It's sweet 16-game slates

TREVOR BUNKE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

There are no more breaks for the rest of the season.

Every team has had its bye week, so it's seven straight weeks of 16-game slates.

So instead of moaning that it's just another two games a week for me to get wrong, I'll get to the Week 11 picks:

St. Louis (-1) at Buffalo: Don't forget, the Rams are the only team to lose to the Dolphins this season. QB Drew Bledsoe and the Bills will be looking to bounce back from their hideous showing last week in New England. BILLS

Dallas (+8) at Baltimore: Things have gotten so bad for the Cowboys that they might just make the Ravens' offence look good. Dallas will be lucky to score any points. RAVENS

NY Jets (Pick) at Cleveland: Jets coach Herman Edwards can't manage the clock and can't manage without starting QB Chad Pennington. Browns coach Butch Davis will probably be fired at the end of the season. Now you know why this game is a pick 'em. BROWNS

Pittsburgh (-4) at Cincinnati: The slip has to be coming soon. The Steelers may not lose to the Bengals, but Cincinnati is going to put up one heck of a fight. Do you remember last season at this time? The Chiefs were 9-0 (Steelers are 8-1 this year) coming to Cincy to face the 4-5 Bengals. The result? A 24-19 Bengals win. Guess what? The Bengals are 4-5 this year, too. That's all just a tad too weird to pass on. BENGALS

Indianapolis (-7.5) at Chicago: I'm always wary of teams having to cover big spreads on the road, especially ones that have a defence as bad as the Colts do. Plus, the Bears have not only managed to stay in games they shouldn't have, they've won (vs. Giants, Titans) them, too. BEARS

Detroit (+7.5) at Minnesota: The Vikings, losers of three straight, will take out their frustrations on the Lions and their puny offensive attack. Here's what you need to know: Minny is 5-0 vs. sub-.500 teams and 0-4 vs. teams above .500. The Lions are 4-5. VIKINGS

Arizona (+2.5) at Carolina: The soon-to-be NFC West champs from Arizona (you read it here first, please don't have me committed when I'm wrong) are playing safe and efficient football for coach Dennis Green. The Panthers might be without starting QB Jake Delhomme, which would leave Carolina without its starter at QB, running back, wide receiver ... etc. CARDINALS

Tennessee (+3.5) at Jacksonville: The Jags have that knack for winning close games this season, and that's not likely to change vs. the Titans, who are missing 10 starters due to injury. JAGUARS

San Francisco (+8) at Tampa Bay: For the life of me, I just can't give the Buccaneers an eight-point spot. 49ERS

Denver (-4) at New Orleans: You never know which incarnation of the Saints you are going to get. The Broncos are fighting for first place in the AFC West. BRONCOS

Miami (+10) at Seattle: If a team is bad -- like the Dolphins are -- the Seahawks pummel it. No coaching change nor quarterbacking change is going to help Miami here. SEAHAWKS

San Diego (-3.5) at Oakland: The Chargers beat the Raiders by about 2,405 points on Halloween, so there's no reason to believe they can't win by four this weekend. CHARGERS

Atlanta (-2.5) at NY Giants: The Falcons have 27 sacks -- second-most in the NFL. The Giants have allowed 40 sacks -- worst in the league -- and are giving rookie QB Eli Manning his first NFL start this weekend. In the last two meetings between these clubs, Michael Vick was hurt but Atlanta still won both games. Vick is very much healthy this weekend. FALCONS

Washington (+10.5) at Philadelphia: Do you know who the happiest guy is that Patrick Ramsey is starting at QB this week for the Redskins? Mark Brunell. EAGLES

Green Bay (-3) at Houston: This could be a trap game for the Packers. They're coming off a big win vs. the Vikings and face the Rams and Eagles in the next two weeks. The Texans are an unknown to them. Houston has given up 80 points the last two weeks, but those were road losses. They are much better at home and should benefit from the Reliant Stadium crowd, which will be revved up for the Texans' only prime-time exposure this season. TEXANS

New England (-3) at Kansas City: When the 2004 schedule was released, a number of fans had this game circled on their calendars. The Patriots have held up their end of the bargain, but the Chiefs simply cannot stop anyone's offence. Short of running the board, Kansas City's year is over. New England won't let that happen, especially since they need to keep on winning to keep pace with the Steelers. PATRIOTS

Last Week: 6-8.

Season: 69-72-3.

Best Bet: Seattle.

Best Bets: 5-5 after 3.5-point favourite Pittsburgh beat Cleveland 24-10.

Suicide Pick: Baltimore.

Suicide Picks: 8-2 after Indianapolis beat Houston 49-14.


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