Back with my NFL pix after a week of not being able to post.
I went 11 - 3 on week four, thus bumping my record up to 43 - 18 overall.
Houston Texans @ Cincinnati Bengals
This game will be fun. Houston needs to pass to win, while the Bengals key to victory will be running the ball effectively. I can't see this being a high scoring affair, because both teams need this, but it could be.
Texans 27 Bengals 24
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers
If Detroit is smart, they will sit Stafford this week. With their bye week approaching the following week, they can rely on Culpepper. Green Bay will be hungry, so no reason to risk the future.
Packers 34 Lions 17
Saint Louis Rams @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Rams need some good news, but maybe the exclusion of Rush Limbaugh from prospective ownership may be about it right now. The Jaguars are at a crossroads right now, so Del Rio needs them ready.
Jaguars 34 Rams 14
Baltimore Ravens @ Minnesota Vikings
The Ravens can stop the run, but can they run it against the Vikes? I like the Minnesota secondary a little better at the end of the day.
Vikings 21 Ravens 17
New York Giants @ New Orleans Saints
Game Of The Week
This match up has a little of everything. The Jints keep winning despite a beat up secondary. The Saints have won despite an inconsistent running attack. Both teams are a bit healthier, and seeking balance on Sunday. Jeremy Shockey will be looking to beat his former team, and the Saints hope Pierre Thomas is ready to carry the load. The Giants have a balanced offensive attack that could give New Orleans fits. It will be fun to watch.
Saints 45 Giants 41
Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Well, Derek Anderson is the better quarterback as I had stated long ago. The problem with Anderson finally getting Cleveland a win is that he now has to face a Steelers team trying to stay in the upper echelon in the league. Pittsburgh wants this one bad.
Steelers 31 Browns 10
Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay has an exciting young quarterback named Josh with a bright future. Too bad they wasted their pick on Freeman, because I am referring to Johnson. JJ likes throwing to the tight end, especially Winslow. I don't like what the Panthers have trying to stop this connection.
Buccaneers 24 Panthers 21
Kansas City Chiefs @ Washington Redskins
The battle for the first pick in the draft. Who quits first? It won't be Washington for once.
Redskins 24 Chiefs 17
Philadelphia Eagles @ Oakland Raiders
JaMarcus Russell has more flashes of incompetence than ability. I'm not quite ready to label him a bust, but he might be called damaged goods by seasons end.
Eagles 45 Raiders 17
Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks
Seattle has had two weeks where their defense has been excellent, but they are far from consistent. Arizona needs to treat this like a playoff game.
Cardinals 31 Seahawks 27
Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots
Times are tough for the Titans. Looks like my predicting them last place in their division is looking more solid. The Patriots are still looking for their stride, but the talent still carries them to victory.
Patriots 27 Titans 16
Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets
Buffalo's no huddle offense is a flop. They need to ditch it. The Jets are seeing blood after being embarrassed last week on national television.
Jets 30 Bills 13
Chicago Bears @ Atlanta Falcons
The Bears have a real chance to explore a suspect Falcons secondary. The team that runs the ball will win this game.
Bears 34 Falcons 28
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers
Denver was 4-1 last year when they faced a 2-3 Chargers team. San Diego won that game. History will repeat.
Chargers 34 Broncos 20
The mess in Washington has gotten a lot of publicity lately. Talking heads are now trying to goad the gullible Redskins owner, Dan Snyder, into a retread hire like Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, and even Mike Holmgren.
The issue is compounded by the fact the team just probably lost All Pro offensive tackle Chris Samuels forever because of a spine issue. Things will get so ugly this year that Snyder will finally be forced to fire Vinny Cerrato. Out of the ambers of hell a miracle can occur.
There are a few teams at their lowest right now. The Redskins, Bills, Raiders, Rams, and Titans are certainly in that group, but perhaps no team has looked as lost as the Cleveland Browns. The Browns ownership seems to be taking a tremendous gamble on coach Eric Mangini. Mangini quickly pulled the hook on quarterback Brady Quinn after a few weeks, even though Cleveland traded up to get the crying kid in the green room in 2007.
Now Quinn has sold his house as the trade deadline approaches. There has also be word floated Mangini might trade Pro Bowl return specialist Josh Cribbs Mangini never came across a coach with a plan while with the Jets, so it will be interesting to see if he actually has one or is just trying to establish his ego. After seeing recently traded wide receiver Braylon Edwards contribute immediately with the Jets, you have to wonder if the gamble on the coach is smart.
NFL Power Rankings
1. New York Giants
2. New Orleans Saints
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Indianapolis Colts
5. Denver Broncos
6. Philadelphia Eagles
7. New England Patriots
8. Cincinnati Bengals
9. Baltimore Ravens
10. New York Jets
11. Chicago Bears
12. Atlanta Falcons
13. Pittsburgh Steelers
14. San Diego Chargers
15. Houston Texans
16. Dallas Cowboys
17. Green Bay Packers
18. Miami Dolphins
19. Jacksonville Jaguars
20. Arizona Cardinals
21. San Francisco 49ers
22. Seattle Seahawks
23. Carolina Panthers
24. Buffalo Bills
25. Washington Redskins
26. Detroit Lions
27. Tennessee Titans
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
29. Cleveland Browns
30. Oakland Raiders
31. Kansas City Chiefs
32. Saint Louis Rams