We’ve got several intriguing matchups as division races tighten up across the NFL. The Jets will try to keep pace with the Bills when they travel upstate. Baltimore travels to Cleveland to take on the surging Browns. In the biggest division matchup of the day the struggling Cowboys take on the division-leading Giants.
Let’s hope for T.O.’s sake there’s enough popcorn to go ’round.
Sunday November 2, 2008
Baltimore (4-3) at Cleveland (3-4) 1pm: A suddenly unpredictable Baltimore offense goes for the season sweep of the Browns who are back in the AFC North race.
The Pick: Baltimore 21 – Cleveland 19
Houston (3-4) at Minnesota (3-4) 1pm: The hot Texans have not given up 100 yards on the ground in two of their last three games. While the Vikings Adrian Peterson is beginning to heat up.
The Pick: Texans 31 Vikings 24
New York Jets (4-3) at Buffalo (5-2) 1pm: This is where we will see what both teams are made of. Who have the Jets really beaten and can the Bills hold off the rest of a surging division. Thomas Jones is the x-factor in this game.
The Pick: Bills 24 – Jets 16
Detroit (0-7) at Chicago (4-3) 1pm: As bad as the Lions are this is a trap game for the Bears who have the Titans at home next week.
The Pick: Bears 27 – Lions 17
Green Bay (4-3) at Tennessee (7-0) 1pm: I believe the Pack have enough offensively to give the Titans their toughest test to date. But they give up a ridiculous amount on the ground to control this game.
The Pick: Titans 23 – Packers 20
Arizona (4-3) at St. Louis (2-5) 1pm: Kurt Warner returns to where it all began. The Cardinals need to make a statement on the road against an improving Rams squad.
The Pick: Cardinals 38 – Rams 24
Tampa Bay (5-3) at Kansas City (1-6) 1pm: The Bucs were unable to run the ball against the Cowboys last week, they should feel better about themselves this week as the face the NFL’s worst run defense.
The Pick: Bucs 28 – Chiefs 7
Jacksonville (3-4) at Cincinnati (0-8) 1pm: The Bengals are giving up 146 rushing yards per contest, the Jags have yet to get their running game on track let alone their season. The running game may be in luck this week.
The Pick: Jags 24 – Bengals 10
Miami (3-4) at Denver (4-3) 4:05pm: The Dolphins have a chance going into this one, I though earlier in the week that the Denver would be under a foot of snow by now, 73 degrees on November 2nd. Global warming is a mother.
The Pick: Miami 28 – Denver 20
Atlanta (4-3) at Oakland (2-5) 4:15pm: The Raiders are too banged up in the backfield and unable to stop anyone else’s to stay in this one.
The Pick: Atlanta 23 - Oakland13
Dallas (5-3) at New York Giants (6-1) 4:15pm: If the Giants defense was able to get to a pretty mobile Ben Roethlisberger five times what to you think their game plan will be for the highly immobile Brad Johnson?
The Pick: Giants 24 – Cowboys 13
Philadelphia (4-3) at Seattle (2-5) 4:15pm: A cross country flight against a poor opponent with a division foe on the schedule next week. All the makings of a trap game.
The Pick: Eagles 30 – Seahawks 17
New England (5-2) at Indianapolis (3-4) 8:15pm: Who thought that this game would be this important to the Colts. The Patriots begin a tough stretch of games with the Bills and Jets coming up.
The Pick: Colts 28 – Patriots 16
Monday November 3, 2008
Pittsburgh (5-2) at Washington (6-2) 8:30 pm: The Steelers are a decent road team the had a tough loss in Philly but won a close one in Jacksonville, while the ‘Skins lone loss at home came to the Rams.
The Pick: Redskins 24 - Steelers 21
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