Thanks to the World Series which went until 1 a.m. ET, I neglected to do my NFL Picks. Since we’re getting close to the start of the games, I’ll do them Quick Hits style. Last week, I told you it would be a tricky week to pick games and I was only 8-6 for an overall record of 57-36, a .612 winning percentage. Not good. Let’s get to the picks now.
Cleveland at St. Louis – CBS, 1 p.m.
Cleveland wins and extends the Rams winless season for another week, 28-17.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati – CBS, 1 p.m.
How did Pittsburgh manage to lose last week is beyond me. But then again, most of you didn’t watch and neither did I because of ALCS Game 7. Take Pittsburgh to win, 28-25.
Indy at Carolina – CBS, 1 p.m.
Say hello to 7-0, Indianapolis. Vinny Testaverde will have no shot. Indy wins, 38-10.
Raiders at Tennessee – CBS, 1 p.m.
The Raiders are improved, but they still don’t win. Titans, 17-6.
Detroit at Chicago – Fox, 1 p.m.
The Lions are bad on the road. Until they fix their road woes, always go with the home team. Detroit loses, 26-3.
Giants vs. Miami at Wembley Stadium, London – Fox, 1 p.m.
Miami will prove that they suck on two continents (I give props to Mike Lupica of the Sports Reporters for that line). By halftime, the Brits will be asking for their money back. G-Men take this 19-3.
Philadelphia at Minnesota – Fox, 1 p.m.
I want to believe in the Eagles, but they keep burning me. Same for the Vikes, but I think Adrian Peterson will be the star of the show again this week. Vikings, 20-14.
Houston at San Diego – CBS, 4:05 p.m.
For a while, it was thought this game would have to played in Arizona or Seattle, but thanks to the hard work of the firefighters and a break in the weather, Qualcomm Stadium will be the site of this game. The Chargers want to prove all is back to normal so they’ll win this easily, 24-3.
Jacksonville at Tampa Bay – CBS, 4:05 p.m.
I’ll take the Bucs to win this, 17-7.
Buffalo at New York Jets – CBS, 4:05 p.m.
Someone has to win this game. Take the Jets at home, 16-10.
New Orleans at San Francisco – Fox, 4:15 p.m.
Two former division rivals face each other. Saints seem to have righted the ship. Niners have not. New Orleans wins, 23-20.
Washington at New England, Fox, 4:15 p.m.
Tom Brady will throw to Kyle Brady. Tom Brady will throw to Randy Moss. Tom Brady will throw to Wes Welker. Tom Brady will throw to Donte Stallworth. And the Pats will run up the score, but not as bad as the last two weeks because Bill Belichick actually respects Joe Gibbs. Pats, 38-24.
No Sunday night game because of the World Series so we go to Monday Night:
Green Bay at Denver – ESPN, 8:30 p.m.
The Denver fans will be in full football mode as the World Series ends tonight so all of Colorado’s attention will be solely on this game. Take the Broncs, 31-25 in a fun shootout.
There you go. Next week, we’ll have our picks in the proper format.