View My Picks: NFL Week 13

Houston (+8) over PHILADELPHIA: The audio of Andre Johnson beating up Cortland Finnegan makes him even more likable.

MINNESOTA (-5.5) over Buffalo: Potentially no Adrian Peterson for the Vikings.  I wonder if God will find some time for Stevie Johnson this Sunday.

MIAMI (-4.5) over Cleveland: I was all set to blame Jake Delhomme for costing me my lock pick last week. That was until John Kasay bailed him out with a fortuitous last second wide right.

TENNESSEE (-1.5) over Jacksonville: Ugghhhhh.

Denver (+8.5) over KANSAS CITY: Why, why do I continue to go with the Broncos to cover on the road?

NY GIANTS (-7) over Washington: I sense the Giants are headed on a mini run to end the regular season.

Chicago (-4.5) over DETROIT: I feel like this line should be higher. Plus, Bears defense has totally won me over.

GREEN BAY (-9) over San Francisco: Aaron Rodgers could throw for over 450 yards this game.

New Orleans (-6.5) over CINCINNATI: Again, why aren’t we talking about the Saints a little bit more?

TAMPA BAY (+3) over Atlanta: NFC South is headed down to the wire.

Oakland (+13) over SAN DIEGO: Seems like a lot of points, even for a matchup between two teams headed in totally opposite directions.

Carolina (+6) over SEATTLE: Yikes! Something remarkable would have to happen for these highlights to ever make it on the air.

Dallas ( +5.5) over INDIANAPOLIS: Before the season began, this looked like a potential Super Bowl preview.  As it stands today, both teams could miss the playoffs entirely.

St. Louis (-3.5) over ARIZONA: We were all laughing with you Derek Anderson.

BALTIMORE (-3) over Pittsburgh: Walking boot or not, Ben Roethlisberger is going to get smacked around. Ravens are the better team on both sides of the ball.

NEW ENGLAND (-3.5) over NY Jets (52 total points): Game of the year…this week. For extra mojo the Pats will honor Tedy Bruschi during a halftime ceremony. As a Pats fan, I feel really good about this game.

Last week: 6-10

NFL Week 13 Power Poll

Last night, Philip Rivers looked like a better quarterback than Peyton Manning. During the Colts 36-14 loss at home to the Chargers, Manning looked old and injured.  Rivers orchestrated his offense with ease and was hailed as a “great, inspirational leader” by both Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth. Personally, I have never been a huge fan of either Manning or Rivers, mostly because they have been two of the Patriots, and Tom Brady’s, main adversaries during the past decade. So, it makes no real difference to me that Manning looked past his prime last night while Rivers continues his quiet ascension to the upper echelon of NFL QBs.

Enough is enough. On to the week 13 power poll!

1. New England Patriots (9-2): Welcome back Deion Branch. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

2. Baltimore Ravens (8-3): Appointment TV Sunday night when Ravens host Pittsburgh for control of NFC North.

3. Atlanta Falcons (9-2): Fact. Tony Gonzalez shows no signs of aging.

4. New York Jets (9-2): I’ll be waiting all week for Monday Night!

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3): My heart is still breaking for Buffalo. Also, my new personal grooming philosophy is to grow facial hair like Ryan Fitzpatrick.

6. New Orleans Saints (8-3): People aren’t talking enough about Malcolm Jenkins and his amazing strip of Roy Williams during the Thanksgiving game vs the Cowboys. That play kept the Saints alive for the top seed in the NFC.

7. San Diego Chargers (6-5): Mike Tolbert is built like a rubix cube.  He also won me my weekly fantasy matchup.

8. Chicago Bears (8-3): You know how people always say that the tv adds 10 pounds. Well, in the case of Jay Cutler, the tv makes him look at least 45% more unlikeable what with all the poor body language and dismissive gestures.

9. Green Bay Packers (7-4): Aaron Rodgers is a gunslinger. GUNSLINGER!!!

10. Philadelphia Eagles (7-4): I hope Soldier Field never gets rid of the grass but man, that field did not look easy to play on Sunday.

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