Yes, the sure-fire picks came back to Earth last week, going 3-5. But the season total is still comfortably above water at 43-29.

And not to complain, but there’s mighty fine line between 3-5 and 5-3. If not for a late garbage-time touchdown from the Chiefs and a pick-6 from Matthew Stafford with seconds remaining, you’d be calling me Nostradamus right about now. Moving on, here’s this week’s picks.

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Is there a quarterback's union I'm not aware of? How does this guy still have a job?

 

Atlanta (-1.5) at Carolina, 1 p.m. Sunday

The Panthers have shown flashes of what could have been this season, but there’s one problem … Jake Delhomme is still quarterback. The Falcons drive a dagger in any hopes the Panthers still have. Falcons -1.5.

New Orleans (-13.5) at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Sunday

Is this a misprint? The Rams defense will have no answer for the Saints, who will put up at least 40 points in this one. Saints -13.5.

Tampa Bay at Miami (-10), 1 p.m. Sunday

Alright Bucs, you and your creamsicle throwbacks snuck up on me last week but it’s not going to happen again. The Dolphins wildcat is going to terrorize the Bucs defense. Dolphins -10.

Denver (-3.5) at Washington, 1 p.m. Sunday

I’ve been going against the Broncos all year long, but I can’t do it here. A dozen bye weeks can’t fix the Redskins and Denver is eager to get back on track. Broncos -3.5.

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (-7), 1 p.m. Sunday

Is it just me or are those two of the hardest NFL cities to spell? San Francisco has to be right up there. Thank goodness for spell check. Anyway, the Steelers get revenge on the Bengals here. Steelers -7.

Detroit at Minnesota (-16.5), 1 p.m. Sunday

The Favres will completely overlook the Lions and why shouldn’t they? However, that attitude will make for a closer game than they bargained for. Lions +16.5.

Kansas City at Oakland (-2), 4:05 p.m. Sunday

Well, I was officially wrong about the Raiders being decent this year. Dead wrong. The Raiders being favored just doesn’t sit right with me. Chiefs +2.

Seattle at Arizona (-8.5), 4:15 p.m. Sunday

Here’s the thing – the Seahawks struggled at home against Detroit despite Matthew Stafford throwing 14 interceptions. I think they are in some serious trouble at Arizona. Cardinals -8.5.

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