A 1-2 week last week dropped me back to earth, but I've still been doing great this year at 11-4. I like this week's card a lot, here are my 3 best picks.
Eagles -2 over Falcons
Atlanta has its second straight road game against an Eagles' squad that is undervalued a little with Kevin Kolb at quarterback. The receiving corps still has playmakers and LeSean McCoy is very dangerous in the backfield. The Falcons' defense is good, not great, and on the road, they're not nearly as strong a team. They can be beaten through the air, and that's exactly where the Eagles will expose the Falcons. This could be a close game, but give me the Eagles at home.
Eagles 31, Falcons 21
49ers -6.5 over Raiders
Taking an 0-5 team giving almost a touchdown is tough to swallow, but I have to. At first, I wanted to pick Oakland, but there are too many reasons to back the 49ers. With Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, and Frank Gore, the 49ers have plenty of offensive playmakers to put up points. The Raiders are a tough team to back coming off a win, especially one in which they got pretty lucky. Their top playmaker in Darren McFadden is still banged up, and San Francisco will be plenty motivated to finally get their first win. I could see a blowout here.
49ers 34, Raiders 17
Steelers -13.5 over Browns
Hard to take Pittsburgh giving almost two touchdowns in a rivalry game, but Colt McCoy is not an NFL quarterback. The Browns will run all the time to protect McCoy, but it won't get them points. The Steelers will score on defense at some point in this game. The Josh Cribbs factor is worrisome, and Ben Roethlisberger could be a little rusty. But this is all about the Steelers' defense. Cleveland will be lucky to score 10 points. I'll take my chances on Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Wallace, and Hines Ward finding a way to put up 24 points.
Steelers 24, Browns 6