Jim Mancari, ContributorAll it will take is a few good weeks in a row to get right back to the .500 mark – or even better. I have to say though, it’s been very difficult to pick games this season, as there have been plenty of surprises.
The Chiefs and Bears came up short for me last week, but I earned wins with the Giants and Packers.
Here are this week’s picks. I’ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week’s games in the comments section. Good luck!
Week 7 Record: 2-2
Overall Record: 10-18
Buffalo Bills (+11) at New Orleans Saints
The Saints are coming off their bye week, and the previous week they suffered a tough loss to the Patriots in Foxboro. This game could be over before it even gets underway. Thad Lewis has actually not been so awful as the Bills’ quarterback, but good luck playing on the road in New Orleans. Drew Brees and his receiving corps should have a field day, and the Saints should easily cover the double-digit spread.
New York Jets (+6.5) at Cincinnati Bengals
Wow, the Jets are 4-3 and the Giants are 1-6! Who predicted that? But the Jets have relied on their defense – and plenty of timely penalties – to put up some wins, none bigger than last weekend against New England. The Bengals are 5-2, and they really could be undefeated. But I do think the Jets will put up a good fight, as these teams always seem to do against each other. Cincinnati will likely squeeze out the home win, but the Jets could just as well cover.
Seattle Seahawks (-11) at St. Louis Rams
The Rams’ quarterback woes are so bad that they even reached out to the 44-year-old Brett Favre. Playing the league’s best defense isn’t exactly an ideal situation for whoever winds up taking snaps for St. Louis. I’m always skeptical about the Seahawks on the road, but they are 3-1 on the road this season. I can easily see Seattle winning by at least two touchdowns in this one.
New York Giants (+4.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
Maybe the Monday night win finally gave the Giants the confidence to go on a bit of a winning streak, but believe me, I would not be surprised at all if Big Blue winds up with a loss in Philadelphia. Sure the team beat the Vikings, but anyone who watched that game could see that the Giants still have plenty of issues. But just maybe Peyton Hillis builds on a strong performance, and maybe the Giants’ defensive front continues its excellent play against the run. They’ve already shown they can stop LeSean McCoy once this season; why not do it again? I’m expecting that the G-Men to keep the game close for most of the way, in which case they’ll cover the spread, win or lose. In a perfect world, they’ll win the game outright, but I’m at least sticking with them this week based on the points.
Follow Jim Mancari on Twitter @JMMancari.