Cleveland 21, Buffalo 10
At first you had to question this game having a time slot unto itself. OK, you still do. But, the Browns have won two in a row and the Bills are coming off their first victory. Brian Hoyer has been just good enough thus far as Cleveland's quarterback. Let's hope he doesn't get the urge to have a few beers before the game ala Bernie Kosar.
Sunday, Oct. 6
Detroit 34, Green Bay 23
Majorly impressive victory last week by the Lions against the Bears. But the problem with this regime is that it has had a rather difficult time putting consecutive impressive performances together. Everyone likes to talk about the offense, and when that includes Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, etc., it's easy to understand why. But the real strength thus far has been a defense that figures to get after Aaron Rodgers.
Last Week: 11-4
Chicago 24, New Orleans 17
The Saints are starting to look like a club that will give the Seahawks a run for their money in terms of being the NFC's Super Bowl representative. Drew Brees is going for his 10th straight 300-yard game - it would be an NFL record - and Jimmy Graham is redefining the tight end position before our very eyes. Not so fast, my friend. Nothing worse than an angry group of Bears.
Kansas City 30
There's a reason Ryan Fitzpatrick lost his job in Buffalo, of all places. That's because he's shown a tendency to turn the football over at an alarming rate. With Jake Locker out at least three weeks with a sprained hip, it's Fitzpatrick's job for better or worse. Hey, and the Chiefs are still unbeaten.
St. Louis 10, Jacksonville 3
As bad as the Steelers are, fans can always take solace in the fact the Jaguars are considerably worse off. The Rams looked absolutely awful offensively in last week's loss to San Francisco, and it seems to be a scheme issue and not one of personnel. You have great athletes at the receiver position, so get them down the field.
New England 27
Does anyone do more with less than Tom Brady? The guy loses his top five receivers from last year and all the Patriots do is come out and get out of the gates 4-0. New England is about to get a huge boost - literally and figuratively - from the return of all-pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. If he's healthy and effective, this offense is going to take off. The Bengals are who I thought they were.
Seattle 23, Indianapolis 20
The Seahawks were darn close to suffering their first loss last week, but thankfully for them Matt Schaub decided to throw a pass a fourth grader playing flag football would not. Don't expect Andrew Luck to make the same mistake. An already nasty Seattle defense benefits from the return of Bruce Irvin off suspension.
Baltimore 32, Miami 22
Wonder if Mercury Morris and the boys popped some champagne Monday night when their beloved Dolphins got smacked in the teeth by the Saints? I wonder if they'll be dancing in the streets when it happens again this week? The Dolphins are better, sure. But they are hardly ready to seriously contend.
Philadelphia 9, N.Y. Giants 6
Oh. My. Goodness. These teams are incredibly bad, but as is the norm, somebody is going to get a leg up. In all my years doing this, this might be the toughest game I've had to pick. It comes down to turnovers, and nobody in the NFL is giving the ball away quite like the Giants.
Arizona 14, Carolina 13
A couple middle of the pack teams here, really. In other words, a couple of teams who are going to be picking early in the draft again. When in doubt, pick the home team.
San Diego 31, Oakland 14
It's a pretty safe assumption at this point that the Chargers may be on to something. In fact, you can't even argue that Philip Rivers is playing the best football right now in terms of the QBs that came out of the celebrated 2004 draft class. The Raiders are doing what they always do ... preparing for next year.
Denver 51, Dallas 15
This could get ugly in a hurry. No, this will get ugly in a hurry. There's nobody in the league right now even close to capable of slowing down the Broncos. That being said, talk to me when Manning and the Broncos win the Super Bowl. He'll choke somewhere along the line ... like he always does.
San Francisco 34
The Texans can't handle the Seahawks at home, but we're supposed to believe they'll go on the road and down the 49ers? Um, no. That's not going to happen. San Francisco running back Frank Gore seemed to get back to business a week ago.
Monday, Oct. 7
Atlanta 43, N.Y. Jets 10
Oh, Geno. What were you thinking trying to go behind your back last week? Do all of us here in West Virginia a favor and don't try anything like that on national television. On second thought, it's not going to matter what you do because the Falcons are too good. Tony Gonzalez finally went off last week ... two days after I traded him in fantasy football.
Shawn Rine can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org