Argh, late again with the picks … but they’re here, and they’re fabulous:
FROM JENNIFER: Last weekend’s NFL games were awesome!!!! I can’t remember one weekend with so many exciting games! I also can’t remember what I wore to work yesterday, so…
But this weekend could be a little bit tense in my house. Packers-Cowboys Sunday tonight. Whatever the outcome, our house won’t be quite so happy Monday morning.
Billy (against the line): 6-9
Billy (against the line): 13-18
KANSAS CITY at ATLANTA
Line: Falcons by 5.5
BILLY’S PICK: It’s a tough pick, because these are two of the worst teams out there, and you’ve got a no-name QB starting his first start for the Chiefs. By default there, Falcons win this one. Falcons 27, Chiefs 13
JENNIFER’S PICK: So, the Chiefs get killed by the Raiders last week. The Raiders. And I know the Falcons aren’t much better, but their rookie QB is back at home and I have a feeling he leads the Falcons to victory. FALCONS. (And, every time I type Falcons, I want to type Falconi…like the bad dude from the new Batman movies.)
CLEVELAND at BALTIMORE
Line: Ravens by 2.5
BILLY’S PICK: Cleveland is in the crapper if they lose this one, but Baltimore is essentially coming off a bye. Hmmm. Browns 17, Ravens 14
JENNIFER’S PICK: Boring. RAVENS.
OAKLAND AT BUFFALO
LINE: Bills by 8.5
BILLY’S PICK: Bills have looked strong, Oakland’s only hope is McFadden. Bills 35, Raiders 10
JENNIFER’S PICK: If the Bills can beat the Jags, who were supposed to be the NFL’s sweetheart this year, they can easily take down the Raiders at home. BILLS.
TAMPA BAY AT CHICAGO
LINE: Bears by 3
BILLY’S PICK: Brian Griese exacts revenge on the team that gave him up for …. Rex Grossman. Bucs 23, Bears 20
JENNIFER’S PICK: Tampa Bay won against easy-to-beat Atlanta last week and the Bears lost in a heartbreaker to the Colts. Look for the Bears to redeem themselves this week. BEARS.
DALLAS at GREEN BAY
LINE: Cowboys by 3
BILLY’S PICK: Could be a letdown game for Dallas after the shootout on Monday night. Aaron Rodgers, meanwhile, can go ahead and have his jersey retired next to Brett’s if they win this one. Still, Cowboys 30, Packers 24
JENNIFER’S PICK: All right, look. I’m not delusional. I know the Cowboys are pretty good this year. But they have no defense and last year Aaron Rodgers looked decent against them. (See, he played that game last year after the Cowboys maliciously took out oldster Brett Favre.) Green Bay is at home this time and they couldn’t make a bigger statement than by taking down the Boys. Go Pack! Go Pack! Go Pack! PACKERS.
NEW ORLEANS at DENVER
LINE: Broncos by 5.5
BILLY’S PICK: One writer referred to Denver’s fast start as like watching a video game version of an offense that goes for it on fourth down and goes for the 2 at the end just to do it. Gotta like that … the Saint’s D won’t be able to stop it. Broncos 33, Saints 23
JENNIFER’S PICK: Stupid Broncos. BRONCOS.
JACKSONVILLE at INDIANAPOLIS
LINE: Colts by 5
BILLY’S PICK: Wow, the team I picked to win the AFC South could wind up 0-3. I say it doesn’t happen. Jaguars 27, Colts 24
JENNIFER’S PICK: Last week’s one-man show seems to have gotten rid of any remaining rust on Peyton. And the Jags just aren’t living up to all the hype. COLTS.
CAROLINA AT MINNESOTA
LINE: Vikings by 3.5
BILLY’S PICK: The Gus Frerotte era begins in Minnesota. There is so much wrong with that sentence. Panthers 20, Vikings 17
JENNIFER’S PICK: Tough one to call. The Panthers have pulled out two amazing wins these opening weeks, but the Vikes certainly don’t want to go to 0 and 3. The Vikes are going to a veteran QB after Jackson’s meltdown against the stinky Colts. I think this could go either way. VIKINGS.
MIAMI at NEW ENGLAND
PICK: Patriots by 12.5
BILLY’S PICK: I’ll only go out on a limb to say the possibility for an upset exists here. I won’t say it will actually happen though, unless you consider it an upset that the Dolphins cover the spread. Patriots 27, Dolphins 17
JENNIFER’S PICK: I’m laughing. PATRIOTS.
CINCINNATI at NY GIANTS
LINE: Giants by 13
BILLY’S PICK: Yeesh. Bengals are awful. Giants 41, Bengals 17
JENNIFER’S PICK: Look for Eli and Co to continue their hot streak this week. GIGANTES.
PITTSBURGH at PHILADELPHIA
LINE: Eagles by 3.5
BILLY’S PICK: Everybody’s giving Donovan McNabb the keys to the city after a LOSS to the Cowboys. Nobody realizes Philly scored just 7 points in the second half and Donovan once again choked down the stretch. Steelers 20, Eagles 10
JENNIFER’S PICK: Ooh, this should be a great game and might make up for 2 crappy games in this week’s schedule!! EAGLES. Only because they’re at home.
DETROIT at SAN FRANSISCO
LINE: 49ers by 4
BILLY’S PICK: Why am I falling into the trap of thinking Detroit actually has some talent? Lions 24, 49ers 20
JENNIFER’S PICK: And here we have this week’s Who Cares? matchup. NINERS.
ST. LOUIS at SEATTLE
LINE: Seahawks by 9.5
BILLY’S PICK: Seattle finally gets a win. They just won’t feel THAT happy about it. Seahawks 33, Rams 27
JENNIFER’S PICK: Wait, maybe this game is the Who Cares? matchup of the week. SEAHAWKS.
HOUSTON at TENNESSEE
LINE: Titans by 4.5
BILLY’S PICK: The Titans’ strength this year is the defense, and I love East Carolina grad Chris Johnson. The Texans, though, have had that hurricane-induced bye. Hmmmm … Titans 16, Texans 14
JENNIFER’S PICK: Laughing again. TITANS.
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON
LINE: Redskins by 3
BILLY’S PICK: Consider the Cardinals a contender if they win this one. I don’ think they do, though. Redskins 28, Cardinals 21
JENNIFER’S PICK: The Skins pulled out a stunner over the Saints and this game should be much easier to win. REDSKINS.
NYJETS at SAN DIEGO
LINE: Chargers by 8.5
BILLY’S PICK: The Chargers CAN’T fall to 0-3 can they? Can they? Chargers 26, Jets 24
JENNIFER’S PICK: The Chargers burn me every time. So, from now on, I will not pick them unless they are playing a supremely crappy team. Brett Favre needs to put on a show this week to make up for the game against the Pats. Go Jets! Go Jets! Go Jets! JETS.