By Michael Rand
Right, so last week the NFL predictions weren’t too shabby. 3-1 as a winner-picker, 3-1 as a would-be gambler, with points deducted for saying “Romomania” would start all over again after Dallas won on a last-second field goal. Points were also deducted Monday after Ohio State did not, in fact, win 38-20. Close on that one, with 41-14 … except for the pesky fact that Florida won. So what about this weekend? Let’s do the four NFL games. It’s Saturday, about 9:30 a.m., and we’re fully rested after watching Tony Bonsante pick apart Matt Vanda at Target Center last night. Who will be picking apart one another today and tomorrow?
Indianapolis 24, Baltimore 17: This is our limb. The Colts’ problem is when there are expectations, and we have to think the majority of folks are siding with Baltimore at home this weekend. Peyton Manning will save his folding act for next week. He gets it done today.
New Orleans 31, Philadelphia 14: This is the game it all comes crashing back to earth for Jeff Garcia and the Eagles.
Bears 20, Seahawks 10: Yes, that’s a cover (Bears -8.5). What, exactly, does Seattle do well? The Hawks should have lost to a shaky Dallas team at home last weekend. And they’re supposed to win at Chicago? Even with party-loving Rex Grossman at the helm? We don’t think so.
New England 27, San Diego 24: Just can’t go against Brady and Belichick. It’s like arguing against Michael Jordan. Even if they’re leading the underdog, which they are this week, it doesn’t feel right to pick against them.
Yes, that’s two home teams winning and covering in the putrid NFC. And it’s two road underdogs winning outright in the AFC. We fully realize this has the potential for a disastrous weekend, but that’s what makes it fun.