Texans @ Eagles
Code Red: Last week's shutout of a team starting a rookie 6th round draft pick at quarterback notwithstanding, the Texans defense blows and doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of slowing down Michael Vick and the Eagles. Eagles win.
Iggins!: Yeah, hard for me to envision anything other than a 20 point Eagles win here.
Mrs. Code Red: Eagles. Michael Vick is really, really good.
49ers @ Packers
Iggins!: So… the 49ers are now starting Troy Smith and Bryan Westbrook, huh? I hope they lose, but I am positive the Packers win.
Code Red: I would love for the Packers to lose, but this team couldn’t top Green Bay With Frank Gore. Packers win.
Mrs. Code Red: Ugh. Packers. I don’t like them, but I don’t have a choice.
Saints @ Bengals
Code Red: Sigh. The Bengals have rapidly become, along with the Panthers, a team I can automatically dismiss. Saints win.
Iggins!: Last year appears to have been the fluke. Saints win.
Mrs. Code Red: I love the picture of Drew Brees’s baby after the Superbowl win last year, so I’ll root for the Saints. '
Code Red: Oh Breesus, is there anyone your charming ways can't sway?
Browns @ Dolphins
Iggins!: Henne is back and the shininess of the Browns has worn off. Miami wins.
Code Red: The shininess only wore off because Jake Delhomme started. It appears he’ll start again this week, so there’s no way in hell I’m Not choosing the Dolphins. Phins win.
Mrs. Code Red: I literally couldn’t care less about these teams. Usually in that case I would pick based on which mascot I liked best, but one is a color (which I always find really stupid) and one is a dolphin (which couldn’t be less menacing or more lame) so I’ll flip a coin. Browns win.
Redskins @ Giants
Code Red: Guh. Every week logic tells you to pick whoever is playing against the Redskins and that's barely been a 50-50 proposition this week despite statistics telling us that the 'Skins should be closer to 0-11 than 5-6. The Giants have been wildly inconsistent lately. I'll take the Giants, but I won't be shocked if they fumble 17 times and the Redskins win 10-6 despite gaining 92 yards of total offense or something.
Iggins!: That was oddly specific. I will take the Giants.
Mrs. Code Red: He always bitches about how the Redskins can win games even though they get like half as many yards as the other team and also have zero talent. But since he still complains, I imagine they must still win. I’ll go with the Redskins.
Code Red: That's pretty spot-on, actually.
Jaguars @ Titans
Iggins!: With Rusty I don’t think the Titans can do anything. Haven’t heard from Randy Moss in a while. Jaguars win.
Code Red: Kerry Collins might start, but he also still sucks. Jaguars.
Mrs. Code Red: Well the AFC south is a cluster fuck of mediocrity this year, apparently, so neither. But I guess if I have to pick, I’ll go with Titans. Why not? Then all four teams could be tied with a wonderfully average 6-6.
Bears @ Lions
Code Red: Some morons have the Bears losing this game since “revenge” for the Calvin Johnson catch will have the Lions out for blood. Bah. Revenge doesn't fix a god-awful defense and Cutler is exceptionally fond of destroying that secondary. Bears win handily.
Iggins!: If revenge needs to be your motivator to beat a division opponent, you must suck. Bears win.
Mrs. Code Red: Bears. My man Julius Peppers is going to continue kicking butt.
Bills @ Vikings
Iggins!: I really hope the Vikings win so that Favre stays the starter, but I have to pick the Bills to win because God the Vikings are terrible (though apparently God hates Stevie Johnson more).
Code Red: Oh god dammit! I was going to pick the Bills. Since I need to disagree with you on something, I’ll take the Vikings very reluctantly.
Mrs. Code Red: Does Favre even understand the concept of playing football anymore? The goal is to get the ball to a guy in the same color jersey as you, buddy. Bills win even though they’re terrible.
Broncos @ Chiefs
Code Red: A few weeks ago in Denver the Broncos shocked the shit out of everyone by trouncing Kansas City 49-29. That would seem to indicate that one should pick Denver, but I'm willing to believe that that was merely a bad game that snowballed out of control. Denver can't stop anybody and seems to have quit on McDaniels, which is awesome. Chiefs win.
Iggins!: The Chiefs are going to be 8-4? What the hell is wrong with the NFL these days? Chiefs win.
Mrs. Code Red: Chiefs? I have no idea but I was trained by my 5th grade teacher to hate the Broncos as he used us in a war against one of the other teachers that was a Broncos fan, and that completely unnecessary and inexplicable disdain for the Broncos is still with me over a decade later.
Raiders @ Chargers
Iggins!: The natural order of things seems to be resetting itself, the Raiders suck and the Chargers win.
Code Red: Indeed. The Raiders still suck. Chargers win.
Mrs. Code Red: I’m pretty sure the Raiders are notoriously bad, so I’ll go with the Chargers.
Cowboys @ Colts
Code Red: The Colts aren't very good. The Cowboys are less good-er. I expect the Colts to put it back together for a week. Colts win.
Iggins!: Yeah the Colts are better than the Cowboys, but it appears Peyton may finally be on the downtick of his career. Colts win.
Mrs. Code Red: I like Tony Romo less than I like Peyton Manning. Go Colts.
Code Red: Actually, Romo isn't playing. Either way, someday you'll learn how to hate them both.
Rams @ Cardinals
Iggins!: What a travesty that the Rams will actually make the playoffs. Is it really so hard for the NFL to put in a provision that says a division winner is guaranteed a spot in the playoffs only if their record is over .500? Not hard. Rams win.
Code Red: It’d be more of a travesty if the Seahawks or 49ers made it. Rams win.
Mrs. Code Red: Okay, there are a lot of teams… Rams, because they appear to be way better.
Panthers @ Seahawks
Code Red: Seahawks.
Iggins!: Oh my God this game is awful. Seahawks win.
Mrs. Code Red: Seahawks. They beat the Bears, didn’t they? Yeah. Seahawks.
Code Red: Ouch.
Falcons @ Buccaneers
Iggins!: This game was so damn close in Atlanta, with the difference being Legarrette Blount’s inability to gain a yard to get into the endzone. I’ll take Tampa Bay. Home field advantage for Da Bears?
Code Red: Oh please. Tampa is a 7-9 team any other year but this year. Falcons win.
Mrs. Code Red: I want to say the Bucs because I love their cheerleaders’ outfits but reason tells me I should choose the Falcons because they’re a much better team. Falcons win.
Steelers @ Ravens
Code Red: Something about Baltimore seems hollow to me. They don't do anything on offense that's particularly great, and their pass rush hasn't seemed as impressive this year as in recent years. I'll take the Steelers, who nearly knocked Baltimore off with Charlie Batch holding them back early in the season.
Iggins!: Baltimore is the most overrated team in the league by far. They are just above average at everything they do. Steelers win.
Mrs. Code Red: Steelers.
Code Red: Well, that was awfully decisive.
Mrs. Code Red: They won the Superbowl two years ago, so they've got to be pretty good, right?
Code Red: Oh, well that's just unimpeachable logic.
Jets @ Patriots
Iggins!: This game is easier to pick than it looks. Brady is playing a great defense and he also has no defense to back him up. Jets win.
Code Red: Your logic is fairly solid, but Sanchez’s decent TD-INT ratio and late game heroics (against shitty teams) have hidden his rather mediocre performances. I don’t think he’ll repeat his great game from earlier this year against New England. Patriots win.
Mrs. Code Red: Hmm… good game. I really have no idea which of these two pretty good teams will win. I’ll say Pats because most of my family would kill me if they knew I didn’t. Go fack ya selves, New Yahk!
Code Red: It's true. She's half Mass-hole.