We here at the Empire have been wanting to do a NFL picks column for weeks and weeks. The idea of the column cropped up during the political campaign season. We thought it would be hilarious to get the people who were running for, say, governor of this fair state to submit their picks.
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It never worked out with schedules and such, but the idea would not die. Without further ado, the Juneau Empire offers its staff picks, along with those of guest celebrity pick-maven Bill Chalmers, head coach of the JDHS Football team.
Cleveland at Pittsburgh:
Korry Keeker: Anderson or Frye, Browns keep playing to potential.
Leo Helmar: Bi-polar 'Burgh men get it together this week.
Bill Chalmers: Pittsburgh.
Atlanta at Tampa Bay:
KK: Vick exploits sunken Bucs to keep Falcons' hopes alive, for one more week.
LH: Ron Mexico rolls and Falcons blow-up Bucs big time.
Baltimore at Kansas City:
KK: Desperate Chiefs ride Arrowhead to must-win.
LH: B'More still angry about loss to Cincy, take it out on Trent Green's battered psyche.
Indianapolis at Jacksonville:
KK: Jags' D delays Colts' playoff party.
LH: Colts ride the pretty Manning brother hard to nip Jags.
Minnesota at Detroit:
KK: Lowly Lions take moral win in battle of NFC North's domed doldrums.
LH: Minny makes mincemeat of Matt Millen's kitties.
New England at Miami:
KK: Fins trip up sleeping Pats in AFC East cyclone.
LH: Pats pressure Harrington into horrible day, blow out fish.
BC: New England.
N.Y. Giants at Carolina:
KK: Panthers get down to business, while Giants keep crying.
LH: Panthers pass rush gets to Eli big time, Cats roll.
Oakland at Cincinnati:
KK: Lost Raiders no match for surging Bengals at home.
LH: Palmer tosses two TDs to ocho-cinco, Bengals cruise.
Philadelphia at Washington:
KK: Garcia has more magic against tattered Skins.
LH: Washington has major meltdown, Eagles win just to keep Philly fans hopes alive.
Tennessee at Houston:
KK: Vince Young wins another game. Mario Williams records two tackles.
LH: David Carr has spleen removed after thorough throttling, Titans roll.
Green Bay at San Francisco:
KK: Niners hammer another nail in Favre's coffin.
LH: Frank Gore runs wild on porous D for 150 yards, Favre throws three picks.
BC: Green Bay.
Seattle at Arizona:
KK: Cards have nothing to lose and stun back-and-forth Hawks.
LH: Alexander is great in dismantling do-nothing Cards.
Buffalo at N.Y. Jets:
KK: Empire-state conquest keeps Jets in thick of 8-5 horses.
LH: Mangini wins coach of the year, Jets make playoffs by handling stiffs like Buffalo.
Denver at San Diego:
KK: Chargers smash reeling Shanahan to move toward home-field advantage.
LH: Lights out for Cutler, Merriman gets 3 sacks, LT gets 3 TDs, Bolts zap Broncos.
BC: San Diego.
New Orleans at Dallas:
KK: Saints pass-rush will miss Thomas against America's bandwagon.
LH: Brees drops the boom on Romo magic, Saints roll.
Chicago at St. Louis :
KK: Grossman returns to form and defense routs Rams.
LH: Chicago wins despite Rex's corpse, Rams cry a little tear.