Something must be wrong with my system. My wife has done better than me with her picks two weeks in a row now, finishing with an 11-5 record compared to my 8-8 record. Even the weekly coin toss has done almost as well as me, predicting 7 of the 16 games correct.
Part of my problem is I’ve been assuming there will be at least one upset each week. And, I think that’s still true. Unfortunately, I keep picking the wrong one. With the playoffs in sight, I think I’m going to play it safe the rest of the season…or will I?
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – Both of these teams willed themselves to wins this past weekend. However, I don’t think either of them will do much more this season so I’m going to pick the home team to win in this AFC East battle. Bills win.
My Wife’s Pick: Jets
Coin Toss: Bills
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons somehow managed to win last week despite losing their quarterback and top running back. Matt Ryan is reportedly already ruled out and I don’t see them beating Philadelphia without him. Eagles win.
My Wife’s Pick: Falcons
Coin Toss: Falcons
St. Louis Rams at Chicago Bears: I’m still trying to figure out which was the worst move for the Bears this off season. Trading for Jay Cutler or signing Orlando Pace in free agency and thinking he is still a solid left tackle. If the Rams still had Marc Bulger, I would be picking them in the upset. Bears win.
My Wife’s Pick: Bears
Coin Toss: Rams
Detroit Lions at Cincinnati Bengals – The Lions enter this with a couple extra days of rest. But, I don’t think that’s going to help them a whole heck of a lot. Bengals win.
My Wife’s Pick: Bengals
Coin Toss: Bengals
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts – Part of me wants to pick the Titans, a team that is suddenly winning after bringing Vince Young back in as a starter. But, the Colts are playing really good right now. Colts win.
My Wife’s Pick: Colts
Coin Toss: Colts
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – The Broncos snapped their losing streak and enter this game a bit more rested after playing Thanksgiving Day instead of Sunday. Broncos win.
My Wife’s Pick: Broncos
Coin Toss: Broncos
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins – This is a tough one. The Patriots are the better team talent wise but I think Miami still has the potential to beat them at home. I think I’ll take a chance on them this time around. Dolphins win.
My Wife’s Pick: Patriots
Coin Toss: Dolphins
Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers were with out Big Ben last week and made it to overtime before losing to the Ravens. Their back is against the wall now and I think they rebound at home. Steelers win.
My Wife’s Pick: Steelers
Coin Toss: Steelers
New Orleans Saints at Washington Redskins – The Redskins are playing better. But, I don’t think they have the fire power to match the Saints. Saints win.
My Wife’s Pick: Saints
Coin Toss: Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers – The Panthers are inconsistent. The Buccaneers are just plain bad (though they did show a bit of improvement last weekend). Panthers win.
My Wife’s Pick: Panthers
Coin Toss: Panthers
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars – The Texans do just enough to make the game look good; not enough to win. Jaguars win.
My Wife’s Pick: Jaguars
Coin Toss: Jaguars
San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns – Even if I were still making a few risky picks each week, I would never pick the Browns to win; even if they were playing a local high school squad. Chargers win.
My Wife’s Pick: Chargers
Coin Toss: Chargers
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – The Cowboys have the division lead but this is about the time the Giants start making a late season run. Giants win.
My Wife’s Pick: Giants
Coin Toss: Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks – The 49ers are probably the favorite here. But, the Seahawks are one of those teams that can surprise you; especially at home. Seahawks win.
My Wife’s Pick: 49ers
Coin Toss: Seahawks
Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals – Before I hear any more talk about how great the Vikings are and how Brett Favre should be the league MVP, let’s put Minnesota’s season in perspective. If you subtract their two wins against the Packers, their remaining 8 victories are against teams with a combined 23-54 record; including two victories against the 2-9 Lions and wins against the 1-10 St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns. This week, they might catch another break when they play a Cardinals team that will either be without quarterback Kurt Warner or, because he is suffering eye problems (likely from a concussion) won’t have him at 100 percent. Vikings win.
My Wife’s Pick: Cardinals
Coin Toss: Cardinals
Baltimore Ravens at Green Bay Packers – The Packers have slowly improved and should benefit from what Coach Mike McCarthy referred to as an extra bye week following their Thanksgiving Day win. Packers win.
My Wife’s Pick: Packers
Coin Toss: Ravens
My Overall Record: 109-68 (.615)
My Wife’s Overall Record (Since Week 7): 47-39 (.546)
Coin Toss (Since Week 11): 17-15 (.531)