Well, some relief is in sight. The refs union has finally decided that enough is enough. The N.F.L. must have felt like they just were facing Manny Paccquiao in a championship fight. The black-eye suffered by the lack of an bargaining agreement for the REAL referees will forever impact this season. Your backup plan failed miserably! At least my game predictions for this week hopefully won’t be impacted as much as last weeks. I went a horrible 6-10 as upsets also were Rampant. Thanks to Oakland, Minnesota and Tennessee, N.F.L. parity is truly becoming a reality.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens- This seems like an easy pick and I do pick the Ravens over the Browns, but it will be a close one. Baltimore 27-23.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills- The McDaniel experiment failed in St. Louis and now New England is now in a similar dilemma and it won’t be fixed this week. Buffalo 21-20.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions- The Lions are tough at home and will have a field day with the Vikings. Detroit 27-20.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans- The Texans will bring the Titans back to earth and put up an old fashion whipping on Tennessee. Houston 31-10.
San Diego Chargers At Kanas City Chiefs- After getting spanked at home, the Chargers go on the road to face an energized Chiefs team. Kanas City 23-20.
San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets- The 49ers proved to have dings on their armour that can be game changing and the Jets wounded defense will have their hands full this week with an hungry San Francisco offense. The 49ers edginess continues this week, 30-21.
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams- The Rams first divisional game will be a tough one. With some of the walking wounded returning to the team and the renewed fire from the fans at home, St. Louis will remind Seattle there no place like home. Rams 28-17.
Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals- Is Arizona for real? Their defense is and the Dolphins will need to have something surprising for the Cardinals to keep it close and will. Upset, Miami 20-17.
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos- Another game that should be easy to pick, but Denver at home is too hard to pass up. Broncos 26-17.
Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars- This cat fight will have stripes eating spots. Bengals 21-10.
New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers- Which team is on the road to recovery? Saints? Packers? Green Bay offense beats up on New Orleans defense 33-21.
Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers- The Redskins can put points on the board but their defense is questionable. Tampa Bay has their problems too but play everyone tough. Buccaneers 23-21.
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles- The Giants have returned to form and the Eagles luckiness ran out last week. No rabbit’s foot for Philadelphia this week. New York 23-20.
Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys- Both of these team’s defenses proved tough last week. But the Cowboys have a edge on offense. Dallas 17-13.
The average score of following rankings: Record, total offense, total defense, points scored and points allowed. Records ties broken by point differential and rest by higher ranking in each category.
- Houston 3.7
- Atlanta 8.1
- New York Giants 8.6
- Baltimore 10.4
- Minnesota 11.4
- Chicago 11.4
- Buffalo 11.8
- New England 11.8
- Arizona 13.2
- San Diego 13.4
- Seattle 13.8
- Philadelphia 14.0
- San Francisco 14.0
- Pittsburgh 14.2
- Dallas 14.6
- Detroit 15.4
- Green Bay 15.6
- Denver 16.2
- New York Jets 17.0
- Miami 17.4
- Washington 17.6
- Cincinnati 18.0
- Kanas City 18.2
- Indianapolis 21.2
- New Orleans 22.6
- Carolina 23.2
- Oakland 23.4
- St. Louis 23.9
- Tampa Bay 24.4
- Cleveland 25.4
- Jacksonville 26.3
- Tennessee 27.0