49ers at Seahawks: In terms of points scored vs yielded, these are the top two teams of the NFC. The 49ers hold a 1.5 game lead on Seattle in the division, making this a must-win for Seattle if they are to take the division title. And if they lose, they'll likely lose the 1 game lead they hold on a pack of other wildcard hopefuls. It can't get much more must-win for the Seahawks than this. Still, I roll with the 49ers, who I have become convinced are the best team in the NFC. (Seattle may very well be the 2nd).
Bengals at Steelers: The AFC North's #2 and #3 team battle each other to keep their playoff hopes afloat. Cincinnati is closing in on a Ravens team that is dropping like a stone, while the Steelers are on a 2-game losing streak that they must break to stay in the playoff chase. I think the stars are aligning for Cincinnati, who should wrest control of this division away from the Ravens in these final 2 weeks. Bengals.
Giants at Ravens: Two teams both in grave danger of losing control of their divisions. The Giants have already slid into a 3-way tie for the NFC East, while the Ravens maintain a slim 1 game lead on the surging Bengals. Desperate times all around. I expect the Giants to get themselves back into the picture, as Baltimore has not shown any offensive capability lately. (Well done with your big debut last week, Caldwell).
Saints at Cowboys: On the strength of a 3-game winning streak, Dallas finds themselves in that 3-way tie for the NFC East lead. New Orleans has crawled to 6-8 and is chasing a mathematical playoff chance as an 8-8 wildcard team. Not a likely scenario, but they are playing like it is. It feels dirty to make this pick, but the Cowboys are playing like a capable team right now. I'm picking them to keep the NFC East a muddled mess into the last week.
And for the wildcard:
Bills at Dolphins: The battle for the bottom of the AFC East. Miami is aware they are in rebuilding mode, so it's fairly low-drama there, but every year Buffalo sucks is another year of panic for Ralph Wilson. Chan Gailey is on shaky ground, and losing this week to an offensively-challenged Dolphins team will make that ground shakier.
Last Week's Results:
*Legion*: 4-1 (who's your daddy?)
Certis: 4-1 (god damn it)
Not Enix: 0-5
Season to Date: