Another 3-0 week last week. For the year, my record has improved to 21-14-1. This week, I have three more picks. My picks will focus on these three games:

  • Miami at Buffalo
  • New Orleans at Minnesota
  • Cleveland at Arizona

 

Drew Brees? In a Dome? With Passing Records? Yes. Please.

Game #1: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (even)

The tale of two seasons. The Buffalo Bills started out 5-2, but have lost their last six games(!!!). The Miami Dolphins started out 0-7, but have four of their six games. However, after last week’s 26-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dolphins fired head coach, Tony Sprano, leaving the team without a leader. That doesn’t bode well for a team that features the enigmatic Brandon Marshall. 

Despite losing Fred Jackson for the season, CJ Spiller has filled in admirably (4.5 YPC). The Bills have played at home, winning four of their six home contests. 

In a straight pick-em game, I’ll take the home team in a divisional game that hasn’t lost their head coach. 

The Pick: Buffalo (even)

Game #2: New Orleans (-7) at Minnesota 

Are the Saints really only a touchdown favorite? Could this be a trap game? I don’t thinks so. Adrian Peterson is coming back and the Saints are horrible at stopping the run, but are the Saints really afraid of Christian Ponder/Joe Webb? Drew Brees is averaging roughly 320 yards through the air and the Saints have only lost one game indoors this season.

With the Saints battling with the 49ers for a first round bye, expect the Saints to come out throwing early and often. Tight end and leading receiver, Jimmy Graham may be limited, but the Saints have so many weapons on offense.

I’m expecting a huge effort by Drew and Co. in Minnesota. The Saints should roll.

The Pick: New Orleans (-7)

Game #3: Cleveland at Arizona (-6.5)

The Arizona Cardinals are playing good football. The 6-7 Cardinals have won three straight games including wins against Dallas and San Francisco. The Cardinals need a few things to happen, but their playoff hopes are still alive. The same can’t be said for the 4-9 Browns. The Brownies have dropped thre in a row and are searching for answers on offense. James Harrison knocked out Brown quarterback, Colt McCoy last week, so Seneca Wallace will start in his place. The Browns have given up the second most rushing yards per game, so look for Ken Whisenhunt to run Beanie Wells early and often.

Arizona will be without quarterback, Kevin Kolb, but backup John Skelton has played so much better this year. Skelton has led the Cardinals to four of their six wins and is 4-1 as a starter. Add in the Cardinals 4-2 home record and I’ll take the Birds all day here.

The Pick: Arizona (-6.5)

Last Week: 3-0

Year-To-Date: 21-14-1