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As far as predictions go, my picks last week were somewhat terrible. The Cowboys beating the Saints? The Bucs over the Steelers in the last few seconds of the game?The Chiefs dismantling the Patriots? Let’s see if I can get back on track with this week’s picks.

Last week record: 6-7

Bye week: Dolphins, Raiders

Minnesota Vikings (2-2) at Green Bay Packers (2-2)
The Vikings are coming off a huge win against the Falcons, marking the beginning of the Teddy Bridgewater era. Aaron Rodgers shone against the Bears, throwing for four touchdowns as the Packers begin to pick up steam. Gotta go with the Super Bowl winning QB on this one. Pick: Packers

Chicago Bears (2-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-2)
Turnovers were costly for the Bears last week and they are hurting at the offensive line. Carolina has lost two straight and were punished by their former teammate, Steve Smith last week. Cam Newton looks off this season, but I say he bounces back at home in this one. Pick: Panthers

Cleveland Browns (1-2) at Tennessee Titans (1-3)
 Ben Tate returns. The Browns are rested after their bye. And the Titans are not a good team. Pick: Browns

St Louis Rams (1-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
The Eagles couldn’t punch it in from the one yard line last week and were handed their first loss against the 49ers. Despite the fact that LeSean McCoy gained only 17 yards on 10 carries, they still hung in the game until the very end. The Rams just aren’t strong enough at the QB position to go toe-to-toe with the Eagles in this game. Pick: Eagles

Atlanta Falcons (2-2) at New York Giants (2-2)
Expect this game to be high-scoring. I like the Giants to continue their momentum in this one. Pick: Giants

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) at New Orleans Saints (1-3)
Raise your hand if you thought the Saints would be sitting at 1-3 a quarter of the way through the season. They were pounded by the Cowboys where they haven’t lost a game since 1991.

Mike Glennon looked good last week against the Steelers, leading the Bucs on a game-winning drive in the final seconds. It looks like Josh McCown may not get his starting job back if and when he returns. Pick: Saints

Houston Texans (3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
Dallas might finally get over the hump of three consecutive 8-8 seasons. But, it’s still early. Pick: Cowboys

Buffalo Bills (2-2) at Detroit Lions (3-1)
The Bills now turn to Kyle Orton, who will replace an ineffective EJ Manuel. With Manuel only completing 58 percent of his passes, it seems as if head coach Doug Marrone made the move in an effort to save his job. Time will tell if it was the right decision.

The Lions, on the other hand, quietly sit in first place in the NFC North. I expect them to dominate this game. Pick: Lions

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Baltimore Ravens (3-1) at Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
What can I say, I’m sold on Andrew Luck. Pick: Colts

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)
How did the Steelers lose that game against the Bucs? I’m still scratching my head. Luckily, they pay a visit to the winless Jaguars this week. Just what they needed. Pick: Steelers

Arizona Cardinals (3-0) at Denver Broncos (2-1)
The Cardinals are one of only two undefeated teams this season. I think Peyton Manning might have something to say about that. Pick: Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) at San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
The Chiefs are riding high after a dominating performance against the Patriots. Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore looked very effective against the Bears. This is a tough one, so I’ll have to go with the home team. Pick: 49ers

New York Jets (1-3) at San Diego Chargers (3-1)
There’s been a lot of MVP buzz surrounding Phillip Rivers. Not so much for Geno Smith. Pick: Chargers

Cincinnati Bengals (3-0) at New England Patriots (2-2)
In case you haven’t noticed, the Patriots are not playing well. Their offensive line is terrible, Tom Brady is off the mark and their defense looks slow. The Bengals will have studied the blueprint to beating them-pressure Tom Brady. Pick: Bengals

Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at Washington Redskins (1-3) Super Bowl champs playing on Monday night? Yes, please. Pick: Seahawks

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