New Orleans @ CAROLINA – Either you believe in the Panthers or you don’t. This game is for the division lead, and I believe. I think their defense puts the clamps on the Saints offense, and their own offense does a great job running the football. I don’t even think this one will be close. Pick – Carolina.
Minnesota @ CINCINNATI – Forget all about what Matt Cassel and that Asiata guy did last week against the Eagles. This is a higher caliber defense that will handle Cassel and whoever runs the ball for them. Cincinnati is angry after that beatdown in Pittsburgh last week and they will be solid on both sides of the ball at home. Pick – Cincinnati.
Dallas @ WASHINGTON – Cousins looked fairly good last week, and I think he keeps it up here against that deflated Cowboys’ defense. Plus, I feel like Dallas is looking forward to the Philadelphia game next week and overlooking an opponent who has nothing to lose this week. I think Washington wins a close one in the fourth quarter to put Dallas on the ropes. Pick – Washington.
Indianapolis @ KANSAS CITY – Kansas City looked unstoppable on offense last week but their defense gave up way too many points to the Raiders. They won’t do that this week at home against an Indy team that hasn’t played particularly well since Reggie Wayne went down. I see the KC defense stepping up in this one, and Charles has another big day. Pick – Kansas City.
Tampa Bay @ ST. LOUIS – I’m all in on Mike Glennon again. I know he’s been all over the map lately, but I think he can handle that suddenly interesting St. Louis defense. I think Vincent Jackson has a good game, and even though it’s close, Greg Schiano’s club wins one on the road. Pick – Tampa Bay.
Cleveland @ JETS – Which team do we get this week, the good Jets or the bad Jets? I’m thinking the bad Jets because they can’t seem to put two good games together in a row. Even though Cleveland is missing Jordan Cameron, they still have Josh “Flash” Gordon, and their defense will shut down Geno Smith and company, even in New Jersey. Pick – Cleveland.
Denver @ HOUSTON – This is big rebound territory for the Broncos, taking on the miserable Houston Texans, even on the road, and even without Wes Welker. Peyton Manning will throw for at least four touchdowns and Knowshon Moreno will run right over that Texans’ defense. Pick – Denver.
Miami @ BUFFALO – Miami and Ryan Tannehill are on a roll. I think it doesn’t stop just because they travel to the colder temperatures of Buffalo. The Dolphins have their eyes on the playoffs and I think they keep it moving against the Bills, who are down and out. Their defense comes up big too. Pick – Miami.
Tennessee @ JACKSONVILLE – You know I’m not big on Fitzpatrick, and I think he struggles here against that opportunistic Jaguars defense. Yes, I just said opportunistic and Jaguars defense in the same sentence. Even without Cecil Short and possibly without Maurice Jones-Drew, I think the Jaguars do enough to win a close one at home. Pick – Jacksonville.
Giants @ DETROIT – The Lions are on the wrong side of things lately, especially in favorable matchups the past few weeks. They have another one here at home against the lowly Giants, but wouldn’t it be something if the younger Manning finally stepped up for the first time since week 1? Yeah, I didn’t think so either. The Giants will find a way to lose this one. Pick – Detroit.
Arizona @ SEATTLE – Seattle has been dynamic at home, but the Arizona defense is for real. Carson Palmer may be without his number one weapon, though, as Fitzgerald is questionable for this contest. But maybe that won’t matter, as Fitz was shut down the last time they played. I think this one is closer than maybe it should be, but I think finally someone breaks through in Seattle. I think the Seahawks are caught looking ahead in this one, and the Cards take it. Pick – Arizona.
Oakland @ SAN DIEGO – Oakland stunned the Chargers in the first meeting this year, but that one was in Oakland and this one is just down the road in San Diego. I don’t see the Raiders stunning the Chargers again in this one, but Rivers hasn’t traditionally done well against Oakland. I think he struggles again in this one, and Oakland takes another one they probably shouldn’t. Jennings has a great day on the ground too. Pick – Oakland.
New England @ BALTIMORE – This one has major playoff implications, and with Gronk out for the rest of the year and Flacco playing this one in a knee brace, which team will step up? I just don’t trust Brady’s receiving corps, and Miami showed last week that Shane Vereen can be contained. I think the Ravens take a page from that playbook and win a close one against the Patriots. Pick – Baltimore.
Pittsburgh @ GREEN BAY – Lambeau Field hasn’t been anywhere near as intimidating without Aaron Rodgers under center for the Packers. Pittsburgh is fresh off a dismantling of the heavily favored Bengals, but that one was at home. Matt Flynn led a wonderful comeback for the Packers last weekend, and I think he keeps it rolling in this one. I think the Packers take a close one at home to keep their playoff hopes alive. Pick – Green Bay.
Chicago @ PHILADELPHIA – What do the Eagles do after getting destroyed by the lowly Vikings without Adrian Peterson? I think they get it together again. This game might well decide the NFC East if the Redskins can take care of the Cowboys earlier in the day, but I think either way the Eagles come through. LeSean McCoy gets at least 30 carries in this one and makes the most of them, exposing the putrid Bears’ run defense. Pick – Philadelphia.
Atlanta @ SAN FRANCISCO – A rematch of the NFC championship game last season, but how the seas have shifted for this one. The 49ers are once again positioned to make a playoff run, and Atlanta is just playing out the string. Add to it that they’re playing in San Francisco and this one won’t even be close. Kaepernick has a great day, and the Falcons keep looking forward to next season. Pick – Atlanta.
The Fantasy Ace