Our options are limited this week by previous picks, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the winning streak going.
1. Jacksonville over Washington – The Jaguars couldn’t overcome an early deficit against the Colts last week, but Jacksonville has played really well most of the season. They should be able to run the ball against a Redskins D that has been very weak all season. Washington’s offense showed some fight with Rex Grossman last week, but Grossman is so prone to turnovers that the Jags should be able to set their offense up enough to overcome the yards they give up. Jacksonville still has a lot to play for, and the Redskins don’t, which is another reason we feel confident going with the Jaguars this week.
2. Pittsburgh over Carolina – This Thursday-nighter is the pick of the week if you happen to have the Steelers left in your arsenal. Despite last week’s win, the Panthers simply aren’t good enough to go on the road and beat anyone, much less a top contender in the playoff hunt like the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s D will force Jimmy Clausen into turnovers, and Rashard Mendenhall should find plenty of running lanes. This should be a no-stress winner.
3. Kansas City over Tennessee – The Titans won last week, but by and large they have packed it in on the season. So a trip to Arrowhead Stadium will be pretty daunting. The Chiefs must keep their foot on the gas to stay ahead of the Chargers in the AFC West, and with Matt Cassel’s return last week, the Chiefs put on a much better performance offensively. We expect the same this week.
Traps to avoid – Miami over Detroit, Indianapolis at Oakland – The Dolphins continue to struggle at home, losing again last week against a mediocre Bills team to fall to 1-6 at home. Detroit, meanwhile, busted up a 26-game road losing streak at Tampa last week and has now won two in a row. Don’t tempt fate with the Dolphins. The Colts are also a popular pick, but anyone who makes it hasn’t been paying attention. Although the Colts have won two straight, they have struggled on the road this year, and Oakland’s strong running game should find plenty of lanes against a Colts D that is far from sturdy.
Week 15 – W San Diego (vs. San Francisco)
Week 14 – W Pittsburgh (vs. Cincinnati)
Week 13 – W Philadelphia (vs. Houston)
Week 12 – W N.Y. Jets (vs. Cincinnati)
Week 11 – W Baltimore (at Carolina)
Week 10 – W Tampa Bay (vs. Carolina)
Week 9 – W Green Bay (vs. Dallas)
Week 8 – W Kansas City (vs. Buffalo)
Week 7 – L New Orleans (vs. Cleveland)
Week 6 – L Chicago (vs. Seattle)
Week 5 – L Houston (vs. N.Y. Giants)
Week 4 – L Tennessee (vs. Denver)
Week 3 – W Baltimore (over Cleveland)
Week 2 – W Oakland (over St. Louis)
Week 1 – W N.Y Giants (over Carolina)