Tom Brady has typically gotten the better of Peyton Manning throughout their respective careers, yet inexplicably it is Eli that has had the last laugh over both of them. What a crock.
Peyton’s Denver Broncos topped Brady’s New England Patriots in last seasons AFC Championship Game extremely easily, as Peyton got revenge on Brady for Denver’s OT loss earlier in the season at the hands of the Pats. So far this season, Denver has looked like the best overall team in football, while New England has shut-down the critics that were saying earlier in the year that their best days are in the rearview mirror.
Last week, Kevin Roberts and I each picked the Jets to beat the Bills, which should be enough reason to call this thing off once and for all. Because, clearly, we’re dumbasses. Despite that, though, Kevin had a strong week, going 12-3, while I went 10-5. On the season, I’m 72-39, while Kevin is also 72-39. IT’S ON.
On to the picks.
New Orleans Saints (3-4) @ Carolina Panthers (3-4-1)
Kevin Roberts: Saints – New Orleans has to win on the road eventually and they’ve been close three out of four times. The sad-sack Panthers become lucky number one for road wins.
Taylor Smith: Saints – I GUESS. Thank God the NBA is back. Eff this game. The city that used to house the Hornets that now has the Pelicans faces the city that now has the Hornets and used to also have the Hornets and the Bobcats. What?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-6) @ Cleveland Browns (4-3)
Kevin: Browns – I’m sure Brian Hoyer implodes but Cleveland is good enough to survive at home against a weak Buccaneers team.
Taylor: Browns – One city has an NBA team with LeBron, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. The other has a baseball team that just lost its two most important off-field people and may be moving to Montreal. Advantage: CLE.
Arizona Cardinals (6-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (6-2)
Kevin: Cowboys – Dallas will come back determined this week, but if Romo is out all bets are off.
Taylor: Cowboys – If Romo is out or if the Cowboys lose this game with him in the lineup, it’s catastrophe canyon in Texxxxxxxxas.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-2) @ Houston Texans (4-4)
Kevin: Eagles – I can see Watt decapitating Foles, but Houston’s defense overall isn’t very good. I’m sure Ryan Fitzpatrick would mess any success up somehow, anyways.
Taylor: Texans – HOMER UPSET SPECIAL.
New York Jets (1-7) @ Kansas City Chiefs (4-3)
Kevin: Chiefs – If Michael Vick goes into Arrowhead and beats the Chiefs…haha. Sometimes I make myself laugh.
Taylor: Chiefs – Talk about how much the Jets suck all you want, but holy balls, their schedule has been RIDICULOUS.
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) @ Cincinnati Bengals (4-2-1)
Kevin: Bengals – Cincy has seemingly lost its identity and they’re banged up. But the Jags? Please.
Taylor: Bengals – Seems like we hear quite a bit about how awesome Gus Bradley is, yet the Jaguars still lose, like, every game.
San Diego Chargers (5-3) @ Miami Dolphins (4-3)
Kevin: Chargers – If San Diego isn’t careful, their 5-1 start could suddenly turn into 5-4. That’d be oh, so Chargers of them.
Taylor: Dolphins – The Chargers have already won a game in the Eastern time zone this year, BUT YOU DON’T GO INTO SNOWFLAKE’S HOUSE AND WIN, PHILIP. NOT UP IN HERE.
Washington Redskins (3-5) @ Minnesota Vikings (3-5)
Kevin: Redskins – Did the Redskins hold out RGIII long enough to get the sad-sack Vikings in his return game? Only probably.
Taylor: Vikings – Not sure why Washington feels the need to hurry Griffin back AGAIN, but whatever. This game will be horrendous.
St. Louis Rams (2-5) @ San Francisco 49ers (4-3)
Kevin: 49ers – The Rams don’t have a chance going into San Francisco after what Kaep did to them in their own stadium.
Taylor: 49ers – Didn’t these two teams play each other like a week ago? What is this tomfoolery?
Denver Broncos (6-1) @ New England Patriots (6-2)
Kevin: Patriots – Tom Brady and the Pats are not to be messed with right now, but the kicker is that New England easily has the better defense. That could be the difference.
Taylor: Broncos – I just picked this game wrong.
Oakland Raiders (0-7) @ Seattle Seahawks (4-3)
Kevin: Seahawks – Derek Carr is going to come into Seattle and get the Raiders their first win? That’d sure be something.
Taylor: Seahawks – Look. I know this iteration of the Seahawks isn’t THAT great. But the scenario Kevin just mentioned would be the GREATEST UPSET IN THE HISTORY OF SPORTS.
Baltimore Ravens (5-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3)
Kevin: Steelers – This matchup is never worth trying to predict, but the Steelers just dropped 51, won’t want to get swept and are at home. That’ll do.
Taylor: Steelers – The Ravens steamrolled this team earlier in the year. But hey, nice stretch with ALL of the home games, Steelers.
Indianapolis Colts (5-3) @ New York Giants (3-4)
Kevin: Colts – The Giants will probably win the rest of their games and the Super Bowl because that’s the kind of crap they pull, but logic says Andrew Luck and co. rebound and win.
Taylor: Colts – Seriously? The Giants have been in prime time in 100% of their games this season. I DON’T UNDERSTAND.
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