Okay. So here is my first go at picking who I think is going to take the W this week. I'll go over every game briefly. Unless of course I feel like a little time spent is warranted. So here we go!
Detroit Lions (1-4) at Green Bay Packers (2-2)
I'm gonna have to go against my Lions this week and give the W to Green Bay. I'm sure that's no surprise to anyone. Unless of course you've been living in a cave since Week 1. The Lions are doing well this season. Better than the 1-4 record in my opinion. And they are actually competitive. That said, I'd be shocked to see either Calvin Johnson or Matthew Stafford anywhere but on the sideline this weekend, and that's gonna reduce the competitive factor considerably.
Houston Texans (2-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-1)
It seems as though alot of people are picking this one to be close. I'm not so sure about that myself. I'll be the first to admit I'm jumping on the Cincinnati bandwagon this season. Bringing on Mike Zimmer as the Defensive Coordinator proved to be large and in turn, the D is playing just that...large. That win in Baltimore was no fluke y'all and I expect to see many more this season. Cincy takes this one. And they do so comfortably. Houston just can't get it together once again and I don't see them waking up tomorrow and making it happen.
Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) at Oakland Raiders (1-4)
Let's state the obvious here. Oakland sucks really bad. Off-The-Jamarcus Russell is the biggest bust since Ryan Leaf. And I'm not saying that because he showed up this season weighing something like 75 pounds more than he did last year. I'm saying it because he obviously did nothing this past off-season but eat mass quantities of McDonalds and spend a ton of money on On Demand movies. Oakland is a joke and always will be until Al Davis bites it. Super easy win for the Eagles. McNabb is back and looking quite solid. And he loves his new rookie WR in Maclin.
Baltimore Ravens (3-2) at Minnesota Vikings (5-0)
Would I be stating the obvious that this is one of the more interesting games this weekend? It would, but I am. I took a ton of grief for backing another Brett Favre un-retirement by close friends back in August when he finally decided to put the Eggo's back in the freezer and fly up to Minnesota in true baller fashion and sign a slip of paper for 12 million. I haven't heard anything from those same friends on the matter since.
There are many reasons for why the Vikings are 5-0 at this point in the season. Peterson is Peterson, Jared Allen is a man possessed, and the Williams boys are solid as usual. But you gotta face it, the addition of Favre was exactly what this team needed. Not only did they add a future hall of famer, but they added a huge amount of confidence in the locker room.
I don't want to get into what's going on with the Ravens just yet as I feel it's too early, but they better get back after it. With Cincinnati playing inspired football this season they just can't afford to fall back too much and rest their laurels on that defense. It's worked in the past, but not anymore.
Brett's gonna show up and work his magic in the HHH. Minnesota takes a close, 4 quarter battle.
Tennessee Titans (0-5) at New England Patriots (3-2)
I'm just gonna come right out and say that I have no idea what the hell is going on in Tennessee. Apparently Jeff Fisher doesn't either. A lot of folks want to say it had a lot to do with losing Haynesworth, but no man makes so much impact that a good football team drops five straight to start their first season back without him.
The Patriots have me bungled as well. And I simply don't have enough time to get into it this week. Patriots take this one with relative ease and leave the Titans to fly back to Tennessee in silence, with minds full of question marks.
New York Giants (5-0) at New Orleans Saints (5-0)
Game of the week. 'Nuff said. Both of these teams are white hot in my opinion and anything can happen in this match up. The only advantage I can see is the 12th Man in NOLA. They better show up loud. And Eli better keep those feet movin' against that N.O. defense. And that may be tough to do with the nagging injury he's been dealing with. Gonna have to go with the G-Men on this one. Hopefully the game will be worth the hype and remain a close one.
Buffalo Bills (1-4) at New York Jets (3-2)
The Jets are gonna kill 'em.
Cleveland Browns (1-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
The Steelers are gonna kill 'em. And Polamalu is back. Ouch. Sorry Cleveland.
Arizona Cardinals (2-2) at Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
Matt Hasselbeck finally found some chemistry with T.J. Houshmandzadeh last week, after coming back from injury, and it showed in a blow-out of the Jags in Seattle. But let's keep things in perspective. It was the Jags. We'll see how they do this weekend against Arizona's corners. If you don't have Seattle TE John Carlson on your fantasy team, consider picking him up this week if you can.
If Warner and Co. show up and play football the way they did last season this won't be much of a game. That said, it's a divisional must-win and should be a good one. I'm gonna go with the Cardinals in this game, but only by 1 to 3 points.
Carolina Panthers (1-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5)
Does anybody care? I'm not sure exactly why, but I've always been a big supporter of the Bucs but they are a HUGE let-down this season. I honestly have no idea what the hell is going on in Tampa and until things improve, I don't wanna know.
Even though I despise Jake Delhomme, he's gonna pick apart a very sorry Tampa team for an easy win in sunny Florida. No contest here at all.
Kansas City Chiefs (0-5) at Washington Redskins (2-3)
What a snoozer. The Chiefs will finally get a win against the Redskins and the talk about Zorn and job security will bombard the world of sports for yet another week. I hope I'm wrong and Washington wins this so I don't have to read anymore about it.
St. Louis Rams (0-5) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)
I just wonder if any fans in Jacksonville will even show up. They should...the Jags get a win here. Not that it matters. (side note; I really hope the Rams don't win a game this season so my Lions feel better about themselves)
Denver Broncos (5-0) at San Diego Chargers (2-2)
If the Broncos win this one they all but wrap up the AFC West. And that's weird as hell to say this early in the season, and even weirder to say it about the Broncos and not the Chargers. I didn't see this one coming at all.
I'm not ready to send the Chargers packing just yet, but if they lose this one Shawne Merriman, Norv Turner, and LaDanian Tomlinson will be sent packing at the end of the season. If I were Norv, I'd be shopping Merriman for draft picks in hopes of using the 'ol "re-building" excuse to try and keep his job. And in my opinion...Tomlinson is finished.
It'll be a close one (hopefully) but I like the Broncos to pull yet another late-game win. I like the excitement and attitude in Denver this season and I think they deserve to have it. Let's hope they keep it tightened up through the regular season and do well come play off time.
Chicago Bears (3-1) at Atlanta Falcons (3-1)
I'm still not sold on either of these teams, but I like where they are headed over the next few seasons. I'd write more on this one but the Gators just tied the Razorbacks late in the 4th quarter so I'm gonna peace out. Bears by 3.