Last Week: 9-7
2007 Season: 91-95-6
Miami at Buffalo (-7) – Dan Marino came out and reminded Dolphins fans that they need to be patient, which is probably sound advice, because I don't see Miami winning anytime soon. With the direction the ‘Phins are heading, I wonder if it's more difficult to go winless than it is to go undefeated. Pick: Bills -7
St. Louis at Cincinnati (-6 ½) – The only interesting thing about this meaningless game is that FOX has thawed out Pat Summerall and shipped him to Cincinnati to do the play-by-play.
I'll admit, it'd be great to hear "there's a flag on the play" when a coach challenges a play, or "Deacon Jones with the tackle", if you know, people were actually watching. Pick: Bengals -6 ½
San Diego (-1) at Tennessee – Someone needs to tell me what the San Diego Chargers have done to be favored on the road against a the Tennessee Titans, because I just don't see it. The Titans are every bit as good as the
Chargers, and since this one is in
NY Giants at Philadelphia (-3) – A week after throwing four interceptions against the Minnesota Vikings, a "skittish" Eli Manning somehow bounced back to lead his team to a come-from-behind victory on the road against the defending NFC Champs. I guess the saying "If you live long enough, you'll see everything" is true. Pick: Eagles -3
all that, if they somehow beat the Jaguars, and both
I hereby withdraw my dissenting opinion and fully admit that the AFC is the much stronger conference. Pick: Jaguars -10 ½
Oakland at Green Bay (-10 ½) – The Raiders soundly defeated their bitter rivals last week, and gave their fan base a glimpse at their future (JaMarcus Russell), so do you think the Oakland Raiders can ride that euphoric wave into Lambeau Field and shock the world by beating the great Brett Favre on his home turf?
Nah, me neither. Pick: Packers -10 ½
Dallas (-11) at Detroit – After beating the Green Bay Packers on quasi-national television last Thursday night, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hopped on a private jet with Jessica Simpson to spend the weekend with her in Los Angeles.
if you removed the private jet, the weekend in
Arizona at Seattle (-7) – I'm sure Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren is going to remind his team that they can clinch a 4th straight NFC West title with a win over division rival Arizona on Sunday. I'm sure he'll also mention that the ‘Hawks have lost their last two games to Arizona, and that their tailspin last December started with a Week 14 loss to the Cardinals.
Oh, and I'll be at this game, so… Pick: Seahawks -7
Cleveland (-3 ½) at NY Jets – Be honest: Before the season, if you had to pick which former Bill Belichick assistant coach would be in the best position to roam the sidelines during an NFL playoff game as a head coach, would Romeo Crennel have cracked your Top 5. Pick: Browns -3 ½
That sounds like the perfect way to describe the Pittsburgh Steelers, doesn't it? Let's face it: This is the Patriots' last hurdle. If the Steelers can't beat them, nothing will stop them from going 16-0. Pick: Steelers +10 ½
Kansas City at Denver (-6 ½) – I don't know why, but I always get a chuckle out of Mike Shanahan needing a win in December to pull within a game of .500. Pick: Chiefs +6 ½