You may notice that there was no game recap this week. That would be because I was on a business trip and MISSED THE FIRST EAGLES SHUTOUT IN 18 YEARS.
From the other recaps, I gather that Shady's back. Connor Barwin sacked Eli Manning approximately every other down (actually, it was a sack-fest, with just about everyone getting in on the action and THREE forced fumbles), Cody Parkey continues to be money, Nick made some puzzlingly bad decisions again but the D stepped up so they didn't matter, and a good time was had by all (well, other than Giants fans, of course). AND I MISSED IT.
As I remarked to Chef Spouse: If me not watching the game is the trick to easy, no-stress Eagles wins, we have a problem.
(Also, what is up with the Bengals and tie games?)
Anyway, on to the bye-week picks:
Jets at Patriots: Pats. The Jets stink this year, and nobody seems to be into it.
Falcons at Ravens: Ravens. Who are looking solid, despite all the distractions and their criminal running back.
Vikings at Bills: Bills at home.
Dolphins at Bears: Two inconsistent teams who've had great wins and inexplicable losses. I've got the Bears at home, but really, this could go either way.
Saints at Lions: Lions. The Saints are out of the Dome and are going to have trouble scoring on the surprisingly effective Lions D.
Panthers at Packers: The Pack.
Bengals at Colts: This is another one that could go either way. Two hot teams. I'm going with the Colts at home in what may be a fairly high scoring game.
Browns at Jaguars: The Jags have to win sometime, I guess, but it's not going to be this week, either. Browns.
Seahawks at Rams: The Seahawks will rebound.
Titans at Washington: I think Washington will finally win a second game. Which, of course, will immediately cue the Super Bowl talk in the DC media and fan base. Also, worst game of the week.
Chiefs at Chargers: Speaking of smokin' teams, Chargers.
Giants at Cowboys: The G-men DESPERATELY need this win. And I'd love to see them get it, not least of which to deflate the Cowboys egos after last week's win in Seattle. But I don't think they're going to get it. Cowboys.
Cardinals at Raiders: The Raiders also have to win sometime, but it's also not going to be this week. Cards.
49ers at Broncos: The Niners are banged up, and the Broncos are at home. Broncos.
Texans at Steelers: Texans, with my upset pick.
On bye: Buccaneers, Eagles