Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints – Pick Saints
Finally, there is a Monday night game worth watching.
Pitting two of the league’s better teams against each other will certainly lead to a fight for control of the division. But the Saints have won three straight at home against the Falcons, and I don’t see this streak ending, because, to be fair, they are the better team.
Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals – Pick Cardinals
Remember last year’s divisional playoff game, where Arizona came into Carolina and embarrassed them, making Jake Delhomme look like a fool, turning the ball over six times — five interceptions and a fumble?
I’m a believer in consistent performances and it’s a possibility that Delhomme might play better, but the outcome will be the same, especially with the Cards’ playing in the desert.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers – Pick Packers
This is my upset pick of the week, as Brett Favre travels to Lambeau Field for the first time as a visiting quarterback, in this divisional rematch, where the Vikings won the first one by a score of 30-23.
The Packers did a great job of limiting Adrian Peterson to only 55 yards on 21 carries the first time around, but had trouble protecting Aaron Rodgers, which limited their offense greatly.
Look for the Pack to correct this issue, and win.
Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens – Pick Ravens
The undefeated Denver Broncos will be put to the test against the Baltimore Ravens, and I’m going with the Ravens to pull off the upset, handing the Broncos their first loss of the season.
Both teams are coming off their bye and will be fresh, so neither will gain an advantage there, and going against rationale and statistics — which both point towards the Broncos — the Ravens are due for a win and the Broncos a loss.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts – Pick Colts
The Colt’s number one pass offense goes up against the 49ers 20-ranked pass defense. Not much more needs to be said.
Peyton Manning will have another great day at home, where he won the last eight games, and even though the 49ers have shown some promise as an up-and-coming team this year, they aren’t good enough to beat arguably the best team in the league.
New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Pick Eagles
Here is another rematch from last year’s divisional playoffs, where the Eagles dominated the Giants and made Eli Manning look lost, throwing for 169 yards and two interceptions.
But this is only the Eagles second real test against a good team — besides the Saints, who they lost to — they have yet to play a team with a winning record.
But the Giants have shown they are vulnerable to the pass and that is basically all the Eagles do, so I’m going with the numbers and choosing the Eagles to win.