Raiders-Steelers Rekindle the 70s, Chargers Ready for Their Annual Push!

Eric’s Week 11 NFL Picks

Remember, use my picks to wager $$$ at your own risk. If you lose, I had nothing to do with it. If you win beaucoup $$$, a 10% tip would be cool.  But, I’m realistic. This is just for your entertainment…or not, and for me to keep my sports “mojo” going until “I’m back in the saddle”. Remember the league’s unofficial motto…“ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, MONDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY OR SATURDAY……….

Last week: 6-8 Season: 78-66

THURSDAY

CHICAGO (6-3) +1.5 @ MIAMI (5-4) O/U 39 pts
-Dolphins lost both “Chad QB’s” in Sunday’s 29-17 win over Tennessee which means third-stringer Tyler Thigpen starts. Thigpen started 11 games for the Chiefs a few years back and went 1-10. Not good. Expect plenty out of the “Wildcat” from the Fins. Means plenty of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown being forced down Chicago’s defensive throat. Bears QB Jay Cutler had maybe his best day against the Vikings defense running Mike Martz’s offense. Still, that offensive line has issues protecting Cutler. Dolphins need to make sure to keep kickoffs and punts away from Devin Hester. They kick to him, the fins are fried. DOLPHINS (16-0, BEARS)

OAKLAND (5-4) +7 @ PITTBURGH (6-3) 41.5 pts
-The rivalry is BACK  ringing up great memories from the 1970s.

Hard for me to pick against the Raiders here. Winner’s of three straight to take first place in the AFC West, this game kicks-off at one pm local time making it 10am for the Raiders. Plus, the Steelers lost at home to the Patriots last week. Not twice in a row. Maybe an “Immaculate Reception” determines the winner of this one.

How about the legendary Curt Gowdy with the call. STEELERS (35-3, STEELERS)

BUFFALO (1-8) +5.5 @ CINCINNATI (2-7) 44 pts
-Bills finally scored a win last week over Detroit. Much better than their record. Bengals trying to end a six-game skid. Far too much talent to have such a poor record. BENGALS (49-31, BILLS)

DETROIT (2-7) +6 @ DALLAS (2-7) 46 pts
-Last week Cowboys played like the team most pundits thought would reach Super Bowl in Jason Garrett’s first game as “interim” head coach beating the Giants in Jersey, 33-20. Lions again without QB Matthew Stafford and coming off loss at Buffalo. COWBOYS (35-19, COWBOYS)

WASHINGTON (4-5) +7 @ TENNESSEE (5-4) 43.5 pts
-Redskins defense made Eagles QB Michael Vick look like a combination of P. Manning/Favre/Brady/S. Young. Redskins were horrible. Titans couldn’t take advantage of new WR Randy Moss in loss at Miami. This week, Moss with big numbers. TITANS (19-16, REDSKINS)

ARIZONA (3-6) +8 @ KANSAS CITY (5-4) 43.5 pts
-Cardinals with QB issues and the worst rushing defense in the league. Chiefs angry after bad loss at Denver last week and with the league’s top rushing offense. CHIEFS (31-13, CHIEFS)

GREEN BAY (6-3) -3 @ MINNESOTA (3-6) 44 pts
-Irony of ironies here. The team future hall-of-fame QB Brett Favre is synonymous with, the Green Bay Packers, could put an end to his career with a win at the MetroDome. Packers won first meeting after Favre missed a receiver slant for a TD then threw an interception on the next play. Vikings much better than their record and will have WR Sidney Rice back. Favre won’t go out like this. VIKINGS (31-3, PACKERS)

HOUSTON (4-5) +7 @ NY JETS of NEW JERSEY (7-2) 46 pts
-Texans defense is atrocious. Jets QB Mark Sanchez will pad the stats while RB’s LaDanian Tomlinson and Shaun Greene run up the score. JETS (30-27, JETS)

BALTIMORE (6-3) -11.5 @ CAROLINA (1-8) 37 pts
-Panthers starting QB Brian St. Pierre was watching games from his couch with a beer in hand last week. RAVENS (37-13, RAVENS)

CLEVELAND (3-6) +1.5 @ JACKSONVILLE (5-4) 44 pts
-Browns are a GOOD football team. Texas rookie QB Colt McCoy is their franchise QB leading them to wins over the Saints, Patriots and almost did the same to the Jets last week. Jaguars won on a “Hail Mary” on the final play at home against Houston last week. BROWNS (24-20, JAGUARS)

ATLANTA (7-2) -3 @ ST. LOUIS (4-5) 43 pts
-I want to pick the Rams in this one but their defensive secondary isn’t good at all. Too bad because the Rams defensive line and linebackers are excellent. I think that secondary’s going to be exploited by Falcons QB Mattie “Ice” Ryan. Rams QB Sam Bradford and RB Steven Jackson will keep it close. FALCONS (34-17, FALCONS)

SEATTLE (5-4) +11 @ NEW ORLEANS (6-3) 44 pts
-RB Reggie Bush back in the line-up after he broke a leg in week two. He’ll take pressure off QB Drew Brees and open up the offense for the World Champions. Bush and Pete Carroll on the same field for the first time since Bush won the Heisman he since has given up, a few years back at USC. Seahawks inconsistent. SAINTS (34-19, SAINTS)

TAMPA BAY (6-3) +3.5 @ SAN FRANCISCO (3-6) 41.5 pts
-The Buccaneers clearly one of the biggest surprises this year. QB Josh Freeman has proven to be quite capable leading Tampa to some impressive late 4th quarter comeback wins. Niners looking for three straight wins with former Heisman trophy winner Troy Smith at QB. 49ERS (21-0, BUCCANEERS)

INDIANAPOLIS (6-3) +4 @ NEW ENGLAND (7-2) 49 pts
-Thee rivalry of the past decade in the AFC. Colts QB Peyton Manning dealing with many injuries to his RB and WR’s. He could have Austin Collie back. Pats QB Tom Brady has the Patriots rolling after a win in Pittsburgh last week. A close one at “The Razor”. PATRIOTS (31-28, PATRIOTS)

NY GIANTS of NEW JERSEY (6-3) +3 @ PHILADELPHIA (6-3) 48 pts
-Giants didn’t look good in losing to the Cowboys in Jersey last week and have lost four straight to the Eagles. QB Michael Vick responsible for six touchdowns in Philly’s 59-28 Monday night win over the Redskins. Giants have the quick defenders to stop Vick. Vick is playing out of his mind. EAGLES (27-17, EAGLES)

MONDAY

DENVER (3-6) +9.5 @ SAN DIEGO (4-5) 50.5 pts
-After a bye week, Denver annihilated Kansas City last week. The Chargers are coming off a bye and will be the fresh team Monday night at “The Q”. Chargers have the top-rated offense and defense in the league. Their Achilles Heel, the special teams which have lost three games. Chargers begin that familiar second-half of the season push towards the AFC West Title and playoffs. CHARGERS

BYE WEEK:
*LOS ANGELES (15 yrs, 11 wks)

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