In what could very well be a preview of Super Bowl XLIII, the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers at Heinz field.
Other games that may pique your interest: Tampa Bay at Dallas, San Diego and New Orleans meet at Wembley Stadium in London, England and the Cardinals travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers.
Byes this week: Vikings, Broncos, Bears and Packers
Sunday October 26, 2008
Oakland (2-4) at Baltimore (3-3) 1pm:
The Ravens have the NFL’s 7th best run attack while the Raiders are ranked 24th against the run. Expect the ball to be in Joe Flacco’s hands a little as possible.
The Pick: Ravens 20 – Raiders 10
Buffalo (5-1) at Miami (2-4) 1pm:
I feel that the Bills can be had this week, after an emotional win over the Chargers. The Dolphins are decent against the run and Marshawn Lynch hasn’t set the world on fire this season.
Upset Special: Dolphins 28 – Billls 26
Arizona (4-2) at Carolina (5-2) 1pm:
Both defensive units will be challenged, the Cardinals run defense will be tested by DeAngelo Williams and rookie Jonathan Stewart. The Panthers D has to deal with a Cardinals receiving corps that has Anquan Boldin back in the lineup. Both teams are playing their best ball of the season.
The Pick: Panthers 28 – Cardinals 27
Washington (5-2) at Detroit (0-6) 1pm:
The Redskins cannot afford to look ahead to the Steelers next week, the Lions have lost their last two games by a total of nine points:
The Pick: Redskins 30 – Lions 21
Tampa Bay (5-2) at Dallas (4-3) 1pm:
A huge game for two teams headed in different directions. The word on Tony Romo is that he’ll be out til mid-November. The Bucs can’t treat this game as a gimmie, but as the Rams showed last week Brad Johnson can be hurried into mistakes.
The Pick: Bucs 27 – ‘Boys 16
St. Louis (2-4) at New England (4-2) 1pm:
A possible trap game for the Patriots who face the Colts next week. The Rams come in riding a huge wave of confidence and look to give the Pats a game.
The Pick: Patriots 24 – Rams 23
San Diego (3-4) at New Orleans (3-4) 1pm:
I’m not big on regular season NFL games overseas. it has a pre-season look to it. Drew Brees looks to take apart the NFL’s worst pass defense. He’ll have to go without Reggie Bush who had knee surgery this week.
The Pick: Saints 31 – Chargers 24
Kansas City (1-5) at New York Jets (3-3) 1pm:
The Chiefs are giving up a ridiculous 207 rushing yards per game. Thomas Jones and Leon Washington should have big games. Which prevents Brett Favre from possibly losing the game.
The Pick: Jets 23 – Chiefs – 7
Atlanta (4-2) at Philadelphia (3-3) 1pm:
The Eagles are as healthy as they’ve been since camp. The return of Brian Westbrook and Kevin Curtis makes Donovan McNabb that much more effective. The run defense must contain Michael Turner and the league’s 2nd ranked running attack.
The Pick: Eagles 28 – Falcons 20
Cleveland (2-4) at Jacksonville (3-3) 4:05pm:
The Browns are looking to bounce back after dropping a close one to the ‘Skins. The Jags look to improve upon their best offensive output of the season two weeks ago.
The Pick: Jags 34 – Browns 31
Cincinnati (0-7) at Houston (2-4) 4:05pm:
The Bengals will be without Carson Palmer for the third week in a row. The Texans are averaging 28 ppg. the past three weeks.
The Pick: Texans 27 – Bengals 13
New York Giants (5-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1) 4:15pm:
Look for the Giants to run, run and run some more. Eli Manning will look for Plaxico Burress once in the red zone. The Steelers offense will miss Santonio Holmes (deactivation), but Nate Washington is far from chopped liver.
The Pick: Steelers 20 – Giants 17
Seattle (1-5) at San Francisco (2-5) 4:15pm:
New head coach Mike Singletary looks to turn around what has become a disappointing season by the Bay. Seattle will have to wait til next season for their turnaround.
The Pick: Niners 27 – Seahawks 10
Monday October 27
Indianapolis (3-3) at Tennessee (6-0) 8:30 pm:
The Colts aren’t moving the ball consistently and they’re definitely not stopping anyone. Not a good combination when the season is slipping away.
The Pick: Titans 30 – Colts 21
Last Week 9-5, Season 46-40, Upset Special 2-0