Beware. If you're team was chosen in the sure-fire picks ... you may be in trouble.

Beware. If your team was chosen in the sure-fire picks ... you could be in for some bad luck.

After going 4-4 last week, the sure-fire picks stand at 28-51. Salvaging the season is nearly impossible, but here’s to a slow climb toward mediocrity.

Oakland at Miami (-11), 1 p.m. Sunday
Oakland has lost its last two road games by a combined 50 points. Miami is on a roll. I’m still not ready to believe the Dolphins are ‘double-digit favorites’ good. Raiders +11.

Minnesota at Tampa Bay (-4), 1 p.m. Sunday
The Bucs are great at home and Gus Frerotte is terrible anywhere. If the Bucs can jump out to an early lead, they will feast on Frerotte all day. Friends of mine from the Bay Area begged me not to lay the Taylor-Made Tirade hex on their team. Sorry. Bucs -4.

Baltimore at N.Y. Giants (-7.5), 1 p.m. Sunday
The Ravens are playing well and should be able to engage in a slugfest against the Giants. Eli will struggle against an inspired Ravens’ D, but the Giants pull out a close one. Ravens +7.5.

Philadelphia (-9) at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Sunday
Despite a winning record, the Eagles are stuck at the bottom of the best division in football. They nearly knocked off the defending champs last week, and will take out their frustrations on the Bengals. Eagles -9.

St. Louis at San Francisco (-6.5), 4:05 p.m. Sunday
Mike Singletary has given us great sound bytes, sent players to the showers, thrown co-workers under the bus, and pulled down his pants. Oh, and he’s coached terribly. The only thing left is to win. 49ers -6.5.

Tennessee (-2.5) at Jacksonville, 4:15 p.m. Sunday
The Titans’ luck has to run out sometime, but it won’t be against the Jaguars. Jeff Fisher will out-wit, out-coach, and most importantly beat Jack Del Rio and the Jags on the road. Titans -2.5.

San Diego at Pittsburgh (-5), 4:15 p.m. Sunday
The Steelers are banged up and the Chargers are due for an offensive explosion. It doesn’t matter. The Chargers are underachievers and there is no way the Steelers drop two in a row at home. Steelers -5.

Dallas at Washington (o/u 43), 8:15 p.m. Sunday
The Cowboys have their gunslinger back and are desperate. The Redskins are coming off their worst offensive output of the season. Expect some fireworks. Over 43.