I won’t be catching too many of this week’s games, as I’ll be heading back from the World Fantasy Convention on Sunday. Too bad, though, because there’s a number of excellent matchups that should get you to postpone your Doctor Who Netflix binge until next week.
The Browncoats are relevant! They’re heading to Cincinnati with the division still in their sights. Happy Unification Day, Cleveland. Be shiny. In other news, the Niners try to turn it around Under the Dome, while Philly starts Mark Sanchez against a woeful yet hungry Carolina team. And what’s up with Arizona? Wild Cards, indeed.
As always, use these picks for alleged entertainment, not for wagering. Winners in italics. Here we go:
Cleveland at Cincinnati: I am totally rooting for the Browncoats, but Cincy at home may be too much to surpass.
Kansas City at Buffalo: Likewise, I’d love to see the Bills win, but the Chiefs suddenly decided to aim true, like a Stormtrooper nearing his annual review from Death Star HR.
Miami at Detroit: Megatron is back, and Miami does not have any Autobots on the squad.
Dallas at Jacksonville: The perfect gimme game after losing to Arizona at home last week.
San Francisco at New Orleans: Should be good, if only to see the veins in Jim Harbaugh’s head explode in fury.
Tennessee at Baltimore: Actually, if this is on in your market, dial up the TARDIS after all.
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets: If Rothelisberger can hang six TDs on Indy and Baltimore, he should be sending Rex Ryan to the Wall with no problems.
Atlanta at Tampa Bay: If the gods are just, this will end in a tie of mediocrity.
Denver at Oakland: The T-1000 of football lost at Foxboro. Manning will want vengeance, and the Raiders are the cupcakes he needs.
St. Louis at Arizona: The newest Angry Birds will pick apart the Rams.
N.Y. Giants at Seattle: Don’t count Seattle out yet. Not with this schedule in their pocket.
Chicago at Green Bay: What’s happening to the Bears of late? The five members of the Guardians of the Galaxy could beat ’em, even with the raccoon.
Carolina at Philadelphia: Actually, I never thought Sanchez was a bad QB. I just think the Jets are inept at nearly everything they do. Chip Kelly can work with him.
Bye: New England and Indy get a well deserved rest. San Diego and Houston can try to right the ship, while Minnesota breathes a sigh of relief and Washington…can officially not show up, rather than figuratively.
Last week’s record: 8-4
Season record: 86-47