Colts will lose if I keep watching

TREVOR BUNKE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 4:16 PM ET

The question I've been asked most often recently -- other than: "Have you ever even watched an NFL game?" -- is: "Can the Colts go undefeated?"

In a word, no. Not no, I've never watched an NFL game (My wife can tell you so: "I hate Sundays," is usually how she puts it, as I fart into the same couch cushion for six-plus hours) ... What were we talking about?

Oh, yeah, Indy. The Colts will lose a game ... it might not be in the regular season, but I just have a sneaking suspicion that they won't win the Super Bowl.

Does that mean I won't take them if they do make it to Detroit in February? No, not necessarily.

When the Colts fall, it will be before the Super Bowl.

On to the Week 13 picks:

Buffalo (+4) at Miami: The Bills put up a ferocious fight at home ... it's that road thing they have a problem with. The Dolphins showed a lot of spunk last week in Oakland and it should carry over vs. Buffalo. DOLPHINS

Cincinnati (+3) at Pittsburgh: As well as the 8-3 Bengals have played this season, their three losses have been against teams who are all likely playoff bound (7-4 Pittsburgh, 8-3 Jacksonville, 11-0 Indianapolis). As a matter of fact, Cincinnati has yet to beat an AFC foe that has a winning record in 2005. On the other side of the field, Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger has yet to lose vs. a divisional foe. This game is for the AFC North title and the Steelers know how to win the big game. STEELERS

Houston (+8) at Baltimore: I don't like passing on eight points when two bad teams are facing off, but the Texans are that brutal. Houston has lost by an average of 14.8 points in its five road defeats. RAVENS

Tennessee (+15) at Indianapolis: I might not think the Colts will go undefeated, but they'll easily go to 12-0. COLTS

Jacksonville (-3) at Cleveland: With the Colts up next week (read a potential loss), the Jaguars can ill-afford a letdown vs. the Browns in their quest to secure an AFC wild-card spot. That might be the only good thing about starting QB Byron Leftwich (ankle) being lost for the season: Backup QB David Garrard is just so happy to be playing, he's in it to win and won't be looking down the road. JAGUARS

Dallas (+3) at NY Giants: This matchup has all the makings of a push. Despite my misgivings, I'll swallow the points and call for a Giants bounce-back win. GIANTS

Green Bay (+7) at Chicago: The Packers, to put it nicely, don't have a hope in hell. BEARS

Minnesota (-2) at Detroit: Who knew? The Vikings aren't the most dysfunctional family in the NFL. The dysfunction distinction belongs to the Lions. And things don't look any brighter for the forever 6-10s with surging Minnesota paying a visit. VIKINGS

Atlanta (+3) at Carolina: This is the week where the Panthers give themselves some breathing room in the battle for top spot in the NFC South. PANTHERS

Tampa Bay (-3.5) at New Orleans: I've got to stick to my guns regarding Buccaneers QB Chris Simms, don't I? SAINTS

Arizona (-3) at San Francisco: Talk about a game that has the potential to screw up your weekly pool. When the 49ers play somewhat well -- that's a rare when -- it is at home. The Cardinals, other than maybe on a visit to Houston, have no right being a road favourite. 49ERS

Washington (-3) at St. Louis: The Redskins -- losers of four of their past five -- have fallen right off the radar in the NFC playoff race. So how is it that they're three-point road favourites vs. a fellow 5-6 squad? If something confounds me (Buzz off, I know how to tie shoes), I take the points. RAMS

NY Jets (+10) at New England: The Patriots finally play a team that doesn't have a quarterback (Brooks Bollinger) who can burn them deep. If New England's season is disappointing, what do you call the Jets' year? Be warned: The Patriots have only one win this season by 10 points. PATRIOTS

Denver (-1) at Kansas City: I've given up looking for reasons why the Broncos will lose. I'll just take them. BRONCOS

Oakland (+11) at San Diego: Wow, just when it looked like the Raiders might have a late-season push in them, they combust at home vs. the Dolphins of all teams. The Chargers take great delight in kicking the Raiders when they are down. CHARGERS

Seattle (-4) at Philadelphia: Call me crazy, but other than three wins over their divisional weaklings, the Seahawks have not tasted victory away from Seattle. The Eagles are most certainly a shadow of their former selves, but there's something to be said for pride in front of a national television audience. EAGLES

Last Week: 9-6-1.

Season: 84-87-5.

Best Bet: Minnesota.

Best Bets: 6-6 after 3-point favourite San Diego beat Washington 23-17 in overtime.

Suicide Pick: New England.

Suicide Picks: 12-0 after Cincinnati beat Baltimore 42-29.

trevor.bunke@ott.sunpub.com


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