Housecleaning: Man this is becoming difficult! Hat's off to NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Michael Vick. The Eagle quarterback went off on Monday night scoring six touchdowns, four through the air and two on the ground. In doing so took the reigns on the NFL MVP race. Yes, Leavenworth's own Michael Vick. That in the bag, you're getting the Jason Garrett Cowboys twice in the next week and an AFC West showdown on Monday night. But that's not all, the game's two most prolific passers will square off in New England this weekend.
Let's get after it!
Last Week: 8-6
On The Season: 73-64-6
Thursday Night 8:20 PM
Chicago At Miami The Bears did a masterful job containing Vikings RB Adrian Peterson last week. Peterson managed only 51 yards on 17 carries as the Bears beat up the Vikings 27-13. Hmmmm, what will Miami do with Tyler Thigpen under center in replacement of the injured Chad Pennington and Chad Henne? One of the league's best rush defense rolls, Bears +2
Sunday, 1:00 PM (EST)
Buffalo At Cincinnati Are the Bills the cure for the common six game losing streak?!?! The Bengals will look for veteran quarterback Carson Palmer to get back on track after throwing three interceptions in a week 10 loss to Indianapolis. Not this week. The Bills ran the ball for 133 yards last week against a better Detroit run defense, the Bengals give up 115+ per game. Bills +5.5
Cleveland At Jacksonville How can the Browns not have a let down week? For the past six they've prepared for the absolute best this league can give them. Atlanta (7-2), Pittsburgh (6-3), New Orleans (6-3), New England (7-2), and the Jets (7-2). Whatever happens in Jacksonville this weekend you can bet you'll find out what kind of character this team has, that is if you haven't already. Browns +1.5
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Detroit At Dallas From 14-point underdogs to nearly 7-point favorites a week later. You'd think the Cowboys woke up not only themselves, but quite a few others as well. The Dallas secondary is going to be tested against Detroit this week. Even in the absence of quarterback Matt Stafford for the majority of this season, the Lions have been able to get going in the passing game. It's too late for them now, but Dallas rolls. Cowboys -6.5
Baltimore At Carolina With the Panthers currently sitting at 1-8 tied for the NFL's worst, is it safe to say head coach Jon Fox is on the outs? No? Baltimore is once again among the top of NFL defenses and is gong to use Carolina as a tune up for Tampa and Pittsburgh, both coming to their place in the coming weeks. Ravens -10.5
Green Bay At Minnesota A loss on Sunday, comes a firing on Monday. With the chaos surrounding the 2010 Vikings, head are about to roll. Bringing in Brett was his idea, bringing back Brett was his idea, bringing in Randy was his idea, sending Randy away was his idea, this is head coach Brad Childress' team through and through. Slipping to 3-7 with two straight losses to division opponents would be all the Vikings ownership has to see, right?!? Packers -3
Houston At New York (Jets) Let's make one thing clear right now, you don't recover from the way Houston lost to Jacksonville last week. Your last four opponents have gone for 29+ on your defense. You can't stop anybody inside the twenty, let alone the Jets. In last place in the AFC South, the Texans entire season has been a disappointment. Wrap-it up, Jets -7
Washington At Tennessee Come on now, we're going to give Vince Young's team points after he couldn't play injured? Randy Moss is not replacing Kenny Britt, Vince Young isn't great, and I just don't buy the Titans any longer. If they were playing any other team I'd tell you how bad I didn't buy them. The Redskins are not only soft, but they lack character. Titans -7
Arizona At Kansas City The Chiefs were embarrassed last week against Denver. Watching Kyle Orton put four touchdowns up on the board has to damage your ego just a little bit. Because I'm on the "tear down Arizona" world tour, I'm guessing Kansas City is going to take out a small piece of revenge on the Cardinals at Arrowhead. Chiefs -8
Oakland At Pittsburgh I really like Oakland. They move the ball on offense and are fast on defense. I don't think Pittsburgh has really put everything just yet, and they lost a step against New England last week. With two weeks to prepare. Call me crazy, but I think the Raiders can actually win this game. Raiders +7
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Sunday, 4:00 PM (EST)
Atlanta At St. Louis Doesn't any dome feel like home to the 6-0 indoor Falcons? St. Louis has played well this season, but not well enough to slow down a Falcon team gaining steam. Falcon quarterback Matt Ryan is going to have to come up big against a St. Louis defense that plays well against the run. Falcons -3
Seattle At New Orleans The Saints have returned to their winning ways and the win against Pittsburgh two weeks ago was proof enough. If not, you saw them torch Carolina by four touchdowns this past week. New Orleans isn't playing around anymore, they've got to win their home games and that spells trouble for Seattle coming to their place. Saints -11.5
Tampa Bay At San Francisco Wake-up call for the Bucs! With me on board this week, I'm guessing San Francisco will turn it around. Pulling out a big win against St. Louis last weekend, the 49ers are going to come on strong now and make a final run at their division. If Tampa plans to continue their miracle season, they're going to have to find a way around Patrick Willis. Buccanneers +3.5
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Indianapolis At New England After the Patriots dropping of Pittsburgh last weekend in their own back yard, I think we're through seeing them as an underdog anywhere. From injuries to Austin Collie, Joseph Addai, Anthony Gonzalez, the Colts are decimated. Heavy doses of Tom Brady and his cast of players who "weren't good enough," just three weeks ago. Patriots -4
Sunday, 8:20 PM (EST)
New York (Giants) At Philadelphia What's left to say about Michael Vick that hasn't already been said?!? At 30-years old, after missing two seasons of football in 2007 and 2008, an 18-month prison term, he's better! On the heels of a mind numbing game in Washington, he'll get an opportunity to show it off against the Giants on center stage again. With those young receivers in Philly and Mike Vick under center, the Giants better get their track shoes on. Eagles -3
Monday, 8:30 PM (EST)
Denver At San Diego Be careful Josh McDaniels. I'll caution the Broncos head coach on running up the score for one reason: PHILIP RIVERS. The most underrated quarterback in the game, Rivers is getting weapons back this week and has been more than dangerous over the past two weeks. Before you post a near 50-spot on a division rival, make sure you don't have a high powered one the following week. Chargers -9.5
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