It’s been a crazy, hectic week at work so I apologize for getting the picks up late. After seven weeks there is one game between first to second, second to third and third to fourth, so a strong week by one person can help pull away or a bad week of picks could bury someone. Al has taken the lead through seven weeks so let’s get to this week’s picks!
1. Jacksonville at Green Bay:
- The Jaguars won’t have Maurice Jones-Drew this Sunday which is a bigger hit for them than the Packers being without Greg Jennings, Charles Woodson, Nick Perry, Sam Shields and possibly Jordy Nelson. One of the keys to the NFL, depth. The Packers are on a roll and Aaron Rodgers has hushed the doubters except Skip Bayless, but he’s an idiot. Pack keeps rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ rollin. Yes I just had a Limp Bizkit moment there.
- Packers- 34-13
2. Atlanta at Philadelphia:
- Atlanta’s opponents have a combined record of 13-24 this season so they might not be who we think they are but they are still a good team. They have done what they are supposed to do and their last two victories came on last minute drives. Matty Ice has been clutch. Philadelphia is one of the more interesting teams this year and the futures of Michael Vick and head coach Andy Reid will be story-lines through the rest of the season. The Eagles sloppy ways won’t keep going so I am taking Atlanta in this one.
- Falcons- 27-23
3. New York Giants at Dallas:
- The Cowboys are who I figured they would be. A team with a bunch of hype who doesn’t fulfill the expectations. Dallas is banged up. Leading tackler Sean Lee is out for the year and DeMarco Murray is still out. The pass defense has played phenomenal this season but unfortunately the offense has too many turnovers and drops. The Giants are one of the more balanced offenses in the league and the defensive line loves to give Tony Romo a hard time. Giants extend their lead in the NFC East.
- Giants- 27-20
4. New Orleans at Denver:
- The Saints have won two straight but still have no defense to speak of. Denver has played, in my mind the toughest schedule so far this season. Peyton Manning looks like his old self so his eyes have to be wide as saucers to see how bad New Orleans defense is. This should be an awesome duel between two of the best QB’s in the league but I am going to take the man with four neck surgeries.
- Broncos- 37-34
5. San Francisco at Arizona:
- Can someone find out if Denny Green thinks if his old team, the Cardinals are who he thought they were for me? Thanks. Arizona has faltered over the last few weeks largely because they have no offense outside Larry Fitzgerald. The 49ers got a big win last week over divison rival, Seattle and have a long time to rest since they played last Thursday. The defense and Frank Gore are the keys to this team so look for plenty of blitzes on an inept Cardinals offense and a lot of Gore. Taking the 49ers in this one.
- 49ers- 20-13