Ravens @ Bills
After a Monday night heartbreaker where six Tony Romo turnovers couldn't even seal a win for Buffalo, the Ravens and their deceiving 4-2 record come to town. Baltimore's six opponents have a combined record of 10-24 and include the likes of winless St. Louis and one-win teams like the Bengals and the Jets. Kyle Boller will get the start again for the Ravens, and as long as he can take care of the football this game should end in Baltimore's favor. The Ravens will stack eight men in the box to stop rookie running back Marshawn Lynch and dare rookie quarterback Trent Edwards to beat them through the air. I just don't see it happening.
The Pick: Ravens
Jets @ Bengals
Since an opening week victory against the Ravens, the Bengals have fallen on hard times, losing four in a row with a defense that has allowed 34 points per game in that stretch. The Jets haven't been much better, with their only victory coming against the winless Miami Dolphins. With six interceptions in the past three weeks and a quarterback rating that has gotten worse every week, Chad Pennington may soon find a seat on the bench for the start of the Kellen Clemens era. Either way, this game will be high scoring, with the potent Bengals offense tearing apart the porous Jets defense and the Jets offense moving the ball against an equally bad Bengals defense.
The Pick: Bengals
49ers @ Giants
After losses against Dallas and Green Bay, the class of the NFC, the Giants have reeled off four straight wins. San Francisco has gone in the opposite direction, winning their first two games and then losing three in a row. The 49ers have scored 10 points in two games since Trent Dilfer took over as the starting quarterback for the injured Alex Smith and I don't see that changing against a Giants defense that sacked Donovan McNabb 12 times just a few weeks ago. This one won't be close.
The Pick: Giants
Colts @ Jaguars
This week's installment of Monday Night Football should be an exciting game between two elite teams, something we haven't seen on ESPN so far this season. The last time Indianapolis traveled to Florida, they were trounced by the Jags 44-17. The Colts managed just 34 yards rushing, compared to 375 for Jacksonville. That result most likely will not be duplicated, with a healthy Joseph Addai returning for Indianapolis as well as safety Bob Sanders. This game will be close, but I think Jacksonville has what it takes to knock the Colts from the ranks of the unbeaten and pull into a tie for the AFC South lead.
The Pick: Jaguars