Daniel Park: Butt and I are taking a crack at who wins this week's tray of games. I admit, I'm tired of picking. ...on him. I wonder if the wedgie jokes ever get old. We both went 8-5 last week, meaning I'm still picking up after his nuggets.
I'm two games behind my boss, who is 82-50-1. I am 80-52-1. That changes now.
As far as Thursday night matchups go, my editor and I haven't missed a beat since Week 4, when Kirk Cousins skunked the league with a four-interception performance against the Giants. Cousins and Butt would probably get along really well.
Jason Butt: Hey, I've heard Cousins is a nice guy. I can get along with anyone.
Park's take: Former Virginia Union offensive lineman Napoleon White opines, "I think the Browns win the game by three, not a big margin." My co-worker may be onto something.
Park's pick: Browns 23, Bengals 20
Butt's take: Joe Haden has done well covering A.J. Green in the past. But Mohamed Sanu has been a beast lately. Gotta go with the Bengals.
Butt's pick: Bengals 27, Browns 20
Park's take: Kansas City's defense has the know-how on how to halt game managers, being they defend Alex Smith in each practice. Kyle Orton is picked apart Sunday.
Park's pick: Chiefs 24, Bills 16
Butt's take: The Bills have been a much more complete team with Kyle Orton behind center. But assuming Fred Jackson is once again unable to play, look for Justin Houston to have a field day getting after the quarterback.
Butt's pick: Chiefs 20, Bills 16
Park's take: Miami shutout the Chargers, 37-0, four days ago in one of last Sunday's more curious outcomes. Detroit is fresh off a bye after shaving the Falcons by a last-second field goal in London. Rest assured, not all felines are scared to get into the water.
Park's pick: Lions 34, Dolphins 27
Butt's take: The Dolphins are suddenly one of the hottest teams in football. It's one thing to blow out Jacksonville. It's quite another to dismantle San Diego. With Miami's penchant for creating turnovers of late, I'm going to go with the Dolphins.
Butt's pick: Dolphins 20, Lions 17
Park's take: If you smell upset, you're right. The Jaguars will feel down after losing to a team that is on the fringes of victory and defeat contingent upon quarterback play.
Park's pick: Cowboys 14, Jaguars 12
Butt's take: With Tony Romo expected to play, the Cowboys should win this one. I have no faith in Jacksonville.
Butt's pick: Cowboys 27, Jaguars 10
Park's take: Unlike the 49ers which have dropped two straight, the Saints are on the right side of .500 after winning back-to-back games. The 49ers find control of this game and keep cruising.
Park's pick: 49ers 37, Saints 30
Butt's take: Colin Kaepernick was probably robbed a week ago but that's how the game goes sometimes. The ball just doesn't seem to be bouncing Jim Harbaugh's way this season and that continues Sunday.
Butt's pick: Saints 31, 49ers 28
Park's take: Ben Roethlisberger is performing on an elite level, enjoying himself to a helluva three weeks. The man threw for 12 magical touchdowns in two days. Let's make that 18 in three.
Park's pick: Steelers 48, Jets 14
Butt's take: I refuse to believe Ben Roethlisberger will throw for another six touchdowns this week. I won't rule out three or four though.
Butt's pick: Steelers 34, Jets 20
Falcons at Buccaneers
Park's take: The Buccaneers kindly return the Falcons' confidence they've been missing since the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. #exaggerationmuch
Park's pick: Falcons 33, Bucs 17
Butt's take: NFC South football has become the Big Ten of the NFL. I don't even think folks in Atlanta and Tampa Bay really care about this game.
Butt's pick: Falcons 27, Bucs 14
Park's take: raid·er noun \ˈrā-dər\: a person who suddenly and unexpectedly attacks a place or group.
Park's pick: Broncos 35, Raiders 10
Butt's take: LOL
Butt's pick: Broncos 45, Raiders 17
Park's take: You already know that I love the Rams' defense. Their offense, however, is a case of bad breath.
Park's pick: Cardinals 27, Rams 18
Butt's take: The Cardinals may just possess the most balanced offense in the NFL. Somehow Andre Ellington is going unnoticed nationally, even though he's averaging 109 total yards per game. Arizona should be able to get another win against St. Louis.
Butt's pick: Cardinals 26, Rams 13
Giants at Seahawks
Park's take: For some odd reason I thought that the Giants would pull off a Twilight Zone-esque win over Indianapolis last Monday. Seattle has no excuse to lose this game, that is, unless they beat themselves.
Park's pick: Seahawks 40, Giants 21
Butt's take: The Seahawks dominated teams a year ago. That's not happening this time around. But injuries have decimated the Giants on offense. It could be a tough day for the Giants.
Butt's pick: Seahawks 34, Giants 21
Park's take: Green Bay are seven-point favorites according to OddsShark.com, meaning that the gamblers in Vegas see this matchup coming down to one possession. Both offenses are explosive but the prophet in me tells me that the Packers will pull away with a sure-fire win in the fourth.
Park's pick: Packers 33, Bears 19
Butt's take: Chicago was dreadful against New England. That changes this week. Look for Jay Cutler to get Brandon Marshall more involved moving forward while limiting mistakes. The Bears pull off the upset.
Butt's pick: Bears 34, Packers 31
Park's take: Happy pickings, Butt. No wedgie puns intended.
Park's pick: Panthers 23, Eagles 21
Butt's take: You deserve a wedgie from Mr. Butt Fumble himself for picking against his Eagles.
Butt's pick: Eagles 27, Panthers 17