Playbook picks: Will Lions’ skid end this week?

The Lions pushed the Redskins at Ford Field last year, so could the longest current losing skid in the NFL come to a close this week? Our analysts say no. Washington will keep Detroit searching for that first victory since 2007. In somewhat of a stunner, all three of our experts predict the Bengals will knock off the defending champion Steelers. Cincinnati has lost eight consecutive games to Pittsburgh at home, but that skid will end according to our prognosticators.

Another mild surprise was our experts’ picks in the Titans vs. Jets game. Rex Ryan‘s crew could be walking into a “trap game” situation, but our crew is undaunted, unanimously picking New York to win. But it is hard to imagine Jeff Fisher‘s crew — undefeated through the first 10 games last season — dropping to 0-3.

Here are the picks.


Jaguars at Texans
Baldinger: Texans
Sharpe: Texans
Theismann: Texans

Steelers at Bengals
Baldinger: Bengals
Sharpe: Bengals
Theismann: Bengals

Dolphins at Chargers
Baldinger: Chargers
Sharpe: Chargers
Theismann: Chargers

Broncos at Raiders
Baldinger: Broncos
Sharpe: Broncos
Theismann: Broncos

Browns at Ravens
Baldinger: Ravens
Sharpe: Ravens
Theismann: Ravens

Saints at Bills
Baldinger: Saints
Sharpe: Saints
Theismann: Saints

Titans at Jets
Baldinger: Jets
Sharpe: Jets
Theismann: Jets

Falcons at Patriots
Baldinger: Patriots
Sharpe: Patriots
Theismann: Patriots


Packers at St. Louis
Baldinger: Packers
Sharpe: Packers
Theismann: Packers

Giants at Buccaneers
Baldinger: Giants
Sharpe: Giants
Theismann: Giants

Redskins at Lions
Baldinger: Redskins
Sharpe: Redskins
Theismann: Redskins

Bears at Seahawks
Baldinger: Bears
Sharpe: Bears
Theismann: Bears

Chiefs at Eagles
Baldinger: Eagles
Sharpe: Eagles
Theismann: Eagles

49ers at Vikings
Baldinger: Vikings
Sharpe: Vikings
Theismann: 49ers

Colts at Cardinals
Baldinger: Cardinals
Sharpe: Colts
Theismann: Cardinals

Panthers at Cowboys
Baldinger: Panthers
Sharpe: Cowboys
Theismann: Cowboys

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