After one of my readers suggested I make NFL picks for each week so that he could get rich by betting against me, I decided to go through with it, starting now. I'll try and write each week's picks by Tuesday or Wednesday from now on. I will also be grading myself after each week, with one Upset Pick worth double in value.
Bears 24, Falcons 10: The Chicago defense is dominant against the run. The Atlanta offense depends on the run. Bears win easily.
Texans 20, Dolphins 17: The Fish may have gotten two upset wins against struggling teams, and they have a lot more talent than last season, but the Texans are home and ticked off after the way the Colts finished last week.
Colts 17, Ravens 10:The Ravens defense has been impenetrable this season, but I think things finally started to click for the Colts in the 4th quarter last week.
Vikings 35, Lions 20: Matt Millen may be gone, but it'll take more than that to fix this mess. Dan Orlovsky may be starting, making matters worse for the struggling Lions.
Saints 27, Raiders 17: The way the Saints have been playing, I wouldn't be surprised if they found a way to lose this one. Of course, things haven't been going great for the Raiders, either.
Jets 24, Bengals 20: Brett Favre won't throw for six touchdowns every week, but he won't need to against the Bengals to win.
Panthers 20, Bucs 14: Two similar teams battling it out for divisional superiority. Be sure to watch this one.
Redskins 38, Rams 10: The Rams could easily become the first team to lose all 16 games in a season. The players just don't seem to care anymore.
Broncos 31, Jaguars 24: Jay Cutler's offense is too talented for David Garrard and company to stick with them.
Cardinals 34, Cowboys 31 (Upset Pick): Kurt Warner is partying like it's 1999, while Dallas had trouble beating the toothless Bengals last week. Expect Warner to pick apart the Dallas defense as Romo just tries to keep up.
Eagles 31, 49ers 20: Tough patch for Philly facing Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Washington three weeks straight. This is still a playoff caliber team, while San Fran, frankly, is not.
Packers 24, Seahawks 13: Al Harris, Cullen Jenkins, Atari Bigby, Charles Woodson, Mike Montgomery, AJ Hawk, Nick Collins, Aaron Rouse, and Justin Harrell are all key Packers defenders who are out or banged up for this match-up, but they should still handle the Seattle offense without much trouble.
Chargers 20, Patriots 14: The Patriots have only faced subpar teams all season so far. This week they will have their toughest matchup of the young season, and it will show.
Giants 35, Browns 10 (Monday Night): If I were to commit a crime against one player in the NFL, it would be Braylon Edwards, because he would just drop the charges. Er, sorry, bad joke.