The Martha Firestone Ford Lions come out of their bye week to face the publicly owned Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Lions have not won at Lambeau since Dec. 15, 1991, so long ago eight current 1-7 Lions weren't even born yet and beanie babies were just a month old. I was six years old and just figuring out what it was like to feel alive. I was the youngest Beverly Hills 90210 fan on the block and had no reason.
Here's a non-exhaustive list of other things that I can't believe weren't around the last time the Lions won at Lambeau:
-- The Georgia Dome, which is about to be replaced in 2017
-- Minnesota's Mall of America
-- DNA fingerprinting
-- Ask Jeeves
-- The World Trade Organization
-- Monica Lewinsky's famous dress
-- Hummers (not what you're thinking!)
-- Calvin and Hobbes comic strips
-- Blockbuster gift cards or gift cards in general
I'll be kind and won't rewind all of the last 24 years. You get the picture.
On to the picks:
Bills (+2.5) over JETS
Rex Ryan returns to MetLife stadium where the Jets haven't beaten the Bills in two years when Ryan was coaching the Jets.
Lions (+11.5) over PACKERS
Packers 35, Lions 24. That's a cover and enough scoring to keep fans' interest. The streak lives on for at least another year.
Panthers (-4.5) over TITANS
The Panthers are undefeated this year, but they have never beaten the Titans. Ever (in three games). I think that changes this year in rather convincing fashion.
RAMS (-7) over Bears
The Rams are 3-1 against the spread at home this season and face a Bears team who may be without its top wide receiver. I like the Rams to get back on track with a 8-10 point win.
Dolphins (+6) over EAGLES
Sam Bradford's worst fear? Late whistles. He might want to wear the bigger shoulder pads this week.
Browns (+4.5) over STEELERS
The Steelers are 0-5 against the spread in their last five games in November and they'll be without Ben Roethlisberger. Oh, Johnny Manziel is back to holding a clipboard, so that's another plus for the Browns.
Cowboys (+1) over BUCCANEERS
The Cowboys have lost SIX straight games for the first time since 1989, but they'll get back in the W column against a team they haven't lost to since 2003. The Bucs are improving, but I can't trust them yet.
REDSKINS (+1) over Saints
All of the trends suggest this is the wrong pick. It might be. The Redskins have lost eight straight in the month of November and the Saints are 19-4 in their last 24 games in Week 10, so of course Kirk Cousins covers. You like that!
RAVENS (-5.5) over Jaguars
The Ravens are 0-6 against the spread in their last six at home, but something has to give here.
RAIDERS (-3) over Vikings
Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr were drafted four picks apart with Carr going after Bridgewater. Carr betters Bridgewater here by four or more.
Chiefs (+6) over BRONCOS
Andy Reid teams are 17-3 coming off the bye and the Broncos are missing key defensive pieces. I don't think the Chiefs will win, but they'll keep this division game close.
GIANTS (+7.5) over Patriots
The undefeated Patriots have lost three straight to the Giants, including two Super Bowls, by a combined 11 points. Patriots may beat the Giants for the first time since 2007, but it'll be another close one.
SEAHAWKS (-3) over Cardinals
While the Seahawks looked beatable earlier in the season, they've now won four of their last six with their only two losses coming against the Bengals and Panthers. Prime time game at home? Bet your refs on it.
Texans (+10.5) over BENGALS
The Texans have won five of six in this series and haven't lost to the Bengals by more than this spread since 2002. I like the Bengals by 10.
LAST WEEK: 8-5
JonnieT was 8-4 last week, improving to 61-59. Scriggl, where you at? You stay at 54-62.