I’m gonna deem this as Throwback Weekend in the NFL to honor our game of the week and one of the NFL’s most bitter rivalries. The Washington Redskins visit Texas stadium for the final time to take on the Dallas Cowboys. Other throwback games with a little less flair include: Browns v. Bengals, Raiders v. Chargers, and Chiefs v. Broncos.
Sunday September 28, 2008
Atlanta (2-1) at Carolina (2-1) 1pm: We know the Falcons are going to nosedive sooner or later but this week they’ll hang with the Panthers until late in the game.
The Pick: Panthers 24 – Falcons 20
Cleveland (0-3) at Cincinnati (0-3) 1pm: I don’t wanna see an overrated Derek Anderson and banged up Carson Palmer. Someone dial up Brian Sipe and Ken Anderson.
The Pick: Browns 31 – Bengals 17
Houston (0-2) at Jacksonville (1-2) 1pm: The Texans are allowing teams to gain chunks of yardage at will. That plays into the hands of the Jags running attack. A possible 100 yd. day for Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew.
The Pick: Jags 27 – Texans 7
Minnesota (1-2) at Tennessee (3-0) 1pm: The Titans face their best defensive opponent to date, as the Vikings unit looks to be rounding into shape. The Minnesota running attack will be tested as the Titans are 10th against the run. This one may boil down to the quarterback who plays closest to mistake free.
The Pick: Vikings 20 – Titans 13
Denver (3-0) at Kansas City (0-3) 1pm: The Chiefs have to stand up to someone, and this is the week they do it. Coach Herm Edwards is running short on quarterbacks and patience. If the Chiefs lie down against the Broncos the paint will be peeling at that post game press conference.
Upset Special: Chiefs 24 – Broncos 21
San Francisco (2-1) at New Orleans (1-2) 1pm: Everywhere you look on the Saints roster someone is banged up, but they keep marching out there and slugging it out. They could easily be 3-0. The return home does the Bayou Boys good.
The Pick: Saints 31 – Niners 27
Green Bay (2-1) at Tampa Bay (2-1) 1pm: Let’s be real here, both defenses aren’t that good. The Pack are coming into a hostile enviroment after a physical game last week.
The Pick: Packers 21 – Bucs 20
Arizona (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2) 1pm: The Cards spent the week on the east coast which should help them this week. The Jets on the other hand could use a week off.
The Pick: Cardinals 24 – Jets 13
San Diego (1-2) at Oakland (2-1) 4:05pm: As a kid this was always the NFL Game of the Week. The Chargers are out to prove that their opening two loses were flukes. No better place to prove it than in The Black Hole.
The Pick: Chargers 38 – Raiders 20
Buffalo (3-0) at St. Louis (0-3) 4:05pm: The Bills lack of focus against the Raiders almost cost them last week. Don’t expect Dick Jauron to let up if they get a big lead. But the Rams make it close.
The Pick: Bills 27 – Rams 23
Washington (2-1) at Dallas (3-0) 4:15pm: The Cowboys have played two emotional games in the span of 10 days (Philly, Green Bay), I don’t know if they have enough in the tank for a Redskins team on a roll.
The Pick: Redskins 24 – Cowboys 21
Philadelphia (2-1) at Chicago (1-2) 8:15pm: Jim Johnson has young Kyle Orton in his sights this week, after an 8-sack performance last week expect some wrinkles added to the package. Donovan McNabb always plays well when he returns home. The Bears know that too. Brian Westbrook (ankle) is looking like a game time decision.
The Pick: Eagles 28 – Bears 13
Monday September 29, 2008
Baltimore (2-0) at Pittsburgh (2-1) 8:30pm: If you think Ray Lewis and the rest of the Ravens defense didn’t notice what the Eagles did to the Steelers last week, then you don’t know Ray Ray. Losing Willie Parker and Casey Hampton don’t help the Steelers in this one.
The Pick: Ravens 16 – Steelers 10
Byes this week: Giants, Patriots, Seahawks, Dolphins, Colts and Lions.
Record Last Week 8-8. Season 16-15.