FOOTBALL PICKS:

Record through week 13: 30-26Oakland at San Diego Oakland can barely function under the Al Davis dictatorship. He is more like the Emperor than a true NFL owner. What does he care about more – his ego or a win for his franchise? LT has topped 100 yards rushing only twice this season, the first time was against the Raiders in week four. He’ll do it again and the Chargers will win. Chargers 32, Raiders 24 Miami at Buffalo Take two on a traditional divisional rivalry. Both teams are battling to stay alive in the AFC East and are trying to catch the Jets and Pats. Buffalo’s offense is propelled by its special teams and defense, so look for rookie returner Leodis McKelvin to have an impact on the game and, if so, the Bills can avenge their week eight loss. Bills 30, Dolphins 26 Dallas at Pittsburgh I have to stay with the hot hand in Dallas. Tony Romo has stated that he isn’t worried about missing the playoffs. However, Pittsburgh is always a tough test and this rivalry has a his?tory of it’s own. Dallas was very impressive on Thanksgiving Day and I don’t think their momentum will be halted, even by Big Ben and his Steelers. Cowboys 34, Steelers 24 New York Jets at San Francisco I have to pick an upset some?where, so here it is. San Francisco has yet to notch a win against a team with a winning season. Maybe this can be the week that they put it together. Despite their terrible record, the Niners are second in the abysmal NFC West. The Jets are red hot, taking the logic right out of this pick. Oh well. 49ers 27, Jets 24 Washington at Baltimore These two teams have very similar makeups – weak passing game that’s complimented by a tough ground game. The strength of both teams is their defense, but only one of these teams has Ray Lewis. The Ravens are playing at home and this would be a big win for them. Their defense won’t dis?appoint. Ravens 20, Redskins 16 Tampa Bay at Carolina This is a HUGE NFC South game and it will surely have a play?off atmosphere surrounding it. The Bucs absolutely smoked Carolina in week six by 24 points and I’m guessing the Panthers have not forgotten. Tampa Bay has been hot recently, but the Panthers are going to put a halt to that and take vengeance at home. Panthers 24, Buccaneers 20 Cleveland at Tennessee Quinn is injured, Anderson is ineffective and Braylon Edwards forgot how to catch a football. Minus the Jets game, the Titans have barely had a miscue. It’s hard to believe Kerry Collins is the face of the top team in the NFL. But it will be Chris Johnson’s feet that the Browns will remember from this game. Titans 28, Browns 12