Last week our picks went 2-2, which I can live with. We got the most important result with Denver going down hard at Baltimore. Let's take a look at this week's key games.
Miami at New England: Bill Belichick would like to teach the cheeky Dolphins a lesson after the beatdown the Dolphins dished out last year in New England. The Dolphins were on the road last week and play 5 of the next 7 on the road. Brutal. With four losses already, this is the biggest game of Miami's season.
San Diego at New York (N): The Broncos have been exposed, but the Chargers are still two games back in the West. San Diego has a tough slate coming up and needs to win this game to keep their division title (and wild card) hopes alive. I hope they lose.
Baltimore at Cincinnati: Hmmm. The Colts still have to play the Ravens on the road, but I'm going with the obvious call here. I'm rooting for the Bengals to pick up their third loss. I believe if the Colts prevail tomorrow against Houston they are looking at a 13-3 season (worst case scenario). Thus, I am rooting for everyone in the AFC to have at least four losses. I believe this will happen.
Pittsburgh at Denver: I'm going with the "chalk" pick here as well. Is it risky to root for a two loss Pittsburgh team? Yes, but the Steelers still have enough tough games left to get to four losses. I want some padding in the event that the Colts blow the home game against Denver.
AFC Playoff Standings
New England (5-2)
San Diego (4-3)