Football on Thursday already? It seems like Thursday night football didn't used to start until around Thanksgiving... is this new or have I been drinking too much lately?
Could be both... either way, I'm not complaining!
Ryan and I have decided to put our heads together and let all of you football fans know who we think will win the games this week, while providing commentary from a Patriots fan's perspective.
Any and all members of the Pats community here at b/r are welcome to join us in future editions of this article. Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment on my profile if you'd like to submit your picks and commentary.
Without further ado...
Thursday, November 6th 8:15pm EDT
Chris Radez: Denver has proven week after week that they have no defense, and lately the offense hasn't been much better. I'm expecting this to be a high-scoring affair (take the over), but in the end, I like the Browns in this one.
Sunday, November 9th 1:00pm EDT
RB: Is Atlanta for real? We will see after this weekend. Saints have to win it, and I think they will.
CR: The Saints have beaten the Falcons in each of their last four meetings, including a 34-14 massacre in December of '07. Don't expect this game to be much different. New Orleans will take this one and keep the NFC South looking mighty interesting.
RB: Kerry Collins vs. "Wrecks" Grossman? I'll pass on that one. The Titans D will win this game...again.
CR: It's tough to pick against the Titans at this point. I can see it now... Grossman's throws will suit his last name well, and Tennessee will continue to roll through it's schedule.
RB: The Jags are another team that has an identity crisis. They should win here if only to keep Detroit's magical "0 for the sheet" season alive. C'mon guys I know you got it in you. One loss at a time!
CR: I've got a strange feeling that this will be one of those infamous NFL '08 head-scratchers, and the Lions will completely destroy the Jags in this one. Calvin Johnson has a touchdown in each of his last four games, and I'm thinking he'll get two in this one.
RB: *when I mentioned this game, Ryan passed out and spilled his beer all over himself. I decided not to wake him for the moment*
CR: Houston has never beaten the Ravens. That changes this week, as the Texans improve their record to 4-5, effectively revamping their playoff hopes.
RB: I like Miami at home here, with a 4-4 record, they are quietly creeping into the picture in the AFC East. A win here would send a message to the entire league.
CR: This is my lock of the week. The Dolphins will take it to Seattle, just like most other teams have done when playing this underachieving Seahawks team.
RB: After taking undefeated Titans to OT last week, the Packers will be more than fired up to play one of their most bitter rivals. Tons of playoff implications in this game, a must win for Aaron Rodgers and the Pack.
CR: To be honest, the Packers haven't played as well as I thought they would, so far this season. Then again, neither have the Vikings. With both teams at .500, this could get ugly. I'll take Green Bay.
CR: This one will be closer than it should be, but the Jets need this one too badly to lose it.
Sunday, November 9th 4:15 EDT
RB: DeAngelo Hall released, rumors of players wanting Vick, and getting blown out last weekend? Sounds like the Raiders I know. Carolina absolutely destroys Oakland this week.
CR: This is a no-brainer. Will the Raiders ever pull it together and re-assert their commitment to excellence? Panthers roll...
RB: After Monday Night's thrashing of the Redskins, the Steelers look to be back on track and will attempt to put a damper on Peyton Manning and Barack O'Dungy's Playoff plans. But will it be Lord Byron or Big Ben under center?
CR: The Colts win against the Patriots was a bigger deal than the media is giving it credit for. I know it wasn't pretty... but that's because they were playing a great team. I'm actually going to pick Indianapolis to upset Pittsburgh, and re-energize their playoff hopes.
RB: Even though I'm not a fan of his, I like Rivers to have a big game against the Chiefs, especially at home. Herm Edwards will find a way to lose this game. Huge game for the Chargers to get back on track for the playoffs.
CR: I have no idea which Kansas City team will show up in San Diego, but even if the one that scores points shows up... they tend to blow it in the end. I'll take San Diego.
Sunday, November 9th 8:15pm EDT
RB: The G-Men will take one more step to clinching the NFC East with a victory on the road over Philly. Remember last year how great they played on the road down the stretch? This hostile environment will be a good test for the Giants to see just how good they are.
CR: I really want to pick against the Giants here... but I can't. I just can't.
Monday, November 10th 8:30pm EDT
RB: Kurt Warner is partying like its 1999, and Mike Singletary is trying to get his defensive "unit" (pun intended) to play better. However, I think they get roasted in the desert on Monday night. I'll take the Cards.
CR: Coach Singletary ... the Cardinals can score. Can you do everyone a favor and keep your pants on when it happens? Your bum isn't good for anyone.