The autumn wind is a Raider. RIP, Al Davis.
Chiefs 28 - Colts 24: Just when you thought Indianapolis might be able to do something without Peyton Manning, this happens. Conversely, just when you thought Kansas City had a shot at getting Todd Haley fired or to still being in the running for Andrew Luck, this happens.
Cardinals 10 - Vikings 34: Well what do you know? Minnesota maintained a double-digit lead after halftime.
Seahawks 36 - Giants 25: For some reason, I now get a kick whenever an NFC East team loses.
Titans 17 - Steelers 38: That's it; whenever Big Ben has an injury he's trying to play through, give the edge to Pittsburgh.
Saints 30 - Panthers 27: Carolina quite possibly is the best 1-4 team in the league. They may even be a better team than teams with better records.
Bengals 30 - Jaguars 20: Meanwhile, Cincinnati is quietly putting up wins and Andy Dalton would be in the running for offensive rookie of the year if not for some guy named Cam Newton.
Raaaaaaaaaaiders 25 - Texans 20: An emotional nail-biter of a victory, just the way Al Davis would have liked it.
Eagles 24 - Bills 31: When you paint a target on your back, it just makes it that much easier for people to hit you.
Buccaneers 3 - 49ers 48: Seriously, who are these guys in San Francisco? I know they have mostly the same names and numbers as the team from last year, but they're playing a whole new kind of ball. Is it simply just because Jim Harbaugh is the head coach now?
Chargers 29 - Tebows 24: I foresee Denver being the new Tennessee. As soon as Tim Tebow struggles a bit, they'll put Kyle Orton back in and vice versa ad nauseum until somebody decides to pull the plug.
Jets 21 - Patriots 30: Oh look, New England has a running game. Now if only their defense can hold a team to under three touchdowns or so.
Packers 25 - Falcons 14: Like their feathered brethren in eastern Pennsylvania, perhaps it's time to take the "For Real" tag off of Atlanta.
Bears 13 - Lions 24: Yep, you read it right: Detroit's 5 and 0. I could have sworn I saw a dog and a cat living together.
Week 6 Pick 'Em: See, sometimes it pays to pick an upset. Just look at Jayhawker and myself, who were the only two to go 5-0 this week thanks mainly to the San Francisco 49ers. It pays to have cojones. Now, for how things shook down:
My record: 5-0
* = Since you didn't get your pick of the Saints in on time, I'm dinging you with a loss. Too bad, too, since you would have gone 5-0.
And the season to date totals:
My record: 21-4
Your guys' record:
I looked and I looked and couldn't see a post from Jolly Bill (12-8) and I'm still trying to figure out what to do with Atras because some weeks he didn't have picks. As you can see, it's still possible to climb your way out of the cellar if you start swinging for the fences. On byes this week are Denver, Tennessee, Kansas City, Arizona, San Diego, Seattle. Man, bye weeks makes making picks a bit harder. This week's West Coast biased picks are:
Panthers at Falcons: As been discussed to death, Carolina has been competitive in every game they've played in, including the losses. After Atlanta lost their lead to Green Bay, I'm smelling upset. Panthers.
49ers at Lions: At the end of MNF, Mike Tirico asked for a show of hands of people who thought this would be the game of the week. Well, it is. It's easy to say a 5-0 team has an edge, but there's something about how Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco team has been playing. 49ers.
Browns at Raiders: Cleveland's heading out west to face an Oakland team playing with a lot of emotion and maybe a bit of the ol' swagger that the late Al Davis instilled in them back in the glory days. Yeah, where do you think I'm going with this? Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiders.
Texans at Ravens: It could be very, very easy to immediately say Baltimore, especially with Houston now out not just Andre Johnson but Mario Williams as well. But hey, what did conventional wisdom get a lot of people last week? A lot of 4-1 records, that's what. Ravens. *runs and hides*
For my wild card, I'm setting my sights on Cowboys at Patriots, if only to cover myself for picking Carolina. True, seems like every time Tony Romo gets ridiculed he comes back in the next game to hush his detractors for one week. Except this time. Patriots.
Enjoy the week, folks.