Last week: 6-9-1
2007 Season: 72-82-6
You see, Henry became a first-time father eight months ago…and four months later, he welcomed the arrival of his second child. I'm no moral authority here, but the normal gestation period for humans is still about nine months, right? At this rate, he and Travis Henry (no relation) are going to square off in "Cheaper by the Dozen: The Reality Show", coming to FOX in 2020. Pick: Titans -2
Without him, going against a Jaguars team that was energized last week by the return of David Garrard probably means another blowout road loss for the Bills. Pick: Jaguars -7 ½
However, without Larry Johnson or Priest Holmes, more weight falls on the untested shoulders of QB Brodie Croyle, so I suspect the Raiders can at least keep it close. A straight-up win over an AFC West opponent will have to wait for the JaMarcus Russell Era to officially begin. Pick: Raiders +5 ½
Seattle (-3) at St. Louis – The Seahawks sacked Marc Bulger seven times the last time these two teams met, and St. Louis, though coming off back-to-back wins, yielded six sacks to San Francisco a week ago.
Making this week more appetizing for the blitzing Seahawks defense is this little nugget of information: By signing 37-year old Todd Steussie, a player the Rams paid an injury settlement to back in September, and immediately inserting him into the starting lineup, the Rams will use their 15th offensive line combination of the season. Pick: Seahawks -3
Washington at Tampa Bay (-3) – Even after getting shredded by Terrell Owens a week ago, the Redskins still had a good shot at winning that game. That's as much a testament to how well the development of Jason Campbell has gone as it is an indictment of how poorly the Cowboys secondary has played this season.
figure to be a lot tougher for
Houston at Cleveland (-3 ½) – I know the entire city of Houston is
excited about having a .500 football this late in the season since the early
days of Steve McNair's career, but this is a road game in late November to
a city that is slightly chillier than Houston. Because they score touchdowns,
you've got to like
New Orleans (-3) at Carolina – Carolina is actually ahead of the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South standings and beat them in the Superdome earlier this season. So it's kind of a surprise to see that the Panthers are a field goal underdog at home against the Saints this week.
I can't see the Panthers going winless at home for the entire season, and with the Saints struggling, this is the week they get off that schneid. Pick: Panthers +3
San Francisco at Arizona (-10 ½) – I don't want to take anything away from the Arizona Cardinals, but I've watched their last two games and I've seen Detroit and Cincinnati serve them up a pair of wins on silver platters.
don't actually believe
I'd be mad at these teams for making me look like an idiot, but it's my own fault for not realizing that an offense run by Brian Billick would probably sputter and a team coached by Norv Turner would probably underachieve. I mean, I really didn't need Miss Cleo to see this sort of the coming. Pick: Chargers -9 ½
Denver at Chicago (-2 ½) – If the Broncos win this week, they'll remain tied for the AFC West lead with a 6-5 record, and the loss will drop the Chicago Bears a full 6 games back in the NFC North race. You called that before the season, too, right? Pick: Bears -2 ½ (Who the hell is Andre Hall?)
Miami at Pittsburgh (-16) – I can't help but be a little bit disappointed that Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter isn't talking to the media in the days leading up to his return to Pittsburgh. Why, after all these years, does Porter choose this week to hide his stupidity? Pick: Steelers -16 ("…and with the 1st pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select…")