Cynic NFL Picks

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Pick: Vikings

This is a must watch Monday night game and we all know why.  This is the first of two games where Brett Favre will dawn the purple and play with the rival of his former team.
There definitely are some ill feelings on both sides — Favre still feeling shafted from two years ago when the Pack went with their quarterback of the future, Aaron Rodgers instead, and the Packers feeling that their legendary quarterback went to the enemy.
Feelings aside, the Vikings are at home and are just the better team.

San Diego Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: Steelers

The Chargers travel across the country to Heinz Field to take on the defending Super Bowl champions in a rematch of the divisional round playoff game.
This time will be the same.
The Steelers have had trouble getting their offense going in their first two games and, if they didn’t get it going against the Bengals, they will when they face the Chargers D, which has not looked good this year.
With the Steelers defense, all the offense has to do is score a couple of times and they’ll win.

New York Jets vs. New Orleans Saints
Pick: Saints

With a new and improved attack-oriented defense, the Jets will have to prove their defense against the Saints’ number one offense in the league.
But the Saints have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, which allowed a league low 13 sacks last year, and are on pace to allow 16 this year.
If this superb offensive line can keep All-Pro quarterback  Drew Brees upright, he will show why he came within 30 yards of breaking Dan Marino’s record for most passing yards in a season.

Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots
Pick: Patriots

The Baltimore Ravens still have that bruising running game, but they seem to be passing it a lot more, scoring more than 30 points in their first two games, something previously unheard of coming out of Baltimore.
And while their defense has been great against the run, it left something to prove against the pass, where Phillip Rivers scorched them for 436 yards just two weeks ago.
Look for the Patriots to exploit the Ravens pass D all day, as they run up the score.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns
Pick: Bengals

The battle for Ohio is not that much fun for anyone outside the Buckeye state.
Both teams have seen better years and this rivalry game will once again pit two predictably bad teams against one another.
The Bengals seem to have more to offer than the Browns, with perennial Pro Bowl quarterback, Carson Palmer, healthy and back behind center.
While obviously not the best team in the league, the Bengals are lucky because the Browns are just a little worse.