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Amir Doesn’t Think Very Highly of Ohio Football

By Amir Mesarwi

SPORTS COLUMNIST

The Bengals, Broncos, Eagles and Falcons all got their first wins this weekend so I can stop picking against them every week. There were some major, major upsets in the league last week, the biggest being the Eagles big win over the Cowboys. Funny how the NFL works.

Philadelphia at Chicago: The Eagles are riding high after beating one of the last remaining undefeated teams in the NFL. The Bears pulled off a little upset of their own, knocking off the Vikings in Minnesota. But as a general rule, I try not to bet on Philly. Edge: Chicago

Tennessee at New Orleans: The Titans are surprisingly 4-1 despite surrendering a record 212 yards in penalties against the Ravens last week. New Orleans lost a close one to the Falcons. Edge: Tennessee

Cleveland at Jacksonville: Sucks to be from Cleveland this week. Edge: Jacksonville

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati: I was looking forward to calling against Pittsburgh this week, but I just can’t find it in my heart to pick the Bengals. Even though the Steelers are having a bad year, as long as they are in the AFC Central, they’ll win 4-6 freebies. Edge: Pittsburgh

St. Louis at Atlanta: Funny, a year ago this would have been an easy call. It still is, but the Falcons won’t win. Surprise, the Rams are the only undefeated team left. It’ll stay that way, for another week anyway. Edge: St. Louis

Oakland at Buffalo: On paper, these teams are fairly evenly matched. The Bills are surprisingly the team to beat in the AFC East though (sorry Pats fans). The Raiders have lost three games by a combined eight points. Edge: Buffalo

Minnesota at Detroit: The Vikings are a tough team to figure out this year. Maybe it’s Randy Moss in a sophomore slump, but the Vikes can’t put the ball in the end zone, settling for five field goals against the Bears. Detroit has come back to earth after their 2-0 start, losing their last two. Edge: Minnesota

Indianapolis at NY Jets: Peyton Manning is putting a lot of points on the board, and the young Colts are winning some games. The Jets are admittedly just trying to get through this season. Edge: Indianapolis

Miami at New England: Should be a fun one to watch, Bledsoe vs. Marino. Dan was the man last week, helping the Dolphins put up 25 fourth quarter points to beat the Colts. The Patriots lost a close one in Kansas City as Adam Vinatieri couldn’t put a 32 yarder through for the win. Still, gotta go with the local boys. Edge: New England

Seattle at San Diego: In this week’s edition of “who the hell cares,” we have the Seahawks and the Chargers. I don’t care if they are the top two teams in the AFC West. Both have taken advantage of pretty easy schedules. Edge: San Diego

Carolina at San Francisco: There are rumors that Steve Young might be done. In any case, George Seifert faces his old team. The 49ers may come down to earth eventually, but it won’t be against the Panthers. Edge: San Francisco

Green Bay at Denver: Unless Brett Favre suffocates on the thin air, Green Bay will win. Even if he does, I like their chances. How about that 40-second, 70-yard drive to beat Tampa Bay? Edge: Green Bay

Washington at Arizona: After a bye week, we get to see the awesome Redskin offense in action again. The Cardinals are undefeated...when Jake Plummer doesn’t throw an interception. The Redskins have scored 37.5 points per game so far, the Cardinals only 14. Edge: Washington

Dallas at New York Giants: I said last week, there was potential for the Cowboys to fall to Philly. The same holds true here, but I wouldn’t hold your breath. Dallas has been high scoring and tough on defense. If you’re from New York, thank god for baseball. Edge: Dallas

Last week: 7-7 Overall: 37-20