Few things in sports are better than goofy pictures of athletes, and this one of Randy Moss stretching’s pretty good. As for the picks, I went 7-8 last week, and am now 41-35 on the season. Home teams in CAPS, as usual, and if you find your face on the bad end of brass knuckles, don’t blame me.
Rams (+9.5) over RAVENS – Not that I think the Rams will win, mind you, but the Ravens’ defense isn’t what it used to be, and as for their lackluster offense, it is, as David Byrne sang, “the same as it ever was.”
Redskins (+3.5) over PACKERS – If Green Bay can’t run again, and it’s likely they won’t against a Redskins defense that is showing up regularly, this game belongs to Jason Campbell and his short passes that keep killing.
Titans (+2.5) over BUCCANEERS – I try not to make a point of betting against Vince Young on the spread, but last week’s three INTs made it shady. With a destroyed running back stable, Tampa Bay will have to pass quite a bit, and I think Tennessee wins outright.
Bengals (-3.5) over CHIEFS – I take anyone with any sort of offense over the Chiefs right now. Larry Johnson might get his 100 for once this week, but don’t expect any other sort of mass offensive production after the defense gives up a couple of touchdowns early.
Eagles (-2.5) over JETS – This Jets team can’t sack anyone and Chad Pennington’s arm, despite accuracy, looks like it’s about to fall off.
JAGUARS (-6.5) over Texans – No Andre Johnson still and Ron Dayne is the leading rusher on the team, I believe. Houston is hobbled and on the road. The Jags defense will have Matt Schaub bleeding out of his goddamn mouth.
BEARS (-5.5) over Vikings – Brian Griese proved frighteningly competent last week, and even competence is enough when compared to the Vikings offense when it’s not in the hands of Purple Jesus.
BROWNS (-4.5) over Dolphins – Miami isn’t leaving the winless category any time soon with Cleo Lemon under center. Derek Anderson is no great shakes, but he’ll be able to throw to Winslow, Jurevicius, and Edwards on a weak Dolphin D in a high scoring affair (the Browns give up a ton of rushing yards.)
CARDINALS (-4.5) over Panthers – Carolina can barely eke out a win at New Orleans, and they won’t be close in Arizona as Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin seem to have better chemistry with Kurt Warner than Matt Leinart.
Raiders (+10.5) over CHARGERS – I don’t know whether we’ll see the San Diego of last week or whether it was a flash in the pan. That said, the Raider defense has to be better than the Broncos’ D of last week, and the offense is better than everyone is giving them credit for.
Patriots (-4.5) over COWBOYS – It’ll be a touchdown victory for the Pats, mostly because in these situations, I always pick the AFC team in a showdown of teams that appear to be close on paper.
SEAHAWKS (-6.5) over Saints – Shaun Alexander isn’t what he was in 2005, won’t be like that again, and his blockers are falling faster than flies. Yet the Saints are horrific on defense, so Matt Hasselbeck can get some of his vibe back by throwing.
Giants (-3.5) over FALCONS – Bobby Petrino appears to be losing everyone on that Atlanta team right now, and if you’re more dysfunctional than Sgt. Hartman’s New York Giants, you’re in trouble.
Photo: AP/Stephen Savoia