Here are my weekly game picks as well as a my record for the season.
Sunday Oct. 16
Panthers over Falcons (UPSET)...Matt Ryan's Falcons have struggled this season so far, and I think this is Cam Newton's chance to shine against his division foe.
Bengals over Colts...Andy Dalton is already a more accomplished NFL quarterback than Indianapolis' Curtis Painter. What a shame.
Steelers over Jaguars...If Pittsburgh can protect Ben Roethlisberger long enough for him to get comfortable in the pocket, he shouldn't have much trouble against Jacksonville's defense.
Bills over Giants...Inconsistency has been the name of the game in New York so far this season, both for the Giants and the Jets.
Lions over Niners...Ndamukong Suh will have Alex Smith's number all game long. Look out, Alex!
Packers over Rams...When I come out with my power rankings later in the week, there's a great chance that Green Bay could be No. 1 on the list.
Redskins over Eagles...I really can't say I know when the Eagles are going to break out of this slump. Hard to say, really.
Browns over Raiders (UPSET)...Oakland has shown signs of brilliance this season, but I still believe that Cleveland has the ability to reach .500 this season.
Saints over Bucs...Tampa Bay has been somewhat of a disappointment thus far in 2011, to me anyways. Yet they are still 3-2 and just one game behind New Orleans.
Ravens over Texans...The loss of Mario Williams on Houston's side is huge, and his absence will be felt against Baltimore's offense.
Patriots over Cowboys...Will Tony Romo ever hush the haters and pull through with a playoff run? Not if they can't win on a regular basis throughout the regular season.
Bears over Vikings...Donovan McNabb's days are clearly numbered in this league.
Monday Oct. 17
Jets over Dolphins...Maybe Mark Sanchez will throw a couple of touchdowns this week, rather than pick6's.
Bye weeks: Cardinals, Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Seahawks, Titans
My 2011 picks:
Week 1: 9-7
Week 2: 13-3
Week 3: 10-6
Week 4: 11-5
Week 5: 8-5
Total for season: 51-27
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Suggs: Larry French/Getty Images