I didn’t do so well with my picks last week, and I’m accountable for that. I rush to my computer to take accountability.
Now that I’ve taken accountability, let’s move on to this week’s picks.
49ers @ Seahawks: 49ers 16-3. Marshawn Lynch has rushed for at least one touchdown in the last 10 games, and I’m sure he thinks he’s going to be the first running back to score a TD against the Niners defense this season, but it isn’t happening. The Niners will bust him up in the first half and make him quit by the third quarter – as in no Beastmode. After that it will be up to Tarvaris Jackson to move the ball on offense, and as we know, he’s no John Skelton. He won’t move the ball consistently and he’s going to throw at least one interception. On the other side of the ball Frank Gore won’t have much more production than Lynch, but he won’t quit and he may even score a touchdown late. Alex Smith threw 20 passes and completed 15 of them back in Week 1 against Seattle the first time. He’s going to have to throw and complete more passes in this one to win. But I won’t say the Niners have to score in the red zone. Seattle won’t score much, so three or four David Akers field goals could be enough. Still, I think Vernon Davis has his second big game in a row and scores a touchdown.
Falcons @ Saints: Saints. The Falcons won’t be able to stop the Saints passing attack, plain and simple.
Bears @ Packers: Packers. The Bears are similar to the Chiefs in a lot of ways, but I’m not picking Aaron Rodgers to lose two games in a row, no matter what kind of injuries there are around him on offense.
Eagles @ Cowboys: Eagles. The Cowboys have a terrible secondary. They’re going to give up many yards and points through the air to the Eagles.
Chargers @ Lions: Chargers. The Chargers historically are a dominant team in December, so I’m not picking against them.
Browns @ Ravens: Ravens. The Ravens are inconsistent. They got blown out last week, so that means they’re going to win in a blowout this week.
Buccaneers @ Panthers: Panthers. The Bucs are on the road, they’ve lost eight games in a row and they can’t stop the run. The Panthers have won three of four and they’re the No. 5 rushing offense in the league.
Vikings @ Redskins: Redskins. The Vikings have a chance to land the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft and they will not jeopardize their position in this one. The Redskins will win at home.
Rams @ Steelers: Steelers. This game could be closer than you think. The Rams have a good pass rush and the Steelers have a banged up offensive line plus Charlie Batch at quarterback. But the Rams also have the slowest cornerbacks in the NFL and the Steelers have the fastest wide receivers. I’m picking the home team.
Giants @ Jets: Jets. The Giants are too one-dimensional to beat the Jets – a better overall team.
Dolphins @ Patriots: Patriots. New England will score 30 points and Miami will not.
Raiders @ Chiefs: Chiefs. The Raiders are toast this season. Better luck next year, Hue.
Jaguars @ Titans: Titans. Matt Hasselbeck will start the game and the Jaguars will take an early lead. Then the Titans will bring in Jake Locker to play quarterback and they’ll win.
Cardinals @ Bengals: Cardinals. Patrick Peterson locks down A.J. Green and the Cardinals win an upset on the road.
Broncos @ Bills: Broncos: Denver is the No. 1 rushing offense and the Bills are the No. 28 rushing defense. Tebow and McGahee will each run for 100 yards and the Broncos will win.