Yes that's right folks, it's that time of the week for everybody's favorite WBOB sports segment: Fox's Pick'ems. And not even Sandy or the Nor' East'rn will be able to stop me. After coming off two consecutive weeks were I posted up double digits in correct picks, you can say that I am on fire right now. Going over these weeks picks, there are a lot of interesting match ups. See a lot of divisional games and games where it could be do or die for some. Not to mention the Sunday Night match up which one could make the argument that it could be a Super Bowl preview. That being said, let's get down to business.
Last Week Record: 10-4
Season Record: 67-52
Thursday 8:20 p.m.
Indianaplois Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars
These two teams took two different paths since they last met in Week 3. After losing 22-17, the Colts then went on to win 4 out of 5 games while Jacksonville dropped 5 in a row. Andrew Luck is showing more and more each day why the Colts drafted him #1 overall. Last week he broke the record for rookie QB passing yards in a single game with 433. But overall, the Colts have been playing with a lot of passion and have rallied behind their coach, Chuck Pagano, who is currently now winning in his battle with leukemia. Luck, who is tied for 4th in passing with 2,404 yards, is leading a Colts offense that is 4th in total yards (390.9 ypg) and you can expect they are looking for a little revenge against a team that's struggling to find its identity.
Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
This is basically a do-or-die game for both teams if they want to keep their postseason hopes alive. Only one game separates them in the standings, Vikings at 5-4 and the Lions at 4-4. Ironically enought hat one game is a 20-13 Week 4 upset victory for the Vikings against Lions in Detroit. But the Lions have won 2 straight, including a 28-24 sluggfest against the Seahawks while their opposition has dropped 2 straight. Still the Lions man offensive weapon in Calvin Johnson has been struggling, only finding the red zone once this entire year. If you're looking for a revenge game, you won't find it this time around.
Sunday 8:20 p.m.
Houston Texans @ Chicago Bears
This is the match up between two teams who are similar to one another. You got two teams who got dynamic running backs (Adrian Foster for Texans and Matt Forte for Bears), All-Pro receivers (Andre Johnson for Texans and Brandon Marshall for Bears), and two lights out defenses. On one side, you got the Texans defense led by J.J. Watt and his NFL-Leading 10.5 sacks and on the other you got a Bears defense that is setting records for defense TDs in a season (7 and counting). both are in the top 10 for yards allowed, scoring, and in rushing yards allowed. The only advantage the Bears have is being at home, where they are currently undefeated at. This will be a a good game but in the end, one team has to win.
Pick: Da Bears
Sunday 1:00 p.m.
New York Giants @ Cinncinati Bengals
Giants have been struggling as of late and will be without Chris Snee at Guard and possibly Hakeem Nicks. They are going to go against the high-flying Bengals offense led by the Dalton-Green and the Lawfirm. But the good news is that the Bengals tend to turn the ball over a lot, which will play right into the Giants' strength.
Tennessee Titans @ Miami Dolphins
The bad news for the Dolphins is that Reggie Bush has been running the ball poorly of late, averaging a meager 41.3 ypg. The good news is he'll be facing a Titans run defense that has allowed 114.6 ypg (ranked 30th). Not to mention that the Titans CJ2K will be facing against the 3rd best rushing defense in the NFL that has allowed only 83.9 ypg.
Best of the Rest:
Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots
The last time these two teams met, the Patriots hung 45 in the 4th quarter on the Bills and had 2 100-yard rushers. And this was in Buffalo. Can only imagine what it's going to be at Gillette.
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints
Saints defense looked impressive against a poor Eagles offense. Don't expect the same result against a high-octane Falcons offense.
San Diego Chargers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin fantasy owners are licking their chops now along with Vincent Jackson fantasy owners.
Oakland Raiders @ Baltimore
Upset pick here. Baltimore 'picked it up' against Cleveland but they have been on the snide offensively and defensive as well.
Denver Broncos @ Carolina Panthers
Panthers won last week but due to an errant blown non-replacement ref call. Unfortunately for the Panthers, that ref won't be there to help them win.
Sunday 4:05 & 4:25 p.m.
New York Jets @ Seattle Seahawks
Seattle is undefeated at home and tend to play better at Century Link Field, outscoring opponents 95-62. Need I say more?
St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
Rams have gone 4 straight games without a turnover, have a young but injured-riddled offense, and though their defense is scrappy at times, they are going against a tougher team in the 49ers.
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles
Either way, I win.
Monday 8:30 p.m.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers
In theory, this would provide a better MNF match up compared to last week's train wreck. But then again in theory the Chiefs would be playing better.
Team on Bye: Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins
-Ryan L. Fox
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