On the heels of back-to-back six touchdown performances by Ben Rothelisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers fell to the 1-8 New York Jets.
The Cleveland Browns are in sole possession of first place in the AFC North — in November.
Obviously, Loki is charging up his Glow Stick of Destiny because, frankly, if these aren’t signs of impending Ragnarok, I don’t know what would be.
Know what, though? It’s awesome. I love that the Browncoats are 6-3 and playing meaningful games this late in the season, especially with the hometown boy at QB and the high-priced glamour boy riding the pine. Life’s good.
So what’s in store this week? No idea. On with the picks! (Winners in italics.)
Buffalo at Miami: So who’s for real in the AFC East besides the Pats? Lo, this game is your Magic 8 Ball.
Minnesota at Chicago: Finally, a team the Bears can beat. Unless Loki really is gearing up his Vikings for battle.
Houston at Cleveland: Shiny!
Seattle at Kansas City: Call me crazy, but I think Seattle’s back in business.
Atlanta at Carolina: Umm…yeah. Someone has to win this, right?
Cincinnati at New Orleans: Paging Dr. Evil. You need to help the ‘Aints find their mojo, stat. Thankfully, the Bengals are kind of imploding.
Tampa Bay at Washington: Another game where Netflix might provide better options. Are those new Marvel series up yet?
Denver at St. Louis: The whole “lambs to slaughter” thing comes to mind.
San Francisco at N.Y. Giants: It seems the Niners got their groove back, and the Giants are tiny.
Oakland at San Diego: A perfect target for Electro’s team to recover.
Philadelphia at Green Bay: The Eagles are far better than the Bears. The Pack is better than both.
Detroit at Arizona: Wow. Tell me you knew this game would be awesome back in August, I dare you.
New England at Indianapolis: This one could go either way, but Luck’s Lucky Charms are at home.
Pittsburgh at Tennessee: Let’s see if Pittsburgh will whiff against another bad team.
Bye: At least Jacksonville and the Jets won’t lose another game this week. Baltimore and Dallas can bask in glory.
Last week’s record: 10-3
Season record: 96-50