Last Week: 6-8
Seattle at San Francisco
Russell Wilson may have kept some of the doubters at bay with his performance against the Patriots, but Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers are going to be a tad bit upset after their embarrassing showing against the Giants and will take it out on the rookie quarterback.
**Update** San Francisco took down the Seahawks, 13-6, on Thursday night.
Tennessee at Buffalo
The Bills gutted out a win in Arizona and now face a Titans team that is coming off a surprising victory of their own. Matt Hasselbeck gets his third start for the Titans, but the Bills are a better team at home and a better overall team than the Titans, period.
Washington at New York Giants
Tom Coughlin said he didn't know the Redskins beat his team twice last year. Easy, Tom. They won the turnover battle. While I don’t necessarily see a repeat there, I do see the Redskins surprising the champs again.
New Orleans at Tampa Bay
The Saints must have hated having to go on a bye after finally getting their first victory. For the Bucs, Josh Freeman looks like he will never be anything more than an inconsistent tease. This will be a shootout where Brees makes one more play than the opposition.
Dallas at Carolina
These two teams are what makes the NFL so fascinating and so maddening at the same time. Both teams are loaded with game-breaking talent, but neither one can seemingly put it all together with any kind of consistency. Tony Romo and the Cowboys finally get a win.
Cleveland at Indianapolis
Brandon Weeden got a fantastic 29th birthday present with a win over the Bengals, and it says here that the Browns win two in a row after their underrated defense makes life miserable for Andrew Luck. The Colts rode a perfect storm in their win over the Packers, but the Jets game exposed some serious flaws.
Baltimore at Houston
The Texans got caught thinking they could come out throwing against the Packers. Bad move. This week, they get back to pounding the football against a reeling Ravens defense, which helps keep the ball away from Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and the Ravens' offense, which is Baltimore’s only hope the rest of the way in 2012.
Green Bay at St. Louis
The Rams are tough on the defensive side of the ball and tough at home, where they are 3-0. But Mike McCarthy and company finally hit their stride down in Houston and are getting Greg Jennings back. Look for James Jones to have a big game.
Arizona at Minnesota
John Skelton, Kevin Kolb…does it matter? Neither of these quarterbacks are any good, and the Vikings have a tough, sound defense that will be feeding off the noise in the Metrodome. Adrian Peterson will be the antidote to a tough Cardinals secondary, which will open things up enough for Christian Ponder and the Vikings' passing game.
New York Jets at New England
Jacksonville at Oakland
The Raiders were minutes away from pulling off a major upset in Atlanta until Carson Palmer threw a horrible interception. This week, Palmer won’t be asked to lead a last-minute drive to win the game, mostly because the Raiders will have the game well in hand by the fourth quarter.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
The Bengals have the best young receiver in the game in A.J. Green and a promising young quarterback in Andy Dalton. The Steelers have Big Ben and a sieve for an offensive line. Geno Atkins and company keep Roethlisberger in check, and Dalton and company take advantage of a past-its-prime Steelers defense.
Detroit at Chicago
The Lions escaped with a win against the Eagles, but this team has some major issues, not the least of which is an offense that isn’t nearly as explosive as the unit that burned up scoreboards in 2011. The Bears are rested and ready after their bye week. Expect a big night from Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall.
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