Week 13: 9-7; Season prediction tally: 128-64
Pittsburgh at Cleveland - Are the Steelers angry or embarrassed enough to turn things back around? I have to believe they are.
At least versus Cleveland. They should be able to run the ball well against the Shaun Rodgers-less interior of the Browns' defense.
Green Bay at Chicago - I might be done picking the Bears to win for the rest of 2009.
New Orleans at Atlanta - Matt Ryan might be back for this matchup, but he would be presumably a touch gimpy, a tad rusty, and he was having a rough go of it even when he wasn't those things.
Detroit at Baltimore - I don't think Detroit will be able to keep Ray Rice down for a second game in a row.
Denver at Indianapolis - I might be done picking the Colts to lose for the rest of 2009.
Seattle at Houston - Wow, hard to believe both of these 5-7 teams have so little to be positive about at the moment.
If Schaub plays, Houston wins.
N.Y. Jets at Tampa Bay - I still like Josh Freeman despite his five interceptions against Carolina. He did manage over 300 yards passing and had the team in scoring position all game last week.
The only problem is Darrelle Revis and the Jets are still in the playoff hunt. Who knows, Kellen Clemens might even come out fired up, with his rare opportunity for playing time.
Carolina at New England - Honestly I don't know what to think of the Patriots anymore.
Carolina is capable of winning this one, no doubt about it, but I am thinking the Patriots will be more focused this week.
Miami at Jacksonville - This has black and blue written all over it. There should be a plethora of smashed mouths in this game, between a 6-6 and the 7-5 home team.
Playoff implications on the line, with no room for error—neither team can afford a loss at this stage in the season. I'm going to stick with Pocket Hercules.
Buffalo at Kansas City - I am picking the home team. I am not sure why really.
Cincinnati at Minnesota - I think the Bengals will make it two losses in a row for the Vikings, because Arizona's defense gave them fits, and the Bengals are arguably better and more consistent defensively.
St. Louis at Tennessee - The Colts burst the Titans bubble, but the Rams won't.
I am hoping Chris Johnson runs for 597 yards. Yes, that would break Eric Dickerson's record.
Washington at Oakland - I love me some Bruce Gradkowski, but that Redskins defense is tough.
I wonder though about what possible momentum might exist for these two squads, both positive and negative?
San Diego at Dallas - Is this a must win for Dallas? By the way Tony Romo and the Cowboys get slammed in the media for their history of losing in December, you might think so.
The funny thing is they are still 8-4. Well, I am not going to pick them to lose because of that. I am going to pick them to lose because the Chargers are on fire.
Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants - I think the Eagles are a better team.
Arizona at San Francisco - If San Francisco were a stronger team, I'd feel better about their chances here. Arizona is coming off their most impressive performance of the season, and would appear to be primed for a let-down game.
The problem is that this is a revenge game for the Cardinals, who lost to the 49ers in the opener, and DB Nate Clements, who usually plays the Arizona receivers better than most, will not be playing.