By Danny Cox
It is getting to the point that it is next to impossible to try and pick who is going to win any games from week to week in the NFL. Already, one game has passed this week and the upstart Arizona Cardinals were my pick to take out the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night.
Not starting off too hot as my picks are 0-1 to begin.
Moving on to the rest of the week five action, and one would think that it’s not so difficult to determine the outcomes of the games. That is the furthest thing from the truth and here is hoping that at least some of them are correct.
Bye Weeks: Dallas, Detroit, Oakland, and TampaBay
Thursday Night Football: Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
The Cardinals really were the pick here, and it appeared as if they were heading for a 5-0 start since the Rams have shown much of nothing this season. All of a sudden, St. Louis comes out and dominates. Go figure.
Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals
The Dolphins have shown promise here and there, but not enough to keep things going. Cincinnati is tied atop the AFC North with Baltimore. That should make the pick here rather easy, but chances are that it just won’t be that way. Still going with it.
Indy just doesn’t have what it needs yet to get the big victories. Green Bay is coming off of a stunning loss to Seattle and a “too close for call” win over the Saints. They know things need to get rolling again.
Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs
KC has gotten lucky from time to time, but they don’t this week. The Ravens stay on a good roll.
Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins
Atlanta is looking like the early favorite for Super Bowl champion and Matt Ryan is having an extremely good season. Washington has good firepower on offense, but they can’t stop the Falcons.
Cleveland Browns at New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are coming off a horrible loss to the Raiders and then a bye week, but they’ve had time to heal up and that is just what the doctor ordered. Philly is one of those teams that will win or lose depending on which frame of mind they are in each week. This one is hard to call so flip of the coin.
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
How Seattle lost to St. Louis last week is beyond me. It may have been a horrible call that helped give them the win over the Packers, but they’re still a good team. Carolina has flashes, but nothing more.
Chicago Bears at Jacksonville Jaguars
Chicago is strong this season. The Jags are not.
Pick: Da’ Bears
Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota has been one of the surprises so far this season, and they’re showing it isn’t just luck. The Titans hope that Matt Hasselbeck can step in with his veteran leadership and replace an injured Jake Locker.
The rivalry of Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning is at it again, but this time it sees Peyton as a different steed. Sadly, Manning doesn’t have nearly the weapons in Denver that he did in Indy. But he does have a stronger defense. Expect a shootout here.
Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers
Buffalo is playing well at times, and shown there is a lot of young talent on the team. San Francisco fell to the Vikings a couple weeks ago, but simply decimated the Jets last week. That was just no joke and nothing but sheer domination by the offense, defense, and special teams.
San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints
New Orleans is in complete and total desperation mode. Last week’s loss to the Packers was a heartbreaker, and this week has so much going on. Drew Brees is looking to break a long-time record of Johnny Unitas. Sean Payton is going to be sitting in the Superdome. The Saints want their first victory.
Oh yeah, and Brees is playing his old team.
Monday Night Football: Houston Texans at New York Jets
If this game goes a quarter or two and looks like it did last week, then expect Tim Tebow to make an extended appearance for the Jets. New York needs to get back on track and Mark Sanchez should be rather worried. Houston is running away with the AFC right now, and look like the favorites to appear in the Super Bowl against the Falcons.
Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.