By Doug Halberstadt
The second half of the NFL season has started out a little better for me. With only the Monday night game left to be played, I correctly picked nine out of the 12 weekend games. For the record, I picked Pittsburgh over Cincinnati in the Monday night (Nov. 8) game.
Despite losing their eighth straight game (23-20) to the Chicago Bears last week, the Buffalo Bills appear to be better than their winless record. This week, they should get their first win of the season when they are at home against the Detroit Lions.
Chicago is at home against one of their division rivals, the Minnesota Vikings. Since my best friend is a Vikings fan and since we have a lunch bet on each Bears-Vikings game, I will always pick the Bears over any Vikings team, even one led by Brett Favre.
This week, I only took two teams to win on the road. They are the New York Jets over the Browns in Cleveland and the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night (Nov. 15) in our nation’s capital against the Redskins.
My remaining picks are all home teams. They include the Dolphins over the Titans. Despite losing last weekend, I like the Colts to bounce back and defeat the Bengals. The Jaguars host the Texans and should come away with the win.
Tampa Bay will recover from their 6-point road loss to Atlanta and win by at least twice that many against Carolina. Denver is 1-3 at home this season, and their opponent this week, Kansas City, is 1-3 on the road. I think the Broncos will improve to 2-3 and KC will drop to 1-4.
In what used to be considered a great game, the Dallas Cowboys are in New York to face the Giants. This year, it won’t be a great game. The Cowboys are just plain bad and the Giants are considered by many to be one of the best teams in the NFC. I look for the Cowboys to lose their sixth game in a row and drop to 1-8.
The Arizona Cardinals have lost three in a row. That streak should come to a stop when they host the Seahawks this week. The San Francisco 49ers are coming off a bye week and have to face the 4-4 Rams in Candlestick Park. I fully expect Mike Singletary will have his team ready to roll.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have the tough task of facing the New England Patriots following their upset loss to the Browns last weekend. As unlikely as it sounds, I think the Pats will lose their second game in a row.
The Packers, Saints, Raiders and the Chargers all have the week off.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the Nov. 10-16, 2010 issue