Once again, time for the picks (in red), this time from last week's defending champion (that's me):
Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans: I can't pick the Fish until they show me they can win.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs: The Jags are not much better than the Chiefs, but they should be good enough to beat this Herm Edwards train wreck.
Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots: The only way the Pats lose this one is if they take the Brownies lightly.
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints: The Saints are a tempting pick this week, but they will have to win one before I take them. They have looked pretty bad so far.
New York Jets at New York Giants: This one is a coin toss between two underachieving teams.
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers: I have not been overly impressed with either of these teams. They have played well enough to win, but their competition so far has not been exceptional. That said, I lean towards the Steelers in this long road game for the Hawks.
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams: Kurt Warner wins one against his former team.
Atlanta Falcons at Tennessee Titans: Rumors swirling about Bobby Petrino returning to the college ranks after this season cannot be helping the Falcons team morale.
Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins: Expect the Lions to have a letdown after their big win over the Bears last week. The Skins coming off a bye week makes it even tougher for Millen's boys.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Indianapolis Colts: As beat up as the Colts are this week, I might take the Bucs to win under normal circumstances. Unfortunately, the Bucs are just as beat up. With both starting running backs (Cadillac Williams and Joseph Addai) likely to miss this game with injuries, don't be surprised if this game turns into a passing fiesta, and we know how Peyton Manning does in those.
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos: Norv Turner vs. Mike Shanahan. 'Nuff said.
Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers: Expect Trent Dilfer to pull a "Culpepper" against the team he led to the Super Bowl.
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers: Yawn. Am I the only one who is completely bored with Brett Favre, even when he does well?
Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills: If this game were played anytime other than Monday night, I might take the Bills. But give Terrell Owens a spotlight, and he'll take it.
Pigskin Pick'em Rules:
1. Pick the straight-up winners of all this weeks NFL games (excluding any Thursday games). Picks will be accepted in the comments section of the following websites: Politics and Pigskins, Ragged Thots, and American Legends. All picks must be posted by 1 pm Eastern Time on Sunday, or by the kickoff of the first NFL Saturday game on weeks when that happens.
2. The winner gets...bragging rights! (you weren't expecting money, were you?)
3. And new for this year: I will be keeping a running tally for the season, so the person who gets the most picks correct for the whole season, including the playoffs, gets...even BIGGER bragging rights! (and still no money)