A product of the same Missouri Valley Football Conference that features Illinois State, second-year quarterback Carson Wentz is having a fine sophomore season, with only one loss in eight games in guiding the Philadelphia Eagles to the best record in the NFL.
One of our panelists also had only one loss in last week's picks. Randy Sharer got 12 of the 13 contests correct (missing Carolina over Tampa Bay) and escaped the cellar while relegating Kash to last place. The Miller Park Zoo harbor seal slipped well off the pace by going 7-6 while Sharer excelled and the other human prognosticators all went 11-2.
Kash will take another crack at a big jump with six solo picks this week: Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Denver, Dallas and Detroit. The only other panelists with solitary selections are Joe Deacon (Baltimore) and Randy Reinhardt (Oakland). The group agreed on four games: Buffalo, the Rams, Arizona and Seattle.
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|BUF @ NYJ||BUF||BUF||BUF||BUF||BUF||BUF|
|TB @ NO||NO||NO||NO||NO||NO||TB|
|BAL @ TEN||TEN||TEN||TEN||TEN||BAL||TEN|
|LAR @ NYG||LAR||LAR||LAR||LAR||LAR||LAR|
|CIN @ JAX||JAX||JAX||JAX||JAX||JAX||CIN|
|IND @ HOU||HOU||HOU||HOU||HOU||HOU||IND|
|ATL @ CAR||ATL||ATL||CAR||CAR||CAR||ATL|
|DEN @ PHI||PHI||PHI||PHI||PHI||PHI||DEN|
|ARZ @ SF||ARZ||ARZ||ARZ||ARZ||ARZ||ARZ|
|WSH @ SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA|
|KC @ DAL||KC||KC||KC||KC||KC||DAL|
|OAK @ MIA||MIA||MIA||OAK||MIA||MIA||MIA|
|DET @ GB||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB||DET|
New York's only NFL team — yes, that would be the Buffalo Bills — are on the longest playoffs schneid in any major pro sport.
The previous time they made the postseason, the calendar was turning from the 20th century to the 21st.
This year, the Bills are zeroing in on ending that string of futility. They've won four of five heading into Thursday night's game at the New Jersey Meadowlands against the Jets, a team they've already beaten this season.
Which means little, according to coach Sean McDermott.
"It's really all on ... getting ourselves fresh and ... the second objective at this point, this part of our preparation is to understand our plan," McDermott said. "Anything outside of that at any other thing becomes noise at this point."
At 5-2, the Bills seem to be ignoring the noise. With a win they can move into a tie atop the AFC East with idle New England.
But to think the Jets (3-5) will be an easy mark is foolhardy. Though they've lost three straight, they could have won all of them. Simply put, they can't finish.
"We have urgency, we have toughness, and we fight," coach Todd Bowles says. "We have to cut down on the mistakes. That's the biggest thing."
The Bills are a 3½-point favorites. Sounds about right. BILLS 23, JETS 20
KNOCKOUT LEAGUE TIP: Vikings scared us early, then romped past inept Browns. With Cleveland off this week, need to find another patsy to pick against. Let's try HOUSTON over Indy.
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants: More turmoil in Meadowlands as another Giants CB gets suspended. BEST BET: RAMS, 26-13
Detroit at Green Bay: Packers coming off bye, getting Hundley ready for slumping Lions on Monday night. UPSET SPECIAL: PACKERS, 20-16
Washington at Seattle: Team from Washington (state) beats banged-up team from Washington (D.C.): SEAHAWKS, 27-19
Denver at Philadelphia: Fly, Eagles, Fly. Got to ride that wave. EAGLES, 24-13
Tampa Bay at New Orleans: Good times are rolling in Nawlins. Bucs can't stop them. SAINTS, 30-15
Cincinnati at Jacksonville: Rested Jaguars in thick of division race. Not so for Bengals. JAGUARS, 30-17
Atlanta at Carolina: Can't figure out either of these recent NFC titlists. FALCONS, 28-27
Arizona at San Francisco: If Niners are going to win, might need to be this week or next. OK, this week. 49ERS, 20-17
Kansas City at Dallas: Zeke or no Zeke, we'll go with Chiefs. CHIEFS, 26-23
Oakland at Miami: Two 2016 playoff teams struggling mightily. RAIDERS, 23-21
Indianapolis at Houston: After that offensive show vs. Seattle, Texans won't be slowed by sinking Colts. TEXANS, 30-13
Baltimore at Tennessee: Would've been a toss-up game even with point spread. TITANS, 16-13
2017 RECORD: Last week: 9-4; Season Totals: 74-45; Best Bet: 6-2; Upset special: 6-2.