It always seems, whenever I think I’m off to a good start with my weekly predictions, some teams step up and surprise me; ruining what could be a great record. That’s what happened to me last week; when I finished with a 7-7 record.
I think my problem last week was I overanalyzed things a bit and played it a bit too safe. Since I have nothing to lose (really, it’s not like I have money riding on this), I figure I’m going to take some chances this time around.
Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills – The Bills gave the Miami Dolphins their first win of the season last week. With the Browns having a bit more offense with Derek Anderson under center, I think they’ll do the same for Cleveland. Browns win.
Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs – I’m not convinced the Cowboys are a playoff caliber team this year and Tony Romo still hasn’t proven himself. But, I don’t think the Chiefs have enough talent to take advantage of that. Cowboys win.
Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams – The Vikings, coming off of a big win at home over Green Bay, are the obvious favorites here. But, while I feel the Rams are a team that isn’t very good right now, I do think they will pull off at least one upset this year. Considering Minnesota is coming into St. Louis on a short week after a physical divisional game, I think they will have a chance. Rams win.
Oakland Raiders at New York Giants – The best thing the Raiders could do right now is put coach Tom Cable on a paid suspension until his legal issues are settled; so there are less distractions in the locker room. Of course, that would assume this was a team that really cared about doing the best thing. Giants win.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles – The winless Buccaneers nearly pulled off a win last week. Too bad it was against a Washington Redskins team that doesn’t have nearly as much talent as this Philadelphia team. Eagles win.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Detroit Lions – The Steelers haven’t looked like themselves recently; even though they did manage to get a running game going this past weekend. The cure for that is facing Detroit. Steelers win.
Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers – The Panthers are one of several winless teams in the league right now. Fortunately, they face a team that has given three of the league’s bottom dwellers a chance to win. Panthers win.
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens – Who would have thought the Bengals would be tied with the Ravens for the AFC North lead at this point in the season? I’ll probably regret this but I think I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt. Bengals win.
Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers – I’m going to make a bold statement here. The 49ers will win the NFC West title this season. Of course, the fact they are 3-1 and just blew out the Rams, that’s really not that bold of a statement, is it? 49ers win.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks – I think one thing is clear for the Seahawks, they need to find a long-term answer at quarterback since Matt Hasselbeck cannot stay healthy and they don’t have a winning back up. Jaguars win.
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals – The defending NFC champion Cardinals are coming off their bye week. On one hand, that means they will be well rested. On the other, we might see them come out rusty; like they did in week one. Texans win.
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos – These two teams made a statement this past weekend. The Patriots proved they are back and the Broncos proved their undefeated record isn’t a fluke. I’m going to give the game to the team with the most experience winning. Patriots win.
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans – If the Titans start out 0-5, you have to think their playoff chances are slim to none. If that’s that case, do they stick with Kerry Collins, who obviously isn’t the future of the franchise, or do they give Vince Young another shot? Colts win.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins – The New Orleans Saints brought the once undefeated Jets back to Earth last week. I think Miami will take advantage and deflate them even further. Dolphins win.
My Overall Record – 41-21 (.661)