, which is one of the toughest places to play in the NFL.
CHIEFS 30, BRONCOS 27
Cincinnati at San Diego
The Bengals have two more wins than S.D., but the Chargers are playing better football right now.
CHARGERS 24, BENGALS 17
N.Y. Giants at Washington
This game would’ve been more interesting if either of these teams had a chance at the postseason, but I think they’re both done.
GIANTS 17, REDSKINS 10
New Orleans at Seattle
The Seahawks are losing two of their cornerbacks to suspensions at the worst time possible. Drew Brees will find the holes in Seattle’s defense and this is a golden opportunity for the Saints to make a big move on home field advantage.
SAINTS 27, SEAHAWKS 17
Last week: 6-8; overall: 99-71