New York was embarrassed last week. The Broncos defeated Kansas City despite just two completed passes. Denver QB Tim Tebow, come hell (or maybe heaven, in this case) or high water, has been finding ways to win. Tebow might turn his magic into a couple more wins before Denver's season ends. Tonight, however, the ex-Gator finds himself lost in Revis Island. Meanwhile, Jets QB Mark Sanchez connects with his talented, 6-foot-5 touchdown target (Plaxico Burress) as the Jets soar past the Broncos at Mile High.
RESULT: BRONCOS 17, jets 13
Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman picked off an errant Sanchez pass and dashed in 26 yards for a game-tying touchdown late in the third quarter. The Jets would answer with a Nick Folk field goal. Then, once again, Tebow (who went 9-for-20 for 104 yards passing) worked his magic. The Miracle Man engineered a 95-yard game winning drive, culminated by his 20-yard touchdown scamper with 58 ticks left on the game clock. Broncos improved to 5-5, while the Jets fell to 5-5.
SUNDAY (EARLY GAMES)
Perhaps I’m too much of a homer, but I’m going to pick the home Purple despite its despicable Monday Night performance six days ago in Green Bay. Losing Antoine Winfield for the season, Minnesota’s pass defense sunk a step lower by resigning Benny Sapp – the ex-Viking dumped by the 2-7 Dolphins earlier this season. Meanwhile, Raiders QB Carson Palmer is coming off a near-perfect performance in his team’s upset win at San Diego. Palmer picks apart the Vikings secondary today, but “All Day” Adrian Peterson paces the Purple offense just enough for his team to eke out a home victory.
Jags 17, BROWNS 13
Week by week, Jacksonville rookie QB Blaine Gabbert continues his gradual progression. He's also able to lean on a solid defense and his 5-foo-7 bulldozer RB Maurice Jones-Drew as the Jaguars top the Browns in Cleveland.
Get ready for a shootout! Matthew Stafford rebounds from a rough outing last week in Chicago and outduels Cam Newton today as the Lions edge out the Panthers.
PACK 38, bucs 17
Uh-oh. This pick reminds me of my 34-13 Eagles over Cardinals prediction last week. However, the way Aaron Rodgers is playing somehow leaves me without a shred of doubt that his Packers win comfortably in this one.
bills 20, FINS 17
Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick connects for 100 yards and a touchdown with
WR Stevie Johnson as the Bills defeat their divisional foe Fins in Miami.
boys 27, SKINS 17
Cowboys RB Felix Jones returns from a nagging ankle injury that’s sidelined him since week six. The way rookie rusher DeMarco Murray has carried the ball, 607 rush yards on 75 carries since taking over as Dallas’ lead back, Jones merely adds a nice change-up to Murray’s
fastball. The Boys take out the Redskins in D.C. today to climb to 6-4.
RAVENS 20, Bengals 13
Facing the league’s top defense without standout WR A.J. Green proves to tall of a task for Andy Dalton and the Bengals. Ray Rice leads the Ravens ball control offense as Baltimore improves to 5-0 at home
RAMS 24, hawks 17
St. Louis slowly works to salvage a season that started 0-6. QB Sam Bradford's regained form from injury, the welcomed addition of WR Brandon Lloyd and continued solid production from RB Steven Jackson are too much for the Seahawks to handle. The Rams protect its home turf today, defeating Seattle by seven.
NINERS 27, cards 17
John Skelton looks like he just might be stealing Kevin Kolb’s job as Arizona’s starting QB. The Cardinals were spectacular in an impressive win at Philly last week, but Skelton and standout receiver Larry Fitzgerald aren’t enough today. The 49ers stunning season continues as San Francisco defeats Arizona and improves to 9-1.
FALCONS 31, titans 23
After a crushing overtime loss at home to the Saints last week, Atlanta doesn’t put itself in position to push its luck on fourth down behinds its own 30-yard line today. The Falcons topple the Titans by eight.
BEARS 27, chargers 24 (OT)
San Diego is in trouble, having lost four straight and its AFC West lead. Things get worse as the team travels to Chicago to face a hot Bears team. Philip Rivers, Vincent Jackson and the Chargers put for a spirited effort. But the Bolts fall short as Matt Forte and a resurgent Bears defense stave off San Diego in overtime.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
GIANTS 24, eagles 17
Philadelphia’s Vince Young gets his chance to back up his preseason “Dream Team” talk in New York tonight. Lacking WR Jeremy Maclin and practice with Philly’s first team offense, Young and LeSean McCoy aren’t enough to spearhead a win. Eli Manning came up short of a comeback win in San Francisco last week. Tonight, the Giants set the pace early and defeat the Eagles at home.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
PATS 27, chiefs 10
Kansas City has been playing lackluster football as of late. New England looked like Super Bowl contenders last week in blowing out the Jets in New York. Tom Brady has little trouble solving the Chiefs defense as the Pats pound KC at home.