It just kind of happened this way, but I started watching The Walking Dead around the same time I took over this column.
Again, my stay here is temporary, but I feel we should get to know each other since we’ve been going steady now for three weeks.
A few things about me:
• The Wire and The Shield are the two best TV shows ever.
Never miss a local story.
• I’ll take the mountains over the beach any day.
• I’ve had a cracked iPhone screen for more than a year, and until this 4S breaks I’m gonna stay with it.
There, we now have a baseline.
Last week: 7-6-1
Lock: Count the bucket. I said the Ravens would only win by 11 and boy was I wrong. Joe Flacco took the Bucs out to the woodshed. Now if only someone would put them down like a sick dog.
Upset: So close. I thought the Jags would be able to pull it out against the Titans. Better luck next year, Bortles.
This week’s picks, with the home team in CAPS.
Panthers 31, PACKERS 27: A shootout of sorts in Cheeseland. It’s incredibly difficult to win at Lambeau Field, but it’s October and not December. Also, Aaron Rodgers has been incredible this season with 15 touchdowns and one interception, but that can’t last all season. Why not throw a couple picks this game? It’s really Carolina’s only chance.
COLTS 24, Bengals 17: Linebacker Rey Maualuga is out for Cincinnati, and that means Andrew Luck will have a field day. Plus, Vontaze Burfict may still be concussed. After playing an extra quarter last week, the Bengals will be drained against the Colts.
BRONCOS 29, 49ers 21: Denver continues to roll this week against a 49ers team that should probably be better than what they are. The Rams gave San Francisco all they wanted last week with a backup, backup quarterback. Peyton Manning breaks Brett Favre’s career touchdown mark in front of the home crowd.
RAVENS 33, Falcons 17
WASHINGTON 28, Titans 13
Seahawks 27, RAMS 18
BILLS 21, Vikings 17
Dolphins 24, BEARS 21
Saints 35, LIONS 31
Cardinals 30, RAIDERS 7
COWBOYS 24, Giants 17
STEELERS 28, Texans 18
Upset of the week
Chiefs (plus-4) 27, CHARGERS 24: Thankfully the Chargers haven’t kicked off that bolo tie craze again this year. Look, San Diego is really good, and Philip Rivers is getting all the credit he deserves. But I trust Andy Reid as an offensive play-caller, and the Chiefs have to get back to .500 with this game. Give me Alex Smith this week against a good Chargers team, and if he doesn’t win, let’s again wonder if he’s the right guy for the job.
Lock of the week
Browns (minus-5 1/2) 32, JAGUARS 10: The Jaguars fooled me into picking them as the upset last week. What’s the old adage about getting fooled twice? … Ah, I can’t remember. I really like this Browns team, and it’s clear Brian Hoyer is the quarterback to lead the squad. But it sure will be fun when Johnny Manziel gets in during garbage time and ransacks Jacksonville’s defense.