By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
Another week, another NFL head coach is given his walking papers. After falling to 0-5, the Atlanta Falcons fired Dan Quinn on Sunday. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that Quinn had the Falcons on the cusp of winnining the Super Bowl. Of course, we all know what happened next…
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On to this week’s picks:
♦ KANSAS CITY @ BUFFALO: The defending Super Bowl champions are still smarting from their loss to the Las Vegas Raiders this past Sunday, but they’ll need to regroup in a hurry if they want to beat the 4-1 Bills tomorrow. Whether it was via the air or ground, the Raiders exposed the Chiefs’ shortcomings on defense. This will be a tremendous test for Josh Allen and his teammates. Are the Bills for real? We think so. But KC will be out for blood. Pick: CHIEFS
♦ N.Y. GIANTS @ WASHINGTON: The Giants are 0-5. Washington is 1-4. Both teams have shown flashes of solid play this season, but they have been few and too far in between. With their playoff hopes are slim to none, expect the Giants and Washington to be playing for pride, as well as positioning for the NFL’s Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. Pick: GIANTS
♦ CLEVELAND @ PITTSBURGH: The AFC North may be the NFL’s best division this season. We knew the Steelers and Ravens would battle it out at the top, but who expected the Browns to be 4-1 right now? With talent on both sides of the ball, this may finally be the year that Cleveland breaks through. The Steelers are rolling at 4-0, however, and will be at home. Pick: STEELERS
♦ GREEN BAY @ TAMPA BAY: Two of football’s all-time greatest QBs will go at it in this battle of the “Bays.” The Pack are rested after coming off a bye week, while Tom Brady and the Bucs stumbled last Thursday against Chicago. Aaron Rodgers is playing at another level right now. Pick: PACKERS
♦ L.A. RAMS @ SAN FRANCISCO: “Say, didn’t you used to be the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers?” Don’t look now, but the injury-plagued Niners are suddenly at the very bottom of the NFC West. There’s plenty of time to right the ship, of course, but they’ll need to get healthier and start winning games. A victory over the a division rival, the 4-1 Rams, would be a good place to start. But I just don’t see it. Pick: RAMS
♦ ARIZONA @ DALLAS: The Cowboys needed to win this past Sunday, but their 37-34 victory over the N.Y. Giants came at a high price. Now the question is, can Dallas win without Dak Prescott? Andy Dalton is still a quality NFL QB, but the ‘Boys will miss Prescott’s leadership. Kyler Murray and the Cardinals are a dangerous bunch, but my gut feeling is that Dallas will rise to the challenge – at least for this week. Pick: COWBOYS
Last Week: 4-2
Season to Date: 20-10 (.667)
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