Listed below: The six toughest games to pick in toss-up week. I didn't include Denver-San Diego or New Orleans-Dallas. Those both are big games, especially for the underdogs. The Chargers' offense has proven capable of scoring with anyone and they have beaten quality opponents at home like the Cowboys and Colts. But it's awfully hard to pick against Peyton Manning.
Here are the toughest games to pick, along with the impact for each game:
I expect both of these teams to make the playoffs. But the winner of this game will have a much better chance at a division crown and a bye. Yes, the Panthers are that good. They are ready for a signature win so that everyone in the country knows they are that good, too.
I can't shake the feeling that Baltimore has too much championship pedigree to go down without a fight.
2. Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers: This isn't the biggest game of the weekend, but it was maddening to pick. The Bills are the best 3-6 team in the league. Kyle Williams, Mario Williams and the entire defensive line is playing great. The secondary is different with Jairus Byrd and Stephon Gilmore back at full strength. Buffalo could be a playoff team if it had better quarterback play.
1. Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears:Matthew Stafford hasn't won in Chicago. Jay Cutler returns from injury, but the Bears' defense remains a huge weakness. These two teams only know how to play nail-biting, insane finishes to games. A season sweep by the Lions would put them in great position in the NFC North.