The sure-fire picks had an uncharacteristically productive week last Sunday, going 6-2. The season total is still disgraceful at 44-66-1, but maybe things are starting to change. Probably not.


Strange things happened last week, as the sure-fire picks went 6-2.

Strange things happened last week, as the sure-fire picks went 6-2.

Green Bay (-2) at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Sunday

It’s gotten so bad in Jacksonville that the Jaguars are underdogs at home against a team with a losing record. It’s time to stop the bleeding … you would think. Jaguars +2.

Tampa Bay at Atlanta (-3), 1 p.m. Sunday
Winning as a visitor in the NFC South has proven impossible, but a proud Buccaneers defense that was beaten to a pulp on Monday Night Football will do it’s best to change that. Buccaneers +3.

Washington (-7) at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Sunday
The Bengals are once again the Bungles and all is right in the world. The Redskins have become painfully average, but average is enough to put a hurting on Cincinnati. Redskins -7.

San Francisco at Miami (-7), 1 p.m. Sunday
The 49ers are making lives miserable in the AFC East, having beaten the Bills and Jets over the past two weeks. Besides, the Dolphins can’t be this good. Can they? 49ers +7.

Denver at Carolina (-7.5), 1 p.m. Sunday
This is a bad matchup for the visiting Broncos. Look for the Panthers to give the Broncos a steady dose of their power running game and break their will. Panthers -7.5.

Pittsburgh at Baltimore (-2.5), 1 p.m. Sunday
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m just not sold on the Ravens yet. This will be and ugly, grind-it-out matchup that Big Ben and the Steelers will find a way to win at the end. Steelers +2.5.

Minnesota at Arizona (-3), 4:05 p.m. Sunday
The Cardinals are virtually unstoppable at home and the Vikings won’t have enough firepower to keep up. Why is Gus Frerotte a starting quarterback in the NFL? Cardinals -3.

NY Giants at Dallas (-3), 8:15 p.m.
The Cowboys are imploding and are in a do-or-die situation. They’ll circle the wagons here. Cowboys +3.