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PICK OF THE WEEK
Washington Redskins (3-5) at Minnesota Vikings (1-7)
(Line: Redskins -2.5)
Robert Griffin III is starting to look like the quarterback everyone expected him to be with the Redskins offense averaging 32 points over the last three-week stretch that has seen them pick up a pair of wins.
Despite a 3-5 record the Redskins are still in the playoff hunt in the dysfunctional NFC East where only the Dallas Cowboys (5-4) are above .500.
After a tough stretch that included run-ins with the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers, the Redskins head to Minnesota to face the floundering Vikings.
The Vikings threw a scare into the Cowboys last Sunday but the quarterbacking carousel continues to spin in Minny and it looks like it will stop on unimpressive Christian Ponder again this week.
The Washington and Minnesota defenses are equally woeful with both ranking near the bottom of the league giving up more than 31 points a game but Griffin and the Redskins are better equipped to take advantage of those weaknesses.
Do not Ponder this one too long. Take the Washington and give up the 2.5.
Detroit Lions (5-3) at Chicago Bears (5-3)
(Line: Lions -1.5)
The Lions come roaring out of their bye week to take on the beat up Bears, who are on short week after a surprise Monday Night Football win over the Green Bay Packers.
There is talk Bears quarterback Jay Cutler may be ready to return to the lineup and if he does will be welcomed back the Lions' Ndamukong Suh and Co.
With the Detroit, Chicago and Green Bay all on 5-3 and Bears and Packers down to backup quarterbacks the NFC North is there for the taking for the Lions.
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford is on pace to throw for more than 5,000 yards and Calvin Johnson continues to confirm his status as the NFL's most dangerous receiver averaging a league-best 117 yards a game.
While both offenses have been outstanding neither defense has impressed.
The once mighty Monsters of Midway, the Bears have not been particularly frightening on defense allowing an average of 28.3 points per game, fourth worst in the league.
Motown blows away the Windy City. Take the Lions and give up the 1.5.
Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) at Green Bay Packers (5-3)
(Line: Eagles +6.5)
The Eagles catch the reeling Packers coming off a short week and without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who sustained a broken collar bone in a Monday Night loss to the Bears.
Even before Rodgers went down the Packers had been dealing with a crushing list of injuries leaving them ripe for an upset with Seneca Wallace taking over under center.
The Eagles arrive at Lambeau having found a bit of mojo, particularly on offense where Nick Foles has stepped up to claim the starting job after tossing seven touchdowns in an impressive win against Oakland last Sunday.
Philadelphia has the worst pass defense in the NFL but Wallace, who has not won a game since 2010, will not be able to pick the Philly secondary apart the same way Rodgers would have.
No Rodgers, no way a beat up Packers can keep up with an explosive Philly attack.
The Eagles have landed. Take Philadelphia and the 6.5 points.
Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) at Baltimore Ravens (3-5)
(Line: Bengals -1.5)
If the Bengals are ever going to confirm their status as the new power in the AFC North this is the weekend they can do it by driving a stake into the defending Super Bowl champions.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will try to atone for an absolutely appalling effort against the Miami Dolphins where he threw three interceptions, including one returned 94 yards for a touchdown.
To add to a miserable outing Dalton also had a fumble and was sacked in the end zone in overtime to give Miami the win.
While Dalton has had the odd clunker, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been unable to get the sputter Baltimore offense in gear.
For whom does the bell toll. It tolls for thee Ravens.
Take the Bengals and give up the 1.5 points.
Oakland Raiders (3-5) at New York Giants (2-6)
(Line: Giants -7-5)
We have seen stranger scripts come out of the Big Apple but after a horrific 0-6 start the Giants roll out of a bye week on a two-game win streak and ready to face the reeling Raiders, who were ripped apart by the Eagles last week.
Yes indeed, something is brewing in Gotham and I look for the Giants to stand tall this Sunday with Eli Manning delivering his best game of the season and get New York back in NFC East race.
Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are quality receivers and the New York defense has suddenly come to life allowing just seven points the last two games.
Terrelle Pryor will be a handful for the Giants but New York defense will keep the Raider dual threat quarterback in check.
Giant win. Take the New Yorkers and give up the 7.5.
Miami Dolphins (4-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8)
(Line: Dolphins -2.5)
The Dolphins are in turmoil and the Buccaneers are a train wreck but Miami is still in the playoff hunt in the AFC East and the only thing Tampa has a shot at is the number one pick.
The Richie Incognito fiasco is an unwanted distraction but the Dolphins showed they have the talent to beat some of the NFL's best taking down the Bengals last week.
Tampa Bay nearly pulled off the shocker of the season last week in Seattle going up 21-0 on the Seahawks before a second half collapse ended in a 27-24 loss.
Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon opened a few eyes with his first half performance in Seattle but will not surprise a very good Miami defense that had three interceptions, a fumble and a game winning sack against the Bengals.
Buccaneers sink. Take the Dolphins and give up the 2.5.