We are at the halfway point of the NFL season. Amazing, isn't it? Enjoy the last two months of football while you still can because before you know it, it'll be gone!
It's time for my NFL picks. Including picks made on Twitter 2 weeks ago (@MackNova), my record stands at 14-7. Last week, I was a respectable 2-1, but i missed horribly on Houston on Monday Night. I really like this week's slate of games, so let's keep the wins coming!
Houston +3 over San Diego
I had to double-check this spread to make sure it was correct. I realize the Texans are coming off a short week. But San Diego is an easy team to pick: take them at home, fade them on the road. And giving points to a dangerous Houston team is a losing proposition. Philip Rivers is on pace to set passing records, but his receiving corps is so depleted at this point it has to take a toll. Antonio Gates has two injured feet and is listed as doubtful. He's the one constant in this offense that keeps it from taking a step back. Take him out, and Houston is a better team than the Chargers, and they're at home. Arian Foster should have a big day.
Texans 27, Chargers 20
Arizona +8.5 over Minnesota
Minnesota is a mess right now. Brad Childress's grip on this team is minimal. He was almost fired midweek due to his failure to manage his team properly, and he just had a heated argument with leading receiver Percy Harvin late in the week. Harvin might not even play due to his injuries, possibly leaving the Vikings with Bernard Berrian, Greg Lewis, and Greg Camarillo as Brett Favre's main options. Favre himself has a number of injuries to deal with. Arizona is not a good team, but they have found a way to win 3 games. With Derek Anderson under center, they at least have the chance to make some plays with Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston. Beanie Wells is healthy enough to play against a Viking run defense that was beaten around a little bit by the Patriots. Give me the better coached team with more wins getting over a touchdown.
Vikings 23, Cardinals 20
Cincinnati +6 over Pittsburgh
I love home divisional underdogs in primetime. The Bengals and Steelers hate each other, and this week, the Bengals' season is on the line. Throw the records out, this is going to be a slugfest. Neither team has been in sync at all on offense. Pittsburgh has the better defense, but do they have enough offense to justify giving almost a full touchdown on the road in primetime? Not yet. Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco are bound to show up, if for no other reason than to promote their television shows. The key for the Bengals is for Palmer not to turn the ball over. If he doesn't let the Steelers defense dominate this football game, there's no reason Cincinnati, who had won seven straight division games prior to a 23-20 loss at Cleveland a month ago, can't stay in this game and possibly even win.
Steelers 17, Bengals 16