Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 11/9/13
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The picks did not go well at all last week but that just means this season is as unpredictable as any other (for me at least). This week, the Giants have a chance to make it three wins in a row and the Packers will field the first African-American QB in franchise history (Seneca Wallace). I also like what I see in the Lions-Bears game. Two 5-3 teams going for the division lead will almost always yield a good game. But surprisingly, this is not my Game of the Week. Be sure to check that out along with my lock, upset, and all the other picks. Cleveland, Kansas City, New England, and New York have byes. Last Week: 6-7 Overall: 75-57 Cold Hard Lock: 7-2 Upset Pick: 2-7 (Home teams are in CAPS) Redskins over VIKINGS (TNF) GIANTS over Raiders Seahawks over FALCONS Lions over BEARS Eagles over PACKERS TITANS over Jaguars COLTS over Rams STEELERS over Bills Bengals over RAVENS NINERS over Panthers Texans over CARDINALS Broncos over CHARGERS SAINTS over Cowboys (SNF) Dolphins over BUCS (MNF) Cold Hard Lock: TITANS over Jaguars; I didn’t think I’d ever be picking Tennessee to be a lock this season but with all the competitive matchups this week, this is about the only game I’m confident in. Tennessee has played well overall this season, but ran into a three-game snag against some awfully good teams (KC, SEA, SF). I’m pretty sure that at home the Titans can get back to a high level of play against a historically bad Jacksonville team. Upset Pick: Texans over CARDINALS; Arizona (4-4) has been the definition of a middle-of-the-road team this season. Solid wins against a few teams but no huge blockbuster victories, and losses against top teams like the Saints, Niners, and Seahawks. Based on their season, they should be able to handle underperforming 2-6 Houston, but not so fast. Houston has been playing much better as of late in close losses and Ben Tate can be a formidable replacement for an injured Arian Foster. It may not save their season, but Houston will grab their third win in Arizona. San Diego is probably sick of hearing all about Denver’s offense. Game of the week: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers; The 7-1 Broncos against the 4-4 Chargers as a good game? It just might be. Denver has only played three road games all year and lost one of them and barely survived in another. They now face a division rival that is actually not that bad of a team. In fact, the one team that beat Denver this year? It was Indianapolis, who San Diego handled at home. I have a feeling Peyton Manning’s high scoring offense can get the job done, but the Bolts might just have a shock in store on Sunday. 2 total views, 2 views today
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