Dallas @ Detroit
Detroit is a very tough place to go on the road and win. I don’t think the Cowboys have three straight wins in them, and I don’t think the Lions are going to drop two consecutive games in their building. I think the Dallas defense comes back down to earth this week and will have trouble accounting for Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson.
Pick: Detroit 31, Dallas 27
San Francisco @ Jacksonville
Things are going to get worse for the Jaguars before they get better. San Francisco rolls into their bye week with an easy victory.
Pick: San Francisco 38, Jacksonville 13
Cleveland @ Kansas City
Want to know a big reason why Andy Reid is 7-0 right now? He keeps facing bad teams with bad quarterbacks. Already Reid has beaten the Jaguars and the worst starting quarterback in the NFL Blaine Gabbert, the Giants and turnover-prone Eli Manning, the Titans with Ryan Fitzpatrick filling in for Jake Locker, and the Texans and their third-stringer Case Keenum. Who does Reid face this week? The Cleveland Browns who are now on their third different starting quarterback this season, Jason Campbell.
Pick: Kansas City 20, Cleveland 16
Miami @ New England
After a surprising 3-0 start, the Dolphins have quickly fallen out off of the map by losing three straight, including last week’s embarrassing loss at home to the Bills and practice squad quarterback Thad Lewis. They’ll now travel to New England to see Tom Brady and the Patriots, who will no doubt be ready to roll after a frustrating loss to the Jets.
Pick: New England 34, Miami 20
Buffalo @ New Orleans
Thad Lewis runs into a pretty tough defense this week. The Saints are fresh off of their bye week, and should roll over the scrappy Bills at home.
Pick: New Orleans 27, Buffalo 13
New York @ Philadelphia
The Giants finally got a win last week, but it came under the ugliest of circumstances. New York still turns the football over at a record-setting pace, and the running back situation only looks worse and worse with Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox now leading the New York backfield. The Eagles are overdue for a home victory, and should rebound after a bad loss to the Cowboys.
Pick: Philadelphia 27, New York 24
New York @ Cincinnati
The Bengals have found ways to win a lot of tough games throughout the first half of this season. The Jets are an up-and-down team, and I think this is one of their down weeks.
Pick: Cincinnati 24, New York 23
Pittsburgh @ Oakland
The Steelers have gotten themselves back on their feet, having won two in a row. However, they’ve now got a tough task in front of them. Traveling out west is never easy for an east coast team, and the Raiders have had two weeks to prepare for this game. The Steelers haven’t proven that they can score more than 20 points in a game, and I think they take a step back this week and drop a game to Terrelle Pryor and the Raiders.
Pick: Oakland 24, Pittsburgh 16
Atlanta @ Arizona
The Falcons are still in must-win mode. They need every game that they can get, and they should be able to go on the road and pick up a second straight win against an Arizona team that just isn’t very good.
Pick: Atlanta 31, Arizona 20
Washington @ Denver
The Redskins have finally begun to show signs of life, but Peyton Manning and the Broncos are going to be eager to get themselves right after a frustrating loss to the Colts.
Pick: Denver 45, Washington 31
Green Bay @ Minnesota
The NFL was very cruel to give the Vikings two straight prime-time games. The Vikings have no defense, and the quarterback situation continues to be a revolving door with Christian Ponder apparently set to return to the starting lineup now that newcomer Josh Freeman has a concussion.
Pick: Green Bay 38, Minnesota 17
Seattle @ St. Louis
Kellen Clemens gets his first start in several years, and he gets to face one of the league’s top defenses. Its going to be another one-sided prime time affair.
Pick: Seattle 27, St. Louis 9