Another week, another win, thanks to the Bengals taking care of business over the Lions. Let’s keep our roll going this week…
1. Titans over Rams – We’ve made a habit of picking against the dregs of the league, and this week the juiciest matchup comes in Nashville, where the Titans will host the Rams. Ten years ago this was a Super Bowl matchup; now it’s an easy bounce-back game for the Titans after their first loss in six games. With one good team against one terrible team, this makes for a simple pick.
2. Ravens over Lions – The Ravens aren’t a good team, and they’re really on their heels right now. But even on a short week, we can trust them to take care of a Lions team playing with a banged-up rookie quarterback. This is a game in which talent should win out regardless of the situation, and that points the edge to Baltimore in a big way.
3. Patriots over Panthers – Like the Ravens, the Patriots are in a tailspin, but they’ve played much better at home than on the road this season, and the Panthers simply don’t have enough firepower to keep up with Tom Brady and company. If you have yet to use the Pats, this is former Super Bowl matchup is their easiest contest left this season. But since the Panthers aren’t as putrid as the Rams or Lions, we can’t make them our No. 1 pick for the week.
Trap to avoid: Jets at Tampa Bay – Yes, the Jets should be able to go into Tampa Bay and get a win, but with injury questions at quarterback, turnovers are an even bigger possiblity than normal. Plus, the Bucs have been frisky over the last month, including a home win against a playoff contender in the Packers. Those two factors make this a game to stay away from.
Week 13: W Cincinnati (over Detroit)
Week 12: W Dallas (over Oakland)
Week 11: W Arizona (over St. Louis)
Week 10: W Miami (over Tampa Bay)
Week 9: W Atlanta (over Washington)
Week 8: W Chicago (over Cleveland)
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)