By Doug Halberstadt
Having reached the midpoint of the NFL season, things haven’t gone exactly as I thought they might have. I’m not sure anyone would have predicted the Dallas Cowboys would be 1-6. Did anyone think the Buffalo Bills would be 0-7? I didn’t.
That should be good news for both the Bears and Packers this weekend. The Bears travel to Buffalo following their bye week. Dallas is in Green Bay for the Sunday night game. That means Buffalo will drop to 0-8, and Dallas will leave Green Bay with still only one win so far this year.
In the other two NFC North games, the Lions will lose at home to the New York Jets, and the Vikings should come out on top when they host the Arizona Cardinals.
Elsewhere around the league, look for Baltimore to take care of business at home against Miami. The team with the best record in the NFL, the New England Patriots (6-1), will easily pick up their seventh win of the year against the Browns in Cleveland.
Houston should be successful at home against the Chargers. In a match-up of 5-2 teams in the NFC South, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. Look for Atlanta to take advantage of the home field and come out in sole possession of first place in the conference.
Following last Sunday night’s win over Pittsburgh, it looks as though New Orleans has things back on the right track. They go on the road to face the Panthers. That should spell W-I-N for New Orleans and drop the Panthers to 1-7.
Indianapolis will take on the Eagles in Philadelphia. The Colts will prevail. Oakland is another team that has started to get things together. They have outscored their opponents 92-17 in their last two games. Look for them to continue to ride the wave as they host the Chiefs at the Coliseum.
In the Monday-night game, Pittsburgh invades Paul Brown Stadium to take on the Bengals. Even though they didn’t look good in last Sunday night’s game against the Saints, I still think they will get the job done on the road against Cincinnati.
I’m really hoping the second half of the season goes much better than the first half did for me.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the Nov. 3-9, 2010 issue