Mac's Picks - Week Ten

Today is November 10th, 2006, and I'm sitting in an Internet café typing out this column because my hotel stuck me in a room that does not have a high-speed modem or a data center I can work in. At least the chai latte is treating me well on this lovely, rainy morning in Seattle.

Time is short, so I'm just going to get to the picks.

Last Week: 6-8
2006 Season: 53-71-4

Baltimore (-7 ½) at Tennessee - I hate that I appear to be dead wrong about Brian Billick firing Jim Fassel and running the offense himself. The move has paid off in a pair of wins for the Ravens, and Baltimore now has a 2-game lead in the AFC North. Pick: Ravens -7 ½

Buffalo at Indianapolis (-11 ½) - With their brutal schedule the last two weeks, and their inability to come within shouting distance of stopping the run, playing Willis McGahee and the Buffalo Bills would appear to be a "trap" game for the Colts. Well, McGahee is out indefinitely, and that pretty much means Nick Buoniconti the '72 Dolphins can keep the cork in their champagne bottles. Pick: Colts -11 ½

Cleveland at Atlanta (-7 ½) - After looking very sloppy in Detroit, the Falcons need to get back to basics this week. Back to basics in Hotlanta means running the ball 35 times with Warrick Dunn and Mike Vick and not letting Vick make mistakes to keep a team like Cleveland in the game. Pick: Falcons -7 ½

Green Bay at Minnesota (-5) - I know Brett Favre is terrible in domed stadiums. I know that Minnesota is very good against the run, which could make the Packers one-dimensional. Still, how can you have any confidence in an offense that hasn't scored a touchdown since mid-October? Pick: Packers +5

Houston at Jacksonville (-10 ½) - This is my least favorite game this week, primarily because I have no idea which version of these teams will show. Will Houston be the team that beat the Jaguars 27-7 and hung tough, on the road, against the New York Giants, or will the team that turned to Sage Rosenfels two weeks ago show up? Jacksonville is equally inconsistent, but I like the way they're playing with David Garrard under center. Pick: Jaguars -10 ½

Kansas City (-1) at Miami - I hope the Dolphins savored every last minute of that win over Chicago last week, because that is going to be the game featured on their NFL Films "2006 Miami Dolphins" highlight DVD. Pick: Chiefs -1

NY Jets at New England (-10 ½) - With a win, the Patriots basically clinch the AFC East. The phrase "two game losing streak" isn't in the Patriots vocabulary, and after the Jets played them tight in September, I expect Belichick to go medieval on his former subordinate this weekend. Pick: Patriots -10 ½

San Diego (-1 ½) at Cincinnati - As much as I enjoyed Chad Johnson's end zone celebrations last year, for some reason, I find them to be mostly annoying this year. I mean, the whole "Ocho Cinco" thing is a rip-off of what Clinton Portis does in D.C., right? Now #85 is whining about how he's used in the Bengals offense. As long as attitudes and egos like this go unchecked in the Bengals locker room, that team will never get to the Super Bowl. Pick: Chargers -1 ½
(Marty Schottenheimer is why the Chargers won't, either)

San Francisco at Detroit (-6) - The more I see from Lions WR Roy Williams, the more I like. The more I hear from Williams, the less I like. After another solid outing, Williams declared that the Detroit Lions were the "best 2-6 team in the league". That's not something to be boastful about, Roy. Pick: Lions -6

Washington at Philadelphia (-7) - Last week, the Redskins snapped a 3-game losing streak by beating a divisional opponent at home. Philadelphia has lost three in a row and will host the Redskins this week. That's what I like to call "symmetry". Pick: Eagles -7

Denver (-9) at Oakland - "With the 1st pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select…" Pick: Broncos -9

Dallas (-7) at Arizona - You know things aren't going your way when everyone is talking about how you're not going to be coaching the Arizona Cardinals anymore, and one of your potential replacements is rumored to be Mike Martz. Pick: Cowboys -7

New Orleans at Pittsburgh (-4) - It's funny how much difference a year can make. Last year, thanks to Hurricane Katrina, there wasn't a more depressing place in the country than New Orleans. Pittsburgh, always a dreary place, might hold the crown this year. The Pirates stink, the Penguins might be moving to Vegas, and the Steelers are 2-6. It's enough to drive a man to head-butt a Chrysler. Pick: Saints +4

St. Louis at Seattle (-3 ½) - Yes, Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander won't be playing this Sunday. Instead it'll be Maurice Morris and Seneca Wallace. Still, I'd take the Seahawks this week over the Rams even if David Greene was playing QB. Not the former Bulldog, but David Greene from "School Ties". Nobody has ever used the word "coward" as fiercely as him. Pick: Seahawks -3 ½

Chicago at NY Giants (-2 ½) - I don't trust either team. To me, the Giants are still a soft team, and they're about to play the rest of the year without Amani Toomer and will be without Michael Strahan for awhile. After losing to the Dolphins, and nearly losing to the Cardinals, the Bears aren't the unbeatable team that everyone was forecasting in early October, are they? I'm going with the home team in this one. Pick: Giants -2 ½

Tampa Bay at Carolina (-9 ½) - The rule is take the Panthers on the road, but not at home, right? Since I've got to run, I'll abide by that rule. Pick: Panthers -9 ½

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