I just got back in from doing from Christmas shopping. I can’t believe I have to go out again on Christmas Eve do finish shopping, but that’s what I have to do. But anyway, here are my picks.
New York Giants at Buffalo Bills – Fox, 1 p.m.
Bills can play the spoilers here. Giants will be in windy conditions. If the G-Men lose today and next week, expect Tom Coughlin to be looking for a job on New Year’s Day. Bills are a proud team and want to show that they are among the teams to watch in 2008. Take the Bills to win today, 17-9.
Green Bay at Chicago – Fox, 1 p.m.
The Packers have to win to keep the pressure on Dallas for NFC home field in the playoffs. Take the Pack over a woefully inept Bears offense, 21-6.
Philadelphia at New Orleans – Fox, 1 p.m.
I can’t figure out the Iggles to save my life. I pick with them and they lose. I pick against them and they win. With Reggie Bush out for the Saints today, I’ll go with the Eagles, 16-3.
Cleveland at Cincinnati – CBS, 1 p.m.
The Browns know what to do, win and they’re in the playoffs. The Bengals are shitty. The Battle of Ohio goes to my Browns, 24-10.
Kansas City at Detroit – CBS, 1 p.m.
I want the Lions to do well at the end of the season and I’m going to pick them here to beat the Chefs, 27-9.
Houston at Indianapolis – CBS, 1 p.m.
The Colts know they have a 1st round bye in the playoffs. The Texans won’t have Matt Schaub at QB today. Sage Rosenfels will start in his place. The Colts will be ready for the playoffs with a coasting win today over the Texans, 31-16.
Oakland at Jacksonville – CBS, 1 p.m.
No one wants to play the Jags in the playoffs because they have a balanced offensive attack. I like this team heading into the postseason. Expect JaMarcus Russell to play for the Raid-uhs today. Won’t help them at all. Take Jacksonville, 29-7.
Tampa Bay at San Fransisco – Fox, 4;05 p.m.
Thank goodness this game was taken out of primetime tonight. Can you imagine this being the showcase for NBC? What would John Madden say about it? There’s no way you could hype this game to get people to watch. Take TB by a hair today, 17-16.
Atlanta at Arizona – Fox, 4:05 p.m.
I won’t be watching this game either, but I’ll pick ‘Zona to defeat a Falcons team playing out the string and waiting for 2008, 26-7.
Baltimore at Seattle – CBS, 4:15 p.m.
This is a showcase game for CBS? You’ve got to be kidding. Seattle over the Ravens, 19-0.
Miami at New England – CBS, 4:15 p.m.
Miami might be able to keep it close before the winds and rains come in at 6 p.m. ET. I’ll go with the Pats who will go to 15-0, 25-16.
Washington at Minnesota – NBC, 8:15 p.m.
The Redskins are coming into this game playing well. So are the Vikings. I’ll go with the Vikes at home, 28-24.
Denver at San Diego – ESPN, 8:15 p.m., Monday
I like the San Diego Super Chargers, 28-14.
There you go. Just under the wire again.