Last week wasn’t good. Another poor 1-2 output, which puts us at 15-14-1 on the season. We need three winners this week so we’ll take these three games:

  • Oakland at Miami
  • St. Louis at San Francisco
  • Detroit at New Orleans

Bounce Back For Frank? AP Photo

Game #1: Oakland at Miami (-3)

The ‘Phins have had ten days to stew over their last second loss on Thanksgiving to the Cowboys. A win last week would have been Miami’s fourth straight win. Instead, Miami will look to restart a winning streak at home. The Dolphins have played extremely well at home over their last three games. Outside of the Tebow magic in Week 7, Miami handled the Redskins and Bills without any problem.

Oakland enters this game with some question marks. Darren McFadden is still sidelined, Jacoby Ford and Darrius Heyward-Bay aren’t expected to play. After a huge emotional win last week against the Bears, I expect the Raiders to come out a little flat. They have injuries and the Dolphins front seven has played exceptionally well (97.5 YPG).

Classic scenario of a west coast team flying east off an emotional win. Miami has played really well at home and I expect another strong effort this week.

The Pick: Miami -3

Game #2: St. Louis at San Francisco (-14.5)

The 49ers are angry. They were embarrassed by the Ravens on Thanksgiving night. For their bad loss, the schedule makers rewarded the Niners with the Rams. The Rams have been hapless and downright atrocious this season. Sam Bradford has been dinged and the St. Louis passing attack has been hapless. Steven Jackson has been the lone bright spot in the St. Louis offense, but the 49ers have the league’s toughest run defense (75.5 YPG).

The Rams are 0-3 in their three road games against playoff contenders. Their opponents margin of victory? 23 points.

Give me Frank Gore and the Niners all day against this hapless St. Louis team.

The Pick: San Francisco (-14.5)

Game #3: Detroit at New Orleans (-8.5)

The Saints showed the world on Monday Night that they are the Saints. They put up 577 yards on an average Giant defense. A defense that is better than the Lions. At home this season, Drew Brees has put up video game type of numbers. Aside from being on pace to shatter Dan Marino’s single season passing record, Brees has thrown 17 TDs to 3 INTs at home. He has completed 74 percent of his passes as well. Not to mention the Saints are unbeaten in the Superdome.

The Lions come into this game with a lot of questions. How will the team respond after the Suh incident last week? The talented, yet reckless Suh will miss the next two games. Aaron Rodgers sliced and diced the Lions to the tune of 307 yards and two scores. The Lions are 7-4 and in the thick of the playoff race.

This game will be played on Sunday Night Football and Brees has torn teams apart in Prime Time. Brees is 2-1, but has thrown for 825 yards and 12 TDs and 0 INTs. The Saints defense isn’t good, but that won’t matter this week. Expect New Orleans to put up another huge effort in Prime Time.

The Pick: New Orleans (-8.5)

Last Week: 1-2

Year-To-Date: 15-14-1