Can it possibly be true that the Atlanta Falcons are the only undefeated team remaining in the NFL? The Falcons? Wow.
Maybe even more improbable is the way Atlanta has won its games this year: crazy comebacks, lucky bounces, great plays in the end. It's been very impressive.
Until this week. In my World's Worst Football Picks for Week 8, I'm picking the Eagles in an upset.
But let's do them in order, shall we?
Minnesota over Tampa Bay: Adrian Peterson has been carrrying the Vikings offense of late and that's got to change if Minny wants to make a run to the playoffs. But the Vikes' defense is playing well too and I think a strong defensive game and a big dose of Peterson should be enough to hold off a decent Tampa Bay team in Minny. (5)
Jests over Miami: I hate making this pick but I feel I have to. New York's defense had been playing well until this past week's loss to New England but I just don't see two bad games in a row from that squad. Meanwhile, I'm not sure improving Miami is ready to beat a playoff-calibre team that is playing with a little desperation. (10)
Seattle to beat Detroit: Russell Wilson all the way. And you gotta catch the ball to win ball games, something the Lions' receivers seem to have forgotten. (8)
Green Bay to beat Jacksonville: I'm picking the Pack to run the table (or at least win most of their remaining games) so this one shouldn't be a problem. (14)
Chicago over Carolina: Jay Cutler's shoulder worries me. Cam Newton's talents worry me. But the Bears defense and Brandon Marshall tell me Chicago will win this one. (9)
Philadelphia to upset Atlanta: My friend Andrew tells me Andy Reid's teams never lose after a bye week. Fine. I'll accept that. But I'm picking the Eagles here more because of how little of a killer instinct the Falcons have displayed thanany Andy-Reid voodoo. (11)
St. Louis over New England: Upset number two. The Pats have to travel and they haven't been impressing anyone. Sure, they've been winning but they haven't looked too good doing it. St. Louis, meanwhile, isn't out of it even after losing two in a row. But this game is a must-win for their playoff hopes. (4)
Tennessee to beat Indy: Indianapolis loses when I pick them and wins when I don't. So do the Titans. That means this one will end up in a tie. (3)
San Diego over Cleveland: I've given up on the Browns (again). San Diego is extremely inconsistent but the Browns just haven't figured out how to win yet. They could have and should have beaten the Colts. They have a chance to win this game. But they won't. (1)
Pittsburgh to beat Washington: A gut pick. The Steelers' defense is going to react with a pride game here, after all the criticism they've faced about being old and slow. How better to prove yourself as youngish and speedy than against RGIII? (2)
Kansas City over Oakland: This is me punishing the Raiders for being so darned unpredictable. With Denver and San Diego at 3-3, both these KC and Oakland need this game to stay in the playoff hunt. I know, weird that the 1-5 Chiefs can still talk about the playoffs but... KC is at home and has a killer running back. (7)
Giants to beat Dallas: I got stung picking against the Cowboys last week but I just can't force myself to pick Dallas, even when they're at home, coming off a win and playing to keep up with the front-runners from New York. And, well, let's face it, Eli Manning has been pretty special of late. And that Giants pass rush is enough to make a "fragile" quarterback like Tony Romo want to run and hide. (13)
Denver to beat New Orleans: Sunday night and Peyton Manning loves to shine under the bright lights. The Saints really really really really really need this game but I would not want to put that New Orleans pass coverage team out on the field against Manning. No way, no how. This one should see a lot of points. (6)
San Francisco over Arizona: I'm not sure what to say about this game. The Cardinals were the talk of the league a couple of weeks ago and now, after three losses in a row, they're all but forgotten. And yet, they're still only a game out of first place, behind the 5-2 Niners. San Fran, meanwhile, looks unbeatable much of the time, then you turn around and they've got a "2" in the loss column. Weird game. But does anyone out there really think Arizona, with that porous offensive line, is going to reach 200 yards total offense against San Francisco? No way. (12)