Archive: Picks

Super Bowl Pick

Yes, the Giants do have the elements necessary to remain competitive and perhaps even pull off the upset. They have the pass rushers to bother Tom Brady. They have an offense than can score 35 points against the Patriots. They've already demonstrated that in the regular season finale. But...

 

By Mark Maske | February 2, 2008; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

Conference Championships Picks

Chargers at Patriots The Chargers gave a gritty performance to win in Indianapolis last weekend even with Antonio Gates slowed by his toe injury and LaDainian Tomlinson and Philip Rivers being knocked from the game. They have some of the defensive elements that you need to compete with the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Conference Semifinals Picks

Saturday Games Seahawks at Packers The Seahawks simply aren't to be trusted on the road. Pick: Packers Jaguars at Patriots The Jaguars have been the trendy pick lately as the team that could go to Foxborough, Mass., this postseason and win. But they don't have the sort of offense...

 

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

First-Round Playoff Picks

Saturday's Games Redskins at Seahawks The Seahawks are very, very tough at home. But they're highly inconsistent, and the Redskins are simply playing the best football in the entire NFC entering the playoffs. Pick: Redskins Jaguars at Steelers There's no reason to feel good about the Steelers, minus Willie...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Week 17 Picks

Saturday's Game Patriots at Giants The Patriots are playing for history, and what do the Giants care if the Patriots go 16-0 or 15-1? They're playing a first-round playoff game the following weekend at Tampa either way. Pick: Patriots Local Teams Cowboys at Redskins There's no T.O. and probably...

 

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2007; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

Week 16 Picks

Thursday Game Steelers at Rams It's time for the Steelers to straight themselves out. Pick: Steelers Saturday Game Cowboys at Panthers Jessica Simpson shows up to root for the Panthers. Pick: Cowboys Local Teams Redskins at Vikings (Sunday night) Todd Collins will play much better indoors than he did...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 15 Picks

Thursday Game Broncos at Texans The Broncos have been maddeningly inconsistent but still resemble a good team at times. Pick: Broncos Saturday Game Bengals at Niners Anyone who accuses the league of padding its NFL Network schedule needs to take one look at this matchup and reconsider. Pick: Bengals...

 

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Week 14 Picks

Local Teams Bears at Redskins (Thursday night) It's just difficult to know if the Redskins have anything left emotionally. Pick: Bears Colts at Ravens (Sunday night) The Ravens couldn't finish against the Patriots, and they might not get another golden opportunity to beat a top team. Pick: Colts Lock...

 

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2007; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Week 13 Picks

Thursday Game Packers at Cowboys This one is a very, very close call. The Packers certainly can win. But they're a little beat up right now, and the Cowboys are at home. Pick: Cowboys Local Teams Bills at Redskins Who knows if the Redskins have anything left emotionally to...

 

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Week 12 Picks

Thanksgiving Games Packers at Lions The Lions usually are tough at home and need this one after losing to the Giants last weekend. But the Packers are simply better, and they'll be highly motivated to maintain the importance of their game at Dallas a week later. Pick: Packers Jets...

 

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Week 11 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Cowboys The Cowboys are the league's second-best team and the Redskins simply don't measure up, not on the road. Pick: Cowboys Browns at Ravens Do you think maybe, just maybe, the Ravens should have kept Derek Anderson around? Pick: Browns Lock of the Week Steelers...

 

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

Week 10 Picks

Local Teams Eagles at Redskins The Eagles usually have found ways during Andy Reid's coaching tenure to fix their problems and turn around bad seasons-in-the-making. But it doesn't feel like it's about to happen this time. Pick: Redskins Bengals at Ravens There isn't much reason to be confident in...

 

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2007; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 9 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Jets The Redskins bounce back from last weekend's embarrassment in Foxborough, Mass. Pick: Redskins Ravens at Steelers (Monday night) The Ravens simply have too many issues at the moment to think they can go on the road and beat a top team. Pick: Steelers Lock...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

Week 8 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Patriots The Redskins do have a chance, albeit an outside one. But the Patriots don't overlook anyone. Bill Belichick simply doesn't allow it. Pick: Patriots Lock of the Week Giants vs. Dolphins in London The Dolphins, minus Ronnie Brown, do have a chance to winless...

 

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Week 7 Picks

Local Teams Cardinals at Redskins Whether Kurt Warner plays or not, the Cardinals come to town with big questions at quarterback. Pick: Redskins Ravens at Bills The guess here is that Willis McGahee will put up big numbers in his return to Buffalo. Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week...

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 6 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Packers The Redskins are becoming a very solid all-around team. The Packers, too, look playoff-bound. But they have their limitations, namely their complete lack of a running game. That will catch up to them at some point. Pick: Redskins Rams at Ravens The Rams will...

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Week 5 Picks

Local Teams Lions at Redskins The Lions can throw the ball. But they can't run it, protect their quarterback or play much defense. If the Redskins stay out of a fast-break, who-can-score-last game, they should prevail at home. Pick: Redskins Ravens at 49ers The Ravens haven't played like one...

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (11)

Week 4 Picks

Local Teams Ravens at Browns The Ravens are rounding into form but need to settle their QB issues. Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week Rams at Cowboys The Cowboys are the NFC's best, and the Rams are an absolute mess. Pick: Cowboys Upset of the Week Packers at Vikings...

 

By Mark Maske | September 27, 2007; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Week 3 Picks

Local Teams Giants at Redskins The Giants are on their way to an awful season. Pick: Redskins Cardinals at Ravens As long as the Ravens don't have their quarterback and tailback run into each other to lose the game, as the Seahawks did last weekend to hand a win...

 

By Mark Maske | September 20, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Week 2 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Eagles (Monday night) The Redskins have a chance, but the Eagles need this one and they're pretty good at regrouping. Pick: Eagles Jets at Ravens The Ravens take advantage of young quarterback Kellen Clemens. Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week Falcons at Jaguars Why haven't...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Week 1 Picks

Most weeks, we'll do the picks on Thursday. This week, with the season starting Thursday night, we'll get an early start. Thursday Saints at Colts The Super Bowl champs lost a lot in the offseason. But they still have Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Joseph Addai, and...

 

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2007; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl Pick

Super Bowl Colts vs. Bears If this was a seven-game series, it probably would go six or seven games and the Colts would prevail. The Bears do have a chance. They need to control the game with their running backs and their defense. But the odds are that Peyton...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2007; 05:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conference Championships Picks

NFC Saints at Bears The Saints are the better team, if the weather allows them to use all the facets of their offense. The Bears are vulnerable on defense without Tommie Harris and Mike Brown, and the Saints should be able to pressure Rex Grossman into some mistakes. Pick:...

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (10)

Conference Semifinals Picks

Saturday Games Colts at Ravens Having Peyton Manning gives the Colts a puncher's chance. But their defense probably won't play anywhere near as well as it did at home last weekend against the Chiefs. Pick: Ravens Eagles at Saints The Eagles can be trusted to play at a certain...

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

First-Round Playoff Picks

Saturday Games Chiefs at Colts Yes, it's a bad matchup for the Colts. But the return of safety Bob Sanders should bolster their run defense a little bit. And they still have Peyton Manning. Pick: Colts Cowboys at Seahawks Both teams enter the postseason playing poorly. The Cowboys at...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (20)

Week 17 Picks

Local Teams Giants at Redskins (Saturday night) It's tough to pick the Giants against anyone right now, but this is for the playoffs. Pick: Giants Bills at Ravens The Ravens keep rolling right into the playoffs. Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week Raiders at Jets The Jets won't mess...

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 16 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Rams Two straight road wins would be too much to ask for this Redskins team. Pick: Rams Ravens at Steelers Suddenly, the Steelers look like a defending Super Bowl champion. Pick: Steelers Lock of the Week Bears at Lions Do you even need to ask...

 

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2006; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 15 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Saints It's a potential letdown game for the Saints after their big win in Dallas, but they're just too good for the Redskins and they're at home. Pick: Saints Browns at Ravens No contest. Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week Buccaneers at Bears Even one...

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Week 14 Picks

Local Teams Eagles at Redskins The Eagles are playing for a spot in the postseason. The Redskins aren't. Pick: Eagles Ravens at Chiefs The Chiefs have to have this one. Pick: Chiefs Lock of the Week Raiders at Bengals The Bengals have been a different team lately. Pick: Bengals...

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Week 13 Picks

Local Teams Falcons at Redskins The Falcons are an absolute mess at the moment. Pick: Redskins Ravens at Bengals (Thursday night) The Bengals are coming around and they need this one, but the Ravens are looking like a true powerhouse. Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week Lions at Patriots...

 

By Mark Maske | November 30, 2006; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 12 Picks

Thanksgiving Games Dolphins at Lions The Dolphins are starting to resemble the team they were expected to be all season. Pick: Dolphins Buccaneers at Cowboys With Tony Romo at QB, the Cowboys just might be a Super Bowl team. Pick: Cowboys Broncos at Chiefs Jake Plummer is back to...

 

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Week 11 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Buccaneers The move to Jason Campbell was the right one, but Joe Gibbs and the Redskins will have to live with the young quarterback's mistakes. Pick: Buccaneers Falcons at Ravens Who knows which Falcons team will show up? Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week Titans...

 

By Mark Maske | November 16, 2006; 04:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Week 10 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Eagles This one is too close to call. Both teams really need it. The Eagles were the class of the division early in the season but haven't played well lately. The Redskins had no right to beat the Cowboys last weekend. But sometimes winning a...

 

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 9 Picks

Local Teams Cowboys at Redskins The Cowboys believe in Tony Romo. Pick: Cowboys Bengals at Ravens The Bengals simply aren't the team they should be. Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week Dolphins at Bears Jason Taylor says the Bears can be beaten. He's right. But not by these sorry...

 

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2006; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

Week 8 Picks

Local Team Ravens at Saints The Ravens were reeling before their bye week, and the Saints are tough at home. Pick: Saints Lock of the Week 49ers at Bears The 49ers would have a better chance with Mike Singletary playing linebacker instead of coaching. Pick: Bears Upset of the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

Week 7 Picks

Local Team Redskins at Colts It's actually tempting to pick the Redskins. They can hand the ball to Clinton Portis early and often, and the Colts haven't been able to stop the run (although this week's trade for Anthony McFarland could help). Just when you think an NFL team...

 

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 6 Picks

Local Teams Titans at Redskins The Titans gave the Colts a scare, but they're still just as bad as anyone in the league. Pick: Redskins Panthers at Ravens These are two heavyweights. The Panthers--with Steve Smith--can beat anyone. Pick: Panthers Lock of the Week Raiders at Broncos (Sunday night)...

 

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Week 5 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Giants This one is a tossup, but the Giants absolutely have to have it and the Redskins don't. Pick: Giants Ravens at Broncos (Monday night) Can the Ravens win in Denver? Absolutely. Will they? Probably not. Pick: Broncos Lock of the Week Titans at Colts...

 

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (5)

Week 4 Picks

Local Teams Jaguars at Redskins At least for now, it's still possible to view the Redskins as a good team that simply started out playing badly for two games. Pick: Redskins Chargers at Ravens The Chargers have to fly cross-country at the end of a tumultuous week in which...

 

By Mark Maske | September 28, 2006; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 3 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Texans There's still a chance that the Redskins are a good team temporarily playing badly. The Texans are a bad team. Pick: Redskins Ravens at Browns The Ravens are for real. Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week Titans at Dolphins Jeff Fisher says that Billy...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Week 2 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Cowboys (Sunday night) Gregg Williams's defense should find a way to disrupt Drew Bledsoe and force him into mistakes, and that's the key to beating the Cowboys. Both teams need this one, but the Cowboys might not solve their problems until they make a QB...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2006; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 1 Picks

Local Teams Vikings at Redskins (Monday night) The Redskins' preseason woes are quickly forgotten. Pick: Redskins Ravens at Buccaneers The Ravens are better, but they aren't ready to win on the road against a team coming off a playoff season. Pick: Buccaneers Lock of the Week Bills at Patriots...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (9)

 

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