After nailing the 1 p.m. New York Jets v. Baltimore Ravens match-up… the rest of my picks work out as well as I planned. A weekend at 1-2 puts me back another two games away from reaching the .500 mark. I currently sit at 12-21. Here’s to another weekend of football and my picks!
Miami Dolphins (5-6) at New York Jets (5-6): Both of these teams have lost two of their last three games and are struggling, however New York looks much worse. The Jets have a great front seven, but their secondary is pitiful on defense. Offensively, Geno Smith looks like he hit his rookie wall. As far as for Miami, they just need to keep Ryan Tannehill upright.
I like Miami on the road in this one. The Dolphins have a lot more weapons on both sides of the ball than New York. The key to this game is whether or not the Dolphins can protect their quarterback. Jet’s defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is on a tear this year and is playing his way to his first Pro Bowl. If Tannehill stays off the turf, the Dolphins will be on the right track to a W at MetLife. Dolphins: 24-17
Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) at San Diego Chargers (5-6): Not many had the Chargers winning last weekend, but they pulled off the miraculous victory at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. With Phillip Rivers at the helm, this team is very dangerous and has the ability to win every week. A victory for the San Diego Super Chargers this weekend will give them a lot of momentum for a strong finish. This game is just as crucial for Cincinnati’s playoff hopes after Baltimore’s win last night.
I like the Bengals on the road in this one. The Bengals have a great defense, one that has the potential to stymie Rivers and the Chargers offense. However, I see this being a high scoring affair. If the Chargers want to win this one, their defense needs to show up. Without a strong defensive performance Sunday, the Chargers can kiss their playoff hopes goodbye. Bengals: 31-24
New Orleans Saints (9-2) at Seattle Seahawks (10-1): Mark this down… The winner of this Monday night match-up will win the NFC. The Saints have a tough task, facing Seattle on the road. It is very hard to beat Seattle in their own environment, so the Saints will need throw the kitchen sink at the Seahawks.
I like the Saints coming out with the upset in this one. The main reason I’m predicting this upset is because Drew Brees is facing a depleted Seattle secondary. The Seahawks lost two defensive backs to suspension this week, Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner, which is coming at the worst possible. Richard Sherman won’t be able to stop the Saints air attack on his own, which is why I’m predicting the upset. Saints: 31-20