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November 03, 2012

Just CHILL: NFL Picks of the week, picking up steam at the midway point

Sunday, Nov. 4
Baltimore at Cleveland
This is gut check time for the Ravens. If they can't win at Cleveland, the fall from contender to mediocrity, if not worse, will be steep. Ravens, 21-14
Arizona at Green Bay
Green Bay has become a one-dimensional team with no running game, but what a dimension it is with the league's best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. Packers, 30-10
Buffalo at Houston
It's fitting that this game is Houston, because the Bills play defense like Texas and Baylor in the Big 12. Mario Williams' homecoming will be a blow out for the home team. Texans, 31-17
Miami at Indianapolis
Raise your hand if you had these two teams with winning records battling for playoff contention. Yeah, right. Give rookie quarterback Andrew Luck the edge at home. Colts, 23-20
Chicago at Tennessee
The Bears got a scare last week for taking the lowly Panthers lightly. They will have their eyes wide open for the game but faulty Titans. Bears, 28-14
Detroit at Jacksonville
The Lions have been a disappointment so far this season. But they get a chance to get back to .500 against a miserable Jaguars team that is 0-3 at home. Lions, 24-13
Carolina at Washington
It's Cam Newton vs. Robert Griffin III. Superman vs. RGIII, the man who wears Superman socks. Last year's rookie of the year vs. this year's favorite. It's no contest. Redskins, 28-20
Denver at Cincinnati
Cincinnati is a solid playoff-contending team. But the Broncos are favored by 4 on the road, which tells you how far they have come with Peyton Manning since the start of the season. Broncos, 28-25
Tampa Bay at Oakland
Speaking of team's that have improved since the start of the season, look no further than the Buccaneers. They are tough and feisty like their coach. Buccaneers, 23-21 
Minnesota at Seattle
Well, the Seahawks are at home, where they are undefeated with victories against the favored Cowboys, Packers and Patriots. Enough said. Seahawks, 24-17
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Giants
The Steelers flexed their muscles in defeating the outmanned Redskins last week. Now they face arguably the hottest team in the NFL playing for their Hurricane Sandy-ravaged home fans. Giants, 27-24
Dallas at Atlanta
This is a must win for the Cowboys to save their season from the abyss. Too bad they are playing on Sunday night against the league's last remaining undefeated team. The Cowboys have lost their last seven games on Sunday night. The Falcons don't beat themselves, as they are the league's fewest penalized team. They also among the league leaders in fewest turnovers. The Cowboys have risen up and have been giant killers in this spot before _ most recently against the then 13-0 Saints in 2009. But that was then. Falcons, 30-23
Monday, Nov. 5
Philadelphia at New Orleans
Outside of the Cowboys, these are the league's two most desperate teams. The Eagles are playing for their coach and their quarterback. Michael Vick has struggled all season. But the Saints might provide a cure. The New Orleans defense has given up more than 400 yards in each of the past seven games. That's Big 12 bad for sure. Eagles, 30-27
Last Week: 8-6
Season: 65-54



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