Here is the early game schedule where I have my picks listed to the right of the game. I’m also giving a short thought on each game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons — Falcons: Playing the Buccaneers this week, even without Roddy White and Julio Jones, should be the game that gets the Falcons back on the right track … at least for one week.
St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers — Panthers: If Carolina plays like they did last week, especially Cam Newton, the Panthers could be a dangerous team.
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions — Bengals: I think the Bengals are the best team in the AFC North and one of the better teams in the conference. Folks complain about Andy Dalton’s arm and his decision making at times … but guess what, he still wins games, and that is the stat that matters the most.
San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars — Chargers: Not if, but when, the Chargers build a lead on the Jaguars, even they can’t blow that lead in the fourth quarter. The Chargers are coming off a big win against the Indianapolis Colts, and Philip Rivers is playing like he did in the latter half of the 2000s.
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins — Dolphins: This game has some potential to be a good matchup for the AFC East, but I see the Dolphins defending their home field in this one.
New England Patriots at New York Jets — Patriots: Tom Brady looked like he regained the “Brady Magic” in the comeback win over the Saints, and with the Jets next on the schedule … if I were Rex Ryan and the Jets, I wouldn’t want to play Brady this week, no matter who his receivers are.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles — Eagles: With the possibility of Demarcus Ware and DeMarco Murray not playing (they are listed as doubtful), I question the Cowboys’ pass rush and their running game because once Murray left Sunday’s game with his injury, the Cowboys’ offense looked different … in a bad way.
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins — Bears: The Bears are just a better overall football team in my opinion … enough said.
Now for the late afternoon games.