By: Shawn Davis
No more Thursday evening games! I’m going to try to make this count after consecutive weeks going 8-8:
ATL 24 @ DET 20: The Lions can win this game by a touchdown or lose by 20. Either way I do not believe in anything that’s associated with Detroit. I’m going with common sense here.
NO 24 @ DAL 27: The Saints 41-0 victory over the Buccaneers last week is making me a tad hesitant when it comes to making this pick. Was it real; a big win that will propel them into next season when they’ll have their team whole again? I’ll pick the Cowboys, barely, although I could see them losing by three touchdowns.
TEN 10 @ GB 27: The Packers are beginning to see their key contributors return – Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings – as the postseason is on the horizon.
IND 21 @ KC 10: Colts.
BUF 10 @ MIA 24: The Bills have burned me too many times this year so I’m going with the Dolphins.
SD 21 @ NYJ 14: This game should be blacked out in NY/NJ, it won’t, so I’m hoping Greg McElroy has a good game.
WSH 21 @ PHI 16: This seems like Andy Reid’s final game as the head coach in Philadelphia – and it’s a little sad but that’s how the NFL works. If this game gets ugly – and there’s a chance it could – I sincerely hope the home crowd shows Reid some respect and withholds the booing.
CIN 17 @ PIT 20: This is a playoff game! Regardless of the peaks and valleys the Steelers have played on all year, I have to trust them in this type of game. Right?
STL 13 @ TB 31: This is not an NFC West game so the Rams will not compete.
OAK 14 @ CAR 24: Although I can see Carson Palmer passing for 350 yards and four touchdowns in this one, I’ll take the home team.
NE 45 @ JAC 9: …
MIN 14 @ HOU 27: The cyborg, Adrian Peterson, will earn anywhere between 120-140 yards this game but it will come early because the Texans will aim to blow this open quickly and force the Viking to pass. They can’t.
CLE 17 @ DEN 30: It would (probably) be a good thing if the Broncos lose this game, trust me. If I get killed for saying it, so be it. Mind you, I’m picking them to win the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning is familiar with earning a first-round bye entering the playoffs and he’s also familiar with watching someone else play for the Vince Lombardi trophy due to his team’s early exits.
Fans of Denver: You want your team to play all their starters for the remainder of the regular season and enter the knockout round prepared. You want to have rhythm in every remaining game that your team takes the field. You (may) need the Browns to beat your Broncos to ensure this takes place. Manning’s Colts teams, historically, were hot early and cold late – and you’ve won nine in a row. See where I’m going with this?
CHI 24 @ ARI 6: A great deal is riding on this game for the Bears; like, a regime change is around the corner if they don’t make the playoffs. Not so much for the Cardinals, but they can start scouting the draft for their next quarterback and a competent line to protect him.
NYG 21 @ BAL 17: Considering that all the other facets of the game are equal, I’ll take Eli Manning.
SF 17 @ SEA 24: Seattle. Why not? My rationale: San Francisco will still be resting on the cloud they’ve been on since outlasting the Patriots last week and find themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard.
Last Week: 8-8