We cashed in the Colts last week over the Rams, and took an easy win in the two spot with the Pats over the Bucs and in the three spot with the Eagles over the Redskins. Both of our traps to avoid ended up as predictable blowouts, so that info wasn’t great, but it didn’t knock anyone out, at least. On to this week’s picks.
1. Chicago over Cleveland – Yes, the Bears have lost two straight, but those were both on the road, and they were both against good (or better) teams. Now they return home to take out their frustrations on an awful Cleveland team. You won’t get many better chances to use a so-so team and feel so comfortable about it, so go for the Bears here.
2. Arizona over Carolina – The Cardinals have lost twice at home already, but the way their defense is playing, they won’t lose at home to a Jake Delhomme-led team. Remember that the Birds started Jake’s meltdown in the playoffs last year. The bottom line is that this game matches a good team against a not-good team. That’s the kind of recipe you’re looking for in suicide pools.
3. San Diego over Oakland – The season-opening game between these teams was close, but that was in the Black Hole. The Raiders are coming off an awful performance, while the Chargers easily dispatched a bad K.C. team in Arrowhead last year. This is another good vs. bad matchup that makes for an appealing suicide matchup.
Traps to avoid: Detroit over St. Louis, Houston at Buffalo – The Lions look like a sneaky pick because they have played better than the Rams thus far this year and are at home, but with Calvin Johnson still hurting you just can’t pick the Lions. The Texans have been playing well, but the Bills have won two straight and been competitive. That’s a game you just shouldn’t mess with.
Week 7: W Indianapolis (over St. Louis)
Week 6: L Jets (vs. Buffalo)
Week 5: W Philadelphia (over Tampa Bay)
Week 4: W San Francisco (over St. Louis)
Week 3: L Houston (vs. Jacksonville)
Week 2: L Jacksonville (vs. Arizona)
Week 1: W New Orleans (over Detroit)