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Chelle’s Picks 10-17-10

I went 7-7 last week.  Are you freakin’ kidding me?  And do you know what really makes me sick—looking at the games that I lost in last week’s picks.  Sure, anybody can misjudge the Giants, the Colts, or the Jaguars.  These are teams with tremendous potential that just sometimes seem to drop the ball.  And after a while, you have to pick against them.

But last week, the Raiders actually won against the Chargers?  The Cardinals beat the Saints? Tampa Bay won in Cincinnati?  What kind of cosmic joke are the NFL gods playing?  Is this some sort of ploy by the owners to move the negotiations along?  Oh well.  I guess I just have to pick myself up, dust myself off, and give it another shot. As a Redskins fan, I have plenty of practice.  So here goes nothin’.

4 To Watch:

Baltimore vs. New England:  Baltimore is red hot, and they’re my pick for the AFC’s Super Bowl contribution this year.  This week’s game will definitely be a precursor for the AFC championship.  It won’t be the last time this year that we see this match up.  And it will be an intense game.  Look for the Patriots to win this one, to their detriment.  If they show all they’ve got this early in the season, they’ll likely regret it later on. 

Dallas vs. Minnesota:  We’ve been waiting all year for this freak show.  And it’ll be worth every minute.  Just like every Cowboys game this season, this will be one mess of a game.  And we’ll love watching Tony Romo make Brett Favre regret his decision to return.  The only people I feel sorry for in this entire fiasco are Brad Childress and Adrian Peterson. When will they have the team they deserve?

Indianapolis vs. Washington:  I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but we stand a chance?  Yes, we, the Washington Redskins, can beat the Indianapolis Colts.  That having been said, we need to make extra double, triple sure we don’t blow it.  McNabb, hold your ground, and if you see a chance to run, take it, but play it smart.  Torain, hold onto the ball.  Landry, hit the beejeezus out of ‘em.  And Armstrong, keep a level head on your shoulders.  Stephon, if you get in the game, and you will get in the game, hold it, hold it, hold it.  And then hold it some more.  All eyes on Rabach, okay?  And no matter what the coach says, score, score and score some more!!  Those doggone Colts can always come back from behind.  Smith, we need you, now more than ever.  Guys, we’re counting on you.  So everybody in the Redskins nation, HOLLAH!!!!!!!!  Oh yeah, I’m taking the Skins.

Tennessee vs. Jacksonville:  Normally, fans love to watch their team, all the teams in their division, and that’s about it.  So why should I care about Tennessee and Jacksonville?  Because these two teams play some hard hitting, down and dirty, smash mouth ball.  And I love it.  This will be a great game, even if I do have to pick Tennessee to win it. 

Upset:

Last week was upsetting enough.  See below.

Who Cares?

Miami has been playing surprisingly well this season, but not quite as well as their fans had expected.  And Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is expected to play on Sunday.  Expect the Packers to handle the Dolphins at home, but not without incident.

Kansas City and Houston are both wild cards this season, two good teams that are fired up about their chances and spoiling other teams with their intensity.  Good for them.  Matt Schaub and Matt Cassell will have fun duking it out, and fans will have fun watching, but Houston will win the day.

Michael Vick has been waiting a long time to take on his former team, and it looks like he’ll have to wait a while longer.  Kevin Kolb is getting the start against Matt Ryan’s Falcons on Sunday, and under Kolb’s leadership, the Eagles struggled to earn their victory last week.  I’m taking Atlanta on Sunday. 

In a surprising upset, the Saints lost last week to the Cardinals.  Granted, their running game has suffered a major setback, but for last year’s Super Bowl victors, that’s an unprecedented downslide.  It won’t happen again this week.  They’ll win against Tampa Bay, although not without a struggle.

Seattle has been struggling this year, and the Bears haven’t.  Chicago will win easily in Soldier Field.

Giants will win against the Lions.

Roethlisberger will have a triumphant return, leading the Steelers to victory against the Cleveland Browns.  

The Rams will win at home against the Chargers.

Last week’s win against the Vikings restored my faith in Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez, and the Jets.  Hm, wait a sec.  Oh that’s right.  I never actually lost it, that’s right.  They’ll win against the Bronco’s, even at mile high.

San Francisco will finally win, against the Raiders, at home.


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