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Umm... Rams?

By Amir Mesarwi

SPORTS COLUMNIST

It’s October and the Sox aren’t in the World Series, so get over it and do something productive with your time, like watch football. Here are the picks (though if the last couple of weeks are indicative of anything, pick the opposite of what I say.)

Kansas City at Baltimore: Kansas City can’t find a way to win on the road. Or can they? Baltimore could be the answer. Edge: Kansas City

Cincinnati at Indianapolis: The Colts are rolling in large part to Peyton Manning. Last I checked, Cincinnati was still in Ohio with that other team. Edge: Indianapolis

Cleveland at St. Louis: Umm... Edge: Rams

San Francisco at Minnesota: This will be a very fun game to watch with some of the best receivers ever to play the game battling it out. Who cares that they are a combined 5-7? It’s a young season and I wouldn’t count either out for the playoffs. Still, someone has to win, and the loser will have a tough time bouncing back. Edge: Minnesota

Washington at Dallas: Revenge? Nope. Washington lost a heartbreaker in the first week, but Dallas is still strong, despite losing a pair of games they should have won, against Philly and New York. Look for Emmitt Smith to bounce back. Edge: Dallas

Chicago at Tampa Bay: Trent Dilfer owns the Bears. The Bucs have the second best defense in the country. Edge: Tampa Bay

Detroit at Carolina: So I had this dream that Carolina won in San Francisco. Hmm. Look for them to upset Detroit at home. Edge: Carolina

Denver at New England: Mike Shanahan is 5-0 against the Patriots, but that was with Terrell Davis and John Elway. Rookie Olandis Gary has been a pleasant surprise filling in for Davis, but the Broncos won’t be able to stop the top passing offense in the country. Edge: New England

Philadelphia at Miami: Kudos to the Eagles for a couple of wins in a row, but they won’t get more than a couple of more this year, and one of those won’t come against Miami. Edge: Miami

New Orleans at NY Giants: New Orleans has struggled with injuries, losing their last four. The Giants keep putting up big defensive efforts, stopping the mighty Cowboys last week on Monday night. Edge: Giants

Green Bay at San Diego: The Packers lost an embarrassing one to the Broncos last week, but look for them to rebound. This will be a classic matchup with a strong defensive team led by Junior Seau facing one of the best quarterbacks of all time in Brett Favre. Wow. Edge: San Diego

Buffalo at Seattle: Ooh. Doug Flutie vs. Jon Kitna. Who would have thought these teams would both be over .500 in week seven? The Bills have been very good, the Seahawks very lucky. Look for the Bills to take one on the road. Edge: Buffalo

NY Jets at Oakland: In this week’s edition of “who cares,” the pathetic Jets -- led by their fearless leader Rick Mirer (54.8 QB rating) -- face Tim Brown and the rest of the Raiders. The Raiders have been winning, but no one has noticed. Edge: Oakland

Atlanta at Pittsburgh: Pro: Bettis finally rushed for 100 yards in a game. Con: It was against the Bengals. Pro: The Steelers play the Falcons this week which is just as good. Edge: Pittsburgh (I’m tired of picking them just because they play lousy teams every week...)