While I was pretty happy to see my pick of the Jaguars over the Colts end up being wrong for the Ravens' benefit, I expect to continue my solid pace this season with 20 correct picks the past two weeks. With the playoff race in full swing with so many teams still in the hunt, this weekend's game will sort out the picture a lot better. So let's get right to it with the Saturday night game and the AFC contenders' games, and the rest of the weekend's schedule after the 'Jump,' although I'll pick & pan the Ravens-Bears game on Sunday morning.
Saints over Cowboys: Hasn't Dallas learned that they can't win on Saturday night prime time games after what our Ravens did to them last year around this time? The Saints will not let the Cowboys stop their quest to finish undefeated, which I see them doing.
Titans over Dolphins: A Tennessee win still gives them a chance at the post season, but so slim that we need to root for them to knock Miami out of the hunt.
Jets over Falcons: I thought of making this my "Upset Special" based on the fact that New York should have Mark Sanchez back but their defense has looked solid enough to beat an Atlanta team that has not been good on the road.
Broncos over Raiders: Love to see the upset, but Denver is looking tough and should be a confused Oakland team.
Packers over Steelers: Green Bay's balanced offense should tame the toughness of playing at Heinz Field, as the Steelers will be on their sofas watching the playoffs after winning it all last year.
Patriots over Bills: This was also my thought to be the "Upset Special" as New England has only won in London on the road this year, but Buffalo is such a weak team that I just don't see it.
Cardinals over Lions: As bad as Arizona played last week in losing to the 49ers, they should be able to win one in Detroit against a team that has bottomed out once again.
Browns over Chiefs: Is this considered an "Upset Special?" If it is, then I can see an improved Cleveland defense beating a Kansas City team that couldn't even beat the Bills at home last week.
Texans over Rams: Houston retains its slim chance at the post season by beating perhaps one of the two worst teams in the league in St. Louis (along w/ Detroit).
Eagles over 49ers: Philadelphia is on a roll and while San Francisco looked solid in winning at home, this is the east coast and a lot colder than the west.
Chargers over Bengals: Cincinnati will play with heavy hearts but they will not be able to overcomve the hottest team in the league in San Diego, much less their grief.
Seahawks over Buccaneers: Sort of a boring one this weekend but guys are playing for jobs which should have Seattle defending their home turf over Tampa Bay.
Vikings over Panthers (Sunday night): Minnesota needs to prove it can win on the road at the end of the season if they want to show the league that they have a chance to reach the Super Bowl and doing so in Carolina will help.
Redskins over Giants (Monday night): I think Washington will upset New York at home on prime time, as it seems the Giants always find a way to disappoint their fans in the tougher games.