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Terry Bannon's NFL picks


Terry Bannon's NFL picks
Last week's record: 10-4


Season to date: 93-51

Last week vs. spread: 6-8

Season vs. spread: 65-75-4

\ Bears (5-4) at Packers (4-5)

Noon Sunday TV/radio: WFLD-Ch. 32, WBBM-AM 780

Line: Packers by 3 1/2

Weather: 35?, 30 percent chance of snow

THE BUZZ: Bears: With either Rex Grossman or Kyle Orton (ankle), generating offense an issue. RB Matt Forte can only do so much.

Packers: Have to shake off tough 1-point loss at Minnesota. Bears' weak pass defense will make QB Aaron Rodgers feel better.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Bears TE Desmond Clark caught TD pass in last 2 games vs. Packers, but has no scores on 24 catches this season. Packers' Greg Jennings having huge year with 43 catches, 4 TDs.

THE PICK: Packers 20 Bears 17

\ MATCHUP: Broncos (5-4) at Falcons (6-3)

Noon Sunday

Line: Falcons by 6 1/2

Weather: Dome

THE BUZZ: Broncos: Injuries just keep piling up. Down to rookie fullback Peyton Hillis as starting running back and may have 6 defensive regulars out. There's only so much a team can take.

Falcons: Have built home-dome advantage, going 4-0 in the Georgia Dome. Matt Ryan should have room to throw against banged-up defense.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Jay Cutler can keep Broncos in game through air--has thrown 18 TDs vs. 11 INTs. Falcons' Michael Turner, averaging 4.4 yards per carry, has scored 6 TDs in 4 home games.

THE PICK: Falcons 27 Broncos 20

\ MATCHUP: Lions (0-9) at Panthers (7-2)

Noon Sunday

Line: Panthers by 14

Weather: 55?, sunny

THE BUZZ: Lions: Quarterback carousel just keeps spinning, with newcomer Daunte Culpepper in line to start.

Panthers: Playing steady Football, going for first 8-2 start since '03 Super Bowl team. Running duo of Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams can control game.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Lions rookie Kevin Smith 5 TD runs, getting 4.3 yards per carry. Panthers' Steve Smith 30 receptions, 4 TDs.

THE PICK: Panthers 31 Lions 14

\ MATCHUP: Eagles (5-4) at Bengals (1-8)

Noon Sunday

Line: Eagles by 9

Weather: 45?, partly cloudy

THE BUZZ: Eagles: Haven't been playing dominant Football, 0-4 in games decided by a TD or less.

Bengals: Have had couple weeks to savor only win after off week. Young QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is improving.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Eagles' DeSean Jackson leads NFC rookies with 38 receptions, 586 yards (15.4 avg., 1 TD). Bengals' T. J. Houshmandzadeh 3rd in NFL with 61 catches (3 TDs).

THE PICK: Eagles 24 Bengals 13

\ MATCHUP: Texans (3-6) at Colts (5-4)

Noon Sunday

TV: WBBM-Ch. 2

Line: Colts by 8

Weather: 45?, cloudy

THE BUZZ: Texans: Fading again and heat is growing on coach Gary Kubiak. Lost all 6 trips to Indianapolis .

Colts : With consecutive wins over Patriots and Steelers, Colts positioning for wild-card run. Have to stay healthy.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Rookie Steve Slaton, 4.4 yards per carry, 5 TDs, may have to carry big load. Peyton Manning rounding into old form with 5 TD passes and no INTs in 2-game winning streak.

THE PICK: Colts 31 Texans 20

\ MATCHUP: Saints (4-5) at Chiefs (1-8)

Noon Sunday

Line: Saints by 5 1/2

Weather: 55?, sunny

THE BUZZ: Saints: With 2,985 passing yards, Drew Brees on pace for NFL single-season yardage record. But that doesn't always go with winning.

Chiefs: RB Larry Johnson is due back after missing 4 games for disciplinary issues, but banged up on defense.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Saints' Lance Moore has emerged as a threat with 44 catches, 4 for TDs. Chiefs' Tyler Thigpen has 6 TD passes vs. 0 INTs in last 3 games.

THE PICK: Saints 21 Chiefs 20

\ MATCHUP: Raiders (2-7) at Dolphins (5-4)

Noon Sunday

Line: Dolphins by 10 1/2

Weather: 70?, partly cloudy

THE BUZZ: Raiders: Another wasted season. Now, QB JaMarcus Russell is banged up.

Dolphins: Going for first 4-game win streak since '06, possible run at the playoffs. Bill Parcells has made quick difference.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Raiders TE Zach Miller (25 catches, 1 TD) one of few consistent weapons. Dolphins QB Chad Pennington completed 67.4 percent, 6 TDs, 4 INTs in last 6 games.

THE PICK: Dolphins 30 Raiders 13

\ MATCHUP: Ravens (6-3) at Giants (8-1)

Noon Sunday

Line: Giants by 7

Weather: 50?, sunny

THE BUZZ: Ravens: Is this the same franchise that not long ago considered a 17-16 game a high-scoring shootout? Ravens have won 4 straight by combined score of 134-63.

Giants: No. 1-ranked running game will be challenged by No. 1 rushing defense. But Eli Manning will find a way.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Ravens rookie QB Joe Flacco has completed 61.6 percent, 6 TDs, no INTs in 4-game win streak. Giants' Brandon Jacobs has 9 TD runs.

THE PICK: Giants 21 Ravens 13

\ MATCHUP: Vikings (5-4) at Bucs (6-3)

Noon Sunday

Line: Bucs by 4

Weather: 65?, sunny

THE BUZZ: Vikings: Smell chance to win middling NFC North, should be buoyed by win over Packers last week.

Bucs: Rested after week off, will try to keep things moving with Jeff Garcia, who has won 3 of last 4 starts.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Vikings' Adrian Peterson leads NFL with 1,015 yards (4.9 avg.) and 5 of 7 rushing TDs on road. Bucs' Antonio Bryant playing a bigger role, 45 catches, 2 TDs.

THE PICK: Vikings 27 BUCS 24

\ MATCHUP: Rams (2-7) at 49ers (2-7)

3:05 p.m. Sunday

Line: 49ers by 6 1/2

Weather: 75?, partly cloudy

THE BUZZ: Rams: Long season getting longer. Managed to lose to Jets by 44 points. Trip to San Francisco may not help.

49ers: Came within few yards of 1st win under Mike Singletary last week, but this may be the day. QB Shaun Hill has to make a few plays.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Rams WR Donnie Avery 2nd among NFC rookies with 25 receptions for 392 yards. San Francisco's Frank Gore (4 rushing TDs) didn't get ball on goal line Monday night, maybe this week he will.

THE PICK: 49ers 28 Rams 21

\ MATCHUP: Cardinals (6-3) at Seahawks (2-7)

3:05 p.m. Sunday

Line: Cardinals by 3

Weather: 55?, cloudy

THE BUZZ: Cardinals: Running away with NFC West with 4-game lead thanks to explosive offense.

Seahawks: QB Matt Hasselbeck returns after 4 games (knee, back). They were 1-4 with him, 1-3 without him.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Kurt Warner, NFL's No. 1 passer with 106.4 rating, should add to total of 19 TD passes. Hasselbeck has only 2 TD passes vs. 4 INTs in 118 throws for 57.7 rating.

THE PICK: Cardinals 27 Seahawks 20

\ MATCHUP: Chargers (4-5) at Steelers (6-3)

3:15 p.m. Sunday

TV: WBBM-Ch. 2

Line: Steelers by 5

Weather: 35?, 30 percent chance of snow

THE BUZZ: Chargers: Run game 25th in league, and Steelers have league's top defense. Tough to rely on pass for win at Pittsburgh .

Steelers : Can control ball with run game, dominant defense.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Chargers TE Antonio Gates 38 catches, 6 TDs; Steelers' Hines Ward 43 catches, 5 TDs.

THE PICK: Steelers 24 Chargers 16

\ MATCHUP: Titans (9-0) at Jaguars (4-5)

3:15 p.m. Sunday

Line: Titans by 3

Weather: 60?, sunny

THE BUZZ: Titans: If loss is coming, road game vs. division opponent where it can happen. But keep meeting challenges, league-leading plus-10 TO differential helps.

Jaguars: One of NFL's underachievers showing no signs of snapping out of it.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Titans TE Bo Scaife major weapon with 42 catches, 2 TDs. Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew tied for 2nd in NFL with 9 rushing TDs, 4 in last 2 games.

THE PICK: Titans 27 Jaguars 21

\ MATCHUP: Cowboys (5-4) at Redskins (6-3)

7:15 p.m. Sunday

TV/radio: WMAQ-Ch. 5, WSCR-AM 670

Line: Cowboys by 1 1/2

Weather: 45?, clear

THE BUZZ: Cowboys: Expect QB Tony Romo, RB Felix Jones back from injury. Can they turn on all the engines right away? Doubt it.

Redskins: Consistent under 1st-year coach Jim Zorn with one clunker--loss to lowly Rams. Hold upper hand in rivalry, won 3 of last 4, including at Dallas on Sept. 28.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Romo threw 14 TD passes, 5 INTs before finger injury. Redskins' Clinton Portis (7 rush TDs) unlikely to play because of sprained knee.

THE PICK: Redskins 30 Cowboys 17

\ MATCHUP: Browns (3-6) at Bills (5-4)

7:30 p.m. Monday

TV/radio: ESPN, WSCR-AM 670

Line: Bills by 5

Weather: 35?, 40 percent chance of snow

THE BUZZ: Browns: Don't seem to get many things right, but QB Brady Quinn gives hope to future after solid opening performance in loss last week.

Bills: Remember boom in September? Lost 4 of last 5, outscored 71-43 in current 3-game losing streak.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Browns TE Kellen Winslow, 2 TD catches last week, may have some rapport with Quinn. Lee Evans leads Bills with 37 catches, 3 TDs.

THE PICK: Browns 17 Bills 16



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 15, 2008

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