Detroit at Buffalo -- When is it going to happen, Buffalo? When do you get to enjoy the team's first and possibly only win of the season? It's another week and another tempting scenario to pick the Bills. The Lions are always beatable, especially with quarterback Matthew Stafford unable to stay healthy. Do the Bills finally see dividends for their hard work? You betcha.
Minnesota at Chicago -- Those were some nasty things Vikings players said to the Chicago Sun-Times about coach Brad Childress earlier this week. It's clear this team is in shambles, despite pulling out a win against Arizona a week ago. The Bears, meanwhile, are coasting along the mediocre path, making this one of the toughest games of the week to pick. I'll take the home team in this one.
New York Jets at Cleveland -- It's a battle of brothers as Rex and Rob Ryan do battle in Cleveland. It took overtime last week, but the Jets pulled one out against the Lions, while Cleveland seems to be doing well against the big boys this season. Even though it's a road game, I'll take the Jets big.
Cincinnati at Indianapolis -- It's a shame in today's media we focus more on the negative stories in sports rather than the positive ones. One of the biggest bright spots this season has been the play of Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens. Owens had two touchdowns in a loss to the Steelers and appears to be the team's only formidable weapon. The Colts lost another one of their weapons in Austin Collie against the Eagles, and I'm betting Peyton Manning won't let his team lose two games in a row.
Tennessee at Miami -- Let the Randy Moss era begin in Tennessee. It couldn't be a better week, too, as the Titans will travel to Miami where the Dolphins have yet to win a game at home. That doesn't mean they won't be fired up, however. Last week's loss to the Ravens left players (Channing Crowder, anyone?) a little cheesed off. Maybe it will help down in South Beach.
Carolina at Tampa Bay -- With Matt Moore sidelined for the rest of the season, the Panthers' hopes of having a successful second-half of their season just went out the door. Tampa Bay's quarterback Josh Freeman is in the midst of a nice season and has the Bucs competing for a divisional crown. I like the Bucs to keep rolling in this one.
Houston at Jacksonville -- Another tough game this week is the divisional-clash between two teams that are so streaky. We've been hearing about the Texans' run to dominance for the better part of five years now and apparently they're still waiting. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio can't wait too much longer for his team to make the playoffs. But I think Houston's got a little more firepower.
Kansas City at Denver -- **Upset Special** Is this a biased upset special this week? You know it. The Broncos have underachieved this year, which was hard because they weren't supposed to be very good to begin with. But nothing gets this team fired up more than a game against the Chiefs, especially when they're in first place. I'll pick the Broncos to get the upset, but don't expect it to translate to a playoff run.
Dallas at New York Giants -- Giants here. No need to go into detail.
Seattle at Arizona -- It seems to be the week of divisional matchups, with two teams here with playoff hopes still intact. Matt Hasselback didn't play last week as the Seahawks were absolutely destroyed by the Giants, but the challenge gets easier against the Cardinals. I'm not really sure who to go with in this one, but I liked what I saw from Arizona's offense last week. Home team, it is.
St. Louis at San Francisco -- I like what Sam Bradford is doing with the Rams, but I think the 49ers have found the tiniest bit of momentum recently. That's enough for me to take the team many predicted to win the division at the beginning of the season.
New England at Pittsburgh -- Many people think this is a solid preview of the AFC Championship, and with good reason. Both teams have elite quarterbacks and two of the best front offices in the league. Pittsburgh is a tough place to play with all of those yellow towels (sarcasm) but with that defense, it doesn't really matter if the fans have an effect or not.
Philadelphia at Washington -- Once again Donovan McNabb is the center of a quarterback controversy, reminiscent of his days with the Eagles. Wait a minute. Who are the Redskins playing? The Eagles. How fitting for McNabb. There's always motivation for that storyline, but the Eagles are off of a big win against the Colts and will keep it going this week.
Last week: 9-4