Even though I got beaten like a drum, we had fun with our "pick the NFL winners" last week, so let's do it again. (I am surprised Bill Barker hasn't used his bragging rights yet.)
Put your picks in the comments before 1 pm Sunday and I will announce the winner next week. No money, just bragging rights.
Anyway, here are my picks for this week (my pick is in red):
Carolina at Cincinnati: Will the Bengals bounce back after last week's surprise loss to the Bucs? This game is a must-win for both of these teams. I will take the Panthers by a hair.
Detroit at N.Y. Jets: Can the Jets get up for this game after their squeaker over Miami? I say yes, but just barely.
Green Bay at Miami: Don Shula. Vince Lombardi. Larry Csonka. Bart Starr. Dan Marino. Brett Favre. Normally, I would say one out of six ain't bad, but in Favre's case, I will make an exception. Take Miami at home.
Jacksonville at Houston: This one smells like a "trap" game, but I just cannot pick Houston against a better team.
New England at Buffalo: Pats win here by one score.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay: A must-win for the Bucs. Only a nice-to-have win for the Eagles. Take the Bucs in their second upset win.
Pittsburgh at Atlanta: This is the game I have been waiting to see for weeks. I want to see how a good 3-4 defense handles Atlanta's option offense. I think Pittsburgh can.
San Diego at Kansas City: I think K.C. was looking past Pittsburgh last week to this game. Unfortunately, it won't do them any good. Take the Bolts.
Denver at Cleveland: The Brownies have had two weeks to prepare for the Broncos. It ain't enough.
Arizona at Oakland: According to the news, this is one of the alleged target sites for a terrorist bombing this weekend. With these two teams, I would call it more of a mercy killing. Regardless, I think Arizona will take out their frustrations from Monday night on the hapless (or is that hopeless?) Raiders.
Minnesota at Seattle: The Sea Birdies should beat almost anyone at home. The Vikes are no exception.
Washington at Indianapolis: A bad secondary vs. Peyton Manning. You do the math.
N.Y. Giants at Dallas: Heads Dallas wins, tails Giants win. It's heads.