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Ten Random Thoughts
Score: 23-13 Steelers
Actions really do speak louder than words: The Browns reportedly "still believe" in what they are doing this year. I find that hard to believe, though, considering they just entertained trade offers at the deadline for their best player. To me, that says they are ready to blow it up and start over again. It would be tough to make it much worse, that's for sure.
Score: 27-21 Jets
Act like you've been there before: Rex Ryan has a huge advantage over Todd Bowles this week: he's got plenty of experience losing in the Meadowlands.
Score: 13-10 Ravens
If they played all their games at home, Jacksonville would end up 8-8 and win the AFC South by a landslide: Brace yourselves -- the Jaguars are in the top half of the league in offensive yards. If not for all the turnovers (and those pesky road games), they could actually be a halfway decent team, especially in the AFC South. As it stands, they are 2-6, and only 1.5 games out of first place. Playing against a Ravens team that currently has Kamar Aiken, an injured rookie and...uh...a few bodies that may or may not still be warm at wide receiver, they at least are likely to lose by less than the 11-point margin they are averaging on the road this year, where they are 0-4.
Score: 24-13 Packers
Last time it happened, the Russians were still "Sovietsky": The Lions haven't won in Wisconsin in 23 years, with their last victory preceding the official dissolution of the Soviet Union by 11 days. Might as well call it 24 because, no matter how bad the Packers have played the last two weeks, some streaks are just destined to continue.
Cowboys @ Buccaneers (Sunday, 1:00 p.m.)
Score: 21-16 Cowboys
Try a kick in the crotch, it might deaden the pain of being a Cowboys fan in 2015: Cowboys fans, just keep telling yourselves: one more game until Tony Romo comes back. Just one more game. Then you get six games to have a taste of what could have been.
Score: 24-20 Eagles
To be fair, "realistic" and "Hollywood" are pretty much mutually exclusive concepts: In Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, this was the Super Bowl matchup. In real life, and in 2015, the only bowl in which this matchup belongs has a small silver lever and a tank of water on the back.
Score: 31-27 Redskins
Calling New Orleans' defense a train wreck would be complimentary: Part of me wants to say the Saints are finally playing a team that isn't capable of keeping up with their offense. Then I remember that Rob Ryan is their defensive coordinator, and I am reminded all over again that East Waukesha Community College could probably put up 40 points against them.
Score: 26-17 Broncos
Alert! Mostly unrelated historical reference! Tim Tebow once completed two passes in a complete game -- and won: On November 13, 2011, Tim Tebo "led" the Broncos to a 17-10 victory over Matt Cassel's Chiefs. Due to injury, Tyler Palko also spent time at quarterback for Kansas City. Okay, maybe calling these guys quarterbacks is stretching things a bit. It's sad to think that Alex Smith and a 38-year-old passer with a surgically reconstructed neck is a quantum leap forward from that game.
Score: 23-20 Seahawks
Perhaps the only game outside Pittsburgh worth watching: The Cardinals are the better team, but two major things play into the Seahawks' favor: 1) the game is in Seattle; and 2) a Seahawks win will put them right back into the playoff hunt. This is easily the game of the week, right here.
Score: 38-13 Bengals
The announcers aren't the only thing bad on Monday Night Football these days: Look on the bright side: at least one of these teams is playing consistently well right now. It could always be worse. It could be between two teams playing their worst football in five years. In other words, it could be a replay of last Monday's Dallas/Philly game.