Last week, I had my worst week of picks for the season after going 8-7 in Week 8 of the National Football League (NFL) regular season because the back-up quarterbacks showed up on Sunday. Nevertheless, my overall record is still solid at 79-43. We have now reached the midpoint of the NFL regular season since the season is now 17 games instead of 16 games. Watch for the NFL owners to eventually attempt to push the schedule to 18 games in the future in order to match the Canadian Football League (CFL).
For this week, the Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Washington Football Team are on a bye. Without further ado, let us take a look at this week's games.
Thursday, November 4th
New York Jets (2-5) at Indianapolis Colts (3-5). For the past two seasons, all of the Jets wins are against teams with winning records. As you can see, the Colts do not have a winning record at this time. That means that the Colts will not overlook the Jets like the Bengals did last Sunday. Pick: Colts.
Sunday, November 7th
Cleveland Browns (4-4) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-3). Both teams will look to bounce back from losses this past Sunday. After each loss this season, the Bengals won their next two. Pick: Bengals.
Denver Broncos (4-4) at Dallas Cowboys (6-1). All of the Broncos wins are against teams that are under .500. Pick: Cowboys.
Houston Texans (1-7) at Miami Dolphins (1-7). Fortunately, one of these two teams will have a second win after this game is over. Pick: Dolphins.
Atlanta Falcons (3-4) at New Orleans Saints (5-2). This is not a cold call. How can I pick the Falcons when one of their players quit on the team? Pick: Saints.
Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) at New York Giants (2-6). The Raiders have been rolling since former head coach Jon Gruden was fired. However, Las Vegas released WR Henry Ruggs III after he killed someone earlier this week. Emotions will be all over the place for Raiders players since they never thought that one of their teammates would ever kill someone. Pick: Giants.
New England Patriots (4-4) at Carolina Panthers (4-4). This game is the Stephon Gilmore revenge game. Gilmore was traded from the Patriots to the Panthers last month. Pick: Panthers.
Buffalo Bills (5-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6). Josh Allen will have to break the Manning cast hex before it gets started. Every other current player that was on with the Mannings during Monday Night Football have lost the next week. Pick: Bills.
Minnesota Vikings (3-4) at Baltimore Ravens (5-2). The Vikings had an awesome opportunity to gain momentum this season on Sunday evening, but they lost to the Cowboys even though Dak Prescott did not play. Pick: Ravens.
Los Angeles Chargers (4-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-5). The Eagles have not won two games in a row with Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback. Pick: Chargers.
Green Bay Packers (7-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-4). Everybody was looking forward to this State Farm game between QB's Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes, but Rodgers went full cheesehead and is out for this game. Never go full cheesehead - because Wisconsin. Pick: Chiefs.
Arizona Cardinals (7-1) at San Francisco 49ers (3-4). Kyler Murray is good to go for Sunday. Pick: Cardinals.
Tennessee Titans (6-2) at Los Angeles Rams (7-1). Titans RB Derrick Henry could be out for the rest of the season due to a foot injury. That means that the Titans are screwed. Plus, the Rams just traded for LB Von Miller, so he will be able to rush the passer at will since Tennessee will not be able to run the ball effectively. Pick: Rams.
Monday, November 8th
Chicago Bears (3-5) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3). Even though I live in the Chicago area, I have not picked the Bears to win a game yet in previous posts. That is not changing now. Pick: Steelers.
To make watching games more fun this week, keep track of how many times the announcers say "middle of the season" or "midpoint of the season" unless you are watching the game which will be announced by Joe Buck in which you tune him out automatically or have the game on mute.
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