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Good, bad and ugly picks

Finally, there were a ton of good, close games of consequence in the NFL. My three best:

Chargers over Giants

Wow, are the Giants done after losing four straight? The worst of all might have been allowing the Chargers, notoriously inept when they have to travel east, to come from behind in the fourth quarter to win in Giants Stadium. Is Tom Coughlin now out of motivational tricks?

Colts over Texans

Peyton Manning threw 40 -- yes, 40 passes in the first half and Dallas Clark caught 14 in the game, approaching a record for a tight end. A Houston victory could have really put some pressure on Indy, but that's over and done. Don't look now, but the Patriots are coming, the Patriots are Indy next Sunday night.

Saints over Panthers

Two great things for New Orleans: They won. And they won close, which will serve the Saints well down the stretch and in the playoffs.

Pardon these picks

Packers over Bucs

I tried to tell the Packers this was a trap game. It had none of the emotion of Vikings-Packers last week; still Tampa is just a dreadful team and Green Bay missed a golden chance to push its way up the wild-card pyramid with a sloppy and uninspired performance.

Texans over Colts

How does Kris Brown, the Houston place kicker, miss that 42-yard kick in a dome to take the game to overtime? I had this nailed, even after the Colts had started out with a 13-0 lead. This was the upset of the day, only he didn't kick the ball and I get taken down because of it. I know, I know; Houston has never won in Indy. WELL, THEY SHOULD HAVE YESTERDAY!

Ravens over Bengals

Cincy really is the better team. Really. They're undefeated within the division. And Cedric Benson is the story of the year, the way he's running the ball this season. Chad Ochocinco thinking of offering a single dollar bill to an official to buy a call is the funniest thing we'll see all year. Hopefully, the NFL will have a sense of humor about this.

Three picks I nailed

Cardinals over Bears

A bad defense like Chicago's cannot stop Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald when they're on their A games. And they were.

Patriots over Dolphins

One of the day's better games...The Dolphins have to be the most frustrated team in the league. We'll reserve evaluation of the Patriots until after next week's game in Indy.

Falcons over Redskins

This concludes the stretch in which the Redskins were supposed to go no worse than 6-2. Now what? Are they looking at 3-13? There will be no reason to pick the Redskins the rest of this season except, perhaps, when they play the Raiders. And since that game is in Oakland, the Redskins won't be favored then, either.


Michael Wilbon

 |  November 8, 2009; 7:38 PM ET  |  Category:  NFL , Post Pro Picks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Mike I totally disagree with your advise to send iverson to the Bobcats. He would likely be unhappy there as well. They need some offensive fire power but, he's not the one.

Posted by: nickyfree44 | November 11, 2009 3:53 PM
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Everybody check out Bill Barnwell's observations on Jason Campbell's sack rate on

I beat Wilbon by one: I had the Bengals. No magical insights -- just an awareness that the Baltimore defense invariably lets down after a big win. Check the record.

'Course I had the Ravens kicking the tapioca out of the Broncs last week, too. Denver's an overrated club if ever I saw one. Probably good enough to beat the Skins, however.

Y'know, Michael Oher is not a real good left tackle.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 9, 2009 7:44 PM
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Hey Mike, did you forget the Cowboys-Eagles? Hard to imagine a round-up of Sunday's games without a nod to Dallas. The Cowboys go in to Philadelphia and win, taking sole possession of first in the NFC East in a tight game. I know you hate the Boys, but give 'em their due.

Posted by: DouglasWeil | November 9, 2009 7:08 PM
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This is a joke, Mike, how can you make picks NOT against the spread??? You MUST pick NFL games against the spread! Peace.

Posted by: StikeDC1 | November 9, 2009 4:09 PM
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