New York Jets @ Baltimore
Its time for the Ravens to start summoning a little pride to make a run to save their season. They’re going to play three straight at home, beginning with the Jets. Ray Rice began to show a little life last week in the loss to Chicago, if Baltimore can get him going again then they’ll be tough to beat at home.
Pick: Baltimore 23, New York 10
Pittsburgh @ Cleveland
Speaking of an AFC North team looking for some life, the Steelers have found some over the last few weeks. They’ve finally started to produce more than 19 points a game on offense, and they’ve got their eyes on a late run to get back into the division picture.
Pick: Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 13
Tampa Bay @ Detroit
Tampa Bay is actually on a two-game winning streak. It’s time for that to come to an end. The Lions need to win this game at home to help continue to keep pace with the rest of the contenders in the NFC North.
Pick: Detroit 31, Tampa Bay 17
Minnesota @ Green Bay
The Packers finally get a bit of break by lining up against an opposing starting quarterback that is worse than their current one. Must-win situation for the Pack at home, Minnesota takes another embarrassing loss.
Pick: Green Bay 20, Minnesota 14
Jacksonville @ Houston
As long as Gary Kubiak doesn’t make any more bizarre quarterback changes in the middle of the game, the Houston losing streak should finally end this week.
Pick: Houston 27, Jacksonville 17
San Diego @ Kansas City
Chief Andy enjoyed a nine-game winning streak to start the year. Now I think its time for the Chiefs to face the reality that they just simply aren’t as good as their record says they are. San Diego goes out to Arrowhead and pulls off the upset.
Pick: San Diego 24, Kansas City 17
Carolina @ Miami
The Panthers are for real. Sean McDermott’s defense anchors another win.
Pick: Carolina 27, Miami 13
Chicago @ St. Louis
If the Rams were at full strength, I would like them to take down the Bears at home. However, Kellen Clemens is still the quarterback. Although he’s done a good job, Josh McCown is running Marc Trestman’s offense at a high enough level that I still like the Bears to come away with a tough road win.
Pick: Chicago 24, St. Louis 20
Indianapolis @ Arizona
The Colts are well-rested after playing in Week 11’s Thursday night game. Arizona just doesn’t impress me. Carson Palmer is a turnover-bomb that is waiting to detonate at any minute.
Pick: Indianapolis 27, Arizona 13
Tennessee @ Oakland
Matt McGloin didn’t look half bad while leading the Raiders to victory over the Texans. The Titans are starting to fade fast with Jake Locker out for the season, and I don’t think they have a road-win in them this week.
Pick: Oakland 21, Tennessee 13
Dallas @ New York Giants
The Giants have themselves back in the thick of the NFC East picture after ripping off four in a row. Dallas has been such a hot-and-cold team all year. On a good day, they can put it all together and hang with the top teams in the league. On other days, they look the textbook definition of mediocrity. Its been awhile since Dallas has looked really good, and I have the feeling that they’re due for one of their better efforts tomorrow.
Pick: Dallas 33, New York 20
Denver @ New England
Its Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning once again. I think this is a tough spot for Denver. They’ve just come off a huge victory against the Chiefs, and actually have to face them again in a week. Brady and the Pats now return home, angry after losing their game to Carolina on a questionable non-call. Its a rough road trip for Denver, and I think they lose their second game of the season.
Pick: New England 33, Denver 27
Washington @ San Francisco
The Redskins are all but dead in the water, and the 49ers will be desperate for a win after losing a couple of tough games.
Pick: San Francisco 38, Washington 27