Seattle 20, Arizona 17
Already two games back of first place, the time is now for the Cardinals to make a move. Not sure if they have what it takes, given that Carson Palmer has turned into a turnover machine, but they've got a puncher's chance given that the game is not in Seattle.
Atlanta 28, Tampa Bay 10
Boy, I'm not sure anyone saw the Falcons struggling to this extent. Roddy White has been hobbled most of the season, Julio Jones is done for the year and it's gotten so bad that there's scuttle about Tony Gonzalez being shipped back to the undefeated Chiefs. Luckily for Atlanta the Buccaneers are still part of the NFL.
Last Week: 12-3
Chicago 36, Washington 17
It's pretty much all over but the crying for the Redskins. I admit I was way wrong on their prospects for the season, but then again, so were a lot of people. The Bears have made a living this season of catching the right team at the right time.
Philadelphia 23, Dallas 16
So this could decide the NFC East - in Game 7. That's how bad the division, which is about on par with the AFC North, has been. The Cowboys are going to be without the services of DeMarco Murray and Demarcus Ware, so that's a factor. Plus, the next time Tony Romo wins a big game, will be the first time.
New England 31
N.Y. Jets 12
Now would be a good time for everyone to start giving the Patriots their due. Not unlike virtually all others, I was skeptical because they really hadn't beaten anyone yet this season. Well, a last-second victory against the Saints certainly qualifies as an eye-opener.
Buffalo 17, Miami 14
There's good reason this game is in the 1 o'clock time slot, and that's because nobody, not even these teams' fans want to watch it. Heck, I would be shocked if even the the wives of the coaches watch.
Carolina 13, St. Louis 10
Hey, how about those Rams? They could very well end up as the answer to the question 'what team ended Matt Schaub's career?' Wasn't a bad performance - finally - for the Panthers last week either, as they got their act together in Minnesota.
Detroit 30, Cincinnati 28
Can the Lions make it two straight victories against the AFC North? Well, here's hoping it happens. I still contend the Bengals are merely an average team, and that Andy Dalton is nothing more than an average quarterback. Here's a chance to prove otherwise.
San Diego 33
The Jags beat the spread! The Jags beat the spread! Yes, that is what it's down to in Jacksonville, which entered last week's game as the largest NFL underdog since the league merger. Unfortunately you don't get points for such ridiculous things, and the Chargers won't be kind visitors.
San Francisco 40
Without Jake Locker the Titans are inferior to just about everyone. Yes, you read that correctly. The fact is, Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't the answer. The 49ers flexed the muscles last week and might just be getting ready for a long postseason run.
Kansas City 25, Houston 19
The Chiefs aren't going to finish the season unbeaten, so let's go ahead and get that out of the way right now. However, they aren't about to lose to the Texans, who are a shell of their former selves, either. Kansas City is about the most opportunistic team going right now, seemingly making the opposition pay for every mistake.
Green Bay 36, Cleveland 20
The Browns head out to cheese land, but they figure to be the stench, not the Limburger in the parking lot at Lambeau Field. Let's just say that several Packers will be taking the leap into the stands this weekend in celebration of touchdowns.
Pittsburgh 24, Baltimore 17
It's time to get well for the Steelers, and what better way to do that than against a divisional opponent? The divisional opponent. Pittsburgh finally played with the lead last week and the results - turnovers and sacks - shouldn't come as any surprise. When you force an opponent to play under your circumstances, good things happen.
Denver 37, Indianapolis 23
This would seem like as good a place as any for an upset, but the Colts simply don't have enough to get it done on the defensive side of the football. The Broncos, as much as I truly can't stand Peyton Manning, are putting up some ridiculous (regular-season) numbers. Sohould be quite the spectacle with 18 returning to his roots.
Minnesota 7, N.Y. Giants 6
Good grief! Is there not a way to move this game to ... I don't know, tonight or something? A team that can't throw the ball (Vikings) against one that can't throw it to the right team (Giants). Eli Manning leads the world in interceptions with 15, though several haven't entirely been his fault.
Shawn Rine can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org