I went 8-6 last week, which puts me at 72-42 for the season, for an overall winning percentage of approximately 63%. (For a comparison, check out the "experts" over at ESPN.)
The following are my picks for the NFL's Week Nine:
Sunday, Nov. 5
Atlanta 5-2 at Detroit 1-6 – 1:00 p.m.
I know it's not really going to happen, but I'll pick…
DETROIT BY 1
Cincinnati 4-3 at Baltimore 5-2 – 1:00 p.m.
Baltimore QB Steve McNair is healthy again, and Billick's now making the calls on offense. Plus, they're at home and have a superior defense.
BALTIMORE BY 6
Dallas 4-3 at Washington 2-5 – 1:00 p.m.
Put a tomahawk in 'em: the Redskins are done.
COWBOYS BY 4
Green Bay 3-4 at Buffalo 2-5 – 1:00 p.m.
Green Bay has won two in a row, and Buffalo has lost three in a row. I'll side with the momentum here.
PACKERS BY 5
Houston 2-5 at N.Y. Giants 5-2 – 1:00 p.m.
Houston will remain winless on the road against a Giants team on a four-game winning streak.
GIANTS BY 10
Kansas City 4-3 at St. Louis 4-3 – 1:00 p.m.
This should be a close game. Both teams have been hit-or-miss all season, so it's a difficult pick to make. But I still think the Rams are overrated at 4-3, so I'll go with the road team here.
KC BY 1
Miami 1-6 at Chicago 7-0 – 1:00 p.m.
I would literally consider betting my life savings on this one, if I actually had a life savings to bet.
BEARS BY 29
New Orleans 5-2 at Tampa Bay 2-5 – 1:00 p.m.
Hmm. The Saints looked pretty mortal last week against the Ravens. And Tampa Bay has been much better with Bruce Gradkowski under center. I'm picking an upset here.
TAMPA BAY BY 2
Tennessee 2-5 at Jacksonville 4-3 – 1:00 p.m.
Tennessee's two-game winning streak is about to get snapped. (And Vince Young had better be in full-blown scramble mode, or a winning-streak won't be the only thing that gets snapped…)
JAGUARS BY 8
Minnesota 4-3 at San Francisco 2-5 – 4:05 p.m.
I think this one will be surprisingly close, but with an unsurprising final result.
VIKINGS BY 2
Cleveland 2-5 at San Diego 5-2 – 4:15 p.m.
Charlie Frye has already thrown 11 INTs this season, and San Diego is undefeated at home. Need I say more?
SD BY 13
Denver 5-2 at Pittsburgh 2-5 – 4:15 p.m.
What a disappointing season it's been so far for the Steelers … and it looks likely to get worse before it gets better.
BROWN COWS BY 4
Indianapolis 7-0 at New England 6-1 – 8:15 p.m.
This is the game of the week, hands down. I guess I'll make the same mistake I did last week, and pick against the undefeated Colts on the road.
PATS BY 3
Monday, Nov. 6
Oakland 2-5 at Seattle 4-3 – 8:30 p.m.
The only question for me is: Will the Raiders manage to score a TD? Or just a field goal? Or none of the above? (Well, I guess that's actually three questions, but you get my drift…)
SEATTLE BY 7
[ Bye Week Teams: Arizona 1-7, Carolina 4-4, N.Y. Jets 4-4, Philadelphia 4-4 ]