In what I’ve tabbed as the Game of the Week, the Dallas Cowboys (2-0) fresh off of their Monday night victory over the Philadelphia Eagles travel to Green Bay to take on Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated Packers. Other games of interest include Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh and Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis.
Sunday September 21, 2008
Carolina (2-0) at Minnesota (0-2) 1pm: Steve Smith returns to a Panthers team full of confidence as they look to take advantage of a Vikings squad on a downward spiral.
The Pick: Panthers 23 – Vikings 17
Kansas City (0-2) at Atlanta (1-1) 1pm: The Chiefs defense averages 213 yards against the run. Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood haven’t stopped salivating.
The Pick: Falcons 20 – Chiefs 7
Oakland (1-1) at Buffalo (2-0) 1pm: The Bills have a stingy defense, the Raiders can take their shots, but to pull off the upset they need turnovers in bunches. Something the Bills don’t do.
The Pick: Bills 28 – Raiders 13
Tampa Bay (1-1) at Chicago (1-1) 1pm: Bucs vs. Bears is always hard on the eyes, Brian Griese doesn’t do enough to scare his former teammates into submission.
The Pick: Bears 17 – Bucs 13
Houston (0-1) at Tennessee (2-0) 1pm: The Texans come back and try to play football now, this is the easy part.
The Pick: Titans 24 Texans 10
Cincinnati (0-2) at New York Giants (2-0) 1pm: A physical Giants squad will out muscle the Ben-gals on both side of the rock to complete the demolition of a team two seasons removed from Super Bowl contention.
The Pick: Giants 31 – Bengals 14
Miami (0-2) at New England (2-0) 1pm: Matt Cassell throws three TD’s in his first home start, the offense runs like Tom Brady never left. Wait they’re playing the ‘Phins.
The Pick: Patriots 31 – Dolphins 0
Arizona (2-0) at Washington (1-1) 1pm: Imagine if the Cardinals were still in the NFC East? When these former division foes meet on Sunday, you’ll think they were.
The Pick: Cardinals 23 – Redskins 21
New Orleans (1-1) at Denver (2-0) 4:05pm: Reggie Bush and Jeremy Shockey matching up against the Broncos linebackers poses a problem for Mike Shanahan. As Broncos receivers Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal do for the Saints secondary. This will be a good one.
The Pick: Broncos 31 – Saints 30
St. Louis (0-2) at Seattle (0-2) 4:05pm: Maybe these two can play the rest of the season out against one another.
The Pick: Rams 17 – Seahawks 13
Detroit (0-2) at San Francisco (1-1) 4:05pm: Failure to establish and stop the running game will doom the Lions. The good thing is that the Lions hear less booing on the road.
The Pick: Niners 35 – Lions 17
Cleveland (0-2) at Baltimore (1-0) 4:15pm: The Browns are desperate for a win, I expect the defense to take some chances against the rookie Joe Flacco and hope for the best. Jamal Lewis always looks forward to going up against his former mates.
The Pick: Browns 24 – Ravens -13
Pittsburgh (2-0) at Philadelphia (1-1) 4:15pm: The Birds #1 ranked run defense will be tested against Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall. Getting in Big Ben’s face is essential in winning this one on 5 days rest.
The Pick: Eagles 20 – Steelers 17
Jacksonville (0-2) at Indianapolis (1-1) 4:15pm: With Bob Sanders out 4-6 weeks and an offense yet to find it’s legs, the time is right for the Jags to jump on the Colts. Problem is the Jags have gaping holes on their offensive line, and Dwight Freeney is back.
The Pick: Colts 28 – Jags 20
Dallas (2-0) vs. Green Bay (2-0) 8:15pm: I believe that the Eagles gave others a glimpse into how to handle the Boys. Rodgers played well against them last year when Favre was knocked out of the game. On offense I think Green Bay’s weapons match up well against Dallas, hell they match up well across the board. Lives up to the billing.
The Pick: Packers 24 – Cowboys 21 (Madden Divorces Brett Favre)
Monday September 22, 2008
New York Jets (1-1) at San Diego (0-2) 8:30pm: Somebody has to pay for the Chargers two painful losses and the Jets are in the way. The Chargers will take away the run, forcing Favre to throw, playing into the hands of their opportunistic secondary.
The Pick: Chargers 31 – Jets 14
Record Last Week 8-7