The amazing miracle season continues for my picks. After eating a little humble pie last week and going 7-6, I caught the football gods napping again, rebounding nicely with a 12-1 record for Week 6. One doesn't mock the football gods, so I'll refrain from saying anything that can be considered blasphemy.
In fact, I just may have to say three Hail Montana's and a few Our Father Dungy's to compensate for my arrogance at a near perfect week.
It may not be enough, true reader, so if my picks helped you win your office pool last week - don't expect the same success.
Yes, it may seem like I've jumped into the TARDIS and watched this week's games already (come on, with the Bucs and DA BEARS in London, how could I not make reference to my favorite British export, Doctor Who?) but I haven't.
It's just when you think you've got the NFL figured out that the league puts you on your arse (British spelling).
So let's see what Week 7 has in store shall we?
Last Week: 12-1 92% Season: 65-24 73% Upset Specials: 7-3 70% Bucs Picks: 5-1 83%
Bye: Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, NY Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco
San Diego 23, NY Jets 13 - If you've read this column regularly, you know I'm not a big believer in the NY Jets or Mark Sanchez. Normally I'd never pick a West Coast team playing in the East coast (or vice versa) but this is a darn good Chargers team that is much better than the overrated gang green.
Upset Special: Tampa Bay 23, Chicago 13 - For the second consecutive week I'm picking the Buccaneers as my upset special. I'll detail why in my in depth preview article but long story short - the Bucs went to London on Monday, have acclimated themselves to the climate and the time change and have gotten a regular work week in. Chicago decided to follow the 2009 Bucs routine of "making it a normal road trip" by leaving on Thursday night. That didn't work out to well for Tampa Bay.
Meanwhile, rumblings out of Chicago are saying players and management have a disconnect and that "it makes a player not want to go all out for a franchise." Ruh roh, Raggie.
Washington 20, Carolina 10 - Everyone is on upset alert when they face Cam Newton's Carolina Kitties. Still, I really like the Redskins this season. They're playing good football and I think they can bounce back from that disappointing showing against the G-men.
Detroit 30, Atlanta 10 - The Falcons head into the Lions Den to face an angry pride of Lions. We're betting Jim Schwartz doesn't fly off the handle during this one's post-game handshake.
Cleveland 13, Seattle 10 - OW. MY EYES! MY EYES...THEY'RE MELTING IN MY SKULL BECAUSE I WAS FORCED TO REVIEW CLEVELAND AND SEATTLE!!!
Denver 30, Miami 3 - Tebow Time takes on Suck for Luck on a day when Timmy's 2009 National Championship Gator team is being honored. Who do you think is going to win?
Tennessee 27, Houston 24 - The surprising flaming thumbtacks (thanks BSPN) sit a top the AFC South. The christened "Next Ones" the Houston Texans desperately need this one to keep pace in the division. I don't think they'll get it.
Oakland 20, Kansas City 17 - A history, ugly rivalry is renewed. Carson Palmer will likely make his first start for the Raiders. It won't be a pretty game but Kansas City is terrible this season.
Pittsburgh 23, Arizona 17 - Best news for the Pittsburgh Steelers? They're playing the NFC West this season.
Green Bay 20, Minnesota 7 - Christian Ponder makes his first NFL start against the undefeated Super Bowl Champions. Gee coach, thanks.
Dallas 23, St. Louis 3 - The Cowboys took the Patriots to the limit. They won't need to worry about the Rams.
New Orleans 27, Indianapolis 16 - Think NBC wishes Flex Games started this week?
Baltimore 23, Jacksonville 13 - The city of Jacksonville celebrates being on Monday Night Football, unfortunately no one sees the fair city as most watching the Jaguars play have fallen the sleep on the couch.